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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.

CSUSB Founding Family Creates First Endowed Professorship

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SAN BERNARDINO – John M. Pfau will always be remembered in Cal State San Bernardino’s history as a visionary dedicated to providing a quality education to students. But he is also remembered as a man of firsts.

Pfau, who died earlier this year at the age of 93, was the university’s first president. He hired the first faculty and staff. He was the first to greet the first class of students and faculty of then California State College at San Bernardino when it opened in 1965. He was also the first person to have a building on campus named after him. The library has since been known as the John M. Pfau Library.

Lasta week, at a reception to mark the 50th anniversary of Pfau’s hiring as the university’s first president in 1962, his two daughters, Madelaine and Elly Pfau, contributed to that tradition and legacy with a $100,000 gift to create Cal State San Bernardino’s first endowed professorship, which will bear his name – the John M. Pfau Endowed Professor.

Madelaine Pfau, the eldest of John and Antreen Pfau’s two daughters, told the gathered audience of students, faculty and staff, many of whom were part of Cal State San Bernardino’s first years, that her parents’ dedication to the university was strong for the rest of their lives, even when they moved to Napa in 1999.

The university’s growth from humble beginnings when it opened with only three buildings, its excellence in education, its standing in the community and its dedicated faculty and staff were all part of the legacy that John Pfau left.

“John was a true believer in learning, and what we would like to do is create one more first,” Madelaine Pfau said. “We want to create the John M. Pfau Endowed Professor.”

Cal State San Bernardino President Tomás D. Morales praised the family’s generosity, saying the Pfau family’s “vision and foresight will have a profound impact on the university for generations to come.

“At a time when resources are stretched, the faculty will benefit dearly from this fund that will assist with scholarly research and professional development,” Morales said. “And this is just the beginning – the university will launch an additional fundraising effort to grow the fund to $250,000.

The John M. Pfau Endowed Professorship will be a distinct honor that will be rotated among the academic colleges at CSUSB.”

The contribution is part of the Pfau family’s legacy plan for the university in tribute to remember John Pfau and his wife, Antreen, who was a strong advocate for the university and active in the community. Previous funds established the John M. Pfau Family Scholarship and the Pfau Book Fund for the library, said Cindi Pringle, CSUSB associate vice president for development.

Pfau died March 18, 2012, seven months after Antreen passed away on Aug. 17, 2011. Both were 93 at the time of their deaths. John and Antreen were born within one day of each other.

The couple had relocated with their two daughters to San Bernardino after Pfau was named president of the new California State College in January 1962. He worked out of offices in downtown San Bernardino to put the pieces together for the opening of the new campus in northern San Bernardino. Antreen then became active in the community with the Valley Charity League and the Arrowhead Allied Arts Council, among other nonprofits.

When California State College at San Bernardino opened its doors on Sept. 28, 1965, President Pfau greeted the first class of 293 students and 93 faculty and staff.

Pfau’s vision for the new California State College was to emphasize liberal arts, based on the best traditions of the great Ivy League schools and the small elite private liberal arts colleges in the East. Activities both in and out of the classroom were designed to build on that intellectual focus, and he fielded an instructional staff of high-ranking academicians.

The university library, completed in 1970, was dedicated in John M. Pfau’s honor in 1982. Pfau said in 2005, “In retrospect my most important achievement over a period of 20 years was bringing together a first-rate faculty and staff to provide our students with an excellent learning experience.”

After his retirement, he and Antreen stayed in San Bernardino, where they continued to live for 17 years until relocating to Napa in 1999.

In the early 2000s, scholarship and book funds were established in the name of John Pfau, efforts that rose from the family’s firm belief in the power of education.

Today, the Pfau Family Scholarship Fund and the John M. Pfau Book Endowment continue to provide scholarship opportunities for students, as well as funding for university library resources.

Donations should be directed to the John M. Pfau Endowed Professor, c/o the CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation, Pfau Family Scholarship Fund, John M. Pfau Book Endowment, California State University, San Bernardino, Office of Development, or visit the CSUSB development website at https://development.csusb.edu/MakeAGift.

For more information on the celebration of the life and leadership of John and Antreen Pfau, call the university advancement office at (909) 537-5004.

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.”

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