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School Kids Learned About Electrical Safety in Interactive Play

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Edison International Sponsored National Theater for Children’s ‘A Bug’s Light!’

With the help of Sparky the Wonder Bug and Adam the Workaholic Ant, school kids learned about electrical safety in an interactive play.

The Nat ional Theater for Children, partnered with Edison International to present “A Bug’s Light!” play at Juanita Blakely Jones Elementary School.

“This hol iday season and throughout the rest of the year, Southern California Edison wants everyone to stay safe,” said Henry Martinez, SCE’s vice president of Safety, Security & Compliance.

“These school children learned about basic electrical safety, which they can take home and share with their families.”

Through this live performance by professional actors, school kids were educated on how to play it safe around electricity, specifically how electricity is made, the uses of electricity, identifying dangerous electrical si tuations and ways to stay safe around electricity, especially around downed power lines. The interactive play taught children about safety both inside and outside the home.

Following the play, the kids received a workbook reinforcing the key safety messages.

The “A Bug’s Light!” interactive play was partially funded by an Edison International grant of $5,000. Recognizing the importance of arts education, the company incorporated arts in its grant program focusing on science, technology, engineering and math.

SCE wants to remind children and their families to stay safe this holiday season with a few helpful safety tips:

• Water and electricity don’t mix. Keep electrical cords away from moisture, particularly tree stands filled with water.

• Change bulbs only when the lights are unplugged.

• Plug no more than three strands of lights into each electrical cord or outlet.

• Never use lighted candles on or near holiday trees or decorations.

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Federal Grant Supports CHP Efforts to Curb Impaired Driving

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SACRAMENTO – Nearly 1,000 lives are cut short in California every year at the hands of an impaired driver. In an effort to save lives and reduce the number of people who suffer injuries in alcohol-related collisions, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is engaged in a grant-funded effort called “Impaired Driving Enforcement and Apprehension (IDEA) II.”

“Our goal with this aggressive education and enforcement campaign is to deter drivers from making the poor decision to drink and drive,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “And those who fail to heed this warning will be removed from the roadway and arrested.”

California has seen a reduction in the number of alcohol-involved collisions year after year.

According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, in 2009 there were 1,146 people killed in alcohol-involved collisions. The following year, in 2010, there were 972 people killed, which represents a 15 percent decrease. Preliminary data for 2011 shows that encouraging downward trend is continuing.

“The majority of motorists make the responsible decision and refrain from driving under the influence,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Please choose to put the lives of your family and other motorists first this holiday season.”

The IDEA II grant enables the CHP to conduct sobriety and driver license checkpoints, driving under the influence (DUI) task force operations, and deployment of proactive DUI enforcement patrol operations statewide. In addition, the CHP will educate drivers by holding local traffic safety presentations throughout California and implementing a statewide paid media campaign.

Anti-DUI efforts stemming from the yearlong grant continue through September 30, 2013.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards Bethlehem Community Development Center $496,578

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Pasadena based, Bethlehem Community Development Center (BCDC), has recently been awarded $496,578 by the Administration on Children Youth and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for BCDC’s Hope for Street Youth (HSY) Program. This program will provide street outreach services to homeless youth, runaways and parents via school and community agencies. The ultimate goal is to reunite families and provide these youth with the services they need to survive and thrive in our community. BCDC is an access point in the community for youth development, transitional assistance (for ex-offenders, homeless youth and adults, and the unemployed), and other compassionate services.

State Assemblymember Anthony Portantino attended the check presentation event. He said, “I think that this program is tremendously important . . . to have a program like this in Pasadena that is going to identify, find and reunite children with their families and with their siblings to help them transition into adulthood is a good thing.” Tina Williams representing the office of Pasadena City Councilmember Jacque Robinson also spoke of this important program. She commented, “when an agency receives an award, we celebrate because now there’s another resource for youth in our community.”

The award was presented to BCDC’s Executive Director, Pastor Christopher Bourne, by Luvina Beckley Knight, the CEO of M.H.M. and Associates. Pastor Bourne acknowledged MHM’s help in securing these funds for BCDC, “they’ve been able to direct us in fulfilling our vision and dreams, so I’m very thankful for all of the hard work that they do.” Toni Tryon-Dickson from Bourne Inc is another partner with BCDC and provides emergency shelter services for youth. Regarding their role in this program she said, “We are looking forward to something great and marvelous with this partnership.”

BCDC is headquartered at the Bethlehem Church of Christ ‘Holiness’ located at: 1550 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103. For more information regarding this program, please contact Pastor Bourne at (626) 794-5211.

Virtual Tour of San Onofre Nuclear Plant Now Online

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ROSEMEAD - Online visitors to SONGScommunity.com can now take a virtual tour of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, allowing them to explore inside the 2,200 megawatt nuclear power plant located near San Clemente, Calif.

Safety is the main feature during the online experience and key features including containment domes, the seawall and emergency diesel generators are explained through video and audio. The tour is available in English and Spanish.

“A nuclear plant doesn’t have many tours open to the public for safety and security reasons,” said Pete Dietrich, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer. “But with this virtual tour, our community members, our customers and anyone around the world can come inside the plant and understand what the facility does and how it works.”

The virtual tour is part of ongoing efforts to inform and educate the public on the plant overall and specifically on the technical repair, corrective actions and proposal to safely restart and operate Unit 2. Engineers and community liaisons are also conducting open houses in several communities in the region and are available to speak to groups upon request.

San Onofre is the largest source of baseload generation and voltage support in the region and is a critical asset in meeting California’s clean energy needs.

Both units of the plant are currently safely shut down. Unit 2 was taken out of service Jan. 9 for a planned outage. Unit 3 was safely taken offline Jan. 31 after station operators detected a leak in a steam generator tube. Southern California Edison (SCE) submitted its response to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Confirmatory Action Letter on Oct. 4, along with its restart plan for Unit 2. The unit will not be restarted until all plans have been approved by the NRC.

For updates, please visit www.SONGScommunity.com, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SCE_SONGS and on www.facebook.com/SCE.

The San Onofre plant is jointly owned by SCE (78.21 percent), San Diego Gas & Electric (20 percent) and the city of Riverside (1.79 percent).

CHP to Accept New Officer Applications

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The law enforcement agency will accept applications for three days only in January

SACRAMENTO – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) announced today that it will accept applications in January from individuals interested in a career as a CHP officer.

“This is an opportunity to serve alongside some of California’s finest who provide the highest level of safety, service and security throughout the state,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “A career with a law enforcement agency like the CHP offers unlimited opportunities for someone who is looking for a challenge.”

Applications will be accepted online only during a three-day period from Thursday, January 3 through Saturday, January 5. This brief application period marks the first time in three years that the CHP has accepted applications. Those interested in applying, or seeking additional information, should visit www.chpcareers.com.

“Officers are needed throughout California,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Through this process, we are determined to find qualified men and women from diverse backgrounds who are committed to carrying out the CHP’s mission and making a difference in their communities."

To be considered, candidates must be 20-35 years old, a U.S. citizen, have no felony convictions and be a high school graduate. Each applicant will be required to complete a selection process including a written test, physical ability test, appraisal panel interview, background investigation, medical/vision evaluation and psychological evaluation.

The CHP’s recruitment Facebook page is www.facebook.com/chp.recruiting.

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