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Solar Projects in Riverside Now Producing Over 5 Megawatts

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Riverside – The City of Riverside reached another solar milestone today by surpassing the 5 megawatt (MW) mark. A megawatt is enough to power around 650 homes. More than 450 residential, commercial, and city-funded solar energy systems are now producing local, clean renewable energy in the City of Riverside.

A 7.35 kilowatt system at the California Citrus State Historic Park, located in the city’s historic orange grove greenbelt and a number of smaller residential projects going online this week helped to push Riverside over its latest solar milestone mark. “At the park we are proud to share in Riverside’s past,” said Kelly Elliott, Superintendent of the California Citrus State Historic Park. “However, we are just as proud to be a part of Riverside’s future by contributing to the community’s sustainable energy goals.” Fueled by the city’s and utility’s commitments to create a more sustainable community, available tax incentives and utility rebates, and more cost-effective solar technologies, Riverside has seen about a 1 MW increase in solar generation annually since 2009. “A key component in our plan to create a clean and green city was to increase our use of renewable energy resources and to make those technologies available to our residents,” said Riverside’s Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge. “The continued growth in Riverside’s solar portfolio is proof that the path we have paved is leading us to become the model solar city that we envisioned.”

Riverside Public Utilities, which provides energy services to more than 106,000 metered customers in the city, currently receives 20 percent of its total power mix from renewable energy resources.

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Crafton Hills College Fire Academy To Participate In 9-11 Memorial Ceremony

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SAN BERNARDINO - The Crafton Hills College Fire Academy cadets will for the second time participate in the Loma Linda Fire Academy Memorial Ceremony. The event will take place on September 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Loma Linda Fire Station 1, 11325 Loma Linda Dr., Loma Linda, Calif 92354. This year, in honor of those lost, the Loma Linda Fire Department will conduct a 9/11 memorial ceremony featuring the unveiling of a permanent 9/11 Memorial Monument which contains a steel artifact recovered from the devastation at Ground Zero. In addition, participation of Fire and Law enforcement honor guards, pipes & drums, representatives from military service branches as well as comments from recognized speakers will make this a memorable event. There is no cost to attend, and the public and media are welcome.

According to Dr. Cheryl Marshall, Crafton Hills College Interim President, “Crafton Hills College is honored to have our students, cadets in one of the finest Fire Academies in the state, participate in such a significant event. The tragedy of 9-11 changed the world as we know it, and we must continue to remember and acknowledge those who made the ultimate sacrifice.” Individuals and Organizations scheduled to participate in this event are: Representatives from military service branches; Fire Department and Law Enforcement Honor Guard; Pipes and Drums performance by San Bernardino City Fire Department; Senator Dutton; County Supervisor Neil Derry; Loma Linda Mayor Rigsby; The Urban Search and Rescue leader will give his account and experience from 9/11 as a first responder; and Crafton Hills Regional Fire Academy

For more information about the Loma Linda Fire Department event, please contact Nate Boucher, Public Information Officer, 909.799.2877, nboucher@lomalinda-ca.gov.

A Dream Deferred Legacy Continues

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Sincere thanks to all who helped to make a dream that began in a little two-room schoolhouse in Moscow, Arkansas become actualized in San Bernardino, California.

On August 23, 2012, the San Bernardino City Unified School District held official ground breaking ceremonies for the Dr. Mildred Dalton Henry Elementary School, thus continuing a legacy of public service, education, and entreprenurial tenacity of generations of the Dalton and Rodgers families. Alma Rodgers Dalton was a public school teacher in excess of 60 years, beginning in 1923. Ulysses Grant Dalton Jr. owned a farm, a cotton gin, and a general store at Tamo, Arkansas. The road from slavery to freedom culminated in establishing the Non-profit 501 (3)(C) Provisional Educational Services Inc., DBA The Provisional Accelerated Learning (PAL) Center and Charter Academy in San Bernardino. The ultimate honor was the ground breaking for the Dalton Henry Elementary School.

The legacy is now passed to the next generation; to my children Alvia, Delano and Lawrence Hampton, and the grandchildren, all of whom are in education or entreprenurial careers. The torch is also passed to the tens of thousands of individuals whose lives were impacted by the numerous programs, eleven at one time, at the PAL Center in San Bernardino. Services have been continuous since 1986. The current Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Employment Program staff, and the PAL Charter Academy High School staff continue the legacy by providing services to hundreds of youth each year.

From the wood burning, pot bellied stove in a two-room schoolhouse in Arkansas, to the solar energy and towers of California State University at San Bernardino, there were shoulders on which I stood, and mentors and community individuals who supported the dream.

Thanks to the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education for recognizing diversity and the value of community-based education. My 93-year-old church member remarked, “If I can walk, I will be there”. She and her husband were sitting at the groundbreaking site when I arrived. These are the shoulders on which I stand, and the legacy that I now leave to future generations. Thanks to all of you for your support. Together we are making a difference.

Mildred Dalton Hampton-Henry, Ph.D. San Bernardino, California

Share Electric Bill Assistance Available For Eligible City Of Riverside Residents

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RIVERSIDE – Riverside Public Utilities customers that are behind on their electric bills or face a shut-off of electricity may be able to take advantage of SHARE (Sharing Households Assist Riverside Energy). SHARE is a program of Riverside Public Utilities that assists qualified low-income residential electric customers with their utility bills and deposits. The program is administered by Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP Riverside), and it is supported by voluntary contributions by Riverside Public Utilities customers.

SHARE funds are available to Riverside households who meet the Federal poverty income guidelines. Annual household income ranges from $16,335 for one person up to $44,985 for six persons in the household. Qualified customers are eligible to receive assistance of $150.00, once a year, toward the electric portion of their utility bill. Assistance is provided to walk-ins from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at CAP Riverside, 2038 Iowa Avenue, Suite B-102, Riverside, CA 92507. The Utility Assistance office is located at the right rear of the Summit Business Center.

The following documents are required when applying for SHARE: valid photo I.D, Social Security card, birth certificate, current (within the last 4 weeks) proof of income for all household members or an award letter, and current (within the last 4 weeks) Riverside Public Utilities bill or an urgent notice. To view income guidelines and download an application, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.capriverside.org" \t "_blank" www.capriverside.org For more information, please contact (951) 955-6478.

Mayor Acquanetta Warren Expresses Sincere Gratitude to 2nd District Supervisor Janice Rutherford!

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Fontana - The Mayor and City Council thank 2nd District Supervisor Janice Rutherford for her generous contribution towards the rehabilitation of Martin Tutor Park and expansion of the Memorial Rose Garden. “It is such a blessing to see the commitment from our 2nd District Supervisor Janice Rutherford. As the founder of “Healthy Fontana” I understand the importance of creating spaces for children to be active. Supervisor Rutherford’s contribution to Martin Tutor Park is helping our young people have a future by renovating this beautiful park for the children to play.” stated Mayor Warren.

The aquatics area of Martin Tutor Park has been closed for several years and residents in south Fontana were in great need of parks for their children. It has always been the desire of this City Council to provide safe, clean areas for families to recreate in and the City Council made this park a priority for this year. The goal of this $1 million renovation project was to provide a much needed update to existing water slides at a south Fontana Park and to reopen it for use. By taking the current uses of the existing park and by adding water features in response to the growing community’s needs, the Martin Tudor Park will become an active centerpiece for families in the area. Mayor Warren and the City Council appreciate the partnership and support of Supervisor Rutherford to bridge the gap to bring this project to fruition in this much needed time.

The Memorial Rose garden is another project that is dear to the Mayor and City Council. It has been their goal to develop a place that residents can memorialize their loved ones. This rose garden not only provides an opportunity for residents to carry on the memory of their loved ones, but it enhances the downtown. “This project touches me personally. With the expansion provided by the funds from Supervisor Rutherford, residents can continue to add names of loved ones that are no longer with us physically, but will remain in our hearts forever.” stated Mayor Warren.

Mayor Warren would like to encourage residents to contact Supervisor Rutherford and express thanks for her continuous support and generous spirit towards this community.

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