Redlands credit union plans financial education seminars

Alta Vista Financial Services in Redlands holds free financial educational seminars on a regular basis. The company’s upcoming seminars are:   “IRAs,” 10 a.m. Wednesday.  “Ask the Advisor,” 10 a.m. Jan. 13 Financial adviser Phil Winner will host a round-table discussion about market dynamics and will address questions.  “Long Term Care,” 6 p.m. Feb. 10 The seminars, free and open to the public, are held at the credit union’s headquarters, 1425 W. Lugonia Ave. Information: 909-809-3838;

Tax break available for those who purchase a vehicle before 2010

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers considering buying a new car that they have until Thursday to take advantage of a tax break that may not be around in 2010.  Taxpayers who buy a qualifying new motor vehicle this year after Feb. 16 can deduct the state or local sales or excise taxes they paid on the first $49,500 of the purchase price. Qualifying motor vehicles include new passenger automobiles, light trucks, motorcycles, and motor homes.  Information:

Nonprofit management group to hold customer service workshop

The Resource Center for Nonprofit Management will hold a workshop for nonprofit managers, “Customer Service: Getting Back to Basics,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Youth Opportunity Center, 2060 University Ave., Riverside. Carolyn Ortman of CKO Marketing and Training Group will be the instructor.  The workshop is open to office managers, receptionists, case managers, child-care workers and anyone else who works with the public on a daily basis.  Reservations are required by Jan. 6. Cost: Free for Resource Center members and the First Five Riverside agencies; $20 for nonmembers.  Information: 951-686-4402, ext.162;

Cyclery USA expands Redlands location and opens shop in Rancho

Cyclery USA has expanded its operation in Redlands and has also opened a shop in Rancho Cucamonga.  The Redlands store, at 415-A Tennessee St., added 2,400 square feet and had a complete remodel, added concrete polish on the floors, new fixtures, re-organized the layout and installed new wall and display racks, owner Craig Kundig said.  The new store, which opened Saturday, is at 7980 Haven Ave., Suite 9, Rancho Cucamonga.  Information: 909-792-2444;

Nonprofit receives grant from Boeing employee fund

PVW, a nonprofit serving more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities, announced it has received a $5,000 grant from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California.  The $5,000 check was given to PVW Executive Director Karen Jones and board President Sonja Stump by Marie Petracek, representing the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California.

Mortgage protection program extended through Dec. 31

The California Association of Realtors is extending its mortgage protection program for first-time home buyers through Dec. 31. CAR has approved benefits for 3,122 first-time home buyers at no cost to the consumer, officials said.  Offered by CAR’s Housing Affordability Fund, the program provides up to $1,500 per month for up to six months to eligible first-time home buyers who are laid off.

OneWest takes over First Fed’s banking operations

OneWest Bank FSB just got a lot bigger.  The bank, which scooped up failed mortgage lender IndyMac Bank earlier this year, announced late last week that it had completed its acquisition of the banking operations of First Federal Bank of California from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.  First Federal was closed Friday by the Office of Thrift Supervision, which appointed the FDIC as receiver.  The 39 branches of First Federal reopened Saturday as branches of OneWest Bank FSB. First Federal depositors will automatically become depositors of OneWest Bank.  OneWest acquired $6.1 billion in assets, including $5.3 billion in loans and $4.5 billion in deposits.

Riverside credit union donates used computers to nonprofit

Altura Credit Union in Riverside recently donated 62 of its used computers to the SmartRiverside Digital Inclusion Program, a nonprofit organization that refurbishes donated computers.  The program is designed to “bridge the digital divide” by then providing the computers to low-income students and senior citizens who otherwise might not be able to afford new technologies, according to a news release.