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Last Chance for College Cash!

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Time is running out to apply for the Southern California's Fair annual Farmer's Daughter Scholarship Competition. Female students, ready to have fun, ages 16-19 (as of 10-1-08) and living in Riverside County may qualify for a share of the money. You need not be a "Farmer's Daughter" in the literal sense to compete for one of the $500-$1250 awards that will go to finalist in the competition.

The deadline to apply is just around the corner. If you are a female student age 16-19 (as of 10-1-08), live in Riverside County, are planning on attending college or a trade school and are up for some good old fashioned fun, this contest is for you! Applications are due in the fair office no later than July 23rd.  Get an application and complete set of rules at www.SoCalFair.com or by calling 951-657-4221.

Kaiser Permanente Leads Way As 60 Medical Clinics Prepare To Deploy New Kiosks

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Kaiser Permanente has deployed the first "KP Self-Service Kiosk" at their Rancho Cucamonga Medical Office Building (MOB), to optimize the patient check-in and payment experience in an innovative project that will include over 60 medical clinics in Southern California. This is one of the largest pilot kiosk projects undertaken by any U.S. healthcare organization, and it is another example of Kaiser Permanente's market-leading efforts in electronic integration.         During the kick-off event at the Rancho Cucamonga MOB, officials demonstrated how the easy-to-navigate touch-screen kiosks will improve service to customers.

"These kiosks will complement the services we already provide for our members," said Larry Oliver, Assistant Medical Group Administrator for the Fontana Medical Center. "It is an enhanced service for the patients who want to use them, but receptionists will still be available to assist those who don't."        

Members will have the option of making non-dues payments with their credit and debit cards, updating their personal contact information, and using the "way-finding" feature (which provides a printout with walking directions from the kiosk to the appointment room). The kiosks are also designed to serve a multi-lingual population in languages such as English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

"This is great," said patient Nikki Williams, who gave the new kiosk a try. "I was a little apprehensive at first, but it is easy to use. I think it will save me time and frustration."

Nikki's comments were consistent with the views of the majority of members who used a demonstration prototype months ago. A survey of those test users showed that 80% felt the kiosk was faster than checking-in with a receptionist, and 96% said that they would "most likely" or "very likely" use the kiosk -- which has built-in privacy protection features -- in the future.

The kiosks are a component of Kaiser Permanente's HealthConnect, a comprehensive electronic health information system that includes one of the most advanced electronic health records available. Over 90 pilot kiosks will be deployed on a rolling basis by the end of 2008 at over 60 other Kaiser Permanente MOBs spread out across Southern California. Additional kiosk functionality features are planned to an already remarkable device, which received the "2008 Best Hardware/Enclosure Design Award" at the KioskCom Self Service Expo held in Las Vegas in April. There are tentative plans to expand the use of kiosks to Kaiser Permanente medical offices nationwide.

Louis Davis Announces Candidacy for Corona City Council

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Louis Davis has announced his candidacy for the vacant seat on the Corona City Council.

Louis Davis is a graduate of the University of Redlands with a Liberal Arts Degree in Environmental Studies. Louis has lived in Corona for six years and chose early on to become active in the community by serving as a member of the Corona Library Foundation. Louis is a member of the Corona "Circle City" Rotary and currently services as a Library Trustee for the City of Corona. Louis' service to the region extends beyond the City of Corona while he serves as an arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Bar and the State Bar of California. Louis has worked in both the electric and gas utility industry for 24 years holding various project management positions.

Assistant Assessor Adam Aleman Charged with Six Felony Counts

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Investigators with the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Public Integrity Unit obtained a warrant for the arrest of Adam Aleman, 25, of Rancho Cucamonga.  Aleman was arrested in Rancho Cucamonga and charged with six felony counts of Preparing False Evidence, Offering Forged or Altered Documents as Evidence, Destruction of Public Record, and Vandalism Over $400.

Bail was set at $150,000. The investigation is ongoing.

Candidate Filing Opens

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Persons interested in running for office in the November 4, 2008 Presidential General Election may take out candidate filing papers beginning July 14, 2008.  Papers must be filed by 5:00 pm on Friday, August 8, 2008.  If an incumbent fails to file, the deadline for that office is extended to 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 for everyone except the incumbent. 

Further information about this election may be obtained from the Registrar of Voters at (909) 387-8300 or (800) 881-8683.

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