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Asian Pacific Cultural Association Presents Lunar Fest 2013

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The Asian Pacific Cultural Association (APCA), invites the public to their Third Annual Lunar Fest Golden Dragon VIP Gala & Fundraiser, generously sponsored by Riverside Community Hospital. This exclusive dinner and reception will be held at the Riverside Community Health Foundation on Friday, January 25, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. While their guests will be transported to a setting of the ancient orient with a traditional 10 Course Wedding Style Banquet deliciously crafted by Master Chef Andrew Wang, complete with eclectic international flavors and live entertainment representing some of their Sister Cities in Asia. Gala Tickets are $100 each.

The evening festivities will include a Special Guest Speaker, the first APCA's International Humanitarian Award Recipient, live auction, silent auctions, cultural entertainment and more. Come partake in this evening of cultural traditions, Asian cuisine, fashion, and fun. Asian attire is most welcomed.

Seats are limited.

Tickets are available online at https://goldendragonvipdinner.chirrpy.com or www.LunarFestRiverside.org or contact Theresa Birkett at (951) 712- 6301 or Taffi Brandriff at (909) 215-3011 for more information.

California Wellness Foundation Recognizes California Peace Prize Honorees

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LOS ANGELES – The California Wellness Foundation proudly recognized its 2012 California Peace Prize honorees: Michael Cummings of Los Angeles, Kevin Grant of Oakland and the late Su Yon Park of Oakland. Each received a cash award of $25,000 as an acknowledgment of their commitment to prevent violence and promote peace in their communities.

The California Wellness Foundation is a private, independent foundation created in 1992, with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.

Since its founding, TCWF has awarded 6,544 grants totaling more than $815 million. It is one of the state’s largest private foundations.

Please visit TCWF’s website at CalWellness.org for more information, including a newsroom section devoted to the California Peace Prize and the three honorees. High-resolution photos are also available. Video interview clips for Cummings and Grant are posted at TCWF’s YouTube channel.

Universal Soccer League, Fontana Police Department Partner to Bring Smiles to Children

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Fontana - The Mayor and City Council would like to recognize the Universal Soccer League for serving the youth of Fontana through its “Toys for Soccer” tournament.

The Universal Soccer League is a resident youth soccer organization in the City of Fontana since 1996. The organization serves close to 1500 youth participants annually at various City of Fontana athletic fields. On December 16, 2012 the league hosted its “Toys for Soccer” tournament with the participation of 50 youth teams, ages 6-17. The event collected 25 bags of toys for boys and girls of all ages.

Toys collected were donated on behalf of the Universal Soccer League to the Fontana Police Department on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. The Police Department will distribute the toys on Christmas day to children they come in contact with while out on patrol, and to those in low-income housing areas.

Hector Vasquez, Community Services Coordinator and Olga A. Hernandez, Community Policing Technician coordinated the delivery. In this season of giving, the City commends the efforts of the Universal Soccer League and Fontana Police Department for coming together and serving the youth of the community.

For more information about the Universal Soccer League and the “Toys for Soccer” tournament, please contact Fontana Sports at (909) 349-6917.

Advisory Committee Named for UC Riverside Chancellor Search

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Jane Close Conoley from UC Santa Barbara will lead the campus while the committee works on the search

RIVERSIDE - University of California President Mark G. Yudof last week announced the appointment of an advisory committee of university faculty, staff, students, alumni and foundation representatives to help in the national search for a new chancellor to lead UC Riverside. Sherry Lansing, chair of the Board of Regents, also appointed five regents to serve.

Outgoing Chancellor Timothy P. White, an internationally-renowned biology and physiology researcher, plans to leave the University of California on Dec. 30 to become chancellor of the California State University system.

White became Riverside’s eighth chancellor in 2008 and launched an ambitious 10-year strategic plan to take the campus to new levels of nationally recognized excellence. During his tenure, the Riverside campus grew to more than 21,000 students. White also established the foundation of a UC Riverside School of Medicine, obtaining start-up resources and hiring the school’s first dean.

“Chancellor White generated tremendous momentum for UC Riverside,” said President Yudof. “It’s critical that we find the right leader to continue Riverside on its current trajectory and propel it to even greater heights of academic excellence and public service.”

Jane Close Conoley, dean of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, will serve as acting chancellor of UC Riverside until the appointment of a successor to Chancellor White.

The members of the search advisory committee for the UC Riverside chancellor include:

• UC Regents Eddie Island, Fred Ruiz, Jonathan Stein, Bruce D. Varner and Charlene Zettel

• Faculty representatives Robert Powell, chair of the UC Academic Senate and professor of chemical engineering and materials science, UC Davis; Mayfair Yang, professor of religious studies, UC Santa Barbara; Jose Wudka, professor of physics and astronomy, UC Riverside; Yolanda Moses, professor of anthropology, UC Riverside; and Neal Schiller, professor of biomedical sciences, UC Riverside

• Staff representative Robert Wolfer, information technology manager, UC Riverside

• Student representatives Liam Dow, president, Associated Students, UC Riverside (undergraduate student representative); and Aaron Jones, chairman, Student Services Fee Advisory Committee, UC Riverside (graduate student representative)

• Alumni representative Mary Schuler, president of the UC Riverside Alumni Association

• UC Riverside Foundation representative Thomas T. Haider, M.D, member of the UC Riverside Foundation board of trustees

• Ex-officio committee members UC President Mark G. Yudof, convener of the committee; and Sherry Lansing, chair of the Board of Regents

The committee’s first meeting will be held Jan. 10, 2013 at UC Riverside, where committee members and invited guests will gather in closed session. The daylong forum will include remarks by President Yudof, followed by separate sessions with various campus constituency groups. The president and committee members also will participate in a luncheon with alumni, donors and community leaders.

The advisory committee will be involved in recruiting, screening and conducting interviews with candidates for the position. The committee’s work will be scheduled so that candidates can be presented to President Yudof for consideration and a recommended nominee submitted to the Board of Regents, tentatively by July 2013.

The search will be assisted by David Bellshaw and Bernie Jones of the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller.

A Visit to McDonalds in Colton

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By John Coleman

I'm NOT a fast food person. Instead of making a 'fast break' to a Mc'Burger restaurants whenever hunger pains begin, I prefer to cook for myself and eat at home... carrots, broccoli, fish, or chicken, while I sit at a table, read a magazine, listen to classical music on the radio, and usually take more than an hour to eat. When I do go out to eat, it's to celebrate the occasion with some special person. Even I recognize that my way is NOT the new normal way.

Under the principle that real journalists call: "Truth in Reporting", I felt it necessary to share the above bit of personal information, in order to inform anyone who reads this, that I neither have or pretend to have the ability to rate any fast food restaurants, whether by franchise chain (Wendy's) vs. (Jack in the Box), or by brand (McDonalds) vs. brand (Burger King).

Already aware that many national organizations authorize some local units to participate in community benefit events, I learned that the Boys & Girls Club of San Bernardino had been given the opportunity to hold a fund-raiser, Dec 17, 2012, at the McDonalds Restaurant & Drive-in at 225 W. Valley Blvd, Colton, CA. I decided to see what that involved. I previously had met Reginald Webb, President, Webb Enterprises, which includes the Colton McDonalds.

To prepare for my trip into unfamiliar territory I asked for help from a friend who used to frequent fast-foods outlets to feed herself and family. As we arrived, she noted that the place looked new and attractive (after having gone through a recent renovation) but on a stretch of road, in a commercial area, not near residential neighborhoods. However, it is between two off ramps on the Interstate 10 (9th St. & Rancho) for easy access. The entry was electric doors, frosted glass, recessed lighting, and live plants which added to the attractive design elements. My friend noted that this was different from the usual fast-food decor. Hours before the scheduled fund-raiser and as any walk-in customers, we were greeted at the door by a smiling staff member. My friend ordered a salad and showed me how to proceed. I ordered a McRib (Someone once said: "When in Rome, do as Romans do"!).

On this chilly, rainy early afternoon, parents sat in booths while kids ran, climbed and roamed about safely, inside the glassed-in area. In a quiet alcove of the dining room, two or three parties were working with their laptops. McDonalds provides electronic connectivity.

I returned for the fund-raising partnership scheduled to run from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Arrivers still were greeted by a smiling McD's staff member but a Boys & Girls Club staff member (with a McD's trainer/facilitator at his or her side) staffed the counter. The flow of service to customers was maintained. A sprinkling of B&G friends went through the line as regular customers, along with everybody else.

Mr. Webb was there. Answering my questions, he took me on a tour to point out indicators involved in meeting requirements of holding a McDonalds franchise. Requirements of Federal & State regs (Americans With Disabilities Act; health and safety laws...); personnel selection and training; use of technology for space and storage, efficiency and economy; within a competitive fast-foods low-profit environment, requiring high traffic volume and attention to customer satisfaction. He describes Webb Enterprises as a family legacy-business that grows his business as it involves his family.

As I said, I'm an outsider, looking in. I don't know how Colton McD's compares with its competition. Although the McRib tasted good, If you want a comparison, YOU check it out!

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