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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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Juneteenth at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

On Saturday June 11, 2011 from 10am to 4pm, Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park will host its annual Juneteenth Celebration. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery.

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, site of the only California town to be fully founded, financed and governed by African Americans, is located approximately 42 miles northwest of Bakersfield.

On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves were now free.

Come join the celebration with guest speakers, great entertainment, arts, crafts, and food vendors, and docents, in period attire, giving tours of some of the 22 historic buildings.

The park entrance fee is $8.00 per passenger vehicle, $50.00 for a bus with 24 passengers and less, and $100.00 for a bus with 25 passengers and more.

For more information and directions to the park, please call or email park staff at the numbers above.

Ribbon Cutting Of Sportswatch Bar And Grill At San Manuel Village

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will host the Highland Chamber of Commerce and local elected officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the SportsWatch Bar and Grill, a new addition to the business portfolio of the Tribe. The ceremony will be held at San Manuel Village beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 13 in front of the restaurant located at 27961 Highland Ave, Ste B at San Manuel Village.

Serving up cool, trendy food in a fun and friendly atmosphere, this gastropub style sports bar is a unique dining option for the region and the latest hospitality venture for the Tribe. Attendees at Monday’s ribbon cutting will get to sample some of the savory offerings ahead of the official grand opening on Saturday, June 18.

SportsWatch Bar and Grill joins Mi Cocina Mexican Restaurant and St. Bernardine’s Hospital Urgent Care in completing the latest phase of the development for San Manuel Village, a mixed use commercial, retail and hospitality center built and managed by Victoria Development LLC, the Tribe’s real estate development division.

Riverside to Host 10th Annual Neighborhood Conference

The City of Riverside and the Riverside Neighborhood Partnership will welcome Riversiders to the 10th Annual Neighborhood Conference on Sat, June 4 at Cal Baptist University.

This year’s theme is “Give Riverside” – Give to Your Neighborhood, Your Community, and the Earth.

To register online, visit: www.riversideca.gov/neighborhoods/. Pre-register by May 26. Walk-ins are accepted; however, pre-registration is preferred for planning purposes.

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ Set For June 14

The Mayor and City Council invite the public to participate in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson on Tuesday, June 14. Thousands of kids and adults at aquatics facilities around the globe will unite to set a new global record for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL).

The Fontana Aquatic Center, located at 15610 Summit Ave, the Don Day Pool, located at 14501 Live Oak Ave, the Heritage Pool, located at 7350 W. Liberty Pkwy, and the Miller Pool located at 17004 Arrow Blvd are official Host Locations for the 2011 WLSL record-setting event, which takes place at 8 a.m.

For more information on this important and fun event, and to find out how you can join the WLSL record breaking at the Fontana Park Aquatic Center and Fontana Community Pools, call (909) 854- 5111 or visit www. wlsl.org.

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11th Annual Juneteenth Event

The Riverside Juneteenth Committee will be celebrating the 11th Annual Juneteenth Celebration this Saturday, June 4, 2011 beginning at 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. This free community event will be held at the Stratton Community Center – Bordwell Park, 2008 Martin Luther King Blvd., Riverside.

There will be vendors, gospel, jazz, hip hop music, food, health info, Black history info, face painting, poets, local talent, workshops, awards, and dancing.

This year’s sponsors are: Friends Across the Line, Riverside Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, The Black Voice News, The Press Enterprise, The Westside Story, InStyle Magazine, T & S Development, Inc., and SEIU Local 721.

For more information call (888) 752-1619 or visit their website at www.riversidejuneteenth.org.

Eleanor Jean Grier Leadership Academy

The Eleanor Jean Grier Leadership Academy is accepting applications for Class VIII starting August 25, 2011. The Academy which consists of a 12 - week curriculum, is funded by a grant from Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster and Riverside City Councilman Paul Davis.

The grant was awarded to the Riverside African American Historical Society, Inc. and The Group, which committed to train, mentor and increase the participation of low-income, and the underrepresented communities in civic involvement and influence on public policies. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Classes are held at 3933 Mission Inn Avenue, Suite B, Riverside.

For an application or additional information, contact Katie Greene at (951) 509-2990 or (951) 217-2107.

Riverside to Host 10th Annual Neighborhood Conference

The City of Riverside and the Riverside Neighborhood Partnership will welcome Riversiders to the 10th Annual Neighborhood Conference on Sat, June 4 at Cal Baptist University. This year’s theme is “Give Riverside” – Give to Your Neighborhood, Your Community, and the Earth.

To register online, visit: www.riversideca.gov/neighborhoods/. Pre-register by May 26. Walk-ins are accepted; however, pre-registration is preferred for planning purposes.

2011 Senior Health and Resource Fair

The Mayor and City Council invite Fontana Seniors to The Annual Senior Health and Resource Fair on Wednesday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fontana Community Senior Center, located at 16710 Ceres Avenue.

This year’s theme is “BE STRONG: Mind, Body, and Soul” and features a variety of health and wellness related information, screenings, and access to essential community resources in one convenient location.

“This event is an excellent opportunity for seniors and their family members to get useful advice to help them start or continue to lead healthy lifestyles,” says Community Services Coordinator, Tiffany Starks. “We hope to bring knowledge and awareness that will encourage seniors to ask more questions and hopefully lead to earlier detections of health problems/issues.”

The 2011 Senior Health and Resource Fair is free to the public and provides health screenings such as bone density, blood pressure, glucose, and body fat. Information on legal services, health care plans, medical equipment, personal training and so much more is also available.

For more information, call (909) 854–5151 or visit the Senior Center’s website at seniors.fontana.org.

Speaker Pérez Announces Vote to Restore Child Care, Preschool Program Funding

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Funding Restores Services to 66,000 Children and Their Working Parents

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) today announced that the Assembly Budget Subcommittee voted to restore the child care cuts made in the Governor’s May Revision, while increasing budget debt payments and maintaining a budget reserve consistent with the Governor’s proposal. This funding restoration will restore services to 66,000 children and their working parents.

“Restoring funding to these important programs for California families will protect children and help working parents during these tough economic times,” Pérez said. “It’s not only the right thing to do, it makes good economic sense by providing parents the critical child care resources they need to stay in the workforce.”

The March budget agreement resulted in significant programmatic cuts to the child care and preschool programs. These cuts, totaling over $440 million primarily came from Proposition 98 revenues, and therefore were on top of the roughly $13.4 billion in regular General Fund solutions approved in March.

The Assembly has been working for months with providers, funders and others, including the Governor’s Office and the Department of Finance, to find an ongoing solution to the child care issue, recognizing child care cuts will not only be devastating to the families that rely on these programs to remain employed and become self-sufficient, but will also undermine economic recovery by forcing parents out of the workforce, shutting down small business providers and putting their employees out of work. (The specific impacts of the cuts are listed below.)

Instead of letting these negative impacts of the child care cuts take effect, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee has reversed the cuts without harming the bottom line General Fund reserve and by building on Governor Brown’s “pay down debt” budget proposal.

Here is how it works:

· The Governor proposes to repay $744 million in internal special fund loans. While repaying debt is always a good idea, the first debts repaid should be repayments that will have an immediate economic benefit for our state.

· Therefore, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee’s action repays $1 billion in Proposition 98 “Settle-up” debts, rather than the proposed $744 million in internal borrowing. Settle-up occurs when the state funds Proposition 98 below the annual minimum. According to the Governor’s May Revision, “settle-up” debts make up about $3 billion of the roughly $35 billion in budgetary borrowing.

· With this action, the Assembly Budget Committee has approved the restoration of the Child Care cuts, and will be able to also allocate over $550 million to community colleges and K-12 schools through actions later in the week.

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