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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.

Deadline To Register To Vote In November 2, 2010 General Election

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October 18th is the deadline to register to vote in the November 2nd, 2010 General Election.

You must be registered within the county in which you live, at least 15 days before the election.

If you are registered in the county but have moved to another address within the county, you can request an address change in writing. If you have changed your name, you must re-register. Voter registration forms are available at DMV offices, Social Security offices, post offices, libraries, city halls, political party headquarters, and from the Registrar of Voters office.

Registered voters who wish to vote by mail must also apply for a mail ballot soon. It is not necessary to be “absent” to request a vote by mail ballot. This option is available to all voters. All vote by mail ballot applications for the November 2nd General Election must be in the hands of the Registrar of Voters no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 26, 2010.

Vote by mail ballot applications are available on the back cover of the sample ballot, on the Internet at http://www.sbcrov.com, or from the Registrar of Voters office Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Allman to Receive Minority Business Leadership Award

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Michael W. Allman, president and CEO of Southern California Gas Company, will receive the Southern California Minority Business Development Council's 2010 Leadership Award at its annual Leadership Award dinner October 15. The award is given to an individual and/or corporation whose achievements and leadership in the business community have resulted in positive results for minority-owned businesses.

The Minority Business Development council is the leading minority business advocacy organization strengthening economic ties between large, public-private and foreign-owned corporations, representing more than 600,000 minority owned business enterprises.

Michael W. Allman is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), one of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. Sempra Energy is a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services. The Sempra Energy companies’ 13,600 employees serve more than 29 million consumers worldwide.

SoCalGas is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility serving 20.5 million consumers through 5.7 million gas meters in more than 500 communities.

Allman became president of SoCalGas in March 2010.

Previously, Allman served as president and CEO of Sempra Generation, overseeing the operation of merchant power plants throughout North America. Sempra Generation operates power-plant assets that produce more than 2,600 megawatts of electricity in Nevada, California, Arizona and Mexico.

Allman has spearheaded the development of several groundbreaking renewable energy projects, including the 10- megawatt El Dorado Solar project in Boulder City, Nevada. Sempra Generation is also developing several other renewable energy projects, including Copper Mountain Solar, a proposed new 48- megawatt photovoltaic facility adjacent to El Dorado Solar; and the Energía Sierra Juárez wind project in Northern Baja California, which has the potential to produce several hundred megawatts of clean electricity.

From 1998 to 2008, Allman held leadership positions with Sempra Energy and its subsidiaries, including chief financial officer of Sempra Global, the umbrella organization for Sempra Energy’s businesses operating in competitive energy markets, president of Sempra Technology Ventures, vice president of corporate planning and development and vice president of audit services.

Prior to joining Sempra Energy in 1998, Allman was responsible for marketing and delivering consulting projects to corporate clients of the Los Angeles office of LEK/Alcar, a strategic and financial consulting- services firm. Allman joined the Alcar Group in 1987 in Chicago, and was later assigned to Johannesburg, London and Los Angeles throughout his tenure with the company.

Allman has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Michigan State University. He is a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor. He serves as a director of the San Diego Opera Association and is a member of the audit committee of the Zoological Society of San Diego.

3rd Annual SBA Faith Based Small Business Summit

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Grants For Dry Cleaners, Advocacy For Small Businesses From The Air Quality Management District

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is teaming up with AmPac Tri State CDC, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Inland Empire Women Business Center, and the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center to demonstrate its advocacy for small businesses and faith based entities at the Third Annual SBA Faith Based Small Business Summit on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at the Ontario Convention Center from 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Often recognized for its regulatory role in enforcing air quality provisions with businesses, the AQMD is teaming up with four small business champions to conduct an Air Quality Institute to assist businesses with regulatory questions, to share information for dry cleaners on up to $10,000 in grant funds, and to provide information on green technology. AQMD will have engineers on site during the loan fair to meet one-on-one with businesses with specific air quality questions or regulatory issues.

Registration and sponsorships are available at www.tristatecdc.com.

The Third Annual Faith Based Small Business Summit will kickoff with a panel discussion featuring retailer Aurelio Baretto - Not of This World Clothing; Justin Young - Chick Fil A; Bill Cortus – Thrivent Financial; and Medhat Gorgy, Pyramid Laboratories, Inc.

These business owners will share their struggles and successes in business and how their faith shaped their business values, customer service, relationships with vendors and their accomplishments in business. Following the opening session, the Summit will include concurrent workshops for businesses, non-profits and faith based organizations. In addition to the AQMD workshop, other workshops will include “The Real Deal on Accessing Capital”; “Utilizing SBA Online Resources for 24-Hour Assistance in Growing Your Business”; “Tax Strategies for Taking Your Business to the Next Level”; “Shall I Be a Non-Profit or For- Profit or Can I do Both.” For Pastors and Faith Based leaders, Jerry Flavin from the White House Office of Faith Based Programs and Neighborhood Partnerships will moderate a panel comprised of invited federal agencies, including SBA, SCORE, The Air Quality Management District, Department of Health & Human Services and the Department of Agriculture. The panel will provide faith based leaders information on special programs and resources these agencies have that could benefit the faith based community. After lunch, Keynote Speaker, Dr. Lula Ballton, will share insight on “How to Connect Faith & Business.” Dr. Ballton is the Executive Director of West Angeles Community Development Corporation, which has developed more than $50 million in real estate, and provides an array of programs to promote job creation, and address poverty and injustice its neighboring community in South Los Angeles.

Businesses, non-profits and faith based organizations are encouraged to attend the SBA Faith Based Small Business Summit where we will “Connect Faith & Business.” AmPac CDC and its small business partners salute the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Platinum Sponsor; California Bank and Trust, for the third year, a Gold Sponsor; Union Bank, a Silver Sponsor; City of Ontario, Bronze Sponsor, and City National Bank, Steel Sponsor.

The sponsorships help to keep costs low so that businesses needing assistance can receive a day of information-packed material. The discounted registration cost is only $50 for registration before October 1st and includes continental breakfast and lunch, and admission to all workshops, as well as the afternoon loan fair.

Registration and sponsorship opportunities are available today by visiting www.tristatecdc.com.

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