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Fontana Police Officers’ Association Endorses State Assembly Candidate Cheryl Brown

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Fontana – The Fontana Police Officers’ Association is supporting Cheryl Brown to represent the 47th District in the State Assembly in the June 5th Primary. “Cheryl Brown understands the importance of public safety and will be an asset to our district,” explains Brian Binks, President of the Fontana POA. “She knows that the state’s continued economic recovery depends on safe communities where people can raise their families and grow their businesses.”

Cheryl Brown has both public and private experience with 31 years of running a publishing company with her husband Hardy and 17 years on the San Bernardino City and County Planning Commissions. Her civic engagement has spanned a lifetime and includes work with such groups as the Inland Empire Urban League, Arrowhead United Way, YWCA and the San Gorgonio Girl Scout Council. 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.

“Our organization believes Cheryl Brown has a proven track record of leadership in her community, a record that has included strong support for law enforcement,” adds Binks. The Fontana Police Department is recognized at the state and national levels for award-winning community policing programs. The 156 members of the Fontana Police Officers’ Association are dedicated to its department’s goals of preventing crime, identifying and apprehending those who violate the rights of others, preserving the peace and providing a safe community. For more information about Cheryl Brown and her campaign for the California legislature, visit www.BrownforAssembly2012.com


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LOS ANGELES – Union Bank, N.A. today announced that Julius Robinson, executive vice president and head of Corporate Social Responsibility has been appointed to Operation HOPE’s Northwest Board of Directors as Chairman. The Northwest Operation HOPE Board of Directors guides HOPE’s mission to expand economic opportunity in underserved communities through economic education and empowerment in the region. Robinson will serve a three-year term.

“I am honored to lead a talented group of individuals who are dedicated to helping Operation HOPE fulfill its mission of bringing financial education to underserved communities and making a difference in people’s lives,” said Robinson. “Having been involved with Operation HOPE for many years, it is so gratifying to see how financial education is really helping to empower children and adults to help build the foundation for thriving and sustainable communities.”

A long-time supporter of Operation HOPE, Union Bank was one of the first financial institutions in 1992 to create adult and youth financial education and services for underserved communities. Union Bank has supported Operation HOPE by providing grants, teaching HOPE’s Banking on Our Future program, and providing HOPE Corps volunteers. In addition, Union Bank was the first national sponsor of the FIVE MILLION KIDS initiative, a program designed to make kids money smart.

Robinson has more than 30 years of banking experience. He currently serves as the head of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility group where he manages the bank’s community development efforts, serves as the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) officer, and as the chairman and chief executive of the Union Bank Foundation. Robinson is also responsible for the bank’s Community Advisory Board and oversees the bank’s environmental stewardship efforts.

Robinson first joined Union Bank in 1983 and then returned to the company in 1997 as a vice president and regional manager. He was promoted to market president in 2006, responsible for the bank’s then 120-branch network in the Central Valley, Central Coast and Northern California. Previously, Robinson has held positions with San Diego Trust & Savings, Crocker Bank, Chase Manhattan, and Home Savings of America.

Active in the community, Robinson serves as Vice Chairman on the board of Students Rising Above, an organization that helps low-income high school students go to college. He is on the board of the MoAD Museum of African Diaspora, a dynamic, world class institution for the study and exhibitions, the culture, history and art of people of African descent within the United States and throughout the world. Robinson also serves on the board of trustees for Alliant International University, a private not-for-profit institution that prepares students for professional careers of service and leadership in psychology, education, business, law, and forensic studies. He served as the 2009 Bay Area Chair for the American Heart Association.

Honored for his community service, Robinson received the Fredrick D. Patterson award as “Individual of the Year” from the United Negro College Fund in 2010; was named by the council of 101 Black Men as a leader and role model to the community in 2007; and received the Whitney Young Award from the Boy Scouts for meritorious service to the community in 2006. He was the keynote speaker for the 2008 Graduating Class of Alliant International University. Robinson received his bachelor’s degree in international relations and economics from the United States International University, and completed the post-graduate program with Pacific Coast Banking School at University of Washington, Seattle.

To learn more about Union Bank’s commitment to communities, visit www.unionbank.com/community and to find out more about Operation HOPE and its programs, visit www.operationhope.org.

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A. Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $89.7 billion at December 31, 2011. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service commercial bank providing an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 414 full-service branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, and New York, as well as two international offices, on December 31, 2011. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. Visit www.unionbank.com for more information.

Local Youth Hero Recognized

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Local business, Gi & Associates and tps, Creative Expressions, Inc (a local non-profit) partnered in celebration of Black History Month to recognize several local citizens for their outstanding accomplishments and community service. One of the outstanding young people recognized was DaShan Donique White Jr.

In 2010, DaShan Donique White Jr. was stabbed protecting a woman and child from being attacked in a Victorville shopping parking lot. “Our organization has established an award to recognize the outstanding contributions of community service made by our young people. Through a financial gift pledged by Gi & Associates we are now able to annually give this award of $200 to a deserving young person. It was by the Board’s unanimous vote that DaShan would be this year’s recipient,” stated Theresa Polley-Shellcroft, founder and President of tps, Creative Expression, Inc.

“We are compelled to support an award that recognizes the service and positive acts performed by our young people. Equally it’s our honor to partner with a Foundation that enriches our community through the cultural arts and education,” says Regina Weatherspoon-Bell, President of Gi & Associates.

During the recent Victor Valley African American Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon, Dashan and his mother, Franshella Hopkins was introduced to the many Chamber members, business and community leaders in attendance. DaShan received his award along with several certificates and a special recognition was presented by Victorville Mayor Ryan McEachron. Mayor McEachron was the luncheon’s featured guest speaker.

Lionel Dew, President of the Victor Valley African American Chamber of Commerce addressed the crowd stating, “We are honored to recognize DaShan White Jr. for his unselfish act to save someone else’s life. Without regard for his own life and without thinking twice he felt compelled to take it upon himself to be extraordinary in action. We extend our sincere gratitude.”

Riverside Public Utilities’ Specialized Rate Programs Receive Honors from CALED

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Sacramento – Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) specialized economic development and business retention electric rates were honored with Awards of Merit last week in the California Association for Local Economic Development’s (CALED) 2012 Awards of Excellence Program.

RPU’s Award of Merit in the Economic Development Programs category of the statewide competition recognizes outstanding and innovative programs that help manage resources while helping to carry out economic development policy in a progressive, timely, and cost effective manner. Launched in 2010, RPU’s Economic Development (ED) and Business Retention (BR) rates programs have become important tools that have allowed businesses to relocate and thrive in Riverside.

The ED rate drastically reduces initial operating costs for new businesses moving to Riverside by offering a 40 percent discount in energy rates in the first year of operation, and a 20 percent discount in year two. The savings generated can greatly offset moving expenses and start up expenditures. Meanwhile, the utility’s BR rate targets existing commercial customers, specifically those considering relocation or closure, and offers them a temporary discount on electric services of 15 to 25 percent.

To date, these rate programs have attracted or retained a total of eight companies, resulting in the creation of 870 jobs and the retention of 663 more. RPU is currently working with 15 additional commercial customers, including plastics manufacturers, printers, and food processing and cosmetics firms that are looking to relocate to Riverside or receive assistance with energy costs during tough economic times.

Consisting of both private and public organizations, CALED is the premier statewide professional economic development organization dedicated to advancing its members ability to achieve excellence in delivering economic development services to their communities and business

Colon Cancer Can Be Prevented With Regular Screening

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American Cancer Society Encourages African Americans 50 and Older to Get Tested for Colon Cancer. Learn Your Family’s Medical History.

Los Angeles –The American Cancer Society encourages African American men and women 50 and older to make testing for colorectal cancer a priority. Colorectal cancer (commonly referred to as colon cancer) is the third most common cancer among African American men and women. Colon cancer can be prevented through screening, which allows doctors to find and remove polyps in the colon before they turn cancerous. African Americans should begin testing for colon cancer at age 50, but those with a family history are at higher risk and should start testing sooner.

Colon cancer incidence and mortality rates are highest in African American men and women, but colon cancer screening has been proven to reduce deaths from the disease. By decreasing the number of people diagnosed with colon cancer and by finding a higher proportion of cancers at early, more treatable stages, screening has decreased rates in California by 18 percent among African Americans.

“We have the opportunity to significantly reduce California death rates from colon cancer through regular screening,” said David F. Veneziano, CEO, American Cancer Society, California Division, Inc. “This cancer can be prevented through early detection and removal of polyps. We hope that Californians will use March – National Colon Cancer Awareness Month – as an opportunity to make screening a priority and talk to their doctors, family members and friends about getting tested. It’s a conversation that could save lives.”

An estimated 14,530 cases of colorectal cancer and 5,120 deaths are expected to occur in California. Risk factors for colon cancer include a personal family history of the disease, which makes it necessary to learn the family’s colon cancer history, and communicate findings with a doctor. The American Cancer Society recommends the following tests to find colon cancer early: Tests That Detect Precancerous Polyps and Cancer •

Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years, or •

Colonoscopy every 10 years, or •

Double contrast barium enema (DCBE) every five years, or •

CT colonography (CTC) every five years

Tests That Primarily Detect Cancer •

Annual guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (gFOBT) with high test sensitivity for cancer, or •

Annual fecal immunochemical test (FIT) with high test sensitivity for cancer, or •

Stool DNA test (sDNA), with high sensitivity for cancer, interval uncertain.

Tests that have a higher likelihood of finding polyps and cancer are preferred if patients are willing to use them and have access.

Healthy lifestyle behaviors can also reduce risk of colon cancer. Studies show that being overweight or obese increases colon cancer risk, as do diets high in red and processed meats. The American Cancer Society recommends that African American adults engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity five or more days a week; and consume a healthy diet that includes five or more servings of vegetables and fruits each day, whole grains (instead of processed grains and sugars), limited alcohol and processed and red meats, and controlled portion sizes. In addition, long-term smoking (for more than four decades) increases colon cancer risk by 30 to 50 percent. To help reduce cancer risk from smoking, the Society supports Proposition 29 which will appear on California’s June 5, 2012 ballot. The proposition will increase the tobacco tax by $1 and invest nearly $600 million per year for cancer research. It will keep 200,000 youth from becoming smokers and prevent more than 100,000 premature deaths, including those from colon cancer.

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. Regularly scheduled cancer screening can save lives and help achieve the American Cancer Society’s goal of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Whether a person is worried about developing colon cancer, making decisions about treatment, or trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society can help. Visit cancer.org or call 1.800.227.2345 for free information and details about free cancer patient/caregiver support programs.

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