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Fontana Residents Have Access to Easy-to-Use Prescription Drug Discount Card

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The City of Fontana today launched a program to help provide residents with some relief from the high cost of prescription drugs. The city is making free prescription drug discount cards available to city residents through a program sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC). The discount cards offer city residents average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.

The discount cards may be used by all residents of Fontana and has no restrictions based on the resident’s age, income level, or existing health coverage.

The NLC card can be used when purchasing prescription drugs at approximately 92 pharmacies around the city, as well as at more than 59,000 participating retail pharmacies across the country.

“In the current economic climate, where many people are watching what they spend, the City of Fontana is happy to partner with the National League of Cities to make this prescription discount card available for our residents,” said Councilmember Janice Rutherford. “Whether or not an individual has prescription coverage, this program can make it easier for our residents to afford the drugs they need to deal with a short-term illness or stay healthy by managing a chronic condition.”

Cards are available at locations listed below at no cost to city residents. City residents can call toll-free 1-888-620-1749 or visit www.caremark.com/nlc for assistance with the program.

CAP Program at Water of Life Community Church
7625 East Avenue
Fontana, CA 92336

City Clerk’s Office, City of Fontana City Hall
8353 Sierra Avenue
Fontana, CA 92335

Community Services Department Administrative Office
16860 Valencia Avenue
Fontana, CA 92335

Cypress Community Center
8380 Cypress Avenue
Fontana, CA 92335

Don Day Neighborhood Center
14501 Live Oak Avenue
Fontana, CA 92337

Fontana Area Chamber of Commerce
8491 Sierra Avenue
Fontana, CA 92335

Heritage Neighborhood Center
7350 W. Liberty Parkway
Fontana, CA 92336

Jessie Turner Health and Fitness Center
15556 Summit Avenue
Fontana, CA 92336

Josephine Knopf Senior Center
8384 Cypress Avenue
Fontana, CA 92335

Lewis Library and Technology Center
8437 Sierra Avenue
Fontana, CA 92335

Miller Fitness Center
17004 Arrow Boulevard
Fontana, CA 92335

“Not only does the NLC prescription discount card help residents save money on their medications, it is easy to use,” said Councilmember Rutherford. “City of Fontana residents only have to show their card when purchasing medication at one of the many participating pharmacies. There is no enrollment form required to get a card, no membership fee of any kind and city residents and their family members can use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.”

The discount card program is administered by CVS Caremark.

SCE Offers Tips to Reduce Wasted Energy Usage

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Southern California Edison (SCE) wants to warn its customers about the “energy vampires” throughout their homes and businesses. Common household devices and appliances still draw electricity even when they are off or in “sleep” mode. And that additional energy use can result in higher electricity bills.

Consumer electronics account for about 15 percent of all residential electricity consumption.

Electric devices – such as televisions, stereos, phone chargers, DVD players, computers, and microwave ovens – can be energy guzzlers. Simply plugging the devices into a power strip and turning it off (or unplugging the appliances completely) can save up to 5 percent on the average bill.

SCE encourages its customers to look for the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR symbol when shopping for electronics and appliances.

The iconic blue star signifies that the model is among the most energy-efficient of its kind. ENERGY STAR-labeled products usually are competitive in terms of price and performance compared to less efficient models.

Some other facts to consider:

· ENERGY STAR-qualified TVs and set boxes use up to 30 percent less energy than comparable electronics that do not carry the energy-efficient label; home-entertainment equipment such as DVD players use up to 37 percent less. If all TVs sold in the United States met ENERGY STAR requirements, the savings in energy costs would grow to about $1 billion annually, and greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by the equivalent of about 1 million cars.

· A computer monitor with the ENERGY STAR symbol uses about 22 percent less electricity; a PC up to 33 percent less. If each computer and monitor in homes across the nation were to go into energy-saving “sleep” mode when not in use, more than $1 billion in annual energy costs would be saved.

· Telephones with the ENERGY STAR label use up to 58 percent less energy.

· As many as 2.4 billion external power adapters are in use in the United States – that’s about eight for every person.

These external power supplies contribute to about 12 percent of the national electric bill. Look for ENERGY STAR-qualified external power supplies, and use power strips as centralized turnoff points once finished with use of the equipment.

Community Activist Supports "One of Our Own"

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By BVN Staff –

Community activist Jennifer Vaughn-Blakely is excited about the candidacy of Jose Medina for Assembly District 64. “I’ve known Jose for years and I am proud of him,” says Vaughn-Blakely.

“He has prepared himself well and I know he will represent all of the people of our area. He’s done his homework and I think it’s time.”

Blakely will join a host of community members at Medina’s Campaign Kickoff on Saturday, November 7th from 6:00-8:00pm at Zacatecas Café, 2472 University Avenue, Riverside, CA.

“I wouldn’t miss it for the world,” she says. “I will put all my energy into helping this good man get elected to represent our area. He’s one of our own!”

"Economic Recovery: Where Do We Go From Here?" Subject Of Town Hall, Resource Fair

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The Inland Empire’s road to economic recovery will be the focus of a resource fair and panel discussions in San Bernardino Thursday, Oct. 29 for residents and community members of the 62nd District, which includes Colton, San Bernardino, Muscoy, Fontana, Rialto and Bloomington.

State Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto) is sponsoring the Town Hall event from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., which is called, “Economic Recovery: Where Do We Go From Here?” The event will offer exhibits and information on workforce training and foreclosure prevention as well as two panel discussions on the issues.

California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) is the keynote speaker. She will discuss what is happening at the state level to help the Inland Empire weather today’s rough economic times and for residents to secure their financial future.

“Assemblymember Carter’s Town Hall is a great venue for discussing how we can continue to pull ourselves out of this economic crisis,” Speaker Bass said. “With both high unemployment and foreclosures rates still plaguing our state, it’s wonderful to see residents of the 62nd Assembly District coming together and addressing these issues, as well as looking at ways to help workers retool and succeed in new information and green job markets.”

Assemblymember Carter said that she is looking forward to meeting with her constituents to “explore innovative solutions to job and housing market problems that my District and the entire state are facing.”

The event is at National Orange Show, Valencia Room, 689 S. “E” Street in San Bernardino. The resource fair is from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The panel discussions are at 5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. and will address “Avoiding Foreclosure” and “Career Horizons.”

The speakers are representing the Inland Empire Economic Recovery Corporation; Springboard; Workforce Investment Board; San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office; San Bernardino Valley Community College. Other legislators and public officials will be attending.

To register or get more information, call (909) 820-5008 or visit www.assembly.ca.gov/carter.

Holly Mitchell Announces Candidacy for State Assembly

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Community and political leaders from across the Inland Empire gathered at the home of longtime Riverside residents and event hosts Al and Ola Faye Stephens to support the candidacy of Holly Mitchell for State Assembly. Holly, a native Angeleno thanked those who gathered for their longtime support of she and her family.

“You all have always been very good to me...as a student leader at Poly High and UCR in the 80’s through today...” Mitchell noted.

Mitchell is running for the 47th AD, the seat currently held by Speaker of the Assembly Karen Bass, who has enthusiastically endorsed Mitchell’s candidacy.

Community leaders Lois Carson, Dr. Carolyn Murray, Dell Roberts and Barbara Smith co-hosted the event that aimed to raise necessary funds to help guarantee Mitchell’s success in the 2010 election.

Assemblywoman Wilmer Carter, who joins many of her legislative colleagues in endorsing Mitchell, stated that she is hopeful that more candidates with Mitchell’s background would consider running for public office.

With over 50 people in attendance, Mitchell spoke eloquently about her concerns about the future state budget, the economy, public education and how all of our communities will fair. “Our elected leaders have got to make the needs of working families and our children a legislative priority,” she stated, “and those are issues that are critical to us all.”

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