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Riverside Moving Forward With Temporary Economic Development Energy Rate

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Riverside – After receiving approval from the city council last week, Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) is moving forward with its new Temporary Economic Development (TED) electric rate, designed to entice new business growth and relocation to Riverside.

The utility’s TED rate would provide discounts for new qualifying electric customers of 30, 20, and 10 percent through December 31, 2013, 2014, and 2015 respectively, which can help offset start up or relocation costs. Customers with projected minimum monthly energy demands of at least 20 kilowatts (kW) and not exceeding 500 kW would be eligible to participate.

“This rate plan provides us with another tool that we can use to promote economic development and business expansion in Riverside,” said RPU General Manager David H. Wright. “In addition to wanting companies to come here, we also want them to stay here and thrive and become a part of Riverside’s overall mosaic.”

“Providing rate discounts like these can help to achieve that goal,” Wright said. In fact, RPU estimates that 40 to 50 new businesses would qualify each year under the new rate program.  The TED rate is the latest move by the customer-owned water and energy utility that has helped to foster the City of Riverside’s “Seizing our Destiny” plan for economic development.  In the past two years, RPU has also: reestablishing an economic development rate plan for large energy use customers (500 kW and higher); frozen electric rates through the end of 2012; and created a business retention rate to help mitigate additional negative economic impacts.

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RCC Welcomes Lord Lieutenant Of Greater London

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Honorable Roger Bramble, At A Special Reception

Riverside - A representative of Queen Elizabeth II, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, the Honorable Roger Bramble will visit Riverside City College to extend a special invitation regarding the 2014 New Year’s Day Parade and Festival in London on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the RCCD Alumni House (across from Riverside City College), 3564 Ramona Ave. Bramble’s history includes: High Sheriff of Greater London, 1999-2000, and Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster, 1985-86. He is also the patron and founder of the London Parade Festival. For more information on this event, contact Diana Meza, RCCD Public Affairs at (951) 222-8958.

Community Clean Up Day

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Apple Valley – Making Apple Valley a "Better way of Life" can be as simple as donating one morning to help pick up trash in the community.

Join volunteers Saturday, October 20 for the semi-annual Community Clean Up event from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Community service organizations, schools, churches, clubs and individual volunteers are invited to participate in this free event. Teams are provided with trash bags and gloves and assigned an area to clean. In return, participants get event T-shirts and lunch while supplies last. Volunteers must sign up in advance to get supplies, assignments and fill out a liability waiver. To help make a difference in the Town of Apple Valley call Special Events at (760) 240-7000 x 7071. Our twice annual Clean Up Days are made possible with the help of Burrtec, Sparklett’s, Splattered Ink, Take Pride in America and Keep California Beautiful.

Bulky household items such as mattresses, appliances, and furniture may be dropped off free of charge at the collection bins on the corner of Navajo and Pah-ute between 9 a.m. and noon.  No tires, televisions, computer monitors or other hazardous materials will be accepted.  The Town accepts household hazardous waste every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility at 13450 Nomwaket Road in Apple Valley between Powhatan and Ottawa roads. For more information on recycling or disposing of hazardous waste, visit www.GreenAppleValley.org.

RCC Applied Digital Media Student, Iris Calderon, Wins A $2,000 Scholarship And A Trip To Graph Expo 2012 In Chicago

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RIVERSIDE - Applied Digital Media student Iris Calderon was surprised when she received news that she was the winner of the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation’s (GAERF) 2012 Student Design Competition. “I didn’t think I could win,” said Calderon, who decided to take digital media courses in college after enjoying a high school graphic design class. “I was in complete shock and disbelief.”

The theme of the contest was “Why Hire Me?” Entrants were required to produce a postcard with a personalized logo. Calderon decided to use a sequence of images that were part of a project she had done in class. “I made them look like a film strip,” she said. “It makes me extremely proud to know that our program produces students of this caliber. Iris just confirms the success of RCC’s Applied Digital Media and Printing,” said Professor Rich Finner.

Calderon, the oldest of three children and a graduate of Centennial High School in Corona, wants to be an entrepreneur/developer/inventor. She plans to transfer to Cal Poly Pomona to pursue computer engineering and is eager to learn computer programming and integrate the artistic and technical elements of graphic design. The GAERF award includes a trip to GRAPH EXPO 2012 in Chicago and a $2,000 cash prize, which she plans to use to buy new computer equipment.

For more information about Riverside City College’s Digital Media program, log on to http://www.academic.rcc.edu/applieddigitalmedia/.

Riverside Police Invite Community to Golden Badge Awards In Support of the Riverside Police Foundation

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Riverside – The Riverside Police Department and the Riverside Police Foundation invite community members to attend the Golden Badge Awards for a formal evening of dining, dancing, silent and live auctions. The event will take place at the Municipal Auditorium, 3485 Mission Inn Avenue on Saturday, September 29, 2012 beginning at 6:00 p.m. This is your opportunity to support the Foundation and its Service to Youth. The Foundation’s inaugural Golden Badge Awards fundraiser is being held at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium and the proceeds will help sponsor numerous programs for the youth in our community. Rob McMillan, ABC7 Eyewitness News Inland Empire Bureau Chief, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Mayor Ron Loveridge will be recognized as the first recipient of the “Distinguished Leader Award” and Mr. Dell Roberts will be honored with the first “Chief’s Award.” The third award, our “Future Leader Award”, will be presented to Courtney Blatchford for the leadership skills she demonstrated in our Teen 2 Teen program. The Future Leader Award also includes a scholarship. Foundation board members will highlight the Foundation’s activities within the community.

The Riverside Police Foundation is a charitable organization created to fund youth and community outreach programs within the police department. The goal of the Foundation is “Service to Youth” and to promote public safety, improve quality of life in our community, and strengthen the partnership between Riverside youth, parents, community members, and the police department. Community involvement is a key component in redirecting young people toward a more promising future.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to donate contact Supervisor Karen Haverkamp at khaver@riversideca.gov or 951-826-5644. www.riversidepolicefoundation.org

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