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SANTEE — Girl Scout Troop 5147 was introduced to how the Santee City Council works. Mayor Randy Voepel (pictured below) was the tour guide. The Scouts were working on community service and government merit badges. The Girl Scouts met the Mayor in his office. He explained what his job entails in the City of Santee. The troop then met Santee City Manager Marlene Best. Voepel explained that the City Manager actually runs the City of Santee, while the Mayor and City Council set the policy of the city. The tours final act was on the Dais. The Girl Scouts sat in the seats of the Mayor, City Council and staff. They even voted on a mock resolution to paint the City of Santee’s street lines with purple lines instead of yellow lines. The measure passed 4 – 1.

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On The Cover EL CAJON — The German American Societies of San Diego kicked of their Oktoberfest double weekend celebration by rolling out the barrels, Friday, Sept. 30-Sunday, Oct.2. The event will continue Friday, Oct. 7-Sunday, Oct. 9 in El Cajon. Enjoy the festivities. Cover: Jay Renard / The East County Herald Cover design: Dee Dean / The East County Herald

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias TPP Likely Dead as Written; What About a Rewrite?


Your Local Fire District In The News Alpine Fire Protection District to Bolster Fire Prevention Efforts with FM Global Grant ALPINE — The Alpine Fire Protection District has received a $2,194 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers. FM Global representative Jay Koo presented the award to Fire Chief Bill Paskle at the Alpine Fire Protection District fire station located on 1364 Tavern Road in Alpine, CA. The award will be used to assist with fire prevention activities in the community to help educate the community and reduce the number of fires. Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 40 years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of California-based organizations. “At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” said Michael Spaziani, manager of the fire prevention grant program. “Far too often, inadequate budgets prevent those organizations working to prevent fire from being as proactive as they would like to be. With additional financial support, grant recipients are actively helping to improve property risk in the communities they serve.” “These funds will be used for roadway signs reminding the community that we are in a very high fire hazard

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FM Global’s Jay Koo presents a plaque to Alpine Fire Protection District Fire Chief Bill Paskle. From left: AFPD Fire Chief Bill Paskle, Jay Koo from FM Global, AFPD Fire Marshal Jason McBroom. severity zone” said Alpine Fire Chief Bill Paskle. “We are very thankful to FM Global for their generous grant.” Through its Fire Prevention Grant Program, FM Global awards grants to fire departments—as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations worldwide—that best demonstrate a need for funding, where dollars can have the most demonstrable impact on preventing fire, or mitigating the damage it can quickly cause. To learn more about FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program, or to apply for a grant, please visit www. For nearly two centuries,

many of the world’s largest organizations have turned to FM Global to develop cost-effective property insurance and engineering solutions to protect their business operations from fire, natural disasters and other types of property risk. With clients in more than 130 countries, FM Global ranks #561 among FORTUNE magazine’s largest companies in America and is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best and AA (Very Strong) by Fitch Ratings. The company was named “World’s Best Supply Chain Risk Insurance Provider” in 2014 by Global Finance magazine and was voted “Best Commercial Property Insurer” in Business Insurance’s 2013 Buyers Choice Awards.

lenty of negatives have emerged from the ongoing presidential campaign: open bigotry has become more acceptable than it’s been for decades, foul language is more fashionable and so are pantsuits, and much more. But one big positive also stands out. As now written, the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement is probably dead. And the way it’s now written is the only version that that counts for now, because sometime in the next few months, Congress must vote it up or down – no amendments allowed. Unless it’s voted on in the December “lame duck” session of Congress – where the votes of folks voted out in November still count – this pet agreement of President Obama’s is virtually dead. The booing the treaty got whenever mentioned at both Democratic and Republican national conventions last summer gave some notion how unpopular this agreement has become. It may be safe for folks departing Congress to vote for it, but not anyone who hopes for reelection two years from now after some TPP provisions would begin to bite. Yes, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at one time supported it. She says she took another look and now wants it defeated. The flip-flop, she says, stemmed from a more detailed reading of the treaty. It also came after a hot campaign by Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders which made the TPP a major negative talking point. Meanwhile, Republican nominee Donald Trump denounced the treaty as “insanity,” adding that it greatly favors China – even though China is not a party to it. So this agreement is almost certainly a campaign casualty, a big change from when its passage was rated as very likely. Its demise will be well deserved, for TPP – whose text was secret through years of haggling among 12 nations (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the USA) has virtually all the negatives of the North American Free Trade Agreement, better known as NAFTA, while adding no discernible new advantages for America. Not only would this agreement likely send many thousands of American jobs abroad, just as labor leaders – and Trump – contend NAFTA has done, but like that treaty, it includes a key feature infringing mightily on America’s very sovereignty. This takes the form of an international tribunal of lawyers from a variety of countries that’s empowered to override some laws of member countries and even to overrule the U.S. Supreme Court. That has happened before in cases involving everything from dolphin-safe tuna fishing off Southern California to this state’s rules on gasoline additives, and it’s happening right now, with Canadian lawyers using NAFTA to challenge Obama’s right to cancel the once-planned Keystone XL pipeline project because denying the project could cost jobs in Canada. That claim might be correct. But denial of the project also might prevent huge oil spills in pristine countryside and forests, not to mention spoilage of vital farmland. Even if the Canadian oil industry is right about lost jobs and even if there would be few or no negative Keystone consequences in this country, the very fact that another country can go outside the U.S. legal system with impunity on an issue vital to many Americans is just plain wrong. And by itself enough to merit killing the new treaty. But just because this agreement should be voted down in its present form doesn’t mean it must stay dead. The same negotiators who met secretly for almost five years to produce the present text now know what Americans dislike about their work product. They can rewrite it to leave American sovereignty intact. They can make it more protective of American workers and their jobs. And then bring it back for another vote. For some kind of treaty among the 12 nations in on this one – or at least most of them – might be an effective counter to China’s increasing trade power in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. While opposition to the current treaty resonates with working class voters eagerly courted by Clinton and Trump, an improved agreement might actually help them. And that might be enough to gain back both Republican and Democratic votes in Congress lost to the presidential politics of 2016.

Elias has covered esoteric votes in eight national political conventions. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. His opinions are his own. Email Elias at


The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

. Does fiber in your diet reduce cholesterol?

. There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is acted upon by the normal bacteria in your intestines. Insoluble fiber is not digested by the body and promotes regularity and softens stools. Wheat bran, whole grain products and vegetables are good sources of insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber appears to reduce your body’s absorption of cholesterol from the intestines. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber that reduces your lowdensity lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad” cholesterol that can increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes. This type of fiber is also found in such foods as kidney beans, brussels sprouts, apples, pears, barley and prunes. The American Dietetic Association recommends a healthy diet include 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day, including both soluble and insoluble fiber. (Soluble fiber should make up 5 to 10 grams of your fiber intake.) However, Americans only consume about half that amount.

There are other foods that work against cholesterol

Soy protein, found in such products as tofu, soy nuts, soy milk and soy burgers, can help lower blood levels of LDL cholesterol, particularly when it’s substituted for animal protein. Ingesting 25 to 50 grams of soy protein a day lowers LDL cholesterol by 4 percent to 8 percent. That’s a lot of soy. People with the highest cholesterol levels seem to benefit the most from soy protein. Women with breast cancer or who are at high risk of breast cancer should consult with their doctors before eating a soy, because it is not clear how these plant estrogens might affect them. Studies have shown that walnuts can significantly reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. Rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, walnuts may also help keep blood vessels more healthy and elastic. When walnuts represent 20 percent of the calories in a cholesterol-lowering diet, they reduce LDL cholesterol by 12 percent. Almonds appear to have a similar effect. All nuts are high in calories, so use them as replacements for high-calorie foods with high levels of saturated fats. Omega-3 fatty acids in fish are noted for lowering triglycerides, another form of fat in your blood. They also benefit the heart in other ways. The highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids are in mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon. Other good sources of omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseed, walnuts, canola oil and soybean oil. Some foods are fortified with plant substances called sterols or stanols, which are similar in structure to cholesterol; this helps them block the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines. Margarines and orange juice that have been fortified with plant sterols can help reduce LDL cholesterol by more than 10 percent. The American Heart Association recommends that foods containing plant sterols should be reserved for adults requiring lower total and LDL cholesterol levels because they are at high risk of--or have had--a heart attack. You may want to try eating more soluble fiber, soy protein, walnuts and fatty fish. The next step would be the addition of foods fortified with plant sterols. Eating a combination of these cholesterol-lowering foods increases the benefit. Of course, if you’re a geezer and you plan to make a change in your habits that could affect your health, it is recommended that you consult your doctor first.

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Exercise not shown to reduce women’s risk of developing MS


large, new study shows no evidence that exercise may reduce a woman’s risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The research is published in the September 28, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Previous small studies had shown conflicting results. “We wanted to find out if exercise lowered the risk of developing MS in women,” said study author Kassandra

Munger, ScD, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Mass. “Our study did not provide evidence to support it.” Researchers evaluated data on more than 193,000 women who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study and Nurses’ Health Study II and were followed for up to 20 years. The women completed regular questionnaires about their physical activity and also about their activity as teens and young adults. During the study, 341 women developed MS. Researchers calculated the total hours of physical activity per week, took into account the type of exercise for each woman and adjusted for age, ethnicity, smoking, supplemental vitamin D, place of residence at age 15 and body mass index at age 18. “Overall, there was no consistent association of exercise at any age and MS,” Munger said. “Exercise has been shown to be beneficial to people with the disease, but it seems unlikely that exercise protects against the risk of developing MS.”

Source: Neurology Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 29 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at NOTE: Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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Board-certified Ear, Nose, and Throat physician Dr. S. Cherukuri, a graduate of the prestigious University of Michigan School of Medicine, built a very successful practice helping patients with hearing problems. “I was often frustrated by the fact that many of my patients could benefit from the use of a hearing aid, but unfortunately couldn’t afford one. I then made it my mission to change this, making quality digital hearing aids affordable for anyone who needs one.”

It’s Nearly Invisible “I knew when I developed a new line of hearing aids that one of the most important requirements would be for the device to be hard for others to see,” said Dr. Cherukuri. “One of the biggest objections people have to wearing a hearing aid is that they are embarrassed. Our design helps people get past this concern.”

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Politics inCandidates Paradise • East County Forum • Thursday, September 29, 2016

5pm to 7pm • Must be 21 to attend • Free with RSVP

County Candidates Forum • Lakeside Chamber, Presented •by:East San Diego East County Chamber, Santee Chamber, Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber, and the East County Economic Development Council

Santee Thursday, September 29, •2016 BNS Brewing & Distilling Co.

5pm to 7pm • Must be 21 to attend • Free with RSVP

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East County Candidates • County CanSANTEE — •Politics in Paradise Part 2,Forum an East didate Forum was held at the BNS Brewing and Distilling Co. in Santee, Thursday, Sept. 29. The event was sponsored by the San 7pm Chamber, • Must beSantee 21 to attend • Free with RSVP Diego5pm Eastto County Chamber of Commerce, Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber • East County Candidates Forum • Chamber,CounPresented by: and San Diego County Chamber, Santee Chamber, Lakeside of Commerce, theEast East County Economic Development Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber, and the East County Economic Development cil. To see the list of participating candidates and moreCouncil information visit and click on the Herald Gallery.

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Digital Hearing Aid Outperforms Competitors The new medical grade hearing aid is called MDHearingAid® AIR. It is sleek, lightweight, and full of the same advanced digital technology found in higher-priced devices, but at a small fraction of the price. “I couldn’t understand why everything in the digital world kept coming down in price, like computers, TVs, and DVD players, but not digital hearing aids,” Cherukuri said. Once the doctor started to realize his dream and was able to produce a device that costs 90% less, the industry was turned upside down.


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Your Community Calendar Parkway Plaza’s MallStars Mall-o-Ween Celebration EL CAJON — Monday, Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m. inside Parkway Plaza, located at 415 Parkway Plaza in EL Cajon, between Macy’s and JCPenney Halloweenloving boys and “ghouls” 10 years old and under (All children 10 years old and under) are invited to dress up in their favorite costumes for mall-wide trick-or-treating, Halloween-themed photo ops, games and more. This event is FREE to attend. Tricks, Treats and a Fang-tastic celebration for little ghosts and ghouls at Parkway Plaza’s MallStars Mall-o-Ween! On Monday afternoon, bring the family for a kooky, spooky time with activities like mall-wide trick-or-treating, a Halloween-themed photo op and more. Starting at 4 p.m., children can show off their fun and creative costumes (no full facial masks or toy weapons please) during mall-wide trick-ortreating at participating retailers and a free Halloween-themed photo op with Cherry Hill Photo. Kids can also enjoy free carnival games, crafts and more inside the mall between Macy’s and JCPenney! Before, during or after the event, families can also register their children to join Parkway Plaza’s MallStars Kids Club Program. Once registered, children 10 years old and younger will enjoy fun activities and free entertainment at club meetings inside the mall. Parents may also sign up for a bi-monthly MallStars newsletter and enjoy many discounts and benefits, including members-only contests and prizes, exclusive discounts at Parkway Plaza restaurants and retailers, and a free gift upon registration. Parents can complete the registration online at or in the mall at customer service. From Friday, October 7 through Monday, October 31, kids can also enjoy all things pumpkin at Parkway Plaza’s Pumpkin Station in the west parking lot off of the Interstate 8 and Johnson Avenue. Children of all ages are welcome to explore the pumpkin patch and buy their own pumpkin to carve! They can also climb aboard the El Paso train, jump around in inflatable play centers, and more. The Pumpkin Station is open Monday – Thursday, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. For more information on the MallStars Mall-o-Ween celebration and Pumpkin Station, visit Parkway Plaza’s events page or call (619) 579-9932.

‘Christmas in Alpine’ Home Tour, Dec. 10

ALPINE — The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its Eleventh Annual ‘Christmas in Alpine’ Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10am to 3pm. You will have an opportunity to view five stunning country estates, stroll through Kathy and Mario’s quaint and spectacular Alpine Country Garden and Gifts Shop and visit the Alpine Museums decorated in 1800’s Christmas decor. The Historic Town Hall will be open from 1-4pm, where you can view the Dickens Christmas Village on the Town Hall stage. Ticket holders can also enjoy light refreshments and a surprise gift to say thank you for your support. Tour Tickets are $30 prior to Home Tour and $35 at the door. You can pre purchase tour tickets and raffle tickets at several places, The Postal Annex 2710 Alpine Blvd., Dana’s Boutique 2271 Alpine Blvd., and Alpine Garden and Gifts 2442 Alpine Blvd. If you prefer to mail a check please make it payable to Alpine Woman’s Club and send it to Karin Smith – Home Tour Chairperson, 536 Makenna Lane Alpine CA 91901. Tickets are available for pick up and purchase at the Alpine Woman’s Club 2156 Alpine Blvd. on Saturday Dec 10th starting at 9:30am. There will be a selection of handmade gift items available for purchase to make your holiday shopping a breeze and an opportunity drawing for a $500 cash prize. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 6 for $20. The drawing will be held at the Club House at 3:45pm after the Tour but you do not have to be present to win. Proceeds benefit the Alpine Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund and the maintenance of the Historic Town Hall which was built in 1899. They are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. For further information or questions, please contact Karin at (619) 357-5353 or email her at

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Senator Anderson to Install Alpine Chamber Directors EL CAJON — State Senator Joel Anderson will swear in the board members on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce 2016-2017 Installation Dinner! Open to the public, the event starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Alpine Christian Fellowship (ACF) Church. It’s at 9590 Chocolate Summit Drive in El Cajon, off Interstate 8. Enjoy a homemade Italian dinner served by the family of ACF, a new Chamber member. Find out more about the Chamber and how it helps members and communities as you meet and greet its directors, Ambassadors and staff members. Tickets are $20 per person. To reserve your seat by Oct. 11, call the Chamber at (619) 445-2722, visit — where you can pay online — or e-mail


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SDSU OLLI Event Examines Perspectives on Death and Dying

Thursday, Oct. 13 • 6-8 p.m.

hat really matters at the end of life? What are the stories we tell ourselves? Do we need a new heroic narrative for death? These will be among the topics when the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SDSU hosts the special event “Conversations Worth Having – Being Mortal: Perspectives on Death and Dying,” Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. OLLI at SDSU offers programs to curious learners age 50 and better. At this new and interactive event, participants will watch and discuss a series of TED talks, along with a PBS documentary, “Being Mortal,” to facilitate meaningful conversation around the topic of death and dying. TED Talks are relatively short, stimulating videos (from 4-18 minutes) by some of the most engaging speakers around the world. Conversations will deal with why humans so often resist the inevitability of death, and how building design can make a difference in a humane and dignified end of life. In the PBS Frontline documentary, New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande explores the relationships doctors have with patients and questions whether the medical field – including himself – is failing the chronically ill and dying. Each screening will be followed by group discussion facilitated by Kathi Diamant, an author, speaker, teacher, broadcaster, and adjunct professor at SDSU. Cost of the event is $19. To register or for more information, visit, call (619) 594-2863, or email The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 14. SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Grossmont Union High School District Sponsors Chamber First Friday Breakfast

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m., Friday, Oct. 7 at Grossmont College, Griffin Gate, 8800 Grossmont Center Dr. El Cajon. Grossmont Union High School District is the breakfast sponsor. The program will focus on education. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $20 per person for members with RSVP, $25 per person for guests with RSVP and $30 per person at the door without reservations. Park in lot #7 to avoid ticketing. For more information and to RSVP, contact Melissa Long at melissaL@eastcountychamber. org, (619) 440-6161, or visit

La Mesa auto repair shop back in business after fire

Summit Transmissions, 7633 El Cajon Blvd. in La Mesa, has reopened following a fire that closed the auto repair shop for three weeks, announced Jerry Kubitsky, owner, Summit Transmissions. At about 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, Kubitsky said an electrical fire began in the ignition system of a Honda Odyssey automobile being held overnight for repairs. The fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damages. He said the fire caused damages to several other vehicles, as well as destroyed wiring, scan tools and repair equipment. Auto parts, valued at several thousands of dollars, were discarded over the possibility of product failure, Kubitsky said. The shop partially reopened on Sept. 6 and has been adding repair capacity as new equipment is installed, he said. “We’ve reopen earlier than most people expected, but there is still work to be done,” said Kubitsky. “We’re close to being fully operational and returning to the level of business we had before the fire. The fire has tested us but our faith, which remains strong, has kept

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us calm in the face of this major setback. The support we have received from our customers and industry friends has been tremendous. Other shops have offered to lend us repair space or help with the cleanup. Summit Transmissions, in business since 1982, is a member of Automotive Service Council of California (ASCCA), which established an emergency fund to help Kubitsky. He has worked at Summit Transmissions since 1986 and acquired the business in 1994. The shop relocated from El Cajon to La Mesa in July 2006. For an appointment, call (619) 463-9400, or visit

vices, along with educational training, advocacy and other resources. In addition, the recently announced retirement of Dianne McMillan, CEO of NSDCAR, presented the two realtor associations with the opportunity to benefit from professional executive support in a cost-effective manner, officials said. D’Ascoli, who has served PSAR for the past 10 years, will begin serving NSDCAR on Oct. 1, but will gain the CEO of NSDCAR title effective Jan. 2, 2017, following McMillan’s end-of-year retirement. McMillan has worked with NSDCAR for the past 25 years.

El Cajon resident Rich D’Ascoli, chief executive officer, Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a San Diego-area trade group for realtors, has added CEO duties for the North San Diego County Association of Realtors (NSDCAR) to his workload. D’Ascoli will serve as CEO of both PSAR and NSDCAR. Officials said each association will continue to operate independently as two separate organizations governed by separate and independent boards of directors and D’Ascoli will report to each board separately. PSAR has more than 2,500 members and operates service centers in Chula Vista and El Cajon. NSDCAR has more than 4,800 members and operates service centers in Vista, Carmel Valley, Carlsbad, Escondido and Fallbrook. The decision for D’Ascoli to lead both realtor associations was prompted by a recent shared-services agreement between the two groups signed earlier this year. The agreement provides access to services, resources and discounts offered by either association to both PSAR and NSDCAR members. Shared services include Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data, discounts on store items and lockbox equipment and ser-

Santee resident Gloria Valenti Gerak, president of Media Planning & Placement, an advertising media planning and buying company, has been elected 20162017 president of the San Diego Advertising Fund for Emergencies (SAFE), a non-profit organization providing confidential financial assistance to local advertising and marketing professionals and their families facing a life crisis emergency. Gerak, who founded her company in 1987, works with advertising agencies and directly with clients providing comprehensive media planning and buying along with advertising promotions consulting. She has served on the SAFE board of directors since 2010. SAFE is a nonprofit supported by volunteers in the advertising, communications and marketing industries. Since its founding in May 2000 by SDX, formerly the San Diego Advertising Club, SAFE has approved more than 90 grants totaling about $500,000. Over the years, SAFE grant recipients have needed assistance with such expenses as utilities, food, gasoline and rent due to a variety of emergency situations ranging from life-threatening disease to accident, injury or employment interruption.

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