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Budget Cuts Will Mean Significant Sacrifices at UC Riverside

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Chancellor Timothy P. White announced $17 million in budget cuts across the University of California, Riverside on Thursday, saying such actions, and probably $2 million more, are necessary to preserve the core academic function of teaching admitted students.

He said layoffs will be “minimal” and that furloughs will be a last resort. But there will be significant reductions in how much is spent on some programs and in hiring staff and faculty.

For instance, he asked the academic units to withdraw any open offers to prospective ladder-rank faculty. And he said the campus will continue to fill only “mission critical” staff openings.

The action comes in response to significant cuts in the California budget. More than 400 campus employees and students gathered in a meeting room for the announcement, and others on campus watched via Web cast, which is archived on the campus budget site (www.budget.ucr.edu), along with specific percentage reduction percentages for each campus unit.

Cuts range from a low of 2.8 percent for the overall budget of the College of Humanities Arts and Social

Sciences to a high of 15 percent for the Palm Desert Graduate Center, the nonwriting portion of the Vice

Provost for Undergraduate Education and the now redistributed unit of the Vice Chancellor for Administration. A comment period lasts through Friday, June 5.

“The gravity of the situation we are in means it will affect all of us,” he said. “We have to stay together. We have to ask everyone on this campus to do a little more – and I know that we are already running so hard our tongues are hanging out.”

He said it was difficult to tell Anil Deolalikar, a professor who has led the charge on a School of Public Policy, that progress must be stopped for now, in order to save at least $300,000 per year.

“Anil wrote a note back to say, ‘I understand.’” Visibly moved, Chancellor White said that will be the model for how we will pull together as a campus to manage through the economic downturn.

To a question about why staff seemed to be taking a larger share of the budget cuts, White described the campus as a four legged chair, supported by students, faculty, staff, and campus friends.

“All are important,” he said.

Because faculty members are delivering the classes to a student population

that will go up slightly next year, he has to protect that function.

“If we were a hospital, we could not function without doctors. If we were a justice system, we could not operate without judges and attorneys.”

He encouraged supervisors  to allow staff to take advantage of the START program if possible. The UC-wide program allows support staff to voluntarily drop their work hours and pay while keeping

full benefits and credit toward retirement.

Boys & Girls Club Launches Youth Magazine

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The Boys & Girls Club of San Bernardino in collaboration with OneNation Media Services is pleased to announce the launch of What’s Up?, a new teen magazine serving youth in the Inland Empire Riverside/San Bernardino Counties.  The magazine features articles written by and about youth living in the Inland Empire community and covers various topics, including fashion, politics, music reviews, and interviews with local elected officials.

“It is with great pride and a tremendous spirit of optimism, that I celebrate this inaugural edition”, said A. Majadi, president and chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Club. “This publication makes possible the opportunity for our youth to share their thoughts and perspectives on issues directly related to their individual and collective growth and development,” said Majadi.

Area youth interested in writing for the magazine do not need prior experience however they must participate in Journalism Boot Camp, a 10-week writing and journalism program administered by OneNation Media Services. The extra-curricular workshop focuses on providing youth with hands-on training in print journalism, photography, and radio and television production.  Participating youth are taught the basic principles of news gathering, writing and editing.

“We’re pleased to partner with the Boys & Girls Club to bring this learning opportunity to area youth,” said Sheri Stuart, executive director of OneNation Media Services. “We’re dedicated to providing youth with the highest level of journalism education and training in a safe and nurturing environment,” said Stuart.

Printed copies of the magazine will be distributed to area middle and high schools and will also be available at local libraries.

The magazine will be unveiled during a special program at the Boys & Girls Club on Saturday, May 30.

The program will begin at 2:00 p.m. and will include an awards ceremony, entertainment by local youth, and refreshments. The public is invited.

The Boys & Girls Club of San Bernardino first opened its doors in 1967. The Club is dedicated to inspiring and enabling youth to realize their potential as responsible, thoughtful and caring citizens by providing stimulating and challenging programs through positive role models. The Club is located at

1180 W. Ninth Street, San Bernardino, CA 92411. Visit the Club’s website at www.bgcsb.org.

SCE Edison Encourages Customers’ Responsible Pet Ownership

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May 18 – 22 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and Southern California Edison (SCE) is reminding customers to be responsible pet owners and help prevent dog bites of its field based customer service employees such as meter readers.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs nationwide every year. The most frequent victims of dog bites are small children and the elderly.  Other frequent targets are postal employees and utility meter readers.  So far this year, dogs have bitten nine SCE employees. In 2008, 37 employees were injured in dog attacks.

SCE encourages dog and pet owners to practice these simple safety tips:

·         When a meter reader comes to your home, keep your dog or pets inside, away from the door.

·         Pets need attention. Those that have been tied up for long periods or have little social interaction tend to be more aggressive and may turn into biters.

·         Obedience training can be beneficial in teaching dogs proper behavior and helps owners control their animals in most situations.

·         Do not allow your dog to roam neighborhoods unsupervised.

·         Report any dogs running loose in your area to the local animal control department.

Customers can check their monthly bills for the dates when utility workers will conduct meter readings.  On those days, gates should be left unlocked, and dogs or other pets should be confined in a safe section of the property. For making special access arrangements, customers can call SCE at (800) 655-4555. Visit sce.com/Safety/worker/meter-reader.htm for other helpful tips.

Children Rave about First Tales and Tunes

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A gang of 30 young children zestfully broke the cardinal rule of all libraries yesterday by making a lot of noise at the Eastside Cybrary. They banged drums, shook maracas, sang with joyful abandon and generally had a grand time as librarians indulgently watched.

They even managed to listen to a few stories in between.

Tales and Tunes, a weekly mix of musical sing along and story reading for children, debuted Wednesday at the Eastside Cybrary to rave reviews from children and parents.

Ward 2 Councilmember Andy Melendrez requested that the library create such a program for children in his ward.

“Children at this age learn so much from musical expression and listening to stories in a group,” said Councilmember Melendrez as he braved the baffled glances of other library patrons and sat on the floor with the children.

“It’s so important for growth for children ages 3 through 7. We hope more parents will come with their children.”

The pilot program will be held every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Eastside Cybrary.

“It’s a fusion of music and storytime and all the kids are up and active and involved,” said Library Director Leonhard Hernandez.

“We believe everyone can benefit from participation in a quality interactive program of stories and music.”

He said that the program could go citywide if they have a hit on their hands.

Miss Diana, aka Diana Thompson, a library associate with the city, led the rousing fest of song and stories.

“We had storytimes at other locations but we haven’t had anything for the children here in quite some time,“ said Miss Diana, a four-year veteran of storytimes.

“So when the opportunity presented itself, we jumped on it.”

Although studies indicate that performances like Tales and Tunes teaches children about music, literacy and group interaction, Miss Diana believes there’s a simpler, more direct, lesson.

“They all had a blast!” she said.

Sharp Named Inland Southern California Global Leader Of The Year

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Longtime economic development and transportation advocate Larry R.  Sharp was named Inland Southern California Global Leader of the Year at a regional World Trade Month event in Riverside.

Sharp, President and CEO of Arrowhead Credit Union, was recognized for his leadership in fostering the advancement of international trade throughout the Inland region. Sharp received the award at the 3rd Annual World Trade Month closing luncheon.  The annual event is designed to address issues in global trade, which contributes millions of dollars each year to the region¹s economy. The event also encourages local businesses to become more closely involved in the international marketplace.

I have a great love for the Inland Empire, and I see the promise of international trade, Sharp told a gathering of more than 225 business and government leaders. ³That is our vision, and that is our dream.

Sharp has been with Arrowhead Credit Union for 27 years, building it from six branches and assets of $58 million to 26 offices and assets of more than $1 billion. Arrowhead Credit Union now serves more than 154,000 members in both Inland counties.

Sharp also has a long history of civic involvement. He is a past chairman of Inland Action, which advocates on behalf of the Inland area in front of state and national leaders, and chairs the board of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership. Sharp said international trade could help local businesses buttress themselves against a difficult U.S. economy in the short term and also ensure long-term economic growth.

Bill Carney, President and CEO of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, called Sharp a pioneer and visionary who has been serving our community for many decades. Larry has been a mentor to leaders around the Inland Empire and beyond, Carney said.

Gary Ovitt, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, praised Sharp for his work in assisting Inland companies that employ more than 12,000 people in San Bernardino County through their trade activities in 27 countries.  He described Sharp as an icon of this area and a very deserving person.

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