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SCE Customers, Employees and Edison International Support Red Cross Superstorm Sandy Recovery Efforts

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ROSEMEAD - Southern California Edison (SCE), its customers and SCE’s parent company, Edison International, are helping Superstorm Sandy victims with three powerful philanthropy initiatives with funds from shareholders, not SCE customers:

• Customers can help raise money without spending a dime. Through SCE’s “Every Click Counts” campaign, the company will donate $1 for every new “like” on SCE’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SCE) and for each new follower on SCE’s main Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/SCE). The goal is to donate up to $20,000 to American Red Cross relief efforts.

• Edison International has set up a special program that will match donations from employees to the American Red Cross up to $25,000. This is a way to enhance the $1.5 million commitment that Edison International made to the Red Cross in 2012.

• Five SCE employees trained by the Red Cross flew to New York on Friday. For the next week, they will help to provide temporary shelter and meals to displaced families. Members of the team range in age from 35 to 55 and come from the communities of Cerritos, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Rosemead and Santa Clarita. Their professional backgrounds include information technology, environmental safety and communications.

Last week, SCE sent 126 line workers and support crews to New York and New Jersey to help repair Sandy’s devastation that left millions of Consolidated Edison customers without power.

“We are proud of our employees’ and customers’ eagerness to help,” said Janet Clayton, Edison International senior vice president, Corporate Communications, and chair of Edison International's Corporate Philanthropy Committee. “We can’t all do the hard work of climbing poles and stringing wires, but everyone can take a few moments to let the people on the East Coast know that we’re thinking of them, and to help in a meaningful way.”

CHP: Motorcycle Awareness Is A Group Effort

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California is home to more than 1.3 million licensed motorcyclists and some of the best riding weather year round. Unfortunately, the state has also experienced an increase in the number of people killed in motorcycle-involved collisions.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is preparing to address the problem with the help of a federal grant that will fund a yearlong, lifesaving effort. “Motorcycle awareness is a priority for the California Highway Patrol and a key to saving lives on the roadway,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.

“Education combined with enforcement will help reinforce the concept that all motorists need to safely share the road.”

Each year hundreds of motorcyclists are killed in collisions and thousands are injured. According to preliminary data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, there has been nearly a 20 percent increase in the number of motorcyclists killed from 2010 to 2011. The recent increase follows a two-year decline (2008-2010) in motorcycle-involved collisions.

To reverse the trend and reduce motorcycle-involved collisions resulting in injury or death, the CHP has begun an intensive public awareness campaign which will run through September 30, 2013. In addition to enforcement, the campaign includes an education component which will be achieved through public service announcements, social media, public outreach events, and motorcycle safety and road-sharing presentations throughout California.

“Without a continued focus on motorcycle safety education for all motorists, the number of motorcycle- involved collisions may continue to rise, especially as more Californians are turning to motorcycles as a means of transportation,” added Commissioner Farrow.

Fontana Awarded $900,000 for Safety Improvements

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Mayor Acquanetta Warren and the City Council announced the City of Fontana received a $900,000 Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant. Mayor Warren said, “This grant will be used to construct safety improvements on Foothill Boulevard from Oleander Avenue to Cypress Avenue. This is the maximum amount that may be awarded to any recipient and we are thrilled the federal government has recognized the crucial need to construct these safety improvements in this critical corridor.”

The construction along Foothill Boulevard from Oleander Avenue to Cypress Avenue consists of a raised median and new decorative traffic signal at Oleander Avenue. The intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Oleander Avenue has been number one on the City’s list of intersections in need of a traffic signal for several years now.

“This grant enables the City to overcome the last remaining obstacle to completing this work – the purchase of right-of-way. The combination of local and HSIP funds provides the opportunity for the City to move forward with this project,” Mayor Warren said.

Foothill Boulevard is a major corridor through the City of Fontana and this project will provide better traffic flow. There are several commercial areas and residential developments along the project limits, and the improvements will better serve the residents, commercial developments, and businesses.

“In addition to the immediate traffic flow and safety benefits, this project will also enhance future business and commercial development along Foothill Boulevard. The new improvements to be installed as a result of the HSIP funds will be a key component to working toward improving Foothill Boulevard overall,” Mayor Warren added.

For more information on this project, please contact Noel Castillo, Senior Engineer, (909) 350-7632.

Local Resident J. Christine Young Turns 100

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By Rory O’Sullivan

A lot has happened since November 28, 1912. Black Voice News was founded, Earth's population has swelled from about a billion to more than 7 billion, 19 presidents have been sworn into office, including the first African American President, Mr. Barack Obama, Alaska and then Hawaii were added to the United States and J. Christine Young was born in Oklahoma.

So how does it feel to be 100?

“Great,” Young stated emphatically. “I thank God for everything...if it comes in a little ways, alright.”

Her Minister, William T. Milligan of Church of Christ in Riverside, who has known Ms. Young for 18 years, said she always puts others first. She actually had a hard time talking about herself and listing her own accomplishments, but ask her about her family and she can talk forever.

“I love my children,” said Young and counts her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “I'm happy that all my children have college degrees.”

“She could be mad and mean and angry and grouchy because that's how old people get,” said Milligan.

“But she is the exact opposite.”

He said she doesn't complain and that everyone in the church likes her.

“Surely sister Young would make it to heaven, even before me,” Milligan quipped.

She had a wide variety of jobs, from helping her mother with domestic work, working for an airline, to owning a cafe.

What stands out the most over 100 years of living?

“Our president, I guess you might say the world kept us pushin and fussin and fighin and now we have a president of our own race,” said Young.

She can appreciate the journey of Blacks in America better than most. She can remember taking her oldest daughter Sue Alexander to school after desegregation during the 1950's.

She moved to Southern California in 1984 with her late husband who also lived into his 90's.

So what is the secret to living to becoming a centurion?

“Good loving relationships, sympathy, understanding, consideration, empathy for each and everyone,” said her daughter Sue Alexander, 83. “We are there for each other.”

Some of the credit should be given to her only drinking one glass of wine in her life, never smoking, and never using any recreational drugs.

Nehal G. Patel, who has a doctorate in medicine, and works in geriatric medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana where Ms. Young receives her medical care, said there are more centurions because of advances in modern healthcare. He said there is no “magic secret” to staying healthy throughout your life.

“The main key is staying active, keeping your mind sharp, your body sharp, and having a strong social network,” said Patel.

He said it is never too late to embrace a healthy lifestyle through diet, exercise, and not smoking. Ms. Young stayed active in the church, helping to build three. She also plays dominos and belongs to a bridge club, where she recently won a tournament.

When asked what the secret was if any to living so long her response was simple.

“God was with us, without him we couldn't have done so much.”

Cal State University San Bernardino Vets Center Plans Veterans Day Festivities

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SAN BERNARDINO – A week of festivities honoring military veterans in observance of Veterans Day is being held at Cal State San Bernardino today through November 9th.

Sponsored by the Cal State San Bernardino Veterans Success Center, the Student Veterans Organization and the department of Recreational Sports, Veterans Awareness Week will include a military memorabilia exhibit at CSUSB’s Pfau Library, an honor wall at the Recreational Sports Center, a care package drive for service men and women and a banquet celebrating the Marine Corps birthday, among other events.

The CSUSB Recreational Sports Department from Nov. 5-9 will exhibit an honor wall located on the first floor of the Student Recreation and Fitness Center displaying photographs of military service men and women. CSUSB students, faculty and staff are invited to bring photos of their loved ones serving in the military to include on this wall. Free T-shirts will be given to CSUSB student veterans. Free guest passes to the recreation and fitness center, good for the entire week, will also be available to faculty, staff and alumni who are military veterans.

“We are very excited about participating in this tribute to Veterans Day and the Marine Corps birthday celebration,” said Kenneth Jacobs, a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps reserves and a junior majoring in biology at CSUSB. “We look forward to participation from the campus community as well as the general public.”

Jacobs is a student assistant at the CSUSB Veterans Success Center and is co-chair of the planning committee. The staff of the fitness center is also collecting donated items for care packages to send to reserve units of the U.S. Army’s 426th Civil Affairs Battalion and California Air National Guard 163rd Reconnaissance Wing deployed from March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley.

Items such as food, personal care products, personal electronics and games may be brought to collection boxes placed throughout the campus. For more information, call (909) 537-2348.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m.-noon, CSUSB will participate with the Inland Empire Veterans Education Collaborative, which will host its inaugural meeting “Military Culture 101,” an orientation to military culture at March Air Force Reserve Base. The meeting is intended to inform the community and resource providers who administer educational information to active military or veterans. It is free and open to the public. To RSVP, contact Linda Umberg at the Cal Vet office at (909) 387-5986.

Cal State San Bernardino is part of the IEVEC network of public and private organizations that pool their resources to provide educational services to veterans, military personnel and their families, as well as to increase public awareness of the needs of this segment of the population. The collaborative is co-sponsored by the Air National Guard and the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

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