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Coveted NNPA Chairman’s Award Given to Moses Brewer and Ervin D. Lee

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GOLDEN, COLO

Award Recognizes Coors Brewing Company Leaders for their “Visionary Leadership”


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Ervin D. Lee
Coors Brewing Company announced that Moses Brewer, director of Corporation Relations, and Ervin D. Lee, director of African-American Brand Marketing, received the coveted National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Chairman's Award from John B. Smith, chairman of the NNPA Board of Directors.

Smith, who presented the award at NNPA's 2007 Annual Convention in Seattle, said:  "This award recognizes and expresses our heartfelt appreciation for the time and resources both Moses and Ervin have provided in support of the National Newspaper Publishers Association( NNPA), ‘the Black Press of America' programs."   He also thanked them for their outstanding visionary leadership as corporate partners.  NNPA, also known as the Black Press of America, is a 67-year-old as federation of  more than 200 African-American community newspapers published and distributed worldwide.

 "This is a tremendous honor and we are particularly pleased to receive this award on behalf of Coors because it not only honors our historic association with NNPA, but also recognizes the fact that the relationship is mutually beneficial," says Brewer.   "We look forward to continuing to strengthen the relationship we've built with this invaluable voice of the African-American community."

Children’s Library Named After Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Acquanetta Warren
Fontana City Councilmember, Acquanetta Warren, spearheaded a golf classic that raised over $290,000.00 for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Children's Library located within the new Lewis Library and Technology Center.  The golf classic was held at the Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga.

Over a hundred golfers joined Mayor Mark Nuaimi, and Chairman of the Classic, Greg Bell, former Rams and Raiders all pro running back, at the after-classic dinner auction that raised over $10,000 toward the overall amount of the event.

The event was generously sponsored by Fifth District, San Bernardino County Supervisor, Josie Gonzales, Mr. Reggie King, Cole Burr of Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc., and Mark Bertone of Madole and Associates, Second District, San Bernardino County Supervisor, Paul Biane, and Mark Wims of Fontana Nissan, Josh LaBarge of QMC and a host of others.

The winning team, headed by Related Companies, led the golfers in what others have deemed as a dream come true day.  Councilmember Warren stated, "This is just the beginning of a dream come true."  "Dr. King had visions of children being together regardless of their race, creed or color, and we, as a City, have a vision of serving their educational needs by providing this great library for their uses."  She went on to say, "It is our dream to continue to meet our goals by scheduling next year's Golf Classic June 16, 2008 and the Grand Opening Celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Children's Library on June 21, 2008. Plan on not missing either."

For more information on the various ways you can help support the children's library, pick up a brochure available in many City of Fontana offices and community buildings, or contact City Councilmember Acquanetta Warren at (909) 578-2586 or awarren@fontana.org or Kathleen Fariss, Director of Development at (909) 350-6586 or kfariss@fontana.org. You may also view the construction in progress and learn about the Library's numerous resources and services at www.fontanalibrary.org.

Red Alert! Fire, Police Seek Diverse Recruits

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SAN BERNARDINO

 

Fire service and law enforcement can be lucrative careers. However these are careers which many Blacks, Latinos and Asians have not considered. Carl Dameron, producer of the Inland Empire Diversity Career and Job Fair (http://www.iejobfair.com), said the Fire and Police Job Fair, on July 30, is geared towards increasing the numbers of people from ethnic groups in both of these fields. The Diversity Career and Job Fair is held at the San Bernardino Boys and Girls Club, located at 1180 W. 9th St. in San Bernardino, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Fire departments have not hired as many persons from ethnic groups as other places," Dameron said. "Fire departments seems to have a problem finding applicants who can complete the application process."

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Attendees of a previous Inland Empire Diversity Career and Job Fair fill out job applications. The Fire and Police Job Fair on July 30 is geared towards recruiting more Blacks, Latinos and Asians into area fire and law enforcement agencies.
Applicants for fire and police jobs must be American citizens, or permanent residents who are eligible to apply for citizenship, and have to pass a rigorous background check. They must also meet certain physical and psychological standards.

"Our goal is to help them find Blacks, Latinos and Asians who can complete the process required for a career in fire services and law enforcement," said Dolores Armstead, vice president of the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce. 

Armstead said area law enforcement agencies are facing a huge increase in demand for their services as the population of the Inland Empire soars.

"All of these police departments are looking for diverse recruits," she said.

"The goal of the Job Fair is to help these agencies find those people who are looking for careers in law enforcement and fire service."

Armstead also said that Inland Empire police departments are not the only ones looking for recruits. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Police Department also recruit new employees from the Inland Empire. She said careers in law enforcement often have lucrative pay and benefit packages.

The Riverside Police Department is currently offering a $5,000 signing fee for new officers and $1,000 referral fee. Riverside police offers start at $56,000 per year. Starting pay for San Bernardino Police officers is more than $50,000.

For more information about the Inland Empire Diversity Fire and Police Job Fair call (909) 888-0017 or go to http://www.iejobfair.com.

HUD Announces Creation Of New Lending Division

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WASHINGTON

 

In order to ensure equality in today's lending and overall housing market environment, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) announced today that it is creating a new Fair Lending Division that will review mortgage lending practices throughout the nation.  HUD has hired a senior-level economist and has advertised to hire five fair lending specialists to enhance its capacity to investigate allegations of mortgage lending discrimination.

"We have launched a record number of investigations this year and have recently announced several major fair lending settlements," said Kim Kendrick, HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.  "But in today's lending environment, where consumers sometimes become victims of discriminatory practices, we have to do more to educate and protect potential homeowners and enforce the law."

Specifically, the new Fair Lending Division will investigate discrimination complaints against lenders who have allegedly violated the Fair Housing Act by refusing to make mortgage loans, refusing to provide the same information regarding loans, or imposing different terms or conditions for granting a loan, such as factors based on the race or national origin of the borrower.  The division will also conduct investigations where lending patterns or other information suggests discrimination by a lender, but no individual has come forward to file a complaint.  In addition, the division will conduct HUD's fair lending oversight of the Government-Sponsored Enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to ensure their underwriting policies and practices comply with fair lending laws.

"Lending cases are complex and require extensive resources to review and compare mountains of loan data," explained Kendrick. "The addition of this Fair Lending Division will allow the Department to enhance the quality and speed at which the Department conducts lending investigations."

HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity and its partners in the Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) investigate approximately 10,300 housing discrimination complaints annually. Six percent of the complaints HUD receives and five percent of the complaints FHAP agencies receive allege lending discrimination

People who believe they are the victims of housing discrimination or need additional information should contact HUD by calling 1-800-669-9777 (voice), 800-927-9275 (TTY), or logging onto www.hud.gov/fairhousing .  To apply for one of the fair-lending specialist positions, log on to www.hud.gov/fairhousing , then go to "Working with HUD" and click on "HUD Jobs."

Ford and SCE Join Forces to Advance a New Transportation and Energy Vision

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The automaker that introduced the world's first hybrid sport-utility vehicle and the electric utility with the nation's largest and most advanced electric vehicle (EV) fleet are combining resources to explore ways to make plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles more accessible to consumers, reduce petroleum-related emissions and improve the cost-effectiveness of the nation's electricity grid.

Describing teamwork between their industries as essential to making progress on energy security and climate change, the heads of the Ford Motor Company and Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), announced the nation's first collaboration to examine the future of PHEVs as part of a complete vehicle, home and grid energy system.

 "The Ford Motor Company team is firmly focused on delivering products people really want. This unique partnership with Southern California Edison will allow us to explore new solutions for our customers' growing need for energy conservation," said Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer of Ford. "By combining strengths, ours in hybrid technology, theirs in energy management, we can consider transportation as part of the broader energy system and work to unleash the potential of plug-in technology for consumers."

 "The challenges of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing our nation's energy security reach across industry boundaries and unite us in a common cause," said John E. Bryson, chairman and chief executive officer of Edison International. "Partnerships between automakers such as Ford and electric utilities such as Edison demonstrate the innovative leadership position that both companies hold in seeking and finding solutions to global and consumer problems."

Ford and Edison intend to explore many of the potential benefits of widespread PHEV use, which include enhanced energy security, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, lower fuel costs and more cost-effective use of the nation's electricity grid.

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle technologies are not yet competitive due primarily to the high cost of advanced batteries.  Ford and SCE will explore whether these batteries have other uses that could reduce their cost to consumers. For example, a popular vision of plug-in hybrid automotive technology is the potential for owners to charge their vehicles in the evening when the cost to produce electricity is low, and then store and use that energy during peak hours of the day, when electricity costs are high. Advanced batteries also could store energy from rooftop solar panels more efficiently. The two companies will evaluate and model the potential economic value of such innovative uses.  

Also, batteries currently have no residual value priced into the purchase cost. Ford and SCE believe it might be possible to develop a market for the untapped value present in used plug-in hybrid electric vehicle batteries at the end of their vehicle life.

And, Edison's nationally recognized Electric Vehicle Technical Center in Pomona, Calif., is testing advanced battery technologies that could further enhance the emergence of future energy storage applications in the utility industry.

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