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Dia Poole, Capital Fellows Program, Class of 1995

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College graduates interested in public administration have a unique opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a branch of state government through the Capital Fellows Programs.

"The Capital Fellows Programs provide an opportunity to engage in public service while preparing for a future career," said Robbin Lewis-Coaxum, Chief of Staff for Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto). "Since they have an impact on the future development of California, we need more Fellows from the Inland Empire, because that is where much of the state's growth is taking place."

There are four programs within the Capital Fellows Programs. The programs are the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program, the Executive Fellowship Program, the California Senate Fellows and the Judicial Administration Fellowship Program. Each is sponsored by California State University, Sacramento and the legislative branches (Assembly, Senate, Office of the Governor and California Judicial Council).

In each of these, Fellows work full-time for 11 months as staff to a legislative, executive or judicial office and are usually given assignments with significant challenge and responsibility. For instance, in the legislative branch, tasks may include, but are not limited to, drafting and tracking legislation, responding to constituent letters, writing speeches, meeting with constituents, preparing committee briefs, tracking legislation or researching policy issues.

Dia Poole
Dia Poole, the Bench-Bar/Communications Liaison for the Judicial Council of California's Administrative Office of the Courts, served as a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow in 1994-95, after working nearly 14 years with the County of San Bernardino. Undaunted by the fact that most of her fellowship classmates were fresh out of college, Poole immediately felt she had an advantage.

"Not only did I have a lot more life experience, I brought with me many years of work experience from San Bernardino County where we were tackling the same issues being debated in the legislature," Poole said. "I had an agenda, and I was ready to hit the ground running."

That agenda was spawned by Poole's own passion for community service and her view of how public policy decisions made in Sacramento affected youth and minorities. The legislative fellowship provided her with the tools she needed to address the obvious gap in the public's understanding of how the political process worked and what people could do to lessen the impact of legislation and policy decisions they perceived as harmful.

Applications for the 2009-2010 fellowships will be available online at www.csus.edu/calst and from local offices of assembly members such as Wilmer Amina Carter, (355 N. Riverside Ave., Rialto, 93726, (909) 820-5008) and state senators such as Gloria Negrete-McLeod, (4959 Palo Verde St., Ste. 100 B, Montclair, CA 91763 (909) 621-2783) starting in mid-October 2008. Fellows will be chosen in May 2009 and will serve in their fellowship from October 2009 through September 2010.

Anyone with a four-year degree from a college or university, and a demonstrated interest in state government and public service is eligible to apply. All majors are welcome. Recent Fellows' majors have been as diverse as child development, religious studies, law and biochemistry.

People with graduate degrees, or who have substantial career experience are encouraged to apply.

Fellows are officially employed by California State University, Sacramento, which pays a monthly stipend of $1,972 and health benefits, as well as university tuition. CSUS enrolls Fellows as graduate students, and they receive 12 units of credit from either the Government or Public Policy and Administration departments.

From Old To New - Savings You Can Count On

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By Diana Farnsworth

As Americans are becoming more economical and interested in greener alternatives, more people are turning to refurbishing instead of replacing. Reglazing is a process in which bathroom and kitchen surfaces are refurbished to restore their sheen and durability. Reglazing Pro, founded by Aldo Chavez, offers such services. Image

After being unsatisfied with his previous experiences in other areas of the home improvement industry, Chavez noticed the success of a friend's reglazing business and decided to give it a try. After six months of intense on the job training, Chavez started Reglazing Pro. Chavez quickly noticed from his high rate of customer satisfaction and by examining his competitors' work that what made his business unique was the high quality that he and his employees provide. One of the biggest obstacles that Chavez has had to overcome is common of new businesses: just finding a way to bring in new customers. Having a keen business sense, Chavez realized that the best way for him to advertise was to focus on homeowners and realtors. He has even gone so far as to walk door to door through Riverside in the middle of summer do speak to gain customers.

While reglazing has been particularly popular with apartment owners, who have a quick tenant turnover rate, Chavez has found that with the downturn of today's economy, many homeowners are looking for less costly ways of improving their home. As many homeowners are having difficulty selling their homes, reglazing has become a more cost-effective way to improve the longevity and aesthetic values of their homes.

In addition to its money-saving benefits, reglazing is also a greener way to remodel bathrooms and kitchens because the process focuses on refurbishing fixtures instead of replacing them.

Because of his success of producing high quality produced at a reasonable price, Chavez hopes to expand his business into franchises within southern California, while still maintaining the ability to interact personally with many of his customers. (See their Ad below.)

EmbroidMe A Full-Service Retailer for Customized Apparel From Head to Toe

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By Jose Corea

Organization or individual consumer, EmbroidMe covers all needs with a personal touch.

Embroidery has been present throughout civilization's history and it has roots that extend all around the world. Examples can be found from ancient Egypt to the Iron Age of Northern Europe. Some of the purposes of embroidery have been to create a cultural art within the community, or to pass down a tradition from one generation to another. Today in the U.S. another service embroidery offers is in the consumer and business market.

ImageWith the opening of EmbroidMe in Riverside, the search for a store that can handle custom embroidery, as well as screen printing and promotional product needs has become much easier. This service is great for anyone or any organization in need of apparel and merchandise to be customized with their own logos, events, or any idea that may come to mind.

EmbroidMe offers customization of Golf/Polo shirts, caps, denim, towels, uniforms, jackets, vests, aprons, bags, t-shirts, personalized gifts, and promotional products such as pens, mouse pads, sports items and stickers.

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With this service available the possibilities are numerous. A special event can be made more special with a gift bag full of pens, a shirt, stickers, among other gifts, all with the event's logos and information professionally embroidered on them. Any group, whether its a local sports group or a church vacation bible school program, can stand out with their group's name embroidered on their vests, jackets, and shirts.

Also if you want to give a personal gift to then embroidering or screen-printing something memorable on an item of apparel may make the perfect gift. And supposing an idea came to a person about creating a specific design on a shirt or adding something they found beautiful to a shirt then EmbroidMe would be the best place to realize that design.

Unlike searching online trying to customize apparel for an individualistic style, at EmbroidMe a person can come and personally talk with owner Zeretha Washington about what they envision. Her priority is customer service and satisfaction and she has a commitment to excellence in the work she does. "I enjoy the creative process of taking an idea and turning it into a garment that is unique and personal," says Zeretha.

EmbroidMe can embroider almost anything. A person can bring their own logo or design, or take advantage of EmbroidMe's selection of in-house art and their logo department. Also, there is no worry of a ‘minimum order'. So if you need only one item or want a one-of-kind garment that will be unmistakably unique EmbroidMe can help.

EmbroidMe is located at 10530 Magnolia Ave #A, Riverside CA 92505. Business hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Business number is 951.353.9560 and Fax is 951.353.9524.

Bush Signs Homeowner Rescue

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BVN Staff

Despite reservations, Bush signed mortgage relief for 4,000,000 strapped homeowners

President Bush reversed himself and signed mortgage relief for 4,000,000 struggling homeowners Tuesday as part of an election-year housing plan that also aims to calm jittery financial markets and bolster the sagging economy.

The measure, regarded as the most significant housing legislation in decades, lets homeowners who cannot afford their payments refinance into more affordable government-backed loans rather than losing their homes.

It offers a temporary financial lifeline to troubled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - pillars of the home loan market whose loses have sparked investor fears and tightened controls over the government-sponsored businesses.

What began as a showdown between the White-House and the Democratic-led Congress over how far the government should go in rescuing homeowners evolved into a bipartisan effort that could be the last such compromise before Bush leaves office in January.

In a rare Saturday session, the Senate voted 72-13 to send the bill to the president; the House passed it earlier in the week.

Creativity and Success Designs by Don

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By Kimberly Ky

ImageCreativity and success does not always come hand in hand, but Donald Griggs is the quintessential entrepreneur who has taken a lifelong passion of fashion and transformed it into a career worth boasting about.  "Designs by Don" offers an array of Afro-centric inspired neckties put on high quality silk, plus custom made shirts, sold wholesale and retail.  When asked what his inspiration is for discovering new designs, Griggs confidently replies that he simply has the eye for appealing patterns and the "click" he senses comes naturally after 35 years of being in the business. Preserving relations with smaller retail boutiques is a priority for the business, but the company continuously spreads the word- or look, rather- by traveling to vintage shows, displaying expressive alternatives to the all too familiar looks outplayed by department stores. 

Although Griggs does not have any formal education in the field of fashion, his schooling in Business Administration in congruence with his knack for capturing eye catching prints has helped him build a company which strives for higher quality products that are made with care.  Having quality control of the manufacturing of his products was an obstacle from the beginning, and as a result, the production process is a major priority in his business today. Additionally, Griggs' biggest daily challenge is staying active in marketing and promoting his products. He is working toward increasing his sales to more retail businesses. "Designs by Don" is undoubtedly growing, so look out, Inland Empire! Some day in the near future, you may not be able to resist being lassoed in by one of Don's unique ties, all the while being hugged by your very own custom made shirt.

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