Highland optometrist to serve as trustee for state trade association

Highland optometrist Jan L. Cooper recently was re-elected as a trustee of the California Optometric Association’s board of trustees. The group’s annual meeting was held in Ontario at the end of January.  “It is an honor and a privilege to represent my profession, and I find it fulfilling to work with such an excellent group of colleagues and staff in support of the California Optometric Association,” Cooper said in a news release.  “To serve my profession in this capacity is one of the greatest highlights of my professional career, and I see my service as another opportunity to support my profession, reach out to the community, build collaborative relationships, and assist in bridging gaps in health care delivery in service to the public.”  Cooper also will serve as chairwoman of the American Optometric Association’s Community Health Center Committee, beginning in March, and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry in Pomona.  Cooper currently practices at the practice of James Espinosa in Highland.

U.S. Green Building Council welcomes new board members

The Inland Empire chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council recently welcomed its newest board members, Holly Hill, Doug Grove, Steve Harrington, Diane Sbardellati, and welcomed back Haviva Shane.  According to the news release, the chapter’s board used its January retreat to plan for 2010 events and activities, including new educational programs focused on credential maintenance, LEED GA and AP specialty test preparation and additional green bag lunches.  The chapter also will also focus on new branch development, activation of more committees, according to the release.  Information: www.usgbc.org

San Bernardino company designs animatronic insect museum display

Carpenter ants will battle it out at the grand opening of the Gateway Science Museum this month, featuring animatronic displays built by Garner Holt Productions in San Bernardino.  With bodies 5 feet long, one animatronic ant will partially pop in and out of a hole in a giant piece of decaying “wood” as the other flails its leg in a contest.  In another area, a statuesque green praying mantis, 9 feet tall, shows off its six legs — four for walking and two for grasping its prey.  The sharp prongs on its upper appendages might clear up some questions about how a praying mantis can cling to a car that is speeding down a highway.  Other giant insects that are part of the “Backyard Monsters” display will include a scorpion bigger than a couch and a huge dragonfly.  Scott Burson of Garner Holt said the display was recently featured at the San Diego Museum of Natural History and the Bishop Museum in Honolulu.  His company also recently finished a job fine-tuning the animatronic displays at Disneyland, including the “It’s a Small World” ride.

Alaska Airlines to begin offering electronic check-in in Ontario

Alaska Airlines will begin offering electronic boarding passes to passengers in several of the cities it serves, eventually including Ontario.  Alaska Airlines customers flying from Anchorage, Alaska; Boise, Idaho; Denver; Las Vegas; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; and Spokane, Wash.; were scheduled to begin receiving boarding information and check-in with a mobile device late last week, according to a report from the Associated Press.  The new service also works on sister carrier Horizon Air. Both are units of Alaska Air Group.  The company said it will begin offering electronic boarding passes on Feb. 24 for passengers leaving San Jose and Fairbanks, Alaska.  It will add Ontario, Burbank, Long Beach, Palm Springs, and Sacramento by late March, and other cities throughout the year, according to the Associated Press.

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I.E. Initiative aims to promote regional investment, development

The Innovation Economy Corp. is launching a new program, the I.E. Initiative, a public-private partnership that aims to “provide economic opportunity and community resources that will create advancement, investment, development and growth in the region,” according to a news release.  The group, founded by Amro Albanna, CEO of Avisio Inc., will operate out of the Innovation Center, 1650 Spruce St., Riverside.  Information: Albanna, 951-786-9474, ext. 221.

Chino real estate investment club to discuss tax deductions

The Chino Investing In Real Estate Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Johnny Carino’s Italian Grill, 3801 Grand Ave.  The topic will be how investors can get tax deductions. Foreclosures and short sales as investment properties will be discussed.  Admission is free. Dinner is the responsibility of the attendee.  Information: 909-902-1800; 877-285-8669; www.weeklyclubs.com

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Yucaipa group to publish first business directory

The Yucaipa First! committee is publishing its first business directory, which “will bring together the Yucaipa business community and local shoppers,” according to the Yucaipa Chamber of Commerce.  The directory, to be published March 26, will be printed in magazine-style format and will include a listing of Yucaipa business by category.  Advertising space is still available but must be reserved by noon March 12.  Information: 909-797-9101.

Fontana program to offer ‘Recession Survival Skills’ course

Fontana’s Community Assistance Program will offer a “Recession Survival Skills” workshop 6-8 p.m. March 4, 11 and 18 at Cypress Center, 8380 Cypress Ave.  The class aims to teach “effective job searching, resum strategies, interviewing skills, including tips on dressing for the job you want.”  Participants are encouraged to bring their resums.  Information: 909-803-1059, ext. 198; www.fontanacap.org

America’s Business Forum slated for March 3 at UCLA

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the second annual America’s Business Forum from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 3 at UCLA’s Covel Commons, 330 De Neve Drive, Los Angeles. The topic of this year’s event is “Creating Jobs Through Exporting.”  Individual meetings with representatives of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service and other organizations will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4.  The event aims to “encourage Southern California manufacturing firms to more aggressively participate in the exporting opportunities in the Americas, primarily in Latin America,” according to a news release.  Cost: $225. Information: 213-580-7570.

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