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SAN BERNARDINO
Anointed Touch Ministries Upcoming Events
Upcoming events for Anointed Touch Ministries. We are located at 2310 N. Sierra Way, San Bernardino, Ca 92405.

On Monday June 27, 2011 Anointed Touch Ministries summer day camp will began.

They have several activities scheduled including a basketball clinic and a dance clinic, as well as tutoring, and vacation Bible School. For more information, please call (909) 527- 0793 to register.

On Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 10am-6pm, Anointed Touch Ministries will be holding their Annual Teen Summit. They will have several presenters speaking on topics such as self-esteem, bullying, pregnancy, substance abuse, teen dropout, gangs, life skills, college prep, career awareness, and image awareness.

They will also have spoken word and a free lunch. There is no cost for this event. Please register by calling (909) 527-0793. Ages 9-25.

Fontana’s Cooling Facilities
The Mayor and City Council invite the public to use the City’s cooling facilities to keep cool and hydrated during the summer.

Cooling facilities are places that the public can use to get relief from the heat. Each facility has seating areas, air conditioning and drinking water for residents to use and enjoy. The cooling facilities are available during the hottest parts of the day throughout the summer.

FONTANA
Fontana’s cooling facilities are located at the following centers:

— The Cypress Neighborhood Center at 8380 Cypress Ave. Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. (909) 349- 6988.

— The Don Day Neighborhood Center at 14501 Live Oak Ave. Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (909) 349- 6997.

— The Heritage Neighborhood Center at 7350 W. Liberty Pkwy. Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (909) 349- 6968.

— The Jessie Turner Health & Fitness Center at 15556 Summit Ave. Open Monday – Friday, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (909) 854- 5100.

— The Fontana Community Senior Center at 16710 Ceres Ave. Open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (909) 854- 5151.

FONTANA
Golf Tournament to Benefit Scholarship Foundation
The Wilmer Amina Carter Foundation Third Annual Golf Classic charity event on June 24, 2011 recognizes graduating students at Wilmer Amina Carter High School and other high schools in the 62nd District.

District 62 Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter is host of the tournament and awards dinner at Sierra Lakes Golf Course in Fontana.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. and shotgun start is 12:30 p.m.

The funds raised go toward college scholarships, internships and youth leadership training programs.

To participate or sponsor, call (909) 820-4406 or(916) 231-9851 or email glenda@lombardmgmt.com

SAN BERNARDINO
Comments Sought for I-15/I- 215 Interchange Improvement
The California Department of Transportation and San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) will host a public meeting this month to present the results of the Draft Environmental Document for the Interstate 15/Interstate 215 Interchange Improvements Project in Devore.

The public meeting will be held Monday, June 20 from 4:30 pm to 7 pm at Kimbark Elementary School, 18021 Kenwood Avenue, in the Devore area.

Caltrans and SANBAG have been studying the proposed addition of one northbound lane and one southbound lane on Interstate 15 between Kenwood Avenue and Interstate 215.

Southwest Employees Team with Student Conservation Association to put Conservation In Action

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In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, Southwest Airlines is teaming up with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) for the Conservation In Action Tour: 40 Projects for 40 Years to take their commitment to volunteerism and their passion for conservation on the road, literally!

Students from the SCA will travel from coast to coast in a custom-designed Southwest Airlines biodiesel RV. During the summer-long tour, the RV will stop in 25 cities, joining Southwest Employees and community members in conservation projects across the country.

“This is the perfect way to celebrate our 40th Anniversary,” said Southwest Airlines Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO Gary Kelly. “Volunteering and giving back is something that our People do year round.

It’s our way of saying thank you to the communities that have given so much to us!”

The tour officially kicks off today, in the airline’s hometown of Dallas. More than 700 Southwest Employees from all across the system will take part in conservation projects at the Texas Trees Foundation, Trinity River Audubon Center, and Rochester Park.

“SCA is proud to join Southwest Airlines in spreading the word and the practice of hands-on conservation,” said SCA President Dale M. Penny. “These projects will generate immediate benefits to the communities we visit, and in the long-term they will promote ongoing stewardship and sustainability. That’s a real win-win for all.”

SCA is a nonprofit organization that provides individuals aged 15-25 with hands-on conservation service opportunities.

Their members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, and community green spaces in all 50 states.

Contributing sponsors for the tour, American Eagle Outfitters, Sony Corporation, and The Coca-Cola Company, join Southwest Airlines to help SCA build the next generation of conservation leaders and its quest to protect and restore America’s parks, forests, and urban green spaces.

To view the Conservation In Action Tour schedule, visit www.southwest.com/Tour40.

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RIVERSIDE
Curb Painting Service Warning

Curb painting service notices have been found on City of Riverside residents’ doorsteps. The notice asks residents for a voluntary donation to repaint address numbers on the curb.

The City of Riverside would like residents to be aware that such companies are in no way affiliated with or working at the City’s request. In addition, City of Riverside residents are not required by any City code to have home address numbers painted on the curb. The only requirement for addresses is they are visible from the home near the front door or other entry. Again, if you receive pressure to pay a “donation” or fee for service, you are under no obligation by any code to do so.

Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious or harassing activity to Riverside Police Department (951) 787-7911.

SAN BERNARDINO
SB Opens Call Center to Improve Customer Service

Quality customer service is about to improve with the advent of the new SB Direct call center. San Bernardino residents will now be able to reach the city government with one number for all of their non-emergency questions and concerns.

A kick off celebration for the new call center will take place on June 15, 2011, inside City Hall located at 300 N. “D” St. San Bernardino.

SB Direct, the one stop shop for all non-emergency calls can be reached by dialing the new easy to remember number, (909) 384-SBSB that’s (909) 384-7272. All calls will be sent straight to a highly skilled and trained staff that can assist callers with many general questions, open requests for service and forward calls to an appropriate person or department. The call center was created as a means to address and improve the current customer service. The new helpline will work to diminish reaching uninformed personnel, or being transferred back and forth. Constituents will receive a follow-up call from the call center staff regarding the status of their requests or to notify a caller if their service requests will be closed, along with an explanation.

FONTANA
Golf Tournament to Benefit Scholarship Foundation

The Wilmer Amina Carter Foundation Third Annual Golf Classic charity event on June 24, 2011 recognizes graduating students at Wilmer Amina Carter High School and other high schools in the 62nd District.

District 62 Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter is host of the tournament and awards dinner at Sierra Lakes Golf Course in Fontana. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and shotgun start is 12:30 p.m. The funds raised go toward college scholarships, internships and youth leadership training programs.

To participate or sponsor, call (909) 820-4406 or(916) 231-9851 or email glenda@lombardmgmt.com.

SAN BERNARDINO
Comments Sought for I-15/I- 215 Interchange Improvement

The California Department of Transportation and San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) will host a public meeting this month to present the results of the Draft Environmental Document for the Interstate 15/Interstate 215 Interchange Improvements Project in Devore.

The public meeting will be held Monday, June 20 from 4:30 pm to 7 pm at Kimbark Elementary School, 18021 Kenwood Avenue, in the Devore area.

Caltrans and SANBAG have been studying the proposed addition of one northbound lane and one southbound lane on Interstate 15 between Kenwood Avenue and Interstate 215.

The project also proposes to improve vehicle merging operations, add truck bypass lanes and connect local roadways, including reconnecting historic Route 66 to Cajon Boulevard.

SCE Re-Engineering Neighborhood Power Circuits

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The design of traditional circuits that carry electricity through communities served by utilities like Southern California Edison (SCE) is changing significantly for the first time in more than 100 years.

These distribution circuits have been one-way routes for electricity channeled from neighborhood substations to some 1,200 nearby homes and businesses each.

Components built into these power paths compensate for the natural drop-off in voltage, ensuring that the customer at the end of a circuit receives the same stable voltage supply as the one nearest the substation.

SCE has begun connecting large multimillion-watt solar power stations, with their fluctuating outputs depending on time of day and cloud conditions, to the middle of such circuits. To support this advance in distributed renewable generation, the utility’s grid engineers have launched the first major redesign of this aspect of the traditional power delivery system.

“Power delivery engineers have long recognized that smarter distribution circuits would be needed – two-way power paths that include a new generation of components that can sense and adjust instantly to fluctuating power conditions,” said Mike Montoya, SCE director of grid advancement.

“To support SCE’s decision to install large solar generation stations, our grid engineers have begun identifying, testing and helping the industry create these smarter distribution circuit technologies,” he said. “We are creating the future now.”

One example of this work is the inverter testing program at SCE’s Pomona, Calif. , laboratory.

Inverters used to convert the direct current output of solar panels to the alternating current customers use are connected to a grid simulator and subjected to real-world conditions.

SCE engineers are collecting and analyzing data to determine how best to enable the safe and effective deployment of inverters on the utility’s distribution circuits.

Lessons learned as SCE deploys its network of 1-to-10-millionwatt community solar plants, and upgrades its power distribution system, are being shared wi th other utilities and the solar industry to foster similar advances elsewhere.

SCE also announced today that four new solar power plants capable of providing 7 million watts of peak generating capacity (AC) – enough to serve 4,550 average homes – have been connected to the utility’s Inland Empire grid, enlarging SCE’s community solar network to 15 stations.

These new rooftop solar photovoltaic stations in Fontana and Redlands, Calif. , join 10 others, which have been serving the utility’s Inland Empire customers for up to three years, plus the utility’s first large ground-mount installat ion recent ly completed in the Central Valley.

Construction of the solar plants created 192 temporary Southern California jobs. SCE estimates its five-year solar project will result in 75 to 100 roof- and groundmount facilities and up to 1,200 new construction jobs.

“When SCE announced its solar PV program in 2008, our primary goals were to help speed up California’s deployment of solar generation while driving down the cost of photovoltaic panels for everyone,” said Mark Nelson, SCE director of generation planning and strategy. “We are on target to meet those goals.”

The Fontana installat ions involve three solar stations on more than 1.9 million square feet of leased warehouse roofs owned by Prologis and 35,000 photovoltaic panels.

In Redlands, SCE has built an additional solar station with 5,900 panels spread over 259,000 square feet of Prologis warehouse space.

125 High School Seniors Selected as Edison Scholars

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Demonstrating its commitment to educational excellence, Edison International has pledged $1.25 million to fund scholarships for 125 high school seniors selected as Edison Scholars, the company’s annual scholarship program. The 125 scholarships reflect the company’s landmark 125th anniversary this year.

“These students are among the best and brightest students in the country, and we are proud to support them as they embark on their future,” said Theodore F. Craver Jr. , chairman and CEO, Edison International.

Each student can receive up to $10,000 in scholarships, beginning with a $2,500 college scholarship that is renewable for an additional three years. The 125 seniors selected were among more than 900 public and private high school seniors, in 14 states, who applied for the scholarships.

Edison International has awarded more than $3.2 million in scholarships to 464 Edison Scholars since 1993.

This year, for the first time, the number of awardees was expanded to include students in states where the company owns and operates facilities. Also, requirements were changed so recipients can attend any accredited U.S. university. The annual Edison International scholarship program focused on students living in communities where Edison International and its subsidiaries, Southern California Edison (SCE), Edison Mission Group (EMG) and Midwest Generation, provide service. The company has operations in California, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.

One hundred five students were selected from cities in SCE’s service territory, including Chino Hills, Inglewood, San Clemente and Tulare. A total of 20 recipients live in Illinois, Minnesota and Pennsylvania, where EMG operates.

To qualify for the scholarships, Edison Scholars had to be:

• high school seniors who lived, or attended a public or private school, in areas serviced by SCE, or attended an eligible high school in the designated area surrounding SCE’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

• high school seniors who attended an eligible school in a community where EMG or Midwest Generation operate.

• planning to attend an accredited four-year college in the U.S.

• full-time students majoring in math, physics, chemistry, engineering, materials science or computer science/information systems.

• students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher.

• U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For more on the Edison Scholars program, visit www.edison.com/edisonscholars.

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