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Sassy Sistahs Chapter of The Red Hat Ladies Outreach with Love

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The Sassy Sistah Chapter of the "Red Hat Society" are spiritually beautiful women who wear fabulous "Red Hats" and purple attire and have a Queen Mother named Mary Robinson, a Vice Queen named Lucy Jones, and twenty-one members. Our goal is to enjoy life while helping others along the way.

The Sassy Sistahs Chapter has a prison outreach ministry that provides clothing to recently released female prisoners to help them appear for job interviews properly dressed for the position.

Among the many other charitable projects the Sassy Sistahs are involved in are: design of Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Christmas cards with unique for patients in convalescent homes; giving Christmas baskets, bags, and gifts to less fortunate families of the Inland Empire; serve as hostesses to community plays and theatrical productions; to name a few. The Sassy Sistahs were participants in a major parade in the city of Brea, and also are a part of many other civic and community junctions.

For information regarding the Sassy Sistahs upcoming events and/or membership interest email: aluv331@msn.com.

Jerome E. Horton Honored at Summit on Problem Gambling

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Jerome E. Horton, Vice Chairperson of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) recently was recognized at the first annual California Problem Gambling Training Summit for his outstanding leadership as a policy maker and continuous support in mitigating problem gambling throughout the State.

The California Office of Problem Gambling (OPG), a division of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, presented Horton with an award entitled “Achieving Success One Step at a Time,” at an awards luncheon co-hosted by the California Council on Problem Gambling and OPG on Thursday, March 11, 2010, at the Red Lion Inn in Sacramento.

“Mr. Horton was chosen to receive the first Office of Problem Gambling Legislator’s Award for his tireless commitment to public service and initiating prevention and treatment programs for problem gamblers and their families,” said OPG Deputy Director Terri Sue Canale. “We applaud him for his forward thinking and solutionsoriented, consensus building efforts.”

OPG has coordinated this training summit in conjunction with National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, a grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign to educate the general public and health care professional about the warning signs of problem gambling.

In learning of the award, Mr. Horton stated, “I am humbled and honored by the California Office of Problem Gambling’s decision to select me as the first recipient of the Achieving Success One Step at a Time award. The title of the award closely aligns with my life passion to do all that I am able to do for as many individuals as possible one day at a time.”

As Vice Chairperson of the California State Board of Equalization Mr. Horton represents more than 8.5 million constituents in the Fourth Equalization District; he also served as the 51st Assembly District Member in the California State Assembly. In 2003, Mr. Horton authored Assembly Bill 673 creating the Office of Problem and Pathological Gambling with a $3 million funding appropriation.

His accomplishments have had a “positive impact on the realities of problem gambling and have helped to minimize its negative effects on Californians statewide,” Canale said.

Canale quotes Aristotle when speaking of Horton’s significant contributions to addressing the problem of pathological gambling:

“In the arena of human life, the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.” For more information on the California Office of Problem Gambling (OPG), visit www.adp.ca.gov/opg Or contact OPG at 916-327- 8611 or email opg@adp.ca.gov.

The Office of Problem Gambling is responsible for developing prevention and treatment programs to reduce the prevalence of problem and pathological gambling among California residents.

For help with problem gambling call 1- 800-GAMBLER (1-800-426- 2537) or visit http://www.problemgambling.ca.gov to access the Freedom from Problem Gambling self-help workbook or view responsible gambling guidelines.

Vice Chairperson Jerome E. Horton is the 4th District Member of the BOE, representing more than 8.5 million residents in Los Angeles County. He is also the BOE Legislative Committee Chairperson. Horton is the first African American to serve on the BOE since its inception in 1879, and the third African American constitutional officer in California’s history.

Horton was appointed by the Governor and confirmed by both the Assembly and the Senate in 2009. Horton previously served as an Assembly member from 2000-2006.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects more than $53 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes.

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

Gas Company Offers Safety Tips For Earthquake Preparedness

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Following this week’s 4.4-magnitude earthquake in the Pico Rivera area and the recent devastating quakes in Haiti and Chile, Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) is reminding customers that advance preparation is critical in getting ready for the next major earthquake.

The Gas Company offers these safety tips to help reduce the chance of injuries or property damage from the next quake:

Before an earthquake:

• Securely strap water heaters to prevent them from moving or toppling over. The water heater should be fastened securely to the wall studs in two places -- the upper and lower one-third of the tank -- with heavy bolts and metal straps.

• Replace semi-rigid (aluminum or copper) gas appliance connectors with approved connectors made of corrugated metal. These are less likely to crack during an earthquake.

Connectors and water heater strapping kits are available at most hardware and home improvement stores, or may be purchased and installed by a licensed, qualified professional or The Gas Company.

• Know where the natural gas meter is located. Gas meters are commonly located above ground next to the home on the side, front or back, but may also be in a cabinet or underground.

• Have a 12-inch or larger adjustable wrench handy to manually turn off the gas meter should it be necessary if a gas leak is suspected after an emergency.

After an earthquake:

• Do not turn off the gas meter after an earthquake, unless there is a gas smell or the sound of gas escaping. Once the gas has been turned off, it may take The Gas Company several days to restore service, depending on the magnitude of the emergency.

• If an appliance appears to have a leak, turning off the valve between the appliance and gas line may stop the leak. If not, shut off the gas at the meter.

For more natural gas safety information, visit The Gas Company’s Web at www.socalgas.com/safety.

Community Briefs

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Black Male Teachers:

Do you know any Black males who are seniors in high school who want to go to college out of state for "FREE”?

Several Black Colleges are looking for future black male teachers and will send them to universities/ colleges for 4 years FREE.

The 'Call Me MISTER' program is an effort to address the critical shortage of African American male teachers particularly among South Carolina’s lowest performing public schools.

Program participants are selected from among underserved, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities.

The program is a collaboration between Clemson University and four historically Black colleges in South Carolina: Benedict College, Claflin University, Morris College and South Carolina State University.

The project provides: Tuition for admitted students pursuing approved programs of study at participating colleges.

An academic support system to help assure their success.

A cohort system for social and cultural support.

Visit www.callmemi for more details and the online application or call (800) 640- 2657.

Stimulus Money Available For Employers

Hiring, Training Federal stimulus funds are available now through the East Valley Special Education Local Plan Area for employers in Bloomington, Colton, Fontana, Lake Arrowhead, Redlands, Rialto and Yucaipa, for those who are hiring and training new employees.

The funds are available to firms who hire recent graduates from local high schools.

Contact Guy Williams, business linkage technician for the East Valley SELPA, for more information at (909) 252-4518.

County History Day Competition Set For March 20

About 150 students representing 18 schools in San Bernardino County will participate in the History Day competition at Summit High School on March 20.

The event, which will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m., has three divisions:

Elementary (Grades 4-5), Junior (Grades 6-8) and Senior (Grades 9-12). There are 91 entries in all the divisions, representing six county school districts and one private school.

The event is sponsored by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.

Summit High School is located at 15551 Summit Ave. in Fontana

Senator McLeod Recognizes Census Partners

On Saturday, March 20, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon, Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod will be recognizing 2010 Census Partners that have committed to support the Census Be Counted/Questionnaire Assistance Centers and Testing/Training sites at the Ontario Open Air Market, 7407 East Riverside Dr., Ontario.

RSVP with Rosendo Torres at (909) 771- 5817 or Victor Yu at (818) 268-0878. For more information, contact (909) 984- 5131.

Union Bank, KCET Honor Los Angeles African Americans As Heroes

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Union Bank, N.A., and KCET recently partnered to honor four extraordinary Southern California African Americans as Local Heroes during its 13th Annual Local Heroes Awards celebration. The Local Heroes award recognizes the leadership and dedication of the recipients to serving their community. The honorees received their recognition in the company of family and friends at the KCET Studios in Los Angeles. This year’s honorees were:

• Areva Martin, Special Needs Network, Inc.;

• Billy Mitchell, Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy (SAPPA);

• Shonte Henderson, Los Angeles County Superior Court; and

• Millicent “Mama” Hill, Mama Hill’s Help.

Video profiles, produced by and broadcast on KCET throughout the month, showed a glimpse of the spirit behind each honoree’s personal triumph and determination and preceded their presentations.

“It is with great pleasure that we celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of each of our honorees,” said Union Bank Executive Vice President Julius Robinson, head of Corporate Social Responsibility and chairman and chief executive officer of the Union Bank Foundation, who emceed the event.

“Their selfless acts of courage are exemplary of Union Bank’s core belief in community service.”

Entertainment for the evening included a performance by Hollywood’s Da’ Poetry Lounge co-founder, Brutha Gimel, and selections by the P.S.A.L.M.S. (Praising, Serving, Adoring, Loving and Magnifying Our Savior) choir, representing the City of Refuge Music Ministry.

To view the Local Heroes video profiles airing on KCET throughout the month, visit kcet.org. For more information about the Local Heroes Awards, please also visit www.unionbank.com/heroes.

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