Verizon grants $212,000 to San Bernardino nonprofits

   According to a news release, Verizon has awarded seven grants totaling $212,000 to “help create educational opportunities, improve health-care resources, prevent domestic violence, and provide Internet-safety education for San Bernardino residents.”

   The grants, according to a news release, went to:  Option House, $24,000; Asian American Educational & Cultural Resource Centre, $20,000; Libreria Del Pueblo Inc., $20,000; Applied Principals for Service Inc., $18,000; Community Hospital of San Bernardino, $35,000; San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services, $45,000; San Bernardino City Unified School District, $50,000.

   Information:  www.verizonfoundation.org

Rancho manufacturer lands million-dollar deal overseas

   Rancho Cucamonga-based Emrise Corp., a manufacturer of defense and aerospace electronic devices and communications equipment, announced Wednesday that it received a $1 million order from a “major international defense prime contractor,” according to a news release.  The design phase will begin immediately with initial shipments of product scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2010.

Board of Equalization: Tax hike will take effect April 1

   The 1 percent sales and use tax rate increase takes effect April 1 as a provision of the newly signed state budget agreement.  Sales and use tax rates in the state will range from 8.25 percent to 10.25 percent.

   The provisions of the statewide sales and use tax increase sunset on either July 1, 2011, or July 1, 2012, the latter if voters approve the proposed Proposition 1A, the Budget Stabilization Act, in an election to be held May 19.

   The state Board of Equalization estimated in a news release that the increase will generate $1.187 billion in new general fund revenue for the remainder of the 2008 – 09 fiscal year and $4.632 billon in 2009 – 10.  Information: www.boe.ca.gov/news/pdf/l212b.pdf

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Apartment association plans 10th annual awards gala this week

   The Rancho Cucamonga-based Apartment Association Greater Inland Empire will honor individuals and businesses in the rental housing industry at the 10th annual Awarding Positive Efforts to Excellence awards at the Riverside Convention Center.  The gala, scheduled from 7 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday, will include a formal dinner, award ceremony and dancing.  Cost: $75.  Information: (909) 948-0784, ext. 14; or www.aagie.com

Redlands hotel recognized as one of chain’s top performers

   The Comfort Suites hotel in Redlands recently received a 2008 – 2009 Platinum Hospitality Award from Choice Hotels International Inc., franchiser of the Comfort Suites brand.

   The award recognizes the Redlands hotel as one of the 5,800-location chain’s top performers and the local site’s “focus on guest satisfaction and dedication to providing superior service,” according to a news release.  Information: www.choicehotels.com

Water district recruiting locals to serve on advisory committee

   The Hi-Desert Water District is recruiting Yucca Valley area residents residing in the Hi-Desert Water District service area to serve on the Wastewater Public Advisory Committee, according to a news release.  The district is planning to build a wastewater treatment and water reclamation facility in Yucca Valley.

   The committee will serve as the community’s voice during the planning process.  According to the release, the committee’s membership “is designed to reflect the knowledge and interest of major affected constituencies: ratepayers, businesses, special interest groups, senior citizens, environmental advocacy, the engineering and construction industries, etc.”

   There are several seats open, and it is expected to be a two-year commitment. Application and resume must be received no later than 5 p.m. March 3.  Information: (760) 365-8333, via e-mail at donnac@hdwd.com, or online at www.hdwd.com

NLIHC board seeking new members for election

   The board of directors of the National Low Income Housing Coalition will be electing new board members at its meeting April 18.  According to a news release, “Threshold requirements for consideration for nomination are current NLIHC membership, commitment to NLIHC mission, and is or has been a low income person or is or has worked with low-income people to meet their housing needs.”

   There are 24 positions on the NLIHC Board.  Six are to be filled by low-income people, six by representatives of affiliated state coalitions, six by representatives of allied national organizations, and six are at-large.  Board members are elected for three-year terms and generally serve two terms.

   The board has in-person meetings twice a year in Washington, D.C., and regular committee meetings by conference call throughout the year.

   Information: Mark Allison at mallisonshc-nm@nmia.com or Sheila Crowley at (202) 662-1530, or via e-mail at sheila@nlihc.org

For You Network’s High Desert chapter schedules meeting

   For You Network High Desert Connection, a National Association of Female Executives affiliate, meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 12180 Mariposa Road, Victorville.  The next meeting is March 10 and will feature Nick Fletcher from Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations.  Cost: $20.  Reservations are requested by March 6.  Information:  Linda Marie at (760) 987-0562; or Lillie Montgomery at (760) 475-8048 or via e-mail at Lbounbasket@aol.com

Chino Hills’ family event has vendor space available

   A small number of vendor spaces are still available for Chino Hills’ free Family Fun Days event from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. March 7.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Rett syndrome awareness.  The fair will be at the Crossroads Center, 3060 Chino Ave.
Participation information: Christine Ritoli, president of Inland Empire Network Parnters, via e-mail at critoli@verizon.net