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Assemblymember Carter Recognized for Commitment to Small Business

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District 62 Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter was among the top-ranked state lawmakers to be recognized in 2009 by the California Small Business Association for her dedication to issues of most importance to small business.

Priority issues for the California Small Business Association in 2009 included access to capital for small businesses, comprehensive budget reform, fair and equal tax policies, state and local procurement and affordable technology services and education.

"Small businesses play a vital role in the ever-growing California economy and particularly in the 62nd District," said Assemblymember Carter, who is the owner of a small business in Rialto. "When small businesses succeed, the whole communi ty benefits."

California State Assembly Member Carter represents the 62nd District which includes Col ton, Rialto, Muscoy, Bloomington and parts of San Bernardino and Fontana.

Dr. Sandra Bruce Nichols Named CMO, Unitedhealthcare West Region

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UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, has named Dr. Sandra Bruce Nichols chief medical officer, West Region.

Dr. Bruce Nichols will focus on helping ensure access to and use of appropriate medical services for UnitedHealthcare plan participants, promoting quality clinical care and positive patient outcomes, and effectively managing health care costs. She will also maintain relationships with contracted physicians and physician organizations throughout the region and collaborate with other staff physicians to achieve quality objectives.

Dr. Bruce Nichols brings to her position more than 15 years of experience in health care, medical education and medical management.

Previously, she was the national medical director of clinical performance for AmeriChoice, a UnitedHealth Group company that serves beneficiaries of Medicaid and other government-sponsored health care programs. Also, she was director and commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Health; a cabinet member for Arkansas governors Jim Guy Tucker and Mike Huckabee; and regional CEO of Amerigroup Corp. in the District of Columbia and Virginia.

“Sandra’s outstanding leadership in multiple health care settings, her clinical expertise and direct care and administrative experience will help enhance patient outcomes and drive a more efficient and effective health care system for our customers throughout the region,” said Sam Ho, M.D., UnitedHealthcare’s executive vice president and chief medical officer.

Dr. Bruce Nichols is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice.

She earned her medical degree from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine.

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.


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