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Surviving Summer: Southern California Edison Reminds Customers How to Keep Cool

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SCE helps customers keep cool while saving energy, money and the environment on hot days

With record temperatures expected this summer, Southern California Edison (SCE) gives customers ways to become smarter energy consumers - which in turn, saves energy, money and helps the environment. And when SCE customers conserve, that takes strain off Southern California's electric grid, further ensuring a reliable supply of electricity for everyone.

"SCE believes conservation is always in season, so we're encouraging customers to conserve energy whenever possible and to enroll in one or more of the many energy-efficiency programs SCE offers," said Lynda Ziegler, SCE's senior vice president of customer service. "We want customers to take advantage of the rebates and financial incentives SCE has available to help them lower their energy bills this summer."

Many of the actions customers can take are low-cost or free - and some of them result in rebates. For example, customers who sign up for either the A/C Tune-Up or Summer Discount Plan by Sept. 30 will receive an iTunes gift card for $10.

“Minds for Design” Offers Summer Learning at UC Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering

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The Bourns College of Engineering and Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council are offering a two-week summer day camp and a one week resident camp in July and August designed to introduce girls to the world of engineering.

Both camps are open to girls ages 11 through 17 and both include a trip to see the behind the scene action at Disney's California Adventure to see how physics apply to amusement park rides and how to prepare for a job as a ride designer.

The "Minds for Design" day camp lasts from Monday through Friday, July 30 to August 10. It is open to girls ages 11 through 16. Registration fees are $125 per person. You do not have to be a Girl Scout to participate. Financial aid is also available to those who qualify. Also, the program is offering 10 scholarships to daughters of staff and faculty at UC Riverside.

The "Engineer IT Girls" resident camp lasts from July 22 to July 27, 2007. It is open to girls ages 12 through 17. Registration fees are $375 per person. You do not have to be a Girl Scout to participate. Financial aid is also available to those who qualify.

Girls enjoy coming up with new inventions at “Minds for Design.”
Participants learn how the process of engineering works by conceptualizing and creating projects of their own design. Through hands-on activities, field trips to engineering firms, guest speakers, and professional mentoring, the girls have an opportunity to learn first-hand what it would be like to work in the field of engineering.

The goal of the program is to increase the number of women engineering science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, said Sharon Walker, an assistant professor of Engineering at UC Riverside and one of the mentors in the program.

"Minds for Design and Engineer IT Girls provide an inspirational environment," Walker said. "Mentors guide the girls through hands-on, inquiry based activities. The girls feel free to take risks, ask questions and learn by trial and error."

The program is designed to increase their knowledge of science and engineering and strengthen critical thinking skills. By the program's end the girls "think like an engineer" and become inspired to continue taking math and science courses and potentially pursue careers in STEM fields. All activities take place in lab, classroom, and residence halls UC Riverside.

Summer 2007 Program Dates

Minds for Design - Day Camp - July 30 to August 10, 2007

Engineer IT Girls - Resident Camp - July 22 to July 27, 2007

Broadway Federal Bank Hosts Eddie Levert Booksiging

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Broadway Financial Corporation ("Company") (NASDAQ Small-Cap: BYFC), the holding company of Broadway Federal Bank, f.s.b. ("Bank" or "Broadway"), hosted a book signing for Eddie Levert to discuss his biography "I Got Your Back" Father and Son Keep it Real About Love, Fatherhood and Friendship written with his late son, Gerald Levert and Lyah Beth LeFlore.

 "Broadway is committed to supporting local businesses, and we are happy to sponsor the venue for EsoWon Books and have the book signing at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles," Stated Paul C. Hudson, Chief Executive Officer. "The book delivers a great message about the intimate details of their life.  It is our inspiring book for men in the music industry and fathers across the nation."

Broadway Federal Bank, celebrating its 60th anniversary, is a community-oriented savings bank, which primarily originates residential and commercial mortgage loans in the greater Los Angeles area.  The Bank operates four full service branches, three in the city of Los Angeles, and one in the nearby city of Inglewood, California.  Shareholders, analysts and others seeking information about the Company or the Bank are invited to write to: Broadway Financial Corporation, Investor Relations, 4800 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010, or visit our website at www.broadwayfederalbank.com.

Pictured L-R: Wren Brown, Event Coordinator; Brenda Hudson, Marketing Director, Broadway Federal Bank; Eddie Levert, Author; Lyah Beth LeFlore, Co-Author; James Fugate, Co-Owner EsoWon Books

CalRealtors Meet with Governor

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Riverside Realtor Mike Teer joined other members of The California Realtors Association in meeting Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Last row:) Nancy Hunt, CREPAC Trustee, Le Francis Arnold, CREPAC Trustee. Next row standing: Mary Funk, CREPAC Trustee, Governor Arnold S., Mike Teer, CREPAC Trustee, 2007 CAR President-Elect Bill Brown (automatic 2008 CAR President), Irma Vargas, CREPAC Trustee, State Senator Dick Ackerman. Seated: Candice Carpenter, CREPAC Trustee, Nancy Gilmore, CREPAC Trustee and Ronna Brand, Beverly Hills Association of Realtors.

Supervisor Stone recruits students for Youth Advisory Council

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Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone is recruiting high school students from Temecula, Murrieta, Hemet, Menifee, San Jacinto and other nearby areas who are interested in joining the Third District Youth Advisory Council for the 2007-08 school year.

The Third District Youth Advisory Council is part of the Riverside County Youth Commission, which the Board of Supervisors created in January 1998 to advise the Board on youth-related issues. Students interested in joining must have sufficient time to serve. The term lasts one year but we encourage students to remain with us longer.

Meetings are held every other Monday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students must be in high school and live within the Third District to be eligible. The Third District includes Hemet, San Jacinto, Temecula, Murrieta and Canyon Lake. The unincorporated communities of Anza, Aguanga, Idyllwild, Menifee, Pinyon Pines, Valle Vista, Winchester and Wine Country also are within the district.

This year, council members recorded a radio commercial discussing the dangers of drinking and driving. The commercial was aired on radio station Wild 96.1. Among their many activities this year, council members also shadowed county officials and participated in walks supporting various causes.

We look for eager students willing to spend their time and effort to make a difference in their community. Participation helps build a stronger resume and might help you with life and career choices. Applications are available at the Hemet Office, 1025 N. State St. in Hemet. For more information contact Consuelo Arias at 951-791-3490 or e-mail at cmarias@rcbos.org.

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