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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.

SCE Customers, Employees and Edison International Support Red Cross Superstorm Sandy Recovery Efforts

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ROSEMEAD - Southern California Edison (SCE), its customers and SCE’s parent company, Edison International, are helping Superstorm Sandy victims with three powerful philanthropy initiatives with funds from shareholders, not SCE customers:

• Customers can help raise money without spending a dime. Through SCE’s “Every Click Counts” campaign, the company will donate $1 for every new “like” on SCE’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SCE) and for each new follower on SCE’s main Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/SCE). The goal is to donate up to $20,000 to American Red Cross relief efforts.

• Edison International has set up a special program that will match donations from employees to the American Red Cross up to $25,000. This is a way to enhance the $1.5 million commitment that Edison International made to the Red Cross in 2012.

• Five SCE employees trained by the Red Cross flew to New York on Friday. For the next week, they will help to provide temporary shelter and meals to displaced families. Members of the team range in age from 35 to 55 and come from the communities of Cerritos, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Rosemead and Santa Clarita. Their professional backgrounds include information technology, environmental safety and communications.

Last week, SCE sent 126 line workers and support crews to New York and New Jersey to help repair Sandy’s devastation that left millions of Consolidated Edison customers without power.

“We are proud of our employees’ and customers’ eagerness to help,” said Janet Clayton, Edison International senior vice president, Corporate Communications, and chair of Edison International's Corporate Philanthropy Committee. “We can’t all do the hard work of climbing poles and stringing wires, but everyone can take a few moments to let the people on the East Coast know that we’re thinking of them, and to help in a meaningful way.”

CHP: Motorcycle Awareness Is A Group Effort

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California is home to more than 1.3 million licensed motorcyclists and some of the best riding weather year round. Unfortunately, the state has also experienced an increase in the number of people killed in motorcycle-involved collisions.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is preparing to address the problem with the help of a federal grant that will fund a yearlong, lifesaving effort. “Motorcycle awareness is a priority for the California Highway Patrol and a key to saving lives on the roadway,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.

“Education combined with enforcement will help reinforce the concept that all motorists need to safely share the road.”

Each year hundreds of motorcyclists are killed in collisions and thousands are injured. According to preliminary data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, there has been nearly a 20 percent increase in the number of motorcyclists killed from 2010 to 2011. The recent increase follows a two-year decline (2008-2010) in motorcycle-involved collisions.

To reverse the trend and reduce motorcycle-involved collisions resulting in injury or death, the CHP has begun an intensive public awareness campaign which will run through September 30, 2013. In addition to enforcement, the campaign includes an education component which will be achieved through public service announcements, social media, public outreach events, and motorcycle safety and road-sharing presentations throughout California.

“Without a continued focus on motorcycle safety education for all motorists, the number of motorcycle- involved collisions may continue to rise, especially as more Californians are turning to motorcycles as a means of transportation,” added Commissioner Farrow.

Union Bank Unveils Banking By Design

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Customized, “unbundled” checking account gives customers greater control over their day-to-day finances

SAN FRANCISCO – Union Bank, N.A., recently unveiled Banking By DesignSM an innovative new way of banking, which allows customers to design a checking account that fits their needs. Banking By Design “unbundles” the traditional checking account and offers a wide range of optional features, each with associated costs clearly visible and with many at no cost.

New and existing Union Bank customers can design their own checking account by choosing only the services they want. The base cost of $3 per month can easily be waived if the customer makes one direct deposit of $250 or more each statement period. Consumers can design their account at bankingbydesign.com, and after customizing it, they can call or visit a Union Bank branch to open the account. Accounts can also be designed in a Union Bank branch with the support of a personal banker, and the ability for consumers to open their Banking By Design account online after customizing will go live in January 2013, giving them yet another convenient option.

“Banking By Design was created in direct response to consumer research and demand for control and transparency in their banking, and its innovation builds on the idea that today’s consumer expects the ability to customize the products and services that are important to them,” said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President Pierre P. Habis, head of Community Banking. “Consumers made it clear that they want a fair value exchange – they only want to pay for what they need. Banking By Design delivers on that, and we know this will be a welcome shift for consumers when it comes to their banking relationship with Union Bank.”

“Many categories today require consumers to choose from bundles at a set cost, while other categories, such as the computer industry, have evolved to enable consumers to customize a product based on their needs. With Banking By Design, we are bringing this approach to banking,” explains Union Bank Senior Vice President Maha Madain, head of Consumer Deposits and chief designer of Banking By Design. “Banking By Design is the future of responsible, transparent and responsive banking.”

Banking By Design’s initial offering is only the beginning as additional feature enhancements are already planned for 2013. The Banking By Design Web site design team from Eleven Inc. includes Human Factors Engineer Michael Neuman, formerly with Apple®. In support of the launch, Union Bank is debuting a new advertising campaign, and will also be adding an interactive viral component that allows users to create a Banking By Design commercial with an opportunity for their commercial to air on television in 2013.

To learn more about Union Bank’s Banking By Design or to design your own checking account, visit bankingbydesign.com.

Meet The Chef Who Feeds California's Pickiest Eaters —Your Kids!

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Ryan Douglas has worked as a chef preparing students' meals for eight years -- first at the University of California, Riverside campus, and for the last five years, with the Riverside School District. There he oversees 34,000 meals a day, including breakfast, lunch, and even supper.

Douglas is at the forefront of a revolution in school meals going on in school districts across California and the country.

Gone are the pre-cooked, high-fat meals where students couldn’t always name the food they were eating. In are salad and fruit bars, lemon-herbed chicken, whole grain breads -- foods that help students live healthier lives and do better at school.

A new law called the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act went into effect July 1 that requires schools to meet higher nutrition standards. Here's how Chef Douglas is offering students great tasting food that follow the new guidelines: "We take a whole protein and we add different seasonings and flavors to it, so we have our BBQ chicken, our lemon herb chicken, our grilled ranch chicken and our sesame teriyaki chicken. We present these, we showcase these, on a grill so that when the kids come out it's showcased, its garnished, it's smelling good -- and the kids come out and you look like you’ve been slaving over this grill all day for them. We're giving them a viable, healthy product."

These meals are available at very low prices to all students, and for free or less than $1 a meal for students who qualify.

Approximately 1 million California students are eligible for free or reduced price lunches but don’t participate in the program.

Parents are telling Chef Ryan they’ve noticed their children want healthier food at home, while teachers are reporting that students’ attendance rates are rising and they're more focused in the classroom.

Call your child’s school today to find out about how to enroll in it’s heal thy meal s program.

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