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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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Mark A. McKay Founder McKay’s Family Mortuary, LLC

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Mark McKay always had a vision, and that is to serve mankind with all of his heart. Prior to the mortuary business, McKay was employed as a surgical nurse for over 12 years at St. Francis Medical Center in Los Angeles. He obtained numerous achievements of recognition for the care that he gave to patients.

Always desiring to hone his entrepreneurial skills, Mark sought to explore the janitorial industry as an additional source of income during the recession period of the Reagan Administration. As his knowledge and experience increased, McKay was able to negotiate lucrative corporate, government and state funded accounts. The expanding success of the business allowed him to employ over 30 employees. He faithfully mentored his employees, showing extreme dedication and motivating many of them to start their own businesses.

Mark McKay later accepted a position with SCI, Service Corporation International, the largest end-of-life arrangements and services provider in the U.S. He provided compassion for families and assisted them as they struggled to obtain dignified and quality funeral services for their loved ones. Witnessing this task daily was an overwhelming feat for McKay. However, it was also a defining moment in his life, as he realized his true passion and calling. McKay comments, “There is no greater gift than to be of service to mankind”. In 2003, Mark McKay opened his first mortuary with monies saved from his janitorial business. He and his wife Robin, have since established over five successful locations serving families throughout Southern California. They are committed to providing quality services at affordable costs, having many of their competitors to follow suit. McKay Mortuary’s mantra is, “No family will ever be turned away due to a lack of funds.” Mark and Robin McKay have been happily married for over 29 years, and have raised five successful children.

McKays Mortuary, an outstanding institution as distinctive as its name. Operated with Christian ethics, McKays Mortuary maintains great value in serving others with dignity. 

Riverside Community Hospital appoints new Chief Financial Officer

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RIVERSIDE - Riverside Community Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Russ Young as Chief Financial Officer, effective October 1, 2012. Mr. Young brings extensive health care finance and administration background to his new role at Riverside Community Hospital.

"We are delighted that Russ is joining Riverside Community Hospital as Chief Financial Officer and as a part of our executive team,” says President and CEO Patrick Brilliant. “With more than 15 years of finance experience and a broad and deep knowledge of hospital accounting and administration, I’m confident that Russ is a perfect candidate for the position. We look forward to welcoming him to our team.”

Since 2008, Russ has served as the CFO for HCA Central Florida Regional Hospital.  Russ has been a part of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Riverside Community Hospital’s parent company, since 1998, starting as an Accountant with HCA Ocala Regional Medical Center.  From there, he transitioned to the HCA Corporate office serving as an Internal Audit Manager, then moved on to Controller for HCA Mountain Division, then CFO for HCA South Bay Hospital in the West Florida Division.

Russ played a significant role in the success of HCA Central Florida Regional Hospital. During his time there, he was instrumental in developing and implementing growth strategies that contributed in making Central Florida Regional an excellent performing hospital. “I am extremely excited to join the Riverside Community Hospital family!  My wife, Pam, and our children look forward to relocating to the Riverside area in October and engraining ourselves in this wonderful community. I know that RCH is an organization that really does care for the community and I am looking forward to being a part of the team.  Personally, I am eager to begin building friendships both inside and outside the walls of our Hospital.”

Russ received his Masters of Business Administration at Mercer University, Macon, Georgia.  Russ is married to his wife, Pamela, and they have three children:  Kelsey (12), Hailey (10), and Caleb (7).

Torlakson Appoints Inglewood High Alumnus as State Administrator for Inglewood Unified School District

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INGLEWOOD—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today appointed Kent Taylor—himself a graduate of Inglewood High School—as State Administrator over the financially troubled Inglewood Unified School District.           “My top priority is to keep Inglewood’s schools open and serving its students, while returning the district to fiscal solvency, and ultimately, local control,” Torlakson said. “Kent Taylor is the right choice for this tough, but critically important, job. He has deep roots in the Inglewood community, and a proven track record as a leader and sound fiscal manager.”           Taylor, who currently serves as Superintendent of the Southern Kern Unified School District, brings two decades of experience working in California’s public schools to his new assignment. He has worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and other administrative assignments in San Bernardino, Yucaipa, San Jacinto, and Rialto before being named superintendent in 2011.

“It’s an honor to come home to Inglewood and serve a community and a school system that have meant so much to me,” Taylor said. “I look forward to the opportunity to address the many challenges we face and working to give every Inglewood student the same opportunity to succeed that I enjoyed.”

Taylor earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Riverside; his teaching credential at the University of La Verne; and Masters of Education degree at California State University, San Bernardino. He served 12 years as a school board member at Colton Unified School District. Taylor has also been awarded for exemplary service as an educator and is a member of several professional education associations, including the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators, and the Association of California School Administrators.

The state took over the district last month, when, at the district’s request, Governor Brown approved legislation that would provide up to $55 million in emergency loans to help the district meet its financial obligations. The loan must be repaid within 20 years.

The legislation required the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to assume all the legal rights, duties, and powers of the governing board of the district and appoint a state administrator. By law, the school district's elected governing board serves only in an advisory capacity until a number of conditions are met.

The Superintendent’s authority continues until the district has adequate fiscal systems and controls in place, and the Superintendent has determined that the district's future compliance with the fiscal plan approved for the district is probable. The recovery plan also includes steps to improve the district's community relations and governance, pupil achievement, financial management, personnel management, and facilities management.

Inglewood Unified School District is the ninth school district in California to request an emergency loan, thus triggering the state takeover, since 1990. Since then, local governance has been returned to five districts. For more information, please visit the California Department of Education's HYPERLINK "http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fi/ir/stateemergloans.asp" \t "_blank" State Emergency Loans Web page.

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