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RCOE offers on-the-job training program

The Riverside County Office of Education is offering an onthe- job training program for more than 100 young people with federal stimulus money available to reimburse employers who participate to cover training costs.

The Transition Partnership Program (TPP) offered by RCOE is a partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation and finds jobs for young people who recently completed high school and who have learning disabilities or physical disabilities.

Some of the young job hunters have no work experience.

Others have completed a vocational training program and an internship in a field such as warehousing, child care, or retail.

Employers who continue to employ one of the participants for several months may also qual ify for the state’s Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

Information on the on-the-job trainings is available from Lynn Smith at the Riverside County Office of Education, (951) 826- 6763.

The Ultimate Jazz Festival Returns to Fairmount Park

Mark your calendars for the premiere jazz event of the summer... the 2nd Annual Ultimate Jazz Festival.

Last year’s Ultimate Jazz Festival was a real treat with two full days of an incredible lineup of award-winning Jazz, R&B and Latin artists. The 2nd Annual Ultimate Jazz Festival hosted by Jazz to be Green, returns this summer on August 7th through the 8th at the beautiful scenic Fairmount Park in Riverside, Calif.

Jazz to be Green is proud to partner with the Lupus Foundation this year by contributing a percentage of the proceeds from the 2nd Annual Ultimate Jazz Festival towards this worthy cause. Lupus is a chronic disease which attacks the autoimmune system. An estimated 5 million people suffer from this life-threatening illness, and an estimated 16,000 new cases of lupus are reported world-wide each year.

Festival Director and Jazz to be Green President Darryl Bundridge is passionate about the cause. Ultimate Jazz Festival ticketholders will not only have an opportunity to hear charttopping musicians, but the satisfaction of knowing that they will also be supporting a worthy organization for future research and development in hopes of finding a cure to help those inflicted with this devastating disease.

For more information, visit www. theultimatejazzfestival.com. Announcement of this year’s lineup is forthcoming.

Image Awards Trip

The San Bernardino Branch of the NAACP is hosting a fundraising bus trip to the 41st Annual Image Awards, to be held on February 26 at the historic Shrinner's Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

The cost of the event is $60, which includes admission and bus transportation. Seats will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Join us to see the stars and enjoy a great evening What will win the Outstanding Motion Picture award, The Blind Side, Invictus, Michael Jackson This Is It, Precious or Princess and the Frog. Or who will win in the over 40 categories.

The bus will leave at 2:00 p.m. from the New Hope Family Life Center, 1505 W. Highland Ave. The show may be seen live on Fox at 8 p.m. For information or to reserve your seat call, Linda Hart (909) 246-2078.

Hurry to get your seat.

Fontana Community Foundation Launches Web Site

The Fontana Community Foundation (FCF) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Web site, and invites friends and residents of Fontana to visit www.fontanacommunityfoundati on.org to learn about how the organization is helping the Fontanacommunity.

The Fontana Community Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the City of Fontana, providing financial support for public services that enhance the quality of life and preserve and promote the health, welfare and education of those in Fontana and surrounding communities.

Scholarship for Moreno Valley Allied Health Programs in Tough Economic Times

Riverside County 5th District Supervisor Marion Ashley today announced a donation of $20,000 to a RCCD Moreno Valley Campus scholarship for allied health programs. The money comes from Community Improvement and Development Funds, which are designated by each supervisor for the development and improvement of the districts they represent.

Dr. Sandra Bruce Nichols Named CMO, Unitedhealthcare West Region

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UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, has named Dr. Sandra Bruce Nichols chief medical officer, West Region.

Dr. Bruce Nichols will focus on helping ensure access to and use of appropriate medical services for UnitedHealthcare plan participants, promoting quality clinical care and positive patient outcomes, and effectively managing health care costs. She will also maintain relationships with contracted physicians and physician organizations throughout the region and collaborate with other staff physicians to achieve quality objectives.

Dr. Bruce Nichols brings to her position more than 15 years of experience in health care, medical education and medical management.

Previously, she was the national medical director of clinical performance for AmeriChoice, a UnitedHealth Group company that serves beneficiaries of Medicaid and other government-sponsored health care programs. Also, she was director and commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Health; a cabinet member for Arkansas governors Jim Guy Tucker and Mike Huckabee; and regional CEO of Amerigroup Corp. in the District of Columbia and Virginia.

“Sandra’s outstanding leadership in multiple health care settings, her clinical expertise and direct care and administrative experience will help enhance patient outcomes and drive a more efficient and effective health care system for our customers throughout the region,” said Sam Ho, M.D., UnitedHealthcare’s executive vice president and chief medical officer.

Dr. Bruce Nichols is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice.

She earned her medical degree from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine.

Edison International Establishes 3-Year Grant With Lagrant

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Edison International committed to a contribution of $150,000 to The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) over the course of three years – 2009, 2010 and 2011 – donating $50,000 each year.

The partnership will help TLF target the underserved student populations in Edison International’s service territories by focusing on five campuses in the California State University System, which has the largest diverse and underserved minority population of students than any other state university system. One student from CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, and CSU San Bernardino will be granted a TLF scholarship annually for the next three years.

The LAGRANT Foundation’s mission is to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations by providing scholarships, career development workshops, professional development, mentors and internships to African American, American Indian/Native American, Asian Pacific American and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students.

"We are long-time supporters of The LAGRANT Foundation and we applaud the Foundation's education mission," said Edison International Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Barbara J. Parksy.

“We want to take this partnership to the next level by directly increasing the number of students receiving scholarships in these underserved areas of Southern California."

TLF will work closely with the school’s communications and business programs to provide scholarships, internships, career development workshops and mentors for undergraduate and graduate students.

TLF will target ethnic minority students pursuing degrees in advertising, marketing and public relations and will be able to directly reach Edison International’s underserved populations to assist ethnic minorities in achieving their academic and professional goals.

“Edison has supported The LAGRANT Foundation for nine of the eleven years TLF has existed,” said TLF Founder/Chairman, Mr. Kim L. Hunter. “We are excited about this partnership, which will help to provide more concentrated efforts on some of the most diverse CSU campuses in the state.”

Since its inception in 1998, TLF has awarded close to $1,000,000 to more than a 130 students nationwide. TLF Strives to shatter the glass ceiling and provide opportunities for ethnic minorities for years to come.

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$35,000 Grants for Nonprofits

The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) is accepting applications for its 2010 Sabbatical Program. The $35,000 grant enables health-sector nonprofit executives in California to spend up to six months away from the workplace for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. The deadline for applications is Friday, February 19, 2010.

Applications and eligibility requirements are available online under the Leadership Recognition section at http://www.calwellness.org./ You may also access the 2010 Sabbatical Program Application: http://www.calwellness.org/leader ship_recognition/sabbatical_pro gram_overview.htm

City of San Bernardino…There’s an App for that

Potholes that need filling, barking dogs that need quieting, and graffiti that needs removing are now an iPhone tap away in San Bernardino with the launch of the GoRequest iPhone app. iPhone users simply open the app, select an issue, take a picture, and tap submit – the app knows the exact location and sends the issue directly to the staff member who can fix it. “It’s critical that we make our services available through the channels our residents desire to use it,” said Mayor Patrick Morris. “This technology also improves our efficiency, which is very important on a tight budget.”

The GPS and camera features built into the iPhone make it simple for residents to alert City officials about a variety of issues around the clock while they're mobile. Residents will know that their issue went to the right person without ever going to an office or sitting down at a computer, and they can also receive status updates on their issues.

The City of San Bernardino is receiving tremendous benefits from this new technology.

A picture is worth a thousand words – when a resident taps the send button, their iPhone sends a photo and the precise location directly to the right person at the City who can easily find and fix the issue. This efficiency allows the City to serve more requests with fewer people, and it saves time and money while improving service.

The iPhone app can be downloaded from the iPhone App Store by searching for GORequest, or by going to the City of San Bernardino’s Web site at: www.sbcity.org. There is no charge to download the app.

The iPhone app is the latest enhancement to the City of San Bernardino’s citizen relationship management (CRM) solution from Government Outreach, Inc.

More information about GoRequest is available at www.sbcity.org

$100,000 Play Free SportsWatch Basketball Contest

San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino is giving away $100,000 in cash and other prizes during its SportsWatch® Basketball contest. Eligible contestants, 21 or older, can make picks starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2010. New contests begin every Saturday thereafter at 10 a.m. The promotion ends April 10, 2010. Contestants must be a Club Serrano member, which is free to join.

NOTE: Must be 21 years of age or older to enter contest and/or to enter the Casino.

 

Governor Appoints First African-American Woman as General of National Guard

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Brigadier General Mary J. Kight as the first female adjutant general of the California National Guard and first African-American female National Guard adjutant general in the nation. He also thanked General William H. Wade II for his years of dedicated service.

“Brigadier General Mary Kight is a proven courageous, loyal and honorable leader. She has a long and distinguished history of service to our state and nation and I am proud to have her as the first female adjutant general of our military forces here in California,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “I am confident that with General Kight's leadership, the California National Guard will continue to be fully prepared, standing ready and able to assist our local communities and our country when called upon in times of emergency.”

General Kight has served the California National Guard for nearly 25 years. She has been assistant adjutant general since 2006 and previously held the positions of assistant adjutant general, air for the California National Guard Headquarters from 2004 to 2006, 201st Mission Support Squadron detach commander for all members on Title 10 from 2001 to 2004, 144th Mission Support Group commander in Fresno from 1999 to 2004 and first aircraft generation squadron commander for the 144th Fighter Wing from 1994 to 1998. Prior to that, Kight was an aircraft maintenance officer from 1990 to 1994, a field maintenance officer from 1987 to 1990 and an avionics maintenance officer from 1984 to 1987. She was a wing executive officer for the Nebraska Air National Guard from 1981 to 1984 and served the U.S. Air Force from 1974 to 1981.

“I whole-heartedly share in the Governor’s commitment to public safety and ensuring that our armed forces are well-trained and equipped to provide support and assistance here in California and abroad at a moment’s notice,” said General Kight. “I am honored to take on this new position serving the California National Guard as adjutant general and I look forward to using my knowledge and experience to uphold California’s military forces’ outstanding legacy of service.”

General Kight, 59, of Sacramento, earned a Master of Strategic Studies from Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, a Master of Science degree in human resources management from Gonzaga University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in social welfare from California State University, Chico and an Associate of Arts degree in general studies from Monterey Peninsula College. She also graduated from Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $180,201. Kight is a Republican.

The Governor also thanked General William H. Wade II for his years of dedicated service to the California National Guard as he transitions to his newly selected position as deputy chief of staff for operations, Joint Forces Command-Naples, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Response Force, Naples, Italy.

“Major General Wade has been an exceptional leader of the California National Guard, working to keep our state and nation safe and our men and women in uniform trained for success,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “On behalf of all Californians, I thank Major General Wade for his service to our state and extend my best wishes for an exciting and fulfilling future as he represents and serves our country with NATO.”

The Military Department is responsible for the command, leadership and management of the California Army and Air National Guard whose purpose is to provide military service support to California as well as the nation. The California National Guard protects the public safety of the people of California by providing military support to civil authorities during natural disasters and other emergencies, and provides support to the local communities. These services are provided through 118 armories, four Air National Guard air bases and four Army Aviation flight facilities located throughout California. The California National Guard is the largest National Guard force in the United States, with an assigned strength of approximately 16,606 Army National Guard and 4,757 Air National Guard members. Of these 21,363 men and women, 1,975 are currently deployed and since September 11, 2001, more than 32,449 California National Guard personnel have been deployed both at home and abroad.

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