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  • Fri, September 07, 2018 3:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The publication Diverse Issues in Higher Education lists Cal Poly Pomona among its 2018 “Top 100 Degree Producers” in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minority students. The university was ranked No. 25 for total bachelor’s degrees awarded to minority students and No. 18 for the total bachelor’s degrees awarded to Asian-American students and to Hispanic students.

    In their expanded online database, the following university degree programs were among the best in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minority students based on 2016-17 data.

    No. 1 in Architecture and Related Services

    No. 5 Engineering Technologies and Engineering Related Fields

    No. 5 Business Administration Management and Operations

    No. 6 Engineering

    No. 9 Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Science

    No. 11 Physical Sciences

    No. 16 Mathematics and Statistics

    No. 23 Philosophy and Religious Studies

    No. 24 Family & Consumer Science/Human Science

    Cal Poly Pomona is an inclusive polytechnic university with almost 27,000 students located in eastern Los Angeles County. The institution is nationally recognized for its quality educational programs and as a leader in providing its students with the skills and knowledge for successful careers and social mobility.

  • Fri, September 07, 2018 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    NEWS

    CHARTER LAUNCHES SPECTRUM MOBILE: A SMARTER NETWORK, DESIGNED FOR THE FUTURE

    Spectrum Mobile Offers the Best Network and the Best Devices, All At the Best Value
    in Southern California

    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 4, 2018 - Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) today announced the full market launch of Spectrum Mobile for new and existing Spectrum Internet subscribers in Southern California. The Company completed a successful soft launch earlier this summer.

    Designed to provide customers the highest quality experience and save them money, Spectrum Mobile is built on America’s largest, most reliable LTE cellular network and is combined with a nationwide network of Spectrum WiFi hotspots. Spectrum Mobile is a smarter network, designed for the way mobile devices are used today, and the way they will be used tomorrow.     

                                                                                                                                                 

    “As an intelligent connectivity provider, Spectrum Mobile brings unprecedented flexibility and value to the wireless marketplace,” said Danny Bowman, Chief Mobile Officer for Charter. “Spectrum Mobile gives customers the freedom to use their favorite devices the way they want, saving them hundreds of dollars annually off their mobile bill, all while reaping the benefits of Charter’s superior, value rich network and services.”

    Customers have the freedom to choose from Unlimited data, priced at $45/month starting with the first line, or By the Gig for $14/Gig, shared across all lines. Additional features of Spectrum Mobile include:

    ·       Flexibility to change rate plans any time at no additional cost.

    ·       The most popular mobile devices with interest-free monthly installment plans.

    In the SGV, customers can go to our Glendora store (1395 S. Grand Avenue, #120, Glendora) to order service, or also easily online at SpectrumMobile.com.

    Charter plans to expand its device options and offer customers the ability to bring their own devices later this year. Spectrum Internet subscribers can sign up online, by calling (855) 251-3375 or by visiting their Spectrum retail store. Current store locations are available at Spectrum.com/Stores.

    More information is available at SpectrumMobile.com. Additional media assets are available at Charter Newsroom.    

    About Spectrum

    Spectrum is a suite of advanced broadband services offered by Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR), a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Spectrum provides a full range of services, including Spectrum TV®, Spectrum Internet®, and Spectrum Voice®. Spectrum Business® similarly provides scalable, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to small and medium sized business organizations, including Internet access, business telephone, and TV services. Spectrum Enterprise is a national provider of scalable, fiber-based technology solutions serving many of America's largest businesses and communications service providers. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Spectrum Reach® brand. Charter's news and sports networks are operated under the Spectrum Networks brand. More information about Spectrum can be found at spectrum.com.

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    Media Contacts:

    Dennis Johnson                                                        Pamela Yu

    Dennis.Johnson1@charter.com                       Pamela.Yu@charter.com

    310-647-6607                                                            310-647-5709

    @CharterNewsroom


  • Fri, September 07, 2018 2:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Partnership supports Prop 4: Bond for Children's Hospitals and Prop 5: Property Tax Transfer

    IRWINDALE - The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership has voted to support two key statewide ballot measures - Proposition 4, a $1.5 billion bond to support services and capital improvements at children's hospitals around the state and Proposition 5, an initiative that will allow homeowners to transfer property tax protections when they purchase a new home. These positions were approved by the Partnership's Legislative Action Committee which meets monthly throughout the year.

    Proposition 4 places a $1.5 billion general obligation bond before voters to fund capital improvements for hospitals in California that specialize in pediatric care. These funds can be used to purchase new equipment and install new technologies for care and treatment as well as build or renovate existing facilities to expand capacity. Other hospitals may apply for funding from the measure to improve their health care services for children.

    Proposition 5 will allow all homeowners who are over 55 (as well as others that meet certain qualifications) to transfer their current property tax savings to new homes if they should decide to move. Current state law moves new home buyers to a higher property tax rate upon the purchase of a new residence. Prop 5 will enable greater mobility for older residents of California by allowing them to carry with them their property tax protections if they should decide to change residences or downsize to a smaller living situation. Greater mobility in the housing market should make more housing stock available to prospective home buyers.

    For more information on these two measures, contact Brad Jensen, Director of Public Policy at the Partnership, bjensen@sgvpartnership.org.

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  • Fri, August 31, 2018 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Students walk across campus on the first day of classes.

    Cal Poly Pomona will welcome more than 7,700 incoming first-time and transfer students this fall, the largest class in the university’s 80-year history.

    The increase comes as the campus, which is ranked No. 47 on Money Magazine’s list of “The 50 Best Colleges in the U.S.” for quality and affordability, ushers in its inaugural semester on ThursdayAug. 23.

    The number of applications received for fall 2018-19 totaled 36,642 for first-year students, a rise of nearly 5 percent from 2017-18. The number of transfer students applying also increased slightly, with applications totaling 15,754 for 2018-19, compared to 15,443 in 2017-18.

    Here are seven facts about the incoming Broncos:

    The College of Business Administration.

    1. The colleges of Engineering, Business Administration, and Letters, Arts & Social Sciences are the most popular with incoming students. Of the new transfer students, 1,085 plan to study business and 1,074 will pursue degrees in the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS). For incoming first-year students, 869 selected engineering and 759 chose CLASS.

    2. Although national trends point to a gender gap at colleges and universities where more women than men are pursuing higher education, Cal Poly Pomona’s incoming class is 51.5 percent male.

    3. The number of first-generation college students is 2,339 for first-year and 3,336 for transfers.

    4. A total of 801 California high schools are represented.

    5. Cal Poly Pomona has an international flair with more than 45 countries represented, including China, Indonesia, Morocco, Germany, Nigeria, Kazakhstan and French Polynesia. The incoming class speaks 94 languages other than English.

    6. An overwhelming majority of Cal Poly Pomona students are Californians. Of the incoming first-year students, 175 are from out of state. For transfer students, that number is 241.

    7. A total of 34 of the female first-year students have something in common: the name Samantha. For female transfer students, the most common name is Jessica with 29. The name Daniel is the most popular among male first-year students at 35. David is the name of 26 incoming male transfer students.

     


  • Fri, August 24, 2018 11:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Partnership hosts a packed Power Lunch on E-commerce and Foreign Trade

    INDUSTRY - The Partnership hosted over 150 attendees yesterday at a special Power Lunch event that provided expert advice to business owners on how to successfully engage in e-commerce and expand into foreign markets. The Power Lunch was co-sponsored with Partnership Board Member Bank of America Merrill Lynch, who generously provided lunch, as well as the KCAL Insurance Agency. It was held at iDream Space in City of Industry.

    Adam Uttley, a partner at KPMG, introduced his colleague, Kameelah Kareem, Senior Manager of Indirect Tax Services at KPMG, who provided an in-depth presentation on the hazards business face who engage in e-commerce. Complications to e-commerce have arisen following the notable Wayfair court decision from earlier this year, which has reset federal law on interstate e-commerce for businesses. Click here to download the full presentation.

    Kyung Yun Lee, Senior Manager for Trade and Customs at KPMG, gave the next presentation on the volatile global market in trade which faces uncertainty due to the new U.S. tariffs which have been enacted by the Trump Administration this year. This has brought about reprisals from other countries and difficulties for companies around the world. KPMG's expert analysis encourages businesses to examine their goods classifications and product country of origin to see if they fall under the new tariffs or not. Click here to download the full presentation.

    The event closed with remarks by Jennings Imel of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is the largest business organization in the world and has been a fierce critic of the new tariffs. He encouraged businesses to go online and discuss how the tariffs are affecting their companies.

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  • Fri, August 24, 2018 9:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Partnership hosts successful breakfast with Rep. Judy Chu

    PASADENA - Last week the Partnership hosted a special breakfast event with Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Pasadena) at Shriners Children's Medical Center. Nearly 40 members of the Partnership attended the event and heard an update from Congresswoman Chu on a number of critical federal issues.

    Congresswoman Chu addressed a broad range of topics, notably the new tariffs enacted by the Trump Administration and the negative effect they would have to key industries throughout California - notably the wine and agriculture sectors. Congress has been working to overturn those tariffs and help mitigate their effect. The Congresswoman also discussed her support for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and the additional financial support that the designation has brought to the area to address long-term critical needs such as trail maintenance, trash collection and other important services. Breakfast guests were welcomed by this year's Chair of the Board Reyna Del Haro of Kaiser Permanente.

    Partnership members attending the event came from the Arcadia and Citrus Valley Associations of Realtors, San Gabriel Valley Water Company, Citrus Valley Health Partners, Rose Hills, the City of Pasadena, Pasadena City College, and Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.

    The Partnership thanks Shriners Children's Medical Center for generously hosting the breakfast and opening their facility to our guests.


    Shriners Children's Medical Center CEO Chris Dougherty introduces Rep. Judy Chu to the attendees of the breakfast.

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  • Fri, August 17, 2018 1:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Businesses are encouraged to sponsor or donate to the event or get a vendor booth.  Both are great ways to reach out to the local community.

    To be a booth vendor, download the form here.

    To be a sponsor, download the form here.

    Please contact Vanessa Carbajal, Program Coordinator, Recreation and Community Services Department at 626-813-5245, Ext. 312 or Vcarbajal@baldwinpark.com.


  • Fri, August 10, 2018 12:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Partnership hosts Rep. Judy Chu, U.S. Chamber for intellectual property roundtable

    PASADENA, CA - On Monday, August 6th the Partnership, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Alliance for SoCal Innovation hosted Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Pasadena) at a special intellectual property roundtable discussion with half a dozen local companies. The event was hosted at Supplyframe DesignLab in Pasadena - a unique incubator space for creative engineering and tech companies.

    Intellectual property protections provide security for companies that invest precious resources into extensive research and development. By owning the trademark, copyright or patent on a new discovery or technology, companies can fuel economic growth, hire more employees and build stronger communities. Without strong, workable protections for intellectual property, businesses are at the risk of being unable to build on their own discoveries and research.

    Congresswoman Chu is very familiar with these important issues. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers working to strengthen intellectual property protections, especially from competitors overseas who steal American companies' products and designs.

    The discussion at the roundtable generated several ideas on how to improve the legal and regulatory environment to better protect intellectual property. One suggestion was for the loser in litigation to pay the costs for both parties, thereby ensuring that there are consequences for pernicious bad actors. Another comment suggested that patent decisions be tried in the home state of the company in question, rather in states where people claiming patent or copyright infringement reside. There was also a wide-ranging discussion of how to improve the performance and regulatory processes of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

    For more information on this event, see coverage (in Chinese) at the World Journal.

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  • Fri, August 10, 2018 12:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Sacramento Bee: Trump wants to clear trees to stop wildfires. Experts say the Feds must spend more

    When it comes to wildfires, California is “not on the side of nature,” Gov. Jerry Brown acknowledged in an Aug. 1 press conference. “We’re fighting nature.”

    There are, however, things people can do to mitigate the risk of forest fires, which are growing ever longer and more destructive in the West thanks to high temperatures, drought and invasive species. After years of neglect, California’s government is now stepping up efforts to do just that.

    The federal government, however, is not moving with the same sense of urgency.

    Over the weekend, President Trump tweeted that California’s multiplying wildfires are “being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws...“Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!”

    There’s just one problem. The Trump administration’s own budget request for the current fiscal year and the coming one proposed slashing tens of millions of dollars from the Department of Interior and U.S. Forest Service budgets dedicated to the kind of tree clearing and other forest management work experts say is needed. And it’s just one example of how the federal government is still not prioritizing fire mitigation to the scale that is needed, according to forestry experts.



    LA Daily News: Democrat Delgado leading LA-area State Senate special election

    Democrat Vanessa Delgado appears to have defeated Republican Rita Topalian  in a close race in a special election Tuesday for a California Senate seat left vacant after a sexual-harassment scandal last winter.

    Delgado, the mayor of Montebello, had 51.7 percent, and Topalian, an attorney from Whittier, had 48.3 percent — a difference of 1,572 votes — with all precincts reporting but some votes still uncounted in state Senate District 32.

    It has been a weird, confusing race in the district that covers parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties, including the cities of Artesia, Whittier, Pico Rivera, Downey, Norwalk and Buena Park.

    The winner will serve until December, completing the term of Tony Mendoza, the veteran lawmaker who resigned in February as his Senate colleagues prepared to vote on whether to expel him. An investigation had found Mendoza engaged in “a pattern of unwelcome flirtation and sexually suggestive behavior” toward female colleagues and staffers as young as 19.

    The Senate district’s representative for the next full, four-year term won’t be chosen until Nov. 6 in an election between Topalian, a Whittier resident, and Bob Archuleta, a Democratic city councilman from Pico Rivera.


    The Hill: Dems seek GOP wipeout in California

    The shared work space in a suburban office park just across the street from the University of California Irvine bustles with young employees walking between glass-walled conference rooms with purpose.

    Some work for tech startups, like a virtual photo booth company. Others work for a gum ball machine distributor.

    And still others work for another new type of startup that Orange County hasn't seen in recent years: A serious and professionally run Democratic congressional campaign.

    For generations, Orange County has been the bastion of Western conservatism, the foundation on which Republicans such as Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Pete Wilson built their statewide campaigns. As recently as 2000, the Republican presidential nominee, George W. Bush, spent precious time campaigning here.

     But after Hillary Clinton became the first Democrat to win Orange County since Franklin Roosevelt, Democrats now believe several congressional seats in the Los Angeles suburbs and exurbs are critical to their hopes of reclaiming the House of Representatives this November.

     They just have to learn how to run a campaign here, in districts where the party has not been seriously competitive for decades — and how to overcome roadblocks Republicans have erected in the lead-up to the midterm elections.


    Los Angeles Times: Recalled Sen. Josh Newman 'more than open' to running for the seat again in 2020

    A few months after state Sen. Josh Newman was recalled from office by voters, the Fullerton Democrat has scheduled a political fundraiser to collect money for a possible 2020 campaign to reclaim the seat.

    In an invitation posted on a new website, bringbacknewman.com, the ousted senator invites supporters to an Aug. 22 fundraiser at the Sacramento Masonic Temple.

    “Josh Newman, everybody’s favorite recently recalled Senator, may be out — for now —  but he’s not down,” the invitation reads. “Got a little extra dough to help retire the Recall debt and pave the way for 2020? We’ll take it!”

    Newman, who was targeted for recall by GOP leaders over his vote to raise the gas tax, said in an interview that the fundraiser is being held to replenish his committee to run for reelection in 2020, which he had formed before the recall. It loaned $260,000 to a separate Newman committee that fought the recall.

    “I am more than open to the prospect of putting my hat in the ring to do it again,” Newman said. “I am strongly considering it. Apart from my vote as one of 81 [legislators] who voted for SB 1, I was otherwise acknowledged as being a very good, capable, responsive state senator. I truly liked that part of the job.”


    Politico: Trump blows up GOP's formula for winning House races

    The vote breakdown in Ohio’s special election this week amplified a trend that's been building in the suburbs during the Trump era — and illustrated how the traditional Republican path to victory has been upended in key congressional districts.

    Deep suburban antipathy toward President Donald Trump has turned the old GOP electoral coalition inside-out in many areas in 2017 and 2018 — like Ohio’s 12th District, which for two decades sent former Rep. Pat Tiberi to Congress on the back of his popularity in the Columbus suburbs. His anointed successor, Republican Troy Balderson, took a different path to a small special-election lead, instead building on Trump’s rural strength while Democrat Danny O'Connor cut deeply into Tiberi’s old base.

    In Columbus’ Franklin County, where Tiberi regularly received more than 55 percent support, O’Connor held Balderson to just one-third of the special election vote. In Delaware County — a wealthier, whiter bedroom community to the north — Balderson scraped together a majority where Tiberi used to win 70-plus percent. But the further Balderson got from the city, the better he performed compared to Tiberi’s baselines, taking up to 71 percent of the vote in further-flung counties.

    It’s a shift that was underway before Trump arrived on the political scene — but the president accelerated it. In 2016, Tiberi and some other Republicans even combined their traditional suburban power with growing rural strength on Trump’s ticket. But that combination has proven unattainable in elections during the president’s tumultuous first term, and Republicans across the country will have to confront the full force of that change in the November elections.


    New York Times: Opinion: Why the Midterms Won't Be Won By Playing to the Base

    Most strategists and analysts say this November’s midterms will be determined by turnout. According to this view, whichever party more fully energizes its partisans will come out on top. New data, though, shows this common wisdom has it exactly backward. It’s the voters who sit between the two parties, not the party bases, who will choose which party wins.

    That’s a surprising finding from the most recent Democracy Fund Voter Study Group poll. This biannual poll, which asks thousands of Americans their views on issues, personalities and voting intentions, has been querying the same people going back to 2011 (in the polling world, this is known as a longitudinal survey). That means it is large enough and has the right sort of questions to do what most polls can’t: report accurately on small groups within the overall electorate.

    Two of these groups are of vital import: “Romney-Clinton” voters and “Obama-Trump” voters. Each consists of people who changed which party’s nominee they voted for from 2012 to 2016. Where they go will determine who wins because they are strategically placed in most of the target House and Senate races up for grabs this fall.

    “Romney-Clinton” voters are generally the sort of highly educated, affluent, more moderate voters who disapprove of Donald Trump. The most recent Voter Survey shows Mr. Trump had less than a 20 percent job approval rating among them; nearly 70 percent of these formerly Republican voters disapprove of his job performance. And they are taking this dislike with them to the voting booth. Forty-three percent say they will vote for Democrats this fall; only about 20 percent intend to back Republicans.

  • Fri, July 20, 2018 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Partnership votes to oppose Proposition 10 which would expand rent control statewide

    IRWINDALE - The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership has announced its firm opposition to Proposition 10, a November statewide ballot initiative that would dramatically expand rent control in California.

    Under current state law, only 15 cities in California have rent control and rent control is limited to apartment units built before a certain date. If Proposition 10 were to pass in November, it would make it easier for cities across the state to enact rent control ordinances and apply rent control to a broad spectrum of housing units.

    "The availability and cost of housing is by far the number one economic concern of Californians today," said Jeff Allred, President and CEO of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. "The business community strongly supports more housing growth and development but enacting rent control will lead to less housing availability and higher rents. Passing Prop 10 would be an absolute disaster for California."

    Earlier this year, the San Gabriel Valley cities of Pasadena and Pomona - the two most populous cities in the region - each saw separate attempts to gather signatures to place rent control measures on the municipal ballot. Both attempts failed due to lack of local support.

    "The San Gabriel Valley generally has lower housing costs than downtown L.A., Orange County, Long Beach, the West Side, and the San Fernando Valley," said Allred. "This housing affordability, plus our great schools and colleges, gives our region a competitive advantage over other areas of Southern California for residents and businesses moving to or starting up. Rent control would significantly curtail that unique advantage."

    The Partnership strongly encourages our member organizations and residents of the San Gabriel Valley to oppose Proposition 10 this November.

    For more information, contact Brad Jensen, Director of Public Policy, at (626) 856-3400.

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