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Sacramento, CA – More than 50 top African American high school juniors and seniors from throughout the state have traveled to Sacramento for a week-long youth leadership training program sponsored by the California Legislative Black Caucus -The African-American Leaders for Tomorrow Youth Conference.

The students are housed in dorms at California State University from July 21st - 28th where they participated in various workshops during the week on community advocacy, college preparation, cross-cultural collaboration, entrepreneurship and campaign development.

They also met with various elected officials and community leaders and organizers including State Senator Curren Price, Chair of the Black Caucus and senior staff from the offices of Governor Jerry Brown and Senate pro Tem Darryl Steinberg.

A large portion of the week will be devoted to preparing the youth for Leg Day at the Capitol, to be held Friday, July 27, 2012, where they will participate in a mock day at the Legislature during which they will present and argue bills in the Senate Chambers and also vote to pass their own version of the State Budget.

This Summer, Saving Energy Is Easier Than You Think

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I live with my 80-year-old mother in her two-bedroom house in the Inland Empire. We’re hoping for a mild summer, but preparing now for heat waves that could come our way, especially since California state officials are saying that we may have limited power supplies in Southern California. It's important that we all do our part to maintain electric service reliability and stay informed, and I’m doing that by taking three key steps:

1) The greenest energy is the energy we don’t use, so I’m making some quick changes around the house. That includes keeping the thermostat on my air conditioner set to 78°F and turning my appliances and electronics off when not in use.

2) I’m going to pay attention to when the state issues a Flex Alert, which is a statewide call to reduce energy. When that happens, I know it’s critical that I conserve immediately.

3) I’m going to enroll my mom in Southern California Edison’s Medical Baseline program, since she is dependent on the use of electricity for mobility, electrically-operated life support medical equipment for specific medical reasons. I’m also going to take note of where the nearest cooling center is, in case our power gets disrupted.

It may take a little work, but I don’t want to get caught unprepared if the power goes out.

UC Riverside Chancellor: "We Are Very Deeply Saddened" by Colorado Shootings

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Holmes was a UCR honors student

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The University of California at Riverside confirmed Friday that James Holmes, the suspect in a movie theater massacre that left 71 shot and 12 dead, had graduated from the school in 2010. UCR said that Holmes graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in neuroscience. The university confirmed their alumnus was the same man as the one suspected in the shootings during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo., outside Denver. Chancellor Tim White said during a press conference that Holmes, now 24, had been a stand-out student academically and had received a merit-based scholarship. He said neuroscience, Holmes' major, was one of the more rigorous degrees at the school. "Academically, he was at the top of the top," White said.

"He obviously had the capability to do just about anything he wanted academically," White added. The chancellor expressed "profound sadness over the horrific shootings" in a written statement. “On behalf of the entire UCR community, I extend our deepest sympathy to the victims, their families, and all of those impacted by this tragedy.” Counseling would be offered on campus and the university would cooperate with law enforcement, White said. He said there was no record of any contact between Holmes and UC police. The shooting touched a nerve with some of UC Riverside's roughly 21,000 students. "Students and faculty are shocked," White said at the press conference. "It's disturbing and upsetting to know a UCR alum did something like this," junior Hector Berber, who had attended a midnight showing of the Batman movie in Riverside. Berber told the Los Angeles Times, “That shooting could have happened here.”

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said at a news conference Friday the shooter had dyed his hair orange and red and called himself "The Joker," Batman's arch-villain.

"It clearly looks like a deranged individual," he said.

Aurora police said the gunman was wearing a gas mask, helmet and full body armor.

Heavily armed police and FBI agents in gas masks surrounded Holmes' apartment building after the shooting, and a bomb squad sent a robot in to check his apartment. Five buildings in the area were evacuated.

Aurora Deputy Fire Chief Chris Henderson said the suspect's third-floor apartment was "extensively" booby-trapped, with numerous liter bottles connected with wires or cord arranged in the front room, along with other unknown devices or items.

"It's definitely intentionally booby-trapped," Henderson says. "We assume it's the worst case scenario."

FBI agents and police used a hook-and-ladder fire truck and put a camera at the end of 12-foot pole inside the apartment.

Holmes does not have a criminal record in Riverside County, according to online court records.

Riverside police spokesman Lt. Guy Toussaint said his department did not immediately know anything about Holmes.

“We just heard about that recently, so we are looking into verifying if he was a resident here and, if so, if we had any contact with him,” he said Friday morning.

White also said he had not met Holmes, and federal law prevents him from discussing any research Holmes may have done at UCR.

The university said the student's last known address was in San Diego. Holmes is from the San Diego community of Rancho Penasquitos, where police were stationed at the family home. He attended Westview High School, part of the Poway Unified School District, graduating in 2006. Holmes was studying for a neuroscience graduate degree at the University of Colorado Medical School in Aurora, which said he had enrolled in June 2011 but was in the process of withdrawing last month.

Professors at UC Riverside recalled Holmes as ‘smart’ and ‘quiet’ but could provide no clues that would indicate he was capable the violent attack that left 12 people dead and dozens of others injured, Chancellor Timothy White said. White said professors who knew Holmes expressed shock and disbelief about the movie theater shooting at the premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo. He said that many on campus were still trying to understand happened.

Kelly Huffman, an assistant professor of psychology at UC Riverside, said Holmes was in her Drugs and Behavior class in 2010 and did well in what she said was a challenging course. She described him as “a smart and quiet guy.” Huffman said that she spoke Friday with the teaching assistant who led the course's smaller discussion section that Holmes attended, and that the assistant didn't recall the shooting suspect.

"So that probably means he [Holmes] was pretty quiet," Huffman said.

Senate Bill Grants Protection to Nurses Providing Out-Of-Hospital Care

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Senator Negrete McLeod’s Legislation Protects Nurse’s providing Emergency Medical Services

Sacramento – Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Chino) secured the passage of SB 1365, which added registered nurses to the group of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers protected by liability limits.

Since 1980, Emergency Medical Service workers have been protected from unnecessary civil litigation by holding them to a minimum standard for determining gross negligence when providing care. The standard protects and encourages workers to provide lifesaving services to individuals in emergency situations, but had previously excluded registered nurses (RN) from its protections. “Registered nurses should be encouraged to provide emergency medical services in air and ground ambulances in the same way as firefighters, law enforcement, EMT’s, and paramedics” stated Senator Negrete McLeod. “This bill provides them the same legal parity as their counterparts, and assures that they can diligently and compassionately perform their duties without fear of repercussions.” At the time the regulation was written and the standard implemented, it was rare for RN’s to participate in the EMS system. In the 30 years since its enactment, it is now common practice for registered nurses to partake in the EMS system while rendering medical services at the scene of an emergency or during transport to the hospital.

SB 1365 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown and was chaptered into law on July 9th, 2012.

Third Annual “Man of the Year” Awards Luncheon Honorees

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11 deserving men will be honored for their generosity, leadership and community involvement

Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod will be acknowledging the good deeds and contributions of extraordinary men throughout the 32nd Senate District at her annual “Man of the Year” Awards luncheon to be held on Friday, June 29th in the City of Pomona. “The (Man of the Year) Awards Luncheon is an opportunity to highlight the successes of these men as they serve as role models for young men and boys,” said Senator Negrete McLeod. “Join me in congratulating these extraordinary public servants as they continue to make lasting and impressive contributions to our community.”

The eleven men were selected from all cities and unincorporated communities within the 32nd Senate District. The 2012 Men of the Year are: Daniel Morse, Ph.D., Community of Bloomington, Educator of 25 years, member of National/CA Science Teachers Association, youth mentor, charitable works and regional science fair organizer; Charles McGonigal, City of Fontana, Veteran, 20 year VFW member, 17 year American Legion member and volunteer at VA hospital in Loma Linda; Farrell J. Chiles, City of Pomona, 38 years, Ret. Army Veteran, NAACP Member, Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation Director and author; Paul Larson, City of Chino, Educator of 36 years, Chino Community and Children Theatre Founder and mentor for performing arts students; Keith Robinson, City of Montclair, Lab Tech for LA County, mentor and Montclair Youth Basketball program coach for 24 years; Eric Arrington, City of Rialto, 15 year Youth football coach and mentor for disabled individuals at Loma Linda Medical Center; Lee Sena, Community of Muscoy, Ret. Fireman and Captain of 34 years, Muscoy Water Board Member and church volunteer; Max J. Lofy, City of Colton, Former Colton City Council Member, Ret. Colton Recreation Director of 22 years and youth sports activist; Ken Morse, City of Ontario, Senior center volunteer, nursing home volunteer, Kiwanis Club member, homeless advocate, child mentor and charitable drives organizer; Terrance Stone, City of San Bernardino, President, CEO, and Executive Director of Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy and Chair of the Inland Empire Minority-led Resource Development Coalition; and Artist Gilbert, 32nd Senate District, Ret. LAPD Officer of 25 years, Army Veteran, Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino Board Member, Vernon Bragg Toastmasters, Rialto Chamber of Commerce, Company B 1402 Engineers, foster parent recruiter, Blacks in Government member, and mentor of Children of Incarcerated parents.

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