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Edison International Establishes 3-Year Grant With Lagrant

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Edison International committed to a contribution of $150,000 to The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) over the course of three years – 2009, 2010 and 2011 – donating $50,000 each year.

The partnership will help TLF target the underserved student populations in Edison International’s service territories by focusing on five campuses in the California State University System, which has the largest diverse and underserved minority population of students than any other state university system. One student from CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, and CSU San Bernardino will be granted a TLF scholarship annually for the next three years.

The LAGRANT Foundation’s mission is to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations by providing scholarships, career development workshops, professional development, mentors and internships to African American, American Indian/Native American, Asian Pacific American and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students.

"We are long-time supporters of The LAGRANT Foundation and we applaud the Foundation's education mission," said Edison International Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Barbara J. Parksy.

“We want to take this partnership to the next level by directly increasing the number of students receiving scholarships in these underserved areas of Southern California."

TLF will work closely with the school’s communications and business programs to provide scholarships, internships, career development workshops and mentors for undergraduate and graduate students.

TLF will target ethnic minority students pursuing degrees in advertising, marketing and public relations and will be able to directly reach Edison International’s underserved populations to assist ethnic minorities in achieving their academic and professional goals.

“Edison has supported The LAGRANT Foundation for nine of the eleven years TLF has existed,” said TLF Founder/Chairman, Mr. Kim L. Hunter. “We are excited about this partnership, which will help to provide more concentrated efforts on some of the most diverse CSU campuses in the state.”

Since its inception in 1998, TLF has awarded close to $1,000,000 to more than a 130 students nationwide. TLF Strives to shatter the glass ceiling and provide opportunities for ethnic minorities for years to come.

CAPSBC Announces Community Partnerships to Serve Public

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Patricia L. Nickols, CEO of Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (“CAPSBC”) announced a countywide partnership to provide services to the public under the auspices of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Community Services Block Grant (“ARRA CSBG.”) Eighteen organizations are operating 21 projects in the program areas of asset building and development, food network expansion and youth training and employment.

Partners include a mix of community and faith-based organizations, training centers, and a local university.

“CAPSBC received a total of $4.2 million in ARRA CSBG funds,” said Nickols. “$1.2 million was awarded on a competitive basis to delegate agencies to serve low-income households while creating or retaining jobs in the community.

The ARRA CSBG is on a fast-track, and agencies will be subject to increased levels of transparency and accountability.”

ARRA, also known as the Stimulus Plan, is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart the economy, save and create millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing longneglected challenges so the country can thrive in the 21st century. It is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression. It targets investments toward key areas that will save and create good jobs immediately, while also laying the groundwork for long-term economic growth.

CSBG is the core funding mechanism for CASPBC, and the ARRA CSBG represents a unique opportunity for CAPSBC to provide funding for public and private communitybased agencies to offer programs and services that assist individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency.

Agencies that comprise the ARRA CSBG partnership are:

Asset Building Arrowhead United Way, $60,000

Inland Empire Women’s Business Center , $59,100

Time for Change Foundation, $52,249

Hearts and Lives, $46,500

Food Network Expansion Catholic Charities of San Bernardino/Riverside, $60,000

Desert Manna Ministries – Food Distribution, $60,000

House of Prayer Gospel Outreach Ministries, $60,000

Greater Faith Grace Bible Church, $60,000

Inland Counties Health Systems Agency - Food Distribution, $59,659

High Desert Domestic Violence, $47,000

Westside Community Services Center, $60,000

Youth Training and Employment Foundation for CSUSB – Student Internship Program, $60,000

Center for Employment Training, $60,000

Young Visionaries Youth Leadership, $60,000

Priscilla's Helping Hands, $59,938

Youth Action Project, $59,932

Foundation for CSUSB – Day Reporting/Job Development, $59,922, $59,912

Black Voice Foundation, $59,200

Inland Counties Health Systems Agency – Youth Training, $40,461

Desert Manna Ministries – Thrift Store, $60,000

Community Briefs

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$35,000 Grants for Nonprofits

The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) is accepting applications for its 2010 Sabbatical Program. The $35,000 grant enables health-sector nonprofit executives in California to spend up to six months away from the workplace for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. The deadline for applications is Friday, February 19, 2010.

Applications and eligibility requirements are available online under the Leadership Recognition section at http://www.calwellness.org./ You may also access the 2010 Sabbatical Program Application: http://www.calwellness.org/leader ship_recognition/sabbatical_pro gram_overview.htm

City of San Bernardino…There’s an App for that

Potholes that need filling, barking dogs that need quieting, and graffiti that needs removing are now an iPhone tap away in San Bernardino with the launch of the GoRequest iPhone app. iPhone users simply open the app, select an issue, take a picture, and tap submit – the app knows the exact location and sends the issue directly to the staff member who can fix it. “It’s critical that we make our services available through the channels our residents desire to use it,” said Mayor Patrick Morris. “This technology also improves our efficiency, which is very important on a tight budget.”

The GPS and camera features built into the iPhone make it simple for residents to alert City officials about a variety of issues around the clock while they're mobile. Residents will know that their issue went to the right person without ever going to an office or sitting down at a computer, and they can also receive status updates on their issues.

The City of San Bernardino is receiving tremendous benefits from this new technology.

A picture is worth a thousand words – when a resident taps the send button, their iPhone sends a photo and the precise location directly to the right person at the City who can easily find and fix the issue. This efficiency allows the City to serve more requests with fewer people, and it saves time and money while improving service.

The iPhone app can be downloaded from the iPhone App Store by searching for GORequest, or by going to the City of San Bernardino’s Web site at: www.sbcity.org. There is no charge to download the app.

The iPhone app is the latest enhancement to the City of San Bernardino’s citizen relationship management (CRM) solution from Government Outreach, Inc.

More information about GoRequest is available at www.sbcity.org

$100,000 Play Free SportsWatch Basketball Contest

San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino is giving away $100,000 in cash and other prizes during its SportsWatch® Basketball contest. Eligible contestants, 21 or older, can make picks starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2010. New contests begin every Saturday thereafter at 10 a.m. The promotion ends April 10, 2010. Contestants must be a Club Serrano member, which is free to join.

NOTE: Must be 21 years of age or older to enter contest and/or to enter the Casino.

 

Governor Appoints First African-American Woman as General of National Guard

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Brigadier General Mary J. Kight as the first female adjutant general of the California National Guard and first African-American female National Guard adjutant general in the nation. He also thanked General William H. Wade II for his years of dedicated service.

“Brigadier General Mary Kight is a proven courageous, loyal and honorable leader. She has a long and distinguished history of service to our state and nation and I am proud to have her as the first female adjutant general of our military forces here in California,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “I am confident that with General Kight's leadership, the California National Guard will continue to be fully prepared, standing ready and able to assist our local communities and our country when called upon in times of emergency.”

General Kight has served the California National Guard for nearly 25 years. She has been assistant adjutant general since 2006 and previously held the positions of assistant adjutant general, air for the California National Guard Headquarters from 2004 to 2006, 201st Mission Support Squadron detach commander for all members on Title 10 from 2001 to 2004, 144th Mission Support Group commander in Fresno from 1999 to 2004 and first aircraft generation squadron commander for the 144th Fighter Wing from 1994 to 1998. Prior to that, Kight was an aircraft maintenance officer from 1990 to 1994, a field maintenance officer from 1987 to 1990 and an avionics maintenance officer from 1984 to 1987. She was a wing executive officer for the Nebraska Air National Guard from 1981 to 1984 and served the U.S. Air Force from 1974 to 1981.

“I whole-heartedly share in the Governor’s commitment to public safety and ensuring that our armed forces are well-trained and equipped to provide support and assistance here in California and abroad at a moment’s notice,” said General Kight. “I am honored to take on this new position serving the California National Guard as adjutant general and I look forward to using my knowledge and experience to uphold California’s military forces’ outstanding legacy of service.”

General Kight, 59, of Sacramento, earned a Master of Strategic Studies from Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, a Master of Science degree in human resources management from Gonzaga University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in social welfare from California State University, Chico and an Associate of Arts degree in general studies from Monterey Peninsula College. She also graduated from Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $180,201. Kight is a Republican.

The Governor also thanked General William H. Wade II for his years of dedicated service to the California National Guard as he transitions to his newly selected position as deputy chief of staff for operations, Joint Forces Command-Naples, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Response Force, Naples, Italy.

“Major General Wade has been an exceptional leader of the California National Guard, working to keep our state and nation safe and our men and women in uniform trained for success,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “On behalf of all Californians, I thank Major General Wade for his service to our state and extend my best wishes for an exciting and fulfilling future as he represents and serves our country with NATO.”

The Military Department is responsible for the command, leadership and management of the California Army and Air National Guard whose purpose is to provide military service support to California as well as the nation. The California National Guard protects the public safety of the people of California by providing military support to civil authorities during natural disasters and other emergencies, and provides support to the local communities. These services are provided through 118 armories, four Air National Guard air bases and four Army Aviation flight facilities located throughout California. The California National Guard is the largest National Guard force in the United States, with an assigned strength of approximately 16,606 Army National Guard and 4,757 Air National Guard members. Of these 21,363 men and women, 1,975 are currently deployed and since September 11, 2001, more than 32,449 California National Guard personnel have been deployed both at home and abroad.

Helping Haiti - One Shoe At A Time

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SOLES4SOULS, Inc., the shoe charity, D & J Barber & Beauty Center and One Body - One Life Homes will hold a shoe drive to benefit earthquake victims in Haiti. The public is invited to recycle their "gently worn" shoes for people in need in Haiti Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 10:00 am - 4:00 PM at D&J Barber & Beauty Center - 1245 North E Street - San Bernardino, Ca. 92405.

Food, music and a charity parking lot sale.

Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. The charity distributes these shoes free of charge to people in need. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 5.5 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes. Donations are tax deductible.

Contact: Joshlyn Earls (909) 685-9667

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