Cal State San Bernardino honored by SB area city chamber

Cal State San Bernardino has been selected as an award winner in the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Beautification Awards Program.  The university will be honored in the “Maintenance of Existing Property” category when the beautification awards are presented at the chamber’s annual installation dinner Jan. 27 at the San Bernardino Hilton.

‘Budgeting 101′ workshop slated at Fontana community center

Fontana’s Community Assistance Program will hold a “Budgeting 101″ seminar 6-8 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Cypress Community Center, 8380 Cypress Ave.  Instruction will be given on how to track spending, develop a plan to save toward goals, pay down debt and improve financial stability.  The course will be taught by Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management.   Reservations are required. Information: 909-803-1059, Ext. 198; www.fontanacap.org

University of Phoenix to host job fair in Murrieta

The University of Phoenix’s Southern California campus is partnering with the Riverside County Workforce Development Center and the Murrieta Community Center to host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at the community center, 41810 Juniper St..  According to a news release, the job fair will feature “many local businesses offering full-time, part-time and seasonal positions” as well as networking opportunities. Admission is free. Professional dress is required.  Information: Bryan Walker, 951-691-5632; e-mail

Affiliated Media Inc. files for bankruptcy protection

The holding company for newspaper publisher MediaNews Group filed for Chapter 11 protection Friday and expects to emerge from bankruptcy in a month or two.  Affiliated Media Inc., the privately held parent company for the owner of The Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, as well as the Denver Post and 51 other daily newspapers, had said Jan. 15 it would be making the move.  It said it had a deal with creditors that will cut its debt to $165 million from $930 million.  Lenders, led by Bank of America, would get most of the company’s stock, wiping out shareholders such as Hearst Corp., which held a roughly 30 percent stake in MediaNews’ newspapers outside the San Francisco Bay area.  MediaNews says its newspapers will not be affected by the Chapter 11 case and William Dean Singleton will remain chairman and CEO. Singleton and the company’s president, Joseph J. Lodovic IV, will own all class A shares, allowing them to choose a majority of the seven-member board of directors.  ‘By aggressively facing the challenges of the newspaper business, we will continue to deliver high-quality journalism and will prepare our newspapers for a promising future,’ Singleton, who is also chairman of The Associated Press, said in a statement Friday.  A bankruptcy court in Delaware has to approve the plan.

Upland chamber to discuss ‘simple business resources’ at luncheon

The Upland Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly membership luncheon at 11 a.m. Thursday at the DoubleTree Hotel, 222 N. Vineyard Ave., Ontario.  The event, sponsored by Ben-E-Lect, will feature guest speaker Iris Patronite, redevelopment manager of the city Community Redevelopment Agency.  Patronite’s topic is “Back to Business Basics: Taking Advantage of Simple Business Resources.”  Check-in is at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon and program at 11:30. Cost: $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers, reservations by Jan. 25; $35 for all at the door.  Information: 909-204-4465; www.uplandchamber.org or www.discoverupland.com

CSUSB schedules grant development workshop

Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Extended Learning will host a “Grant Development in the Private Sector” workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Feb. 6 at the campus’ Yasuda Center.  Topics will include “fundamentals of researching and preparing proposals, creating agency profiles and estimating your project’s budget,” according to a news release.  Students will draft grant proposal letters and have their work critiqued by the class.  Cost: $140 per person. Enrollment is limited, so pre-registration is required.  Information: 909-537-5981; cel.csusb.edu

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Western University appoints new clinical affairs executive

Clinton Adams, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, has been named vice president of clinical affairs at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona.  According to a news release, Adams will continue to serve as COMP dean while taking on the added responsibilities of the newly created position and managing all aspects of operations and planning for future osteopathic medicine school sites.  “He also will lead the planning, development and operations of WesternU’s Healthcare Practice Plan, including health care services, clinical services, and patient care services,” the release said.

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Fontana to host foreclosure prevention workshop Feb. 18

Fontana’s Community Assistance Program will hold a “Preserving Homeownership & Foreclosure Prevention” seminar 6-8 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Cypress Community Center, 8380 Cypress Avenue.  Instruction will be provided by Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management.  Reservations are required.  Information: 909-803-1059, ext. 198; www.fontanacap.org

Agency releases $26.6M to help California homeowners, renters

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the release of almost $26.6 million in funding to help eligible low-income homeowners and renters in California meet home energy costs.  According to a news release, “These Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program contingency funds will provide California with additional assistance to pay heating and electricity costs.”  LIHEAP helps eligible families pay for home heating, cooling, and other energy costs, as well as helping to weatherize eligible families’ homes. In recent years, more than six million low-income households across the country have received assistance under LIHEAP.  Information: www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/lihe