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RPU Crew That Helped Restore Power to Long Island After Hurricance Sandy to Be Honored

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Riverside – In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter super storm that followed at the end of October, communities all along the eastern seaboard struggled to bring services back on line. In Long Island, New York, power poles and trees were toppled over adding to delays in getting safe power back to millions of customers.

In response to a request from the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) on November 2, Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) was able to send out a team of six linemen along with four vehicles full of equipment to aid in the restoration of energy utilities to the stricken community.

Quick coordination between RPU energy delivery personnel and the City of Riverside’s Emergency Operations department placed the RPU crew and their equipment on a cargo plane out of March Air Reserve Base on November 4. The Riverside team along with crews from Pasadena Water and Power, and the cities of Anaheim and Burbank were among the 10,000 restoration workers from across the country who responded to LIPA’s request.

After being deployed, RPU Electric Supervisor Rick Holmes, and Powerline Technicians Rick Austin, Ryan Eche, Frank Paz, Curtis Smith, and Robert Staples worked tirelessly for 15 days, including through an early snowstorm, to help return power services to the residents of Long Island. “Most of the work we did was overhead,” said Holmes, “as there were a lot of power poles down and trees that took out lines.”

“Once we did the temporary work to get power back to people, we focused on doing permanent repairs,” Holmes said. LIPA customers, many who went without services for 14 days or more, were very appreciative of the work, Holmes said. “They were overwhelmed that crews from California were there restoring their power, but they were happy with finally getting their services back.”

“We were proud that our crew stepped up and was able to provide some help to an area that was struggling to restore services to its customers,” said RPU Deputy General Manager for Energy Delivery Steve Badgett. “When problems like this strike such devastating blows to infrastructure, it is essential that public power utilities help each other out wherever and however they can.”

The City of Riverside will recognize the RPU crew during its afternoon session City Council Meeting on Tuesday, December 18, at 1 p.m. in the Art Pick Council Chambers, located at 3900 Main Street, Riverside.

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Longtime UC Riverside Videographer James Brown Dies

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His nearly 30 years of telling the UCR story leave an indelible mark on the campus

By Kris Lovekin

RIVERSIDE – Historian, artist and longtime UC Riverside videographer James “Jim” Brown died Dec. 13. His entire career was spent helping to maximize UCR communications efforts through film, videography, and photography. His body of work is, literally, the history of the campus, as he often worked in archival video into new productions.

His deep and sonorous voice is the one narrating countless UCR videos. He has been an iconic figure at UC Riverside for nearly 30 years, with a backwards cap and a camera slung over one shoulder. He has produced many of the shows about UCR that appear on UCTV and on Charter Cable. During some parts of his career he made videos for organizations in the community, including documenting the history of immigrants to Riverside’s Chinatown. He liked to tell the story about suggesting “Diamond Valley Lake” as a name for Riverside County’s newest body of water. He was an artist and sculptor whose work had been exhibited at the UCR Alumni and Visitors Center. The exhibit was called “SEEBESEEN.”

Brown often wanted to be behind the camera, not in front of it. He had a gruff exterior but a tender heart, and a real love for UC Riverside and its history. He mentored many UCR students who interned with him to learn video production, lugging heavy equipment and spending hours editing. They may be the people who know his stories best.

“Jim’s passion for UCR will live on in his legacy of film,” said Chancellor Timothy P. White. “He knew how to use language and images to bring out emotions, from laughter to tears. And wherever Jim went, he brought one or two grateful students, learning the craft at his side.”

Because his father, John Brown, was teaching English at UC Riverside, Brown grew up in campus housing and earned his bachelor’s degree in history at UC Riverside in 1979. Later he edited a book on Riverside County history called “Harvest of the Sun: An Illustrated History of Riverside County.” He was hired as the campus videographer in August of 1983.

“Jim consistently mined his intimate knowledge of the campus, and his positive relationships with faculty and staff, to provide exceptional work,” said James Grant, assistant vice chancellor of strategic communications. “Jim also served the campus with distinction as unofficial historian, as a greeter of new hires at orientation, and as a trusted source for an honest critique of creative projects.”

Long-time UCR staff member and alumnus, Louis Van Den Berg, general manager of KUCR, said he felt a special kinship with Brown as a unique talent. “The university gave us a place to be ourselves,” said Van Den Berg. “He was fantastically original, principled and sensitive.” He remembers Brown as “a trenchant observer” of society.

“In many ways Jim Brown was the voice of UC Riverside,” said Pamela Clute, another alumna who has spent her career at UCR doing outreach in support of math and science. “With his deep, booming sound, he magically combined history and drama telling the highlights of our faculty, student and staff accomplishments.”

Highly respected for his creative talents, yet ever shy about receiving accolades, he told our stories in such a way, that all who witnessed a Jim Brown production became emotionally vested in the UCR community. He was a fan of the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, and designated his estate go to “that small jewel of a museum,” according to Mike Capriotti, a close friend.

Brown is survived by two sisters, Janet Brown of Los Angeles and Rebecca Turner of La Plata, MD; and two nephews, Gabriel Bartlett of Los Angeles and Max Perez of Boulder, CO. No memorial service is planned at this time.

Those desiring to send condolences are asked to address them to the UCR Office of Strategic Communications, 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA, 92521.

San Bernardino Community College District Installs New Board Members, Officers

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SAN BERNARDINO - - The San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) installed newly elected Board of Trustees members Gloria Macίas Harrison, Dr. Kathleen (Katy) Henry and Nickolas W. Zoumbos, and re-elected Trustee John Longville at their regularly scheduled meeting on December 13. They also installed the new San Bernardino Valley College student trustee Ferny Arana Garcia.

In addition, the Board elected Trustee Dr. Donald Singer to serve as Board President, Trustee John Longville as Vice President and Trustee Donna Ferracone as Clerk. The Trustees will serve in those offices for two years.

SBCCD Chancellor Bruce Baron said, “Our new and re-elected Trustees bring a range of professional accomplishments and commitment to education that will broaden and enhance our ability to serve our two colleges, KVCR, the Economic Development and Corporate Training Division and our community in general.”

The newly elected and re-elected trustees are:

Gloria Macias Harrison became President of Crafton Hills College on July 1, 2000 and served until her retirement from that position on July 2, 2012. Vice President of Instruction at Crafton Hills College for six years, and Dean of Humanities at San Bernardino Valley College for three years, she also has over 20 years of teaching experience.

Mrs. Harrison was a governor's appointee to the California Commission on the Status of Women and served on the California Council for Humanities and numerous state committees on education. Locally, she is a member of The Community Foundation, Kiwanis, the San Bernardino Symphony Association, and the Crafton Hills College Foundation. She belongs to many professional organizations and is the recipient of numerous awards.

Mrs. Harrison received an Associate of Arts degree from San Bernardino Valley College, a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Spanish Literature from the University of California, Riverside.

Dr. Kathleen (Katy) Henry is a university instructor and a dissertation mentor for doctoral learners. Dr. Henry first started her educational pursuits at the community college level. As a result, she is a strong advocate for meeting student needs and overcoming barriers to their success at this pivotal time in a student's educational life. She is highly supportive of programs that help veterans, students with special needs, as well as eLearning programs. She earned her B.S. at Southern Illinois University in Workforce Education and Development and recognizes the importance of vocational education programs. She earned her M.A. in Organizational Development and her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Institute.

Dr. Henry's community involvement includes: Member Steering Committee for the Women's Leadership Council of Arrowhead United Way, Chairperson for the Scholarship Committee of the Highland Woman's Club, member/past Chair of Youth Services and K-Kids at Kiwanis Club of Highland, and she serves as an Ambassador for the Highland Chamber of Commerce.

Nickolas W. Zoumbos spent 45 years in San Bernardino Valley College classrooms. In addition to teaching, he has also counseled hundreds of students, was department head for various business subjects, served as Chair of the Business and Economics Division, expanded the real estate program, organized weekend community seminars, and served on both the Academic Senate and the District Assembly. He was elected 'Professor of the Year' in 1997.

An Army veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Zoumbos did his undergraduate and post-graduate work at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. After earning his degrees, he moved to California to pursue his teaching career and has now lived over 50 years in the community.

Mr. Zoumbos retired in 2009. A four-decade member of Rotary North, he and his wife Arlene, have been active in the community in a variety of volunteer activities benefiting children and veterans.

John Longville was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2008, at which time he retired from his adjunct faculty position at San Bernardino Valley College.

He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District (2007-present), and has previously served as a member of the California State Assembly (1998-2004), Mayor of Rialto (1987-1998), and member of the Rialto City Council (1978-1984 & 1986-1987). During his municipal government years, John was particularly active in regional government agencies, serving as President of both San Bernardino Associated Governments (1982-1983) and the Southern California Association of Governments (1992-1993) and as a founding board member of the Southern California Regional Rail Association (Metrolink).

He has been active in a wide array of local civic and charitable organizations since he first moved to San Bernardino County in 1972 to work as press secretary for the late Congressman George Brown.

The San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD), formed in 1926, oversees San Bernardino Valley College, Crafton Hills College, the Economic Development and Corporate Training Division (EDCT), and its own public television and radio station (KVCR TV-FM).

Crafton Hills College Fire Academy Graduates 20 Cadets

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YUCAIPA: The Crafton Hills College (CHC) 77th Basic Firefighter Training Academy Graduation Ceremony took place at the Finkelstein Performing Arts Center on November 14. Fire Academy 77 graduated 20 new cadets who received their certificates from Dean June Yamamoto, President Cheryl Marshall, Trustee Donna Ferracone and Interim Executive Vice President Rebeccah Warren-Marlatt before a packed house. San Bernardino Country Fire Chief Mark Hartwig and Chief Dan Sullivan spoke to the crowd of well-wishers, congratulating the graduates and providing words of wisdom. Jamie Moran spoke as the Academy Leader and the cadets presented Chief Sullivan and the school with a lovely commemorative plaque. There was a moment of silence in honor of alumnus Fire Captain Douglas D. Heller-Taylor.

The members of the newest Fire Academy graduating class from Crafton Hills College, with their Academy titles and home towns, are: Derek Alford (Lake Arrowhead); Jason Buchan (Wrightwood), Guidon; Peter Clement (Rancho Cucamonga), Color Guard; Nicholas Glaze (Redlands), Association Treasurer; Chris Harris (Ontario), Squad 2 Leader; Zachary Hoffman (Pinon Hills); Brandon Lange (Forsyth, Montana), Squad 4 Leader; Jarid Lesh (Cherry Valley), Color Guard; Abraham Marquez (Rialto); Derick Mitre (Highland), Squad 1 Leader; Jamie Moran (Beaumont), Academy Leader; Anvinh Nguyen (Fontana); Zachariah Pierini (Norco); Alex Provonsha (Yucaipa), Association President; Carlos Sandoval (Bloomington), Squad 3 Leader; Bradyn Spaccarotelli (Rancho Cucamonga); Jesse James Sparks (San Bernardino), Color Guard; Tanya Torres (Rancho Cucamonga); Christian Valdez (Upland), Color Guard; and Trevor Valdez (Highland).

The following cadets received special recognition:

• Academy Leader: Jamie Moran was officially recognized and congratulated for his outstanding leadership achievement and his extra efforts as the leader of the 77th Fire Academy.

• Most Inspirational Cadet: Tanya Torres was officially recognized and congratulated for her exceptional efforts as the Outstanding Cadet of the Crafton Hills College 77th Fire Academy.

• Academy Equipment and Off-site Equipment: Bradyn Spaccarotelli was recognized for his outstanding efforts in ensuring the Fire Academy equipment was always in a state of readiness and for issuing and maintaining Personal Protective Equipment for the cadets of the 77th Fire Academy.

• Academy Achievement Award: Brandon Lange was officially recognized and congratulated for his outstanding achievement in receiving the highest overall score in the Crafton Hills College 77th Fire Academy.

For additional information, please contact Alisa Moore, San Bernardino Community College District Communications and Public Relations at 909.382.4012 or by email at asmoore@sbccd.edu.

Federal Grant Supports CHP Efforts to Curb Impaired Driving

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SACRAMENTO – Nearly 1,000 lives are cut short in California every year at the hands of an impaired driver. In an effort to save lives and reduce the number of people who suffer injuries in alcohol-related collisions, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is engaged in a grant-funded effort called “Impaired Driving Enforcement and Apprehension (IDEA) II.”

“Our goal with this aggressive education and enforcement campaign is to deter drivers from making the poor decision to drink and drive,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “And those who fail to heed this warning will be removed from the roadway and arrested.”

California has seen a reduction in the number of alcohol-involved collisions year after year.

According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, in 2009 there were 1,146 people killed in alcohol-involved collisions. The following year, in 2010, there were 972 people killed, which represents a 15 percent decrease. Preliminary data for 2011 shows that encouraging downward trend is continuing.

“The majority of motorists make the responsible decision and refrain from driving under the influence,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Please choose to put the lives of your family and other motorists first this holiday season.”

The IDEA II grant enables the CHP to conduct sobriety and driver license checkpoints, driving under the influence (DUI) task force operations, and deployment of proactive DUI enforcement patrol operations statewide. In addition, the CHP will educate drivers by holding local traffic safety presentations throughout California and implementing a statewide paid media campaign.

Anti-DUI efforts stemming from the yearlong grant continue through September 30, 2013.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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