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Fontana Awarded the Building Industry Association (BIA) Good Government Award

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Fontana - Mayor Acquanetta Warren and the City Council are pleased to announce the City of Fontana was awarded the BIA Baldy View Chapter-Good Government Award.

The BIA Baldy View Chapter presents the Good Government Awards each year to recognize exemplary building industry public policy efforts. The City of Fontana will be recognized at the December 6th Holiday Charity Gala for the adoption of the innovative “Green Fontana” fee rebate program.

The “Green Fontana” volunteer pilot program incentivizes builders to construct even more environmentally-efficient ENERGY STAR homes in Fontana which creates jobs and generates economic growth. Likewise, compared with standard homes, ENERGY STAR qualified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating-delivering resulting in annual cost savings for homeowners. “We believe this is a model volunteer incentive program to emulate that serves as a win-win-win solution for the residents of Fontana, the local economy, and the environment,” stated Carlos Rodriguez, CEO BIA Baldy View Chapter.

“I am thrilled for the City of Fontana to be recognized with this award. My colleagues and I have been working with staff to provide a policy that will not only create jobs and generate economic growth, but create incentive for the builders with reduced fees to develop energy efficient homes that will serve our environmentally conscience community for years to come,” Mayor Warren said.

Fontana's Farmers' Market is Growing

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Fontana - The Mayor and the City Council encourage the public to visit Fontana’s Farmers’ Market Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is located in the Center Stage Parking Lot on the corner of Sierra Avenue and Arrow Boulevard.

Fontana’s Farmers’ Market is open year round for the public to enjoy the freshest produce available.

The market is also featuring three new unique vendors: Salem Ranch (offers numerous organic fruits), New Eden Farm (features citrus, fruits and tea leaves all of which is Fontana grown!) and Conscious Foods (specializes in Almond Spread that has no preservatives and gluten free) There are many more vendors offering tasty, unique and fresh goods.

The market accepts Debit and EBT cards to support all valued members of the community.

Don’t miss the Farmer’s Market at the Festival of Winter celebration with extended hours on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the adjacent Miller Park 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Festival of Winter will be ‘”Rock n’ Roll” Christmas celebration with games, entertainment, craft fair, roller skating and a snow play area.

For more information call (909) 349-6914 or visit farmersmarket.fontana.org. For more information on becoming a vendor for the Farmers’ Market, call Southland Farmers’ Market Association at (310) 455-0181.

Imani Christian Cathedral Bridging the Academy with the Church

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POMONA - Imani Christian Cathedral launched its third season of the Shelter T. White Institute of Biblical Studies.

The Shelter T. White Institute will be hosting a reception for the 2013 season. Meet the President and the Dean of Promise Christian University, at 12 noon and discuss your academic needs so you can take advantage of this growing opportunity established in the community for the community.

Registration will be available, and classes start January 12, 2013 at 9 am. We look forward to seeing you there.

Bishop Jelani F. Kafela in partnership with Promise Christian University established the Shelter T. White Institute of Biblical Studies (SWIBS) in 2011. The first year was a certificate program for ministers and lay leaders. Along with the certificate program Shelter T. White is in the second year of offering degree programs. All classes take place at Imani Christian Cathedral on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

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.”

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