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Young Latino Leaders Recognized at 30 Under 30 Breakfast

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District 62 Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter, D-Rialto, on September 22 honored 30 Latinos and Native Americans under the age of 35 for their accomplishments and community service.

About 400 family and friends of the honorees, past honorees, community leaders and elected officials attended Assemblymember Carter’s 6th Annual 30 Under 30 Latino/ Native American Recognition Breakfast at Cal State San Bernardino.

The breakfast recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month and California Native American Day.

“In honoring the accomplishments of the young, successful and motivated individuals in our community, more and more people will be moved to follow such fine examples of success and community activism,” Assemblymember Carter said.

Southern California Edison Vice President and Former Ambassador Gaddi H. Vasquez shared with honorees his life experiences that fueled his passion for service across the globe.

The 2012 30 Under 30 honorees either live, work or perform community service in Assembly Member Carter’s 62nd District.

Open House For Prospective CSUSB Students Set For Oct. 27

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High school students interested in applying to Cal State San Bernardino, as well as college and community college students thinking about transferring to CSUSB, are invited to get a first-hand look at the university, meet faculty and staff members, tour the campus and talk with admissions counselors at the university’s annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Prospective students, their families and the community are invited to learn about the university, its academic and student life programs, financial aid opportunities, and to meet with faculty from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CSUSB Santos Manuel Student Union.

A separate open house event will be held at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The open house will be held during the California State University’s priority application period, which runs from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30. Students Open House For Prospective CSUSB Students Set For Oct. 27 interested in attending Cal State San Bernardino must apply during this period to be considered for fall 2013 admission.

Fall 2013 applicants to all CSU campuses will not receive an admission decision until after the results of the November election are known. The ballot includes Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, Proposition 30, which would trigger a $250 million budget cut to the CSU if the measure is rejected.

Guests to the CSUSB open house will have the opportunity to meet with faculty from the university’s five academic colleges and interact with representatives from various campus offices, including financial aid, student housing, student leadership and development and other student support programs.

In addition, attendees can take tours of the campus, meet with representatives from student clubs and organizations on campus and visit with current CSUSB students.

There also will be workshops on how to fill out applications to the university.

To make reservations and for additional information, contact (909) 537-5192 or e-mail asrevents@csusb.edu.

More information about applying to Cal State San Bernardino is available at www. csumentor.edu.

The Fontana Community Senior Center offers Flu Vaccinations to the Community

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The Mayor and City Council would like to invite the community to participate in the Fontana Community Senior Center’s Flu Shot Clinic. In collaboration with San Bernardino County’s Department of Public Health, the Fontana Community Senior Center will be offering flu shots to community members of all ages on Friday October 26, 2012 from 10am – 12pm.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends that people get their seasonal flu vaccine as soon as the vaccine becomes available in their area.

Vaccination before December is best since this timing ensures that protective antibodies are in place before flu activity is typically at its highest. While every- The Fontana Community Senior Center offers Flu vaccinations to the community one should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that some groups receive the vaccinations because they are at high risk of having flu-related complications. These groups include: pregnant women, children younger than 5 (especially children under 2 years old), people 50 years of age and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, and people who live and/or work in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.

The Fontana Community Senior Center is excited to be partnering with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

“Because we operate a Senior Center, we know how important it is for everyone to receive their vaccination every year,” says Community Services Coordinator Tiffany Starks. “We are happy that the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health has chosen our wonderful facility to provide the community with such a necessary program.”

So clear your calendars for Friday October 26, 2012 from 10am – 12pm. The Fontana Community Senior Center is located at 16710 Ceres Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335. All vaccinations will be provided on a first come, first serve basis and will cost $10 per person. All ages (older than 6 months) are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information on this and other social service programs available for the community, please visit the Senior Center webpage at seniors.fontana. org.

New Law Bans Cash for Copper

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California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a bill by Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter, D-Rialto, that prevents metal recyclers from paying quick cash for copper.

The “No Cash for Copper” Metal Theft Prevention Act, Assembly Bill 1508, goes into effect on January 1, 2013.

The measure will bar copper thieves from getting up to $20 in cash on the spot from scrap metal recyclers for small amounts of copper that are New Law Bans Cash for Copper combined with the redemption of beverage containers.

Existing law requires all recycling centers that buy copper to check the seller’s photo ID, take video or a photo of the seller and the material being sold, and also collect their thumb print. Cash is not allowed to be given instantly.

The seller must come back three days later or have a check mailed to them.

Sellers, however, found a way to redeem quick cash for their scrap metals through a loophole in current law which allows an instant redemption of up to $20 if the metals were mixed with recyclables.

“The law had encouraged copper wire thieves to cut up the metal into little pieces.

When combining it with recyclable cans, they could walk away with cash in hand,” Carter said.

Over the past several years, copper theft has reached epidemic proportions, jeopardizing public safety and leading to severe injury or even death. Although the street value of stolen copper is usually only a few hundred dollars, time and resources spent to repair damage to businesses, schools, construction sites and utilities can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“The damage to property and the risk to public safety can be much greater than the value of the metal,” said Carter, who successfully championed legislation in 2011 which stiffen penalties for copper theft.

“Now that these two laws are in place, my hope is that thieves will think twice before they steal from our farmers, schools, churches, business owners, utilities and California taxpayers,” Assemblymember Carter said.

City of Riverside Chosen to Participate In STAR Communities Pilot Program

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Riverside – The City of Riverside has been named as one of 25 participants in a new pilot program designed to evaluate, quantify, and improve the livability and sustainability of communities throughout the United States.

The Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating (STAR) Communities Program was created through a partnership of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the National League of Cities, the Center for American Progress, and the ICLEI Governments for Sustainability out of a growing interest from their member organizations and communities looking for a way to rank and evaluate their ongoing sustainability efforts.

As one of the pilot program participants, Riverside will be able to test out the STAR Communities rating system and have access to new technical guides, and online reporting tools when the program commences November 1.

“These will help us set baselines, adopt targets, and provide new ways to measure and validate our progress across a standard and comprehensive set of goals and objectives,” said Riverside’s Sustainability Officer Mike Bacich.  “Our data will then become part of the initial STAR Community Index which future participants will be able to rate themselves and their progress with.”

The STAR Communities program envisions a ranking system similar to the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program that rates systems for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods.  Future STAR Communities ratings could help cities and counties when applying for state and federal funding for green and sustainability projects.

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