Bank raises money for nonprofits

Wells Fargo & Co. has announced that its Southern California team members, which include staff in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, pledged $589,000 to 980 local nonprofit organizations and schools through its annual Community Support and United Way Campaign, according to a news release.  “This was the company’s most green campaign to date, with nearly 100 percent of all pledges made online and the elimination of nearly all print marketing materials,” it states.  Companywide, team members donated $41.9 million to more than 25,000 nonprofits and schools through the campaign, which was a 21 percent increase over the combined Wells Fargo and Wachovia campaigns last year. Wells Fargo owns Wachovia.  Overall, more than 160,000 team members participated in the campaign in some way.

Decline in home values slows

National home prices, including distressed sales, dropped 9.8 percent in September compared to September 2008, according to a report by Santa Ana-based First American CoreLogic.  “This was an improvement over August’s year-over-year price decline of 11.1 percent,” the report says. “On a month-over-month basis, however, national home prices declined by 0.4 percent in September 2009 compared to August 2009, reversing a five-month trend of positive appreciation.  The August-to-September decline suggests the return of seasonal housing price patterns.”

Green grants go to Adelanto group

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has announced nearly $55 million in green job grants via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, including more than $83,000 for Mojave Basin Youth Corps Inc. in Adelanto.  “The grants will support job training and labor market information programs to help workers, many in under-served communities, find jobs in expanding green industries and related occupations,” a news release says.  The two categories of grant awards announced are: State Labor Market Information Improvement Grants and Green Capacity Building Grants. For more information, visit www.doleta.gov/pdf/GreenJobs.pdf

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Firm names national sales director

Temecula-based Applied Statistics & Management Inc., a provider of credentialing, privileging and provider information management software solutions, has appointed Atlanta-based Kevin Holder director of national sales.  “Holder will oversee business development, sales and pre-sales activities and will be responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities for ASM’s products and services,” a news release says.  Holder was formerly the business development manager for CertiFACTS On-Line and TMP Medical Listings, both in Atlanta.

Redlands firm to hold conference

The Southeast Regional User Group Conference will bring together more than 500 geographic information system software users April 26-28 in Charlotte, N.C., according to a news release from Redlands-based ESRI, a GIS software mapping producer.  “Participants will discuss using geospatial technology to address today’s issues and get guidance from peers and ESRI staff with varied specialties,” it said.  The “early bird” registration deadline to attend is Jan. 22. Submissions for presentations are due Jan. 8. Map gallery submissions are due April 2. For more information, visit www.esri.com/serug

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Manufacturer fires up Web site

Global Industrial of America Inc., a Rancho Cucamonga-based aerospace and industrial manufacturer-distributor, has announced its new Web site, www.GlobalIndustrialofAmerica.com

“Our goal is to provide our customers with a single resource where they can find components to meet a multitude of needs,” said Marcel Millot, vice president, said in a news release. For more information, e-mail , or call (951) 371-6914.

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Former WesCorp execs face suit

WesCorp Credit Union has shown up on the radar again after its failure earlier this year.  A lawsuit has been filed by several California credit unions against former executives who worked at the San Dimas-based corporate credit union, according to The Credit Union Journal, a trade publication.  The suit alleges that several credit unions have been forced to pay special fees by their regulator, the National Credit Union Administration, to make up for its national fund that absorbs failing credit union losses. WesCorp was saddled with billions in losses stemming from mortgage-backed securities.

Goodwill SoCal recognized for disability-friendly workplace

Goodwill Southern California
was recognized Oct. 29 as the 2009 Disability Friendly Employer of the Year by the

American Health Congress

in partnership with the

Jobing Foundation.
  According to a
news release, the award “recognizes employers who make tangible efforts
to enable persons with disabilities achieve their true potential. 
Employers must demonstrate best practices in making reasonable
adjustments to enable persons with disabilities to gain employment and
benefit from opportunities to increase their skills and widen their
experience.”
  Lowell King,
the Inland Counties regional operations officer for Goodwill Southern California, accepted the award.  Information: (888) 446-6394; www.goodwillsocal.org

Citizens Choice expands into the Inland Empire

Citizens Choice Healthplan HMO,
a

Medicare Advantage

prescription drug plan, has been approved by the

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

to expand its service area to include portions of the Inland Empire in
San Bernardino and Riverside counties, according to a news release.  The health plan currently contracts with

Loma Linda University Medical Center, St. Bernardine Medical Center

and

Community Hospital of San Bernardino,

along with seven medical groups, offering more than 180 primary care and 750 specialty physicians.  According to the news release, the health plan was ranked as the
“leading value-based Medicare Advantage plan” in the Inland Empire for
2010.  Information: (866) 646-2247; www.citizenschoicehealth.com

Ontario school launches business administration degree program

West Coast University in
Ontario has announced that it will start a Bachelor of Science program
in business administration with an emphasis in health-care management.  Classes begin Feb. 1. The school gained approval from the

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

to offer the degree at its Los Angeles and Ontario campuses.  Information: www.westcoastuniversity.edu