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Possible Electricity Rate Increases for So Cal Residents

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Southern California Edison (SCE) recently announced the possibility of a fee increase on electric rates for its customers on Friday, September 16 at a media briefing in Rosemead, Ca. If the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approves the rate increase, Southern California residents could face up to a $3-$11 fee increase effective January 3, 2012.

Every three years, SCE proposes a plan entitled “the general rate case,” which outlines the cost associated with serving its customers including how much is needed to charge its customers in electric rates. The general rate case has been in review since 2010. The CPUC will come to a final decision in December 2011.

If approved, the increased funds will be used to replace aging poles, wires and transformers; add smart grid components to generate more renewable energy like solar and wind; create over 60,000 new jobs between 2010 and 2014 to implement the new upgrades to the grid and to provide additional customer service needs; and increase grid security and the security of customer information.

During the month of June 2011, SCE held public hearings regarding the fee changes and other concerns related to their services in seven cities across Southern California. A number of So Cal residents voiced their concerns about the fee increase, prompting SCE to further push its energy conservation message.

Some programs that have been enacted by SCE to encourage smart energy use are the California Alternative Rates Energy (CARE) program and the Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program. Each program offers a discounted rate on monthly electric bills. More information about applying for the programs can be obtained by logging on to www.sce.com/residential/incomequalified/CAREFERA/carefera-rate-programs.htm.

Other money saving tips can be found at www.sce.com/rebatesandsavings.

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2011 Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. – Black & White Ball –A Formal Affair

The 2011 Kappa Alpha Psi – Black & White Ball is quickly approaching and the Brothers of the Riverside Alumni Chapter are working very hard to ensure that this year’s event is both elegant and fashionable. The event will be held at the Ontario Hilton Hotel on Saturday, October 1, 2011. Special performance by Bre Dance Studio.

The Brothers of Riverside Alumni extend their hospitality, brotherhood and friendship to all in the community. Let’s raise funds and assist the scholarship recipients to enter the college of their dreams.

Admission is $70.00 per person, $120.00 per couple and $600.00 per table. Dinner is included and the dress code: Ladies - Black and/or White floor length evening gowns; Men - Black and/or White tuxedo with white shirt and black tie. Ticket information is available by contacting Alvin Stephens 951- 684-1072.

Spirituality and Health Spend an interactive day with Dr. Gloria Morrow as she presents “A Case for Including Spirituality as an Essential Element in Promoting Culturally Responsive Practices in Behavioral Health Care Settings” on Friday, October 7, 2011 beginning at 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Double Tree Inn by Hilton Hotel, Claremont.

Online registration at: www.mhspiritualityeventbrite.com

Loma Linda University Health System Administration to visit the White House

Ruthita J. Fike, Chief Executive Officer, and Gerald R. Winslow, PhD, Vice President of Mission and Culture of Loma Linda University Health System (LLUHS), have been invited to visit the White House on Tuesday, September 20 to convene on Improving Health Outcomes through Faith-based and Community Partnerships conference.

Ms. Fike and Dr. Winslow, along with a small team from LLUHS, will meet wi th other health systems from across the nation to collaborate with the Obama Administration to improve the health and well being of underserved communities across the country. At the conference, the LLUHS team will share ideas on how faith-based healthcare institutions, like LLUHS, have created partnerships to improve the health of communities as a whole.

One example is the annual “Healthy People” Conference, which educates hundreds of community members and health professionals from across the nation.

Mayor’s Jazz Jam

On October 8, 2011, the City of Fontana and Mayor will host a Mayor’s Jazz Jam beginning at 6:00 pm at the Fontana Community Senior Center as a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Fontana.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Mayor of the City of Fontana,” states Mayor Acquanetta Warren. “While speaking directly with many of you, the subject most often turned to talk about these tough economic times and the needs of the youth of our community. With parents losing jobs and homes, these children need nurturing relationships with supportive adults; guidance with schoolwork and academic development; opportunities to explore career options; healthy and responsible lifestyle mentoring; and a robust program of recreation, fitness, arts, technology and citizenship.”

“I would like to see the Boys & Girls Club of Fontana be able to provide these opportunities to thousands of Fontana’s young people,” states Mayor Warren.

“The Boys & Girls Club of Fontana is a very important program for our community because it helps shape the future of our children, particularly those who may otherwise not have the positive reinforcement and environment essential to success.”

BOE Chairman Horton Announces Increase in Property Values Statewide

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Following two consecutive years of declining assessed values, the total value of state-assessed and county-assessed property rose to $4.382 trillion for 2011-12, an increase of $11.6 billion (0.3 percent) from the previous year, Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome E. Horton recently announced.

The value of county-assessed property increased by $5.3 billion (0.1 percent) to $4.297 trillion. The value of state-assessed property, mainly privately owned public utilities and railroads, totaled $85.3 billion, an increase of $6.3 billion (8.0 percent).

Year-to-year percentage changes ranged from a high of a 19.5 percent gain in Colusa County to a low of a 5.3 percent decline in Plumas County. The increase in Colusa County is largely related to utility assessments (which comprise more than one-third of the county’s assessment roll), and was driven by the construction of a new power plant in the county. In all, twenty counties posted year-to-year increases in assessed value, although most of the increases were modest. Excluding Colusa County, only three counties (Kern, Madera and Trinity) grew by more than two percent.

Thirty-eight counties experienced year-to-year declines in value, with Plumas the only county declining by more than five percent. For the third year in a row, declines in assessed values were especially concentrated in the State’s Central Valley. Assessed values dropped by 2.9 percent in the Greater Sacramento Area, and declined 2.7 percent in the North San Joaquin Valley.

However, assessed values actually grew by 1.4 percent in the Southern San Joaquin Valley, driven by the 2.4 percent growth experienced by Kern County.

Of the twelve counties with rolls exceeding $100 billion, seven counties posted an increase in assessed value, while values in five counties fell. Values increased in the counties of San Mateo and Orange (1.0 percent), Santa Clara (0.9 percent), San Francisco (0.5 percent), San Diego (0.4 percent), and Alameda (0.1 percent). Declines in value include the counties of Sacramento (-3.7 percent), Riverside (-1.2 percent), San Bernardino (-0.5 percent), Contra Costa (-0.4 percent), and Ventura County, which was only down slightly, virtually unchanged by percentage. Los Angeles County, with the largest assessment roll at $1.079 trillion, increased by 1.4 percent, up $15.0 billion over 2010-11.

For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit www.taxes.ca.gov.

Community Briefs

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TEMECULA
Pechanga to Open New Bamboo Restaurant Sept. 1

The first new restaurant since November 2008 will be unveiled September 1st at the largest casino in the Western USA, as Pechanga opens its doors to its latest Asian dining experience, Bamboo.

“There will be an assortment of authentic Asian noodle dishes served in their national style,” said Bamboo head chef Vincent Chen. “Our Asian guests want authenticity in both the preparation and the service and my menu will reflect that.” Chen pointed to the Enoki Mushroom Lo Mein – Thin Egg Noodles sautéed in a rich Oyster Stir-Fry Sauce with fresh Enoki mushrooms, crisp Bean Sprouts, chopped Cabbage, shredded Carrots and Green Onions.

The new 134 seat, 5,500 sq. ft., full-service restaurant will be located on the far side of the Round Bar, near the Smoke Free gaming area.  Yates-Silverman, Inc., who also designed the casino floor, hotel lobby, as well as Pechanga’s award-winning golf Clubhouse, designed the restaurant.

Bamboo will be open 11am to 3am daily, beginning September 1, and the menu is reasonably priced with items between $7 and $15.

FONTANA
Mary Vagle Nature Center

The Mayor and City Council invite the public to join the Mary Vagle Nature Center for their adventurous and educational programs. The Mary Vagle Nature Center is located at 11501 Cypress Avenue in Fontana and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On September 24 the Nature Center and the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District will host a National Public Lands Day event.  Bring your family, scout, or community group and join the Center for a celebration of our urban natural areas.  There will be a volunteer work project at the Nature Center from 9:00am – 12:00pm and a Family Environment Education Fair from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

On October 1 join amateur astronomers from the Riverside Astronomical society on a fascinating tour through our autumn sky.  Solar scopes will be set up from 4:30pm – sunset to provide dramatic views of the sun like you have never seen before, followed by night-time views of Jupiter and the crescent moon.

Ongoing weekend programs include Discovery Hikes, Adventures into Nature, Nature Ranger, and EarthCraft Afternoons. Discovery Hikes are held every first Saturday of the month, and this month it will be on September 3 at 9:30 am. Adventures into Nature are every second Saturday of the month, and will be on September 10 at 12 pm. Nature Rangers are every third Saturday of month, and will be on September 17 at noon. EarthCraft afternoons are every last Sunday of the month, and will be September 24 at noon.

For more information about events at the Mary Vagle Nature Center, please call the Center at (909) 349-6994 or visit their website at nature.fontana.org.

SAVE THE DATE!

Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod's Birthday Reception

Thursday, September 22nd from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Location TBA and more information to follow in coming weeks.

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SAN BERNARDINO
Anointed Touch Ministries Hosting a Fundraiser

Anointed Touch Ministries located at 2310 N. Sierra Way in San Bernardino will be hosting a fund raiser. Photographers will be at the church doing Glamour Shots. The Glamour Shots will include light hair styling and makeup. The dates for the event are Saturday, August 20, 2011 and Saturday, August 27, 2011. The time for both days is from 10am to 5pm. Anointed Touch will also be doing character shots and baby photos. They are asking for a $5.00 donation. Please call (909) 527-0793 or (951) 427-5581 for more information and to register.

SAN BERNARDINO
San Bernardino and Pacific High Schools Classes of 1956 to Hold Joint 55th Reunion Weekend

San Bernardino and Pacific High School classes of 1956 are holding a joint 55th reunion beginning Friday, September 30, 6:00 p.m., with a no-host welcome back gathering at lounge bar at the San Bernardino Hilton, 285 E. Hospitality Lane. On Saturday, October 2, there will be a reunion Dinner-Dance at the Hilton, beginning at 6 p.m.  The reunion weekend will culminate with a breakfast buffet at 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 2 at the National Orange Show. The cost for the Saturday dinner-dance is $55 per person ($110 per couple) -- dress is “dressy casual.” The Sunday breakfast is $25.  A block of rooms at the San Bernardino Hilton has been reserved at a special $89 room rate.  Use code “SBH” when reserving your room.  Call the Hilton at (909) 889-0133 to make your room reservation. To reserve your place at the Reunion dinner and or Breakfast, contact Mary Lou De La Torre at (951) 845-7306, or e-mail mannynlulu@aol.com.  This event is also open to alumni from other classes of Pacific and San Bernardino High Schools.

MORENO VALLEY
Save The Date

KARC and Foothill AIDS Projects will be hosting their fundraising fellowship banquet on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Moreno Valley Conference Center, 14075 Frederick Street, Moreno Valley. The theme is “30 years later...Where are we now?” More information in coming in later issues of The Black Voice News.

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