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The Governor & First Lady's 2010 Conference on Women

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By Lea M. Cash –

This year more than 30,000 women from all walks of life, arrived at the Long Beach Convention Center, for six separate events covering three full days of inspiration and motivation to become an architect of change in their own lives, within their communities and around the world. This conference, in its 24th year, held by the Governor of California, has evolved with the assistance of First Lady, Maria Shiver to be the largest and most dynamic conference for women in the world. More than 140 leading newsmakers and world opinion leaders from Suze Orman, Lisa Ling, Caroline Kennedy, to Deepak Chopra and Dr. Mehmet Oz gathered to assist with the education, inspiration and empowerment of women.

Every year, tickets sell out and for this year’s Main Event, the tickets sold out in less than one hour. All the 2010 conference events sold out as well which is why the conference has swelled to three days of full activities, which included a full measure of book signings. This year’s theme produced around the overarching theme of “It’s Time,” was intended to inspire women to see this challenging moment in history as an opportunity to come together and transform themselves and their communities as Architects of Change.

For a reporter, sometimes this event is overwhelming because there is so much to report that is inspiring and uplifting in every way, so one sticks to the simple basics and speaks in general terms to describe this truly amazing conference. For example, the conference workshops held topic discussions on health, finances, self-esteem, leadership, overcoming the unimaginable, wardrobes, creating your business, weight loss, marriage and relationships, and using your voice for change. Each of this workshops hosted by leading voices like Martha Beck, Paula Deen, Jessica Simpson, Goldie Hawn, Robert Redford and so many others like Rosario Dawson, Gayle King, and Lisa Leslie. First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, was an opening session speaker. She said, “The beauty of this conference – the space it provides for us as women to just be ourselves, and to speak honestly and openly about the issues that matter most to us. And I’d like to do that once again today. I’d like to speak today about an issue that I care deeply about, and talk with you about how I came to it why it matters so much to me and why I think it should matter to all women – and all Americans.” She spoke about women in the military, military spouses and their children.

NBC’s news anchor, Matt Lauer, hosted a discussion with Governor Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman who are California’s Gubernational Candidates. This discussion was heated and humorous reflecting the true colors of each candidate up close and personal. The afternoon Lunch Session produced Brian Williams, NBC’s Nightly News, anchor hosting a conversation with Phil Knight, Co-Founder of Nike, and Howard Schultz, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the company he founded, Starbucks. Then ABC’s World News Anchor, Diane Sawyer, hosts a conversation with legal giants, the honorable Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Associate Justice and the honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, former Associate Justice.

Each session host and their attendees entertained discussions designed to inspire and empower women from their experiences learned in life.

The Grand Finale and The Minerva Awards closed out the three-day celebration of events continuing the legacy of honoring remarkable women. This was hosted by First Lady, Maria Shriver and featured remarks by Azure Antoinette, a poet and spoken word artist, Mary J. Blige, a Grammy Award winner, singer and songwriter and by the five 2010 Minerva Award honorees: Oprah Winfrey, The Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor, Oral Lee Brown, Sister Terry Dodge and Carolyn Blashek. The Grand Finale ended with a special musical performance by Sarah McLachlan, also a Grammy Award winner singer and songwriter.

Women cried and women hugged throughout the entire conference as many of their truths unfolded as inspiration was nurtured and delivered. Knowing in their hearts that this was heart talk, celebrating their achievements and to re-examine the future possibilities of how they can lead in the environmental, social, political and business scenes as Architects of Change—but, mostly and perhaps, the most important heart talk of all leaned towards raising and maintaining their families.

First Lady, Maria Shriver said, “Beginning in January, the leadership of this conference will transition over to the next administration, as it always has. We are grateful to have this opportunity and hope this year’s conference has inspired you to see as an opportunity to come together and transform ourselves, our communities, and our world as Architects of Change.”

Community Briefs

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Centennial Hospital and Time Capsule Dedication Ceremonies

Community Hospital of San Bernardino (CHSB) will wrap up its centennial year with two dedication ceremonies this Saturday.

The festivities take place in the hospital’s front lobby and begin at 10:00 a.m. with an official dedication marking the hospital’s centennial by the Native Sons of California. This dedication will include a presentation of the colors by the ROTC Cadets from California State University of San Bernardino. In addition, the national anthem will be sung by the hospital’s very own Sandee Zschomler, Vice President, Foundation. After the hospital dedication, the centennial time capsule will be dedicated.

Guests will then be invited into the hospital’s Arrowhead Room for a recept ion and an opportunity to view the contents of the time capsule, which is designated to be opened in 2030.

What: Centennial Hospital and Time Capsule Dedication When: Saturday, November 6th, 10:00 a.m.

Where: Front Lobby of the Hospital

1805 Medical Center Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92411 Recept ion immediately following the ceremony in the hospital’s Arrowhead Room.

Cold Weather Brings New Shelter Option For Single Men, Women

Late October’s cooler, rainy weather gave homeless men and women a new shelter option for the fall and winter months.

The Salvation Army has opened its cold weather shelter, which operates within the Hospitality House, 925 W. Tenth Street, San Bernardino.

“The cold weather shelter is to give men and women a place to stay when it’s rainy and cold,” said Roosevelt Carroll, director of Hospitality House. “Some recent nights, it has been below 46 degrees, and it gets even colder in winter. We expect to keep the cold weather shelter open until April, when the weather is consistently warm again.”

Up to 28 men can stay; they will be sleeping on mats in the dining room. Between nine and 15 women can stay; they will be given a bed in one of the bedrooms for the night.

“We will keep three rooms, with three beds apiece, open for single women who want to stay in the cold weather shelter,” Carroll said. “Nine women can stay in those rooms, and if we have another room or two available when they’re not needed by the family shelter, three to six more women can stay in them.”

People who want to stay at the cold weather shelter should check in at 7 p.m. on weekdays, or 8:30 p.m. on weekends. Dinner is not served to cold weather shelter guests, but breakfast is.

“For dinner, they can attend our community dinners at 4:45 p.m. each night in the Headquarters Building at 746 W. Fifth Street,” Carroll said Women, whether single or married, also have the option of staying at The Salvation Army for up to three months until they find permanent housing, as a resident of its year-round emergency family shelter. The Salvation Army provides assistance in these women’s efforts to create a more stable housing situation for themselves and their families.

Only the family shelter accepts chi ldren. Families enrolled in family shelter’s program each are assigned to a bedroom, where they can keep their belongings during the day, and have privacy at night.

For local help, call (909) 888- 1336.

Ad Club Speaker: Social Media Legal Issues

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The local ad club is sponsoring a speaker who specializes in social media law on Nov. 11 in Rancho Cucamonga.

The presentation is open to the public.

Author and legal expert Jim Astrachan will discuss legal guidelines for those involved in creating mass communications through social media.

His presentation, “From Frankenstein to Vanna White” will also cover the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) new guidelines about transparency in social media.

The event, with limited seating is scheduled for Nov. 11 at Copies & Ink, 10722 Arrow Route, Suite 102, Rancho Cucamonga, from 11:30AM-1:30PM. Lunch from Panera will be provided.

Cost is $10 for ad club members and $40 for the public.

Victoria Seitz, PhD., president of the Inland Empire Chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) and a professor at Cal State San Bernardino in marketing and advertising, said, “This is one of the most important presentations we are sponsoring this year. Jim will discuss the guidelines for advertisers and agencies to make sure they are not engaging in deceptive practices.

Everyone involved in social media communications should attend. Please register in advance since this event will fill up fast.”

Astrachan said, “When serious claims over ads are lodged, agencies and in-house employees are fired. Do you now what to do? You better, because judgments for illegal ads have topped 40 million!” The presentation will cover the six don’ts: Don’t steal an identity, don’t steal a copyright, don’t infringe a trademark, don’t mess up in foreseeable ways, don’t misrepresent the qualities of your products, or your competitors!

And don’t violate the FTC’s social media guidelines.

According to Seitz, the presentation will also cover: bloggers’ endorsements & testimonials, liability of advertisers for false statements, liability for failure to disclose connections between advertiser and endorser, use of disclaimers, endorser liability and illegal use of street teams.

Astrachan is co-author of the six-volume legal treatise, The Law of Advertising and Mass Communications, published by LexisNexis/Matthew Bender.

He is also a columnist for The Daily Record, adjunct professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law, a principal of Astrachan, Gunst, Thomas, Rubin, PC and a national speaker on advertising law.

For more information or to reserve your place, visit http://aaf-inlandempire.com

Your Home, Your Rights Event

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This week Bank of America announced they would resume foreclosures after taking a brief time to review their own paperwork and procedures. Help is on the horizon.

Banks, nonprofits and HUD will hold a public forum on home ownership and renters’ rights.

Free services include: confidential one-on-one legal advice and counseling on foreclosure, fair housing and predatory lending issues, including advice to tenants in buildings that have been foreclosed on.

Organized by New America Media, Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter, 62nd AD, The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 62nd Sustainable Communities, NID Housing Counseling Agency, Black Voice News, The Precinct Reporter, La Prensa, Westside Story, San Bernardino Branch of the NAACP, and Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire.

Attendees can share stories with journalists and media about surviving the foreclosure crisis and get answers to their questions from housing counselors, tax and legal experts.

For more information or to RSVP call (909) 884-6891.

President Obama Endorses Harris for State AG

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President Barack Obama has endorsed San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris in her candidacy to become California’s next Attorney General. Kamala was the first elected official in California to endorse President Obama during the 1998 Presidential Election and was co-chair of his California campaign.

In an email distributed by the Democratic National Committee/ Organizing for America on Saturday, President Obama stated the following about Harris: Kamala Harris has always been a strong voice for Californians.

As San Francisco District At torney, she launched early intervention programs to reduce the cycle of repeat offenders. She created her office's first Chi ld Sexual Assault Unit and first Environmental Justice Unit. She prioritized the prosecution of financial predators, processing over 450 consumer complaints in 2009 and forming the state's first stand-alone Mortgage and Investment Fraud Unit.

Now she's running to be California's attorney general, and I am proud to stand by her. She is someone who understands the needs of all Americans, and I need allies like that fighting for change across the country. … Kamala has done a remarkable job in San Francisco.

Now it's time to send her to Sacramento so she can get those same results for all Californians - - but she needs our help if she's going to win this race.

For more information about Harris and her campaign for Attorney General, visit www.KamalaHarris.org.

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