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Virtual Tour of San Onofre Nuclear Plant Now Online

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ROSEMEAD - Online visitors to SONGScommunity.com can now take a virtual tour of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, allowing them to explore inside the 2,200 megawatt nuclear power plant located near San Clemente, Calif.

Safety is the main feature during the online experience and key features including containment domes, the seawall and emergency diesel generators are explained through video and audio. The tour is available in English and Spanish.

“A nuclear plant doesn’t have many tours open to the public for safety and security reasons,” said Pete Dietrich, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer. “But with this virtual tour, our community members, our customers and anyone around the world can come inside the plant and understand what the facility does and how it works.”

The virtual tour is part of ongoing efforts to inform and educate the public on the plant overall and specifically on the technical repair, corrective actions and proposal to safely restart and operate Unit 2. Engineers and community liaisons are also conducting open houses in several communities in the region and are available to speak to groups upon request.

San Onofre is the largest source of baseload generation and voltage support in the region and is a critical asset in meeting California’s clean energy needs.

Both units of the plant are currently safely shut down. Unit 2 was taken out of service Jan. 9 for a planned outage. Unit 3 was safely taken offline Jan. 31 after station operators detected a leak in a steam generator tube. Southern California Edison (SCE) submitted its response to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Confirmatory Action Letter on Oct. 4, along with its restart plan for Unit 2. The unit will not be restarted until all plans have been approved by the NRC.

For updates, please visit www.SONGScommunity.com, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SCE_SONGS and on www.facebook.com/SCE.

The San Onofre plant is jointly owned by SCE (78.21 percent), San Diego Gas & Electric (20 percent) and the city of Riverside (1.79 percent).

UC President Mark G. Yudof Names Acting Chancellor for UC Riverside

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Jane Close Conoley is currently dean of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

University of California President Mark G. Yudof announced that he has selected Jane Close Conoley, dean of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, to serve as acting chancellor of UC Riverside.

The appointment will be effective upon approval by the UC Board of Regents. Dean Conoley will serve until the appointment of a successor to Chancellor Timothy White, who will become chancellor of the California State University system at the end of December. Her official appointment will begin Dec. 31, the day after Chancellor White steps down.

“Jane Conoley is an established leader and scholar who cares deeply about providing access to opportunity for those who aspire to higher education,” Yudof said. “We’re very pleased that she has agreed to serve the UC Riverside community in this vital role.”

Conoley, professor of counseling, clinical and school psychology, at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, became dean of the school in January 2006 after serving for 10 years as dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University, where she was a professor of educational psychology.

“I am very pleased that Jane Conoley will serve UCR as interim Chancellor,” White said. “She has a keen interest in advancing UCR’s strategic goals, supporting our students, and engaging with our community. Her combination of experience and enthusiasm will serve UCR well during this time of transitional leadership.”

The author or editor of 21 books, she was the Edith S. Greer Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1996; she had chaired the Department of Educational Psychology from 1989 to 1994 and served as associate dean for research and curriculum at the university’s Teachers College from 1994 to 1996. She also taught educational psychology as a faculty member at Syracuse University and Texas Woman’s University between 1976 and 1996.

“I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to serve as acting chancellor for UCR, a dynamic and forward-looking institution that has rightly received national recognition for its commitment to student success,” Conoley said. “I’m eager to meet with faculty and students. I’m sure I will learn much from my association with UCR.”

Riverside Rrecognized as a Top Digital City

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RIVERSIDE – For the sixth year in a row, the City of Riverside was named a Top Digital City in the U.S. – coming in at #2 in 2012 beating out cities like Boston, MA, Seattle, WA, Sacramento, CA and others.

Mayor Ron Loveridge commented on the recognition as, “…not only a welcome acknowledgment of Riverside’s creative culture but also one that generates results.”

e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program leads the survey which focuses on results achieved by cities via the use of technology, in operating efficiencies and realizing strategic objectives despite current fiscal constraints. Examples of accomplishments from top ranked cities were a reduction in overtime by using new technology, embracing a new concept called “bring your own device” where employees are allowed to access data with a personal device to reduce hardware costs, and development of an app that keeps track of what users are doing to reduce power and fuel consumption.

“Cities that are investing in technology are seeing huge cost savings that are critical to operations and their ability to meet higher demand for services,” said Todd Sander, Executive Director of Digital Communities. “These cities are true innovators and we applaud them as they work in the spirit of collaboration to provide extraordinary value to constituents despite budget setbacks.”

The Top Ten ranked cities will be honored at a special awards ceremony concurrent with the National League of Cities annual conference on November 30.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology practices and best practices in state and local government.

CHP to Accept New Officer Applications

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The law enforcement agency will accept applications for three days only in January

SACRAMENTO – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) announced today that it will accept applications in January from individuals interested in a career as a CHP officer.

“This is an opportunity to serve alongside some of California’s finest who provide the highest level of safety, service and security throughout the state,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “A career with a law enforcement agency like the CHP offers unlimited opportunities for someone who is looking for a challenge.”

Applications will be accepted online only during a three-day period from Thursday, January 3 through Saturday, January 5. This brief application period marks the first time in three years that the CHP has accepted applications. Those interested in applying, or seeking additional information, should visit www.chpcareers.com.

“Officers are needed throughout California,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Through this process, we are determined to find qualified men and women from diverse backgrounds who are committed to carrying out the CHP’s mission and making a difference in their communities."

To be considered, candidates must be 20-35 years old, a U.S. citizen, have no felony convictions and be a high school graduate. Each applicant will be required to complete a selection process including a written test, physical ability test, appraisal panel interview, background investigation, medical/vision evaluation and psychological evaluation.

The CHP’s recruitment Facebook page is www.facebook.com/chp.recruiting.

"Rethink Their Drink" Campaign Promotes Healthy Choices for Kids

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Riverside – As the country moves to a healthier diet, agencies in Riverside County including First 5 Riverside, WIC and the Desert Sierra Region Champions for Change are uniting to build awareness and education about the effects of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages. Nationally, obesity rates have tripled in the last two decades among children. In Riverside County more than one-third of children are overweight or obese.

On Tuesday, November 27th from 10am – 3pm, Galleria at Tyler is hosting Toddler Tuesday, sponsored by First 5 Riverside. The public service organization will be near the Nordstrom wing at the shopping center to support a “Rethink Their Drink” campaign. A special exhibit will include story times with an otter that loves water, demonstrations on how to be sugar savvy, kid activities and parent action tools.

“The information on how much sugar is in a juice box or a soda is alarming, which is one reason Galleria at Tyler is supporting the local efforts of the Rethink Your Drink. In addition, we want to be a helpful resource to our shoppers,” says Christina Riojas, marketing manager for Galleria at Tyler.

The goal is simple: get more people to think about what they drink and make healthier choices for themselves and their children. “We want our youngest children to get the nutrition they need to grow up healthy and be better able to learn,” says Harry Freedman, executive director of First 5 Riverside.

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