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Movie Producer Tommy Ross Appointed To California Film Commission

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Businessman Tommy Ross, C.E.O. of Pinnacle Strategic Group, has been appointed to the board of the California Film Commission by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass. Says Bass:

"Tommy Ross has been a diligent and dedicated individual throughout his career in both the public and private sectors, always acting as the consummate professional. With his appointment to the California Film Commission, the administration and the people of California can be confident that his exemplary work will continue to pay dividends for our state in an industry that is vital to our future."

The California Film Commission works to enhance the economic climate in California by keeping film industry jobs and projects in the state. The Commission has an advisory board of members appointed by the Governor, Senate Pro Tem and Speaker of the Assembly.

Ross retired in 2009 from Southern California Edison where he was appointed by the Board of Directors as corporate Vice President, Public Affairs and oversaw the Sacramento Public Affairs office which included a team of lobbyists, analysts, administrative staff and consultants. He has more than 30 years of legislative, political, public affairs and management experience and has developed a reputation as a master political and corporate communications strategist.

Ross recently formed and is President/CEO of Pinnacle Strategic Group, Inc (www. pinnacl est rategy. net ) which provides political and corporate strategic communication guidance to clients in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, DC.

He is also founder and Chairman of the Board/President of the Research and Policy Institute of California, a Sacramento-based public policy non-profit that provides leadership training, research, and assists public policy makers in formulating proposals specific to the African-American community (www.calresearch.org).

Ross also ventured into the world of entertainment in 2005 when he formed and served as managing partner for Hormones, LLC. As an Executive Producer, he produced his first film, “American Hormones”, which was subsequently distributed to DVD by Vanguard Entertainment. (American Hormones is available on Amazon.com and Netflix). In 2008 he became managing partner of Gospel Jam, LLC and subsequently served as Executive Producer of their recently completed production of the first African-American faith based musical film “Church” (www. churchthefilm. com).

Gospel Jam, LLC is currently seeking to secure a distribution deal for this historic production.

In 2010, Ross was elected to the Board of Directors of Premier Power Renewable Energy, an El Dorado Hills, California based solar panel installation company with business interests in the United States, Spain and Italy.

SB NAACP Hosts Image Awards Trip Fundraiser

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The San Bernardino Branch of the NAACP is hosting a fundraising bus trip to the 41st Annual Image Awards, to be held on February 26 at the historic Shrinner's Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

The cost of the event is $60, which includes admission and bus transportation. Seats will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Join us to see the stars and enjoy a great evening What will win the Outstanding Motion Picture award, The Blind Side, Invictus, Michael Jackson This Is It, Precious or Princess and the Frog. Or who will win in the over 40 categories.

The bus will leave at 2:00 p.m. from the New Hope Family Life Center, 1505 W. Highland Ave. The show may be seen live on Fox at 8 p.m. For information or to reserve your seat call, Linda Hart (909) 246-2078. Hurry to get your seat.

RCOE offers on-the-job training program

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The Riverside County Office of Education is offering an on-the-job training program for more than 100 young people with federal stimulus money available to reimburse employers who participate to cover training costs.

The Transition Partnership Program (TPP) offered by RCOE is a partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation and finds jobs for young people who recently completed high school and who have learning disabilities or physical disabilities.

Some of the young job hunters have no work experience.

Others have completed a vocational training program and an internship in a field such as warehousing, child care, or retail.

Employers who continue to employ one of the participants for several months may also qual ify for the state’s Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

Information on the on-the-job trainings is available from Lynn Smith at the Riverside County Office of Education, (951) 826- 6763.

SCE Honors African American Inventors at 8th Annual Black History Month Event

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Southern California Edison (SCE) recently celebrated its 8th Annual Black History Month Celebration, “Connecting The Evolution of Electricity to Black History”, at its Customer Technology Application Center in Irwindale. The event is a demonstration of SCE’s commitment to diversity and recognizes African Americans who have made contributions to electricity and technology.

The event’s keynote speaker was Bernard Kinsey who spoke about African American history and historical artifacts. He discussed the “Shared Treasures of the Bernard and Shirley Kinsey”, a collection of African American art, books and documents. Another special guest speaker at the event , David Owens, Edison Electric Institute’s executive vice president, Business Operations Group, talked about advances in the electric industry.

SCE also recognized African American inventors, community leaders and businesses that have made contributions and influenced history. Notable guests at the event included Kenneth B. Morris Jr. , the great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass, and Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X.

“This event is designed to celebrate and recognize Black History Month and the contribut ions of African Americans,” said David A. Ford, event cofounder.

“SCE was honored to have descendants of prominent African Americans such as Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X attend the event and support our efforts.”

Two companies, South Coast Paper and Sullivan International, were honored for long-standing partnerships and providing quality products and services to SCE.

For more information on African American inventors, visit www.sce.com/inventors.

ABC 7 Q&A at Boys and Girls Club of SB

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Representatives of ABC 7's News, Programming, & Public Affairs Depts sat as a 'panel' to listen and respond to statements from the people of San Bernardino "about local issues and stories that affect the community". The Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino hosted the event, and many of their members as well as a spectrum of community representatives participated.

Issues raised included: local air quality and it's affect on the health of area children and frail adults; vehicle and rail traffic congestion and their addition to pollution; bad 'rep' in the media who appear to focus on 'crime', ' violence', 'gangs',and ignore the rest of people and events of area life. Ministers spoke of programs they endorse; Mayor Pat Morris, recommended press attention to the up-coming "City of San Bernardino 1810-2010 Bicentennial celebration which in 'newsworthy for ALL of Californians' Another spoke of the Black History & Culture Month events beginning with the Black History Parade.

Responding, on behalf of Channel 7, were Cheryl Fair; Ernie Thornton; Diane Medina; Teresa Samaiego; Rob MacMillan; Bob Banfield; and General Manager, Arnie Kleiner. While generally responsive, they felt it necessary to point out that they depend on us to let them know what is going on in our area, but that they 'cover' all of Southern California, and how much they can do depends on what else is happening in the region.

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