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Mayor Acquanetta Warren and the City Council Thank Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod for her efforts to restore a critical revenue stream

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Fontana - The Mayor and City Council want to publicly thank Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod for her efforts to protect public safety dollars for the City of Fontana.

In June 2011, Governor Brown passed a bill (SB 89) to redistribute Vehicle License Fee (VLF) revenue to replace an expired funding source for local law-enforcement grants. A law in 2006, had given new cities or cities with newly annexed areas additional license fee revenue to help pay for public safety services. In recent years, Fontana has annexed thirteen miles of unincorporated area, in which these extra VLF funds were supporting public safety services for these residents. This shift in revenue resulted in an approximate loss of $700,000 per year.

This shift in funds to cities with newly annexed areas was an unintentional consequence of SB 89. Senator Negrete-McLeod understanding the need for public safety funding, joint authored a bill (SB1566) to restore vehicle license fee funding for California’s newest cities and cities with newly annexed areas. The bill is scheduled to be heard next week in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.

“I personally feel she represents the needs of Fontana residents and I am very grateful for her support of our community,” Stated Mayor Acquanetta Warren.

Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones supports SB1566 because it is the “fair and equitable thing to do.”

“I appreciate the economic challenges facing our state; however, the disproportionate share of VLF funds lost to this community is unfair to the residents I serve.” “All we are asking is that Fontana’s share of VLF funds is the same as other California cities.”

ACS African American Community Outreach Committee Free Cancer Conference

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INLAND EMPIRE – The American Cancer Society’s African American Community Outreach Committee hosting its annual free conference, this year entitled “Living Smart Cancer Awareness” on Saturday, Apri1 21, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Parkview Community Hospital in the Founder’s Center Daily Room, located at 3885 Jackson St., in Riverside. Free lunch, many raffle prizes, with the support of neighboring vendors will highlight the day. Several distinguished speakers including: Clifford Eke, MD, president of the American Cancer Society, will speak on colon and prostate cancers; Dave Williams, MD, of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine, will speak on the role of nutrition and genetics in the prevention of cancer; Tanya Price will speak on the early detection and treatment of blood cancers.

“We have an opportunity to significantly reduce California death rates from colon cancer through regular screening,” said Dr. Eke, who works with cancer patients daily. This type of cancer can be prevented through early detection and removal of polyps. By doing so, you take a key step toward staying well,” added Willie Grant, co-chair of the African American Community Outreach Committee for the American Cancer Society in the Inland Empire.

This event is sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) through a special grant, with support from Parkview Community Hospital, the County of Riverside; the County of San Bernardino; Inland Agency; The Pink Ribbon Place; and others. Thanks to improvements in prevention, early detection, and treatment, more than a million people in the U.S. count themselves as survivors of colon cancer; and more than 12 million are surviving with a history of some kind of cancer. American Cancer Society can help. Visit cancer.org or call 1.800.227.2345 for details.

Green Riverside Website Nominated for Web’s Top Honor

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New York – The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences recently announced that Riverside Public Utilities’ (RPU) informative website GreenRiverside.com was selected as a finalist in their 16th Annual Webby Awards.

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet including websites, interactive advertising and media, online film and video, as well as mobile sites and apps.

GreenRiverside.com was nominated as one of five finalists in this year’s Government category alongside websites by NASA, the National Parks Service, Challenge.gov and Slavery Footprint.

RPU launched the website in January 2007 to help keep its customer-owners informed of the latest environmental “green” news and promote its many energy and water conservation rebate programs as well as sustainable living practices. The easy to remember site was upgraded in 2011 to provide Riverside residents with a central point of reference to find out more about the city’s and utility’s green efforts and includes various informative maps and publications as well as links to RPU’s award-winning Green Power Report radio show.

While Academy judges like Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, musician David Bowie, and Instagram founder Kevin Systrom will select the Webby winners, the public can help decide who takes home a Webby People’s Voice Award. The public can vote for GreenRiverside.com through April 26 at http://pv.webbyawards.com/#ballot/62 All winners will be announced May 1.

Stars of Nuclear Cowboyz greet, motivate their young fans at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital

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LOMA LINDA – The stars of the Nuclear Cowboyz show, currently on an all-new North American Freestyle Motocross Tour, took time off from their schedule to visit their young fans at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital on Thursday (April 12). Freestyle motocross riders Mike Mason and Dustin Miller, both members of the “Soldiers of Havoc” tribe, as well as Karla Andrade, a dancer for the “Metal Mulisha” tribe, traded stories, took pictures, signed autographs, colored some pictures, and played video games with the kids at the hospital. Nuclear Cowboyz are currently hosting a mobile giving campaign to benefit Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. The mobile giving campaign and the hospital visit coincide with the Southern California return of their FMX show, which will be held at Citizen’s Business Bank Area on April 13 to 15. In the picture, Alex Jennings, 4, of San Bernardino, shows off his piano playing skills to (from left) “Soldiers of Havoc” tribe member Dustin Miller, fellow patient Mischa Towner, and “Metal Mulisha” dancer Karla Andrade.

Brown To Be Honored by NAWBO

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Corona – Publisher and California assembly candidate Cheryl Brown will be feted for her three decades of entrepreneurial success at NAWBO’s annual Amazing Women of the Inland Empire Awards and Scholarship Banquet on Tuesday, April 19, at 6 pm at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona. “To be recognized by such a pioneering group representing women business owners across the country is a tremendous honor,” affirms Brown. “It couldn’t come at a better time as I campaign throughout my assembly district talking to voters about what I would do to encourage small businesses and grow jobs.”

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of America's more than 10 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest growing segment of the economy. It is the nation’s only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries boasting more than 7000 members and 70 chapters. In 1980, Brown and her husband Hardy founded Brown Publishing Company to produce a local paper, Black Voice News, focusing on community events and points of view, which has kept its presses running for 31 years.

In addition to her newspaper publishing credentials, Brown’s business acumen extends to broadcast media. She was a television talk-show host for 12 years on local access television, KCSB Channel 3, and made many promotional guest appearances on Burden of Proof, MSNBC, the Brian Williams’ Show and Channel 11 Fox News. For more than three decades, Brown has worked on the growth and development of her community. With her BA from Cal State San Bernardino, Brown went to work for the San Bernardino County Planning Department. She later served on the County and City Planning Commissions for 17 years. During her tenure as a commissioner, she was elected president of the California County Commissioners’ Association.

Brown’s years of experience in the California legislature extend from her posting as district representative for State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod to her current work for Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter. Her job is to make sure community issues – what matters to residents and business owners -- reach the Capitol.

“Cheryl Brown’s entrepreneurial success and her understanding of the value of small business to the California economy make her an ideal assembly member, capable of leading our state toward a robust recovery,” says Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter. Expanding her business leadership capabilities, Brown became a founding member of the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce and member of the Riverside Chamber of Commerce. She has won the Cal State Business Award, the Legacy Business Woman of the Year and the 2006 Minority Cornerstone Media Business of the Year Award.

“Women business owners are helping bring back our economy and women legislators know how important it is to encourage these efforts,” adds Brown. “It’s hard, even in the best of times, to keep a business going, and I’m proud that I’ve been able to keep my newspaper up and running for three decades. To be recognized by my peers in business is most gratifying and it reminds me of how important it is for experienced women entrepreneurs to share their knowledge with those just starting out. The National Association of Women Business Owners makes this possible.”

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