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California’s new budget could

harm nonprofits – unless Jerry

Brown steps in


By the Editorial Board (The Sacramento Bee)


Legislation on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk threatens an important source of funding for nonprofits in California. The governor should heed a coalition of nonprofit organizations that oppose it, and use his veto pen.


Under current law, judges distribute money from settlements in class action lawsuits that goes unclaimed to nonprofit organizations that do work that is relevant to the cases. The theory is that the money, while not going to victims of whatever wrong is addressed in the litigation, will help prevent some future harm.


But as part of this year’s budget, legislators added a provision to a trailer bill that would take half of the unclaimed funds and earmark it for indigent legal services and collaborative courts such as those established for veterans or mentally ill people who run afoul of the law.


As it is, those services compete for that money with other nonprofits. Indigent services and collaborative courts are important, and deserve to be funded and expanded, but not at the expense of other worthy nonprofit organizations.


The American Civil Liberties Union backed the provision, contending that legal aid services have suffered an 80 percent reduction in state funding during the last decade, while the need for those services has increased.


While poor people ought to have access to legal aid, consider some of the nonprofits that could end up losing.


One is the Housing and Economic Rights Advocates, based in Oakland, which in 2014 and 2016 received a total of $130,000. It used that money to provide financial literacy workshops to low-income residents. A Rose Foundation report said the Oakland organization’s efforts helped eliminate almost $1.7 million in its clients’ high interest debt, clearly a worthy undertaking.


In 2015, the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative received $50,000, which it used to educate mainly low-income Asian immigrant nail salon workers about their worker safety rights. The Utility Reform Network, based in San Francisco, received $60,000 in 2015 for work to protect the privacy rights of mobile phone users.


The issue of earmarking the payments for indigent legal aid services and collaborative courts was raised during budget hearings. However, the provision was added to the trailer bill, Assembly Bill 103, late in the budget process.


The effort to alter the payment process, known as cy-press, is part of a disturbing practice in which lawmakers and governors, including Jerry Brown and his predecessors, approve policy without subjecting it to full legislative review.


Trailer bills ought to be used to implement specific aspects of the budget, not create significant policy that bypasses full legislative review.


The Legislature and the Judicial Council, which oversees the court system but wasn’t consulted on the issue, should address any shortcomings with how money from class action lawsuits has been distributed. Short of that, the Legislature should leave to judges the responsibility for overseeing how money unclaimed from class action suits is allocated.


While they’re at it, Brown and lawmakers should make sure there’s sufficient funding for indigent legal aid and collaborative courts.


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CITY OF LOS ALAMITOS                          Contact: Steven Mendoza, Development Services Director (562) 431-3538






City of Los Alamitos Holiday Hours


4th of July - 2017




Los Alamitos City Hall will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in observance of the 4th of July holiday and will reopen on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 7:30 AM.


·         Refuse and Recycling Collection will be delayed one day and occur on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.


·         Street sweeping will not occur.


·         City Hall:                      Closed, Tuesday, July 4th


·         Recreation:                 Closed, Tuesday, July 4th  ****


·         Police:                         Closed, Tuesday, July 4th - Call (562) 594-7232 or 911 for Emergencies


·         Building & Safety:        Closed, Tuesday, July 4th


·         Business Licensing:    On Line




The City of Los Alamitos is located at 3191 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, CA  90720 and is open between 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM Friday; and closed alternate Fridays.  For further information, you may call (562) 431-3538, ext. 300.




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On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you for sending your children to our schools.  It is a privilege to work with our students, families, and community members; and, we are extremely grateful for your continued support and commitment to helping us provide unlimited possibilities now and following high school graduation.


This is our last week of school and promotion and graduation information is listed below:

Tuesday, June 13


Weaver Elementary - 9:00 am; Oak Middle School - 5:00 pm at the LAHS Track & Field


Wednesday, June 14


McAuliffe Middle School - 5:30 pm at the LAHS Track & Field


Thursday, June 15


Los Alamitos Elementary - 8:15 am; Lee and McGaugh - 8:30 am; Hopkinson and Rossmoor - 9:00 am


Los Alamitos High School - 4:00 pm at the Stub Hub Tennis Stadium


Have a fabulous summer and visit, explore, and read with your children and young people. They benefit from this and will love the extra time and attention you give them.  See links below to watch our recently produced, annual student song as well as the new, monthly show, School Stuff.  Enjoy!




Los Alamitos High School vocal production students (with help from 3,200 friends!) bring you their annual music video celebrating everything Griffin.




School Stuff – for May 2017


OUR Los Al TV’s monthly look at what’s happening around the Los Alamitos School District. Coverage includes: For the highschool — the Griffin Games, Eurotrip 2017, Robotics, the …


[written by Dr. Sherry Kropp, Superintendent @ LAUSD]

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SCE Deploys Battery Storage

To Help with State Energy Needs



Wouldn't it be great to be able to use the energy produced by the sun at night? We can do that now with battery storage! As part of our commitment to reducing greenhouse gases, Southern California Edison (SCE) believes that battery storage is a fundamental component of a cleaner, more resilient, more cost-effective electric grid. Storage helps us to integrate renewable energy resources, which will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the state’s clean air goals. Battery storage is to electricity as your cell phone charger is to extending the use of your phone! 



Recent Progress

  • SCE is working with the state to bring 580 megawatts of battery storage online by 2024, which is enough electricity to power 145,000 homes. And we have almost reached our goal. 
  • In 2017, we have signed contracts for more than 400 megawatts of battery storage, which is nearly double the amount that was installed in the entire nation in 2015
  • SCE was ranked No. 2 by the Smart Electric Power Alliance as an energy storage utility. This annual market survey reflects the number of new storage megawatts, or capacity, installed on behalf of customers.



What is Battery Storage?

This is the ability to store energy for use when needed. Although battery storage is used every day on a small scale (for household use such as electronics), only recently has energy storage evolved for use on a mass scale.


Today’s large-scale batteries will allow SCE to capture and store energy during times of low demand, such as mornings when energy is plentiful and inexpensive, and use it during times of high demand, such as late afternoons/evenings when energy is in short supply and more expensive. 




The Benefits of Battery Storage include ...

  • Supports  the electric grid by increasing power reliability and resiliency
  • Helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Helps to integrate renewable energy resources
  • Provides additional capacity to the electric grid
  • Offsets traditional ways of meeting energy demand (i.e., SCE may avoid some need for new power plants, transmission lines, or distribution circuits)




SCE Research and Innovation

SCE is constantly researching new technologies for the electric grid and evaluating how they might best serve our customers. In this photo, an employee checks on a lithium-ion battery rack. This battery storage system in Orange is SCE’s first pilot system deployed to support the local electric distribution grid. 


SCE Storage Projects in Operation


World's First Low-Emission Hybrid Battery Storage, Gas Turbine Peaker System

Just this year, SCE has brought on three new innovative battery storage resources to the electric grid. Click on the links below to learn more.

  • An SCE project with Tesla Energy for two 10-megawatt battery storage systems next to our Mira Loma substation in Ontario.
  • SCE projects with General Electric for two 10-megawatt battery storage systems. One is located in Norwalk and the other in Rancho Cucamonga. Each system integrates with SCE's "peaker plant," allowing the plant to operate in standby mode without using fuel or emitting greenhouse gases and enabling immediate response to changing energy dispatch needs.  


 To learn more about battery energy storage, go to ...




Southern California Edison   | Visit us at www.sce.com





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World War I-era unused structures dot a portion of Fort Meade, Maryland.


Army leaders urge lawmakers to consider another round of BRAC. (Photo Credit: David Vergun)


Military.com | 13 Jun 2017 | by Amy Bushatz




Closing unneeded bases and relocating troops is the best way to make the most of limited military construction funding, a panel of top Pentagon installation officials told lawmakers Tuesday.


"We are asking for base realignment and closure funding once again this year, and that's important to us," said Peter Potochney,


the Defense Department's acting assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment. "In the end, it allows us to validate the installations that remain


so they can compete for the funding we expect in the future."


Potochney and representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps testified  at the Senate Appropriations military construction subcommittee hearing.


The Pentagon's 2018 budget request, sent to Capitol Hill last month, includes $11.9 billion for military construction and family housing, and a request to restart


a Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, Commission process to shut down unneeded bases and facilities.


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About 20 percent of the Pentagon's facilities could be closed without negative impact, John Roth, the acting budget chief, told reporters May 22.


Doing so would instead allow the department to spend construction money on upkeep of facilities that are actually needed, he said.


BRAC is a politically toxic subject, as individual lawmakers' districts stand to win and lose in the process with an increase or decrease of cash to local economies.


While findings from the proposed BRAC would not be delivered until 2021, after the 2020 elections, the Pentagon can't even analyze what the potential changes would look like without Capitol Hill's OK.


BRAC was last approved in 2005.


Low military construction funding levels over several years have resulted in a backlog for both facility maintenance and family housing upkeep, officials said.


"We have been putting ourselves in a hole," Potochney said. "This budget gets us out of the hole a little bit, or at least puts on a glide path to get out of the hole."


The Army, for example, has a $10.8 billion deferred maintenance bill, Lt. Gen. Gwendolyn Bingham, assistant chief of staff for Army Installation Management, told the subcommittee.


The service also has 161 million square feet of expensive-to-maintain excess facility capacity.


Yet only 33 million square feet of that excess can be shut down or divested without congressional approval for BRAC.


"Army installations can only be ready and resilient with adequate, predictable and sustained funding, and the authority to implement measures such as closing and realigning our resources,"


she told the committee.


The debate over whether to approve a new round of BRAC, as well as the president's baseline budget proposal of $603 billion, will likely stretch well into the fall.


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A message from Amy Payne, Executive Director, Summer Harvest:


For many families in the Los Alamitos Unified School District, summer brings space for bucket lists and vacation. Yet, for 13% of our district families or roughly 1,300 children who regularly receive free or reduced lunches during the school year, summer becomes a stressful season.  Only 1 out of 8 children that receive free or reduced lunch during the school year receive any government assisted lunch over the summer months when school is not in session.  What most of us do not realize is that the percentage of free or reduced lunch families in our district is not actually high enough to meet the government’s criteria for a summer food service program. These families are caught in a gap, a gap which creates food insecurity. 




To meet this need head-on, Summer Harvest was developed with a clear vision to eliminate food insecurity for school-aged children in affluent communities where children do not qualify for government or other help programs.  As a 100% volunteer-based 501C3, our mission is to provide healthy meals to families with children on the free and reduced lunch program, during the breaks from school. This summer we will distribute groceries including staples for meal making ensuring a solid foundation of fresh fruits and vegetables. You can get involved in this program by becoming a sponsor of a grocery bag. A gift of $75 provides a bag of groceries to a family for each of our five distributions this summer. We also encourage you to come out and pack food or help with the distribution. Donate or volunteer at http://www.summerharvest.us.  We are also doing a fundraiser on June 1st at Chipotle in Seal Beach from 5 to 9pm where 50% of the proceeds go to Summer Harvest (please find the flier here). Click here to read our newsletter with more information about Summer Harvest.


Summer Harvest


Get Involved. Donate, volunteer, or sign up to receive food! Use the links at the top of the page to get involved today!







If you are a family that falls in the gap and would benefit from groceries, please see the signup forms here and we encourage you to go to http://www.summerharvest.us/signup.


Sign up! - Summer Harvest


Sign up! Sign up as a recipient to receive food, or sign up as a volunteer - either way, we'd love to have you!


With each of us doing our part, no child in our district will ever have to feel insecure about their next meal. 


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SCE Offers New Incentive for EV Drivers



Clean Fuel Rewards Program


Southern California Edison is offering a $450 reward to customers who drive all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The incentive, which is being offered through SCE's Clean Fuel Rewards Program, applies to new, used and leased vehicles. Unlike most rebate programs, second and third owners of a vehicle are also eligible for the payment.

“We hope that making second and third car owners eligible for a rebate will help stimulate the market for used electric vehicles,” said Laura Renger, SCE principal manager for Air and Climate Policy.

To qualify for a payment, customers need an active SCE residential account and a scanned copy of the car's registration that reflects the SCE account address. They simply submit an application through the Clean Fuel Rewards website. Once approved, Clean Fuel Rewards checks are then mailed to the customer.

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LONG BEACH, Ca – At 10 a.m. May 10, the VA Long Beach Medical Center was officially renamed the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center in honor of Holocaust survivor and Medal of Honor Recipient, Corporal Tibor Rubin.

The ceremony took place in parking lot J and was open to the public.

“We are honored to carry the name Tibor Rubin and carry on his lifelong commitment of service to our nation”- Walt C. Dannenberg, Medical Center Director.

Congressman Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach introduced legislation to rename the medical center and it was signed into law by President Barrack Obama 16 December, 2016. 

Born to a Jewish family in Hungary, Rubin and his entire family were sent to a Nazi concentration camp in Austria during World War II.  His parents and sisters died but Rubin survived 14 months until the U.S. Army liberated his camp, inspiring him to serve. 

Immigrating to the United States, Rubin joined the U.S. Army and was attached to Company I, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division as a rifleman, deploying in support of the Korean War.  He was designated a Medal of Honor recipient for his role in protecting his regiment while they retreated to the Pusan Perimeter.  He stood alone and protected the Taegu-Pusan road inflicting casualties on attacking forces and held his position for 24 hours, slowing enemy advance, allowing for the regiments successful withdrawal.   Later, when Rubin and fellow soldiers were taken prisoner he risked his life to sneak out of camp and gather food and medical supplies to bring back to the wounded and starving.

Rubin was a loved and cherished patient at the Long Beach VA Medical Center and received care there up until his death in December, 2015. 
The Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center is one of the most diversified health care systems in VA. Located along the Southern California coast, the facility provides comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and extended care programs.


Source: US Department of Veterans Affairs


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The Griffins from our beloved Los Alamitos High School have put together a video to share with all on YouTube please follow this link to enjoy:











Special thanks to teachers Bob Ostmann (video), Moana Dherlin (arrangement), and Justin Padilla (recording),


and, of course, our amazing students!  

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On Saturday night, our show choirs, SoundTRAX and Sound FX, placed first in their respective divisions, earning them the title of National Grand Champions at the FAME Show Choir National Finals at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago for the fourth year in a row. The grand champion choirs each won awards for best show design, best choreography and best vocals with SoundTRAX also garnering the best costume award. Sophia Wackerman and Malia Rivers were named the best female soloists of the evening, and Justin Min captured the award for best male stage presence. ABC and CBS greeted them at the airport to help capture this special moment for our Griffins. 



Director David Moellenkamp also received the Aspire Vocal Vanguard Award for excellence and innovation in directing. David's dedication to our students to provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities inspires all of us to Ignite Unlimited Possibilities!



Please join me in congratulating our choir students, Director David Moellenkamp, Assistant Director Moana Dherlin, accompanist, Eddy Clement, our booster parents, and our community supporters! 


The students are already hard at work rehearsing for the upcoming, one night only performance of the musical, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" which features many of the students who performed in Chicago. Tickets are available now at www.seatyourself.biz/losalchoir for the May 12th performance at Cottonwood Auditorium.

Seat Yourself


Step 2 Make your reservation. Pick one of the suggested seatings from the seat chart or select a different quantity of seats below.

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SoCalGas Power-to-Gas Project Selected by U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory to Receive Funding

Utility to Receive $175,000 Cost Share to Advance Renewable Energy Storage Technology

LOS ANGELES, Apr. 24, 2017 – Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced that its power-to-gas project has been selected by the U.S Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to receive up to $175,000 in cost share support for a new technology research and demonstration project at NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). SoCalGas and NREL researchers will partner to conduct research to advance the development of power-to-gas technology, a cutting-edge method of storing excess renewable energy.

"Power-to-gas technology has the potential to bridge the renewable energy supply-demand gap that has become more and more challenging," said Jeff Reed, director of business strategy and advanced technology at SoCalGas. "This technology can significantly increase the amount of renewable energy integrated into the electrical supply and improve grid reliability. By using our existing gas pipeline infrastructure to store large amounts of carbon-free power, we could really make a difference in California’s clean-energy future."

"NREL and SoCal Gas will be leveraging the large-scale hydrogen system capabilities at the ESIF to accelerate the commercialization and deployment of a power-to-renewable-hydrogen-to- -natural-gas," said Kevin Harrison, Senior Engineer at NREL. "Once the renewable hydrogen and/or methane is produced, the gases can be stored indefinitely and utilized in a number of energy sectors including electricity generation, transportation, fertilizer (ammonia) production, and oil and gas. The system can also be operated in a highly dynamic mode to help stabilize the electrical grid to enable higher penetrations of renewable sources of electricity."

Power-to-gas technology takes excess renewable electricity that would otherwise go to waste and converts it to hydrogen. The hydrogen is then combined with carbon dioxide and fed to a bioreactor where organisms produce renewable natural gas, or RNG. RNG can be used in everything from home appliances to industrial processes, engines and power plants.

The conversion of renewable electricity to RNG enables long-term, monthly, or seasonal storage of large amounts of carbon-free power. Researchers note that this long-duration storage is difficult to achieve with traditional storage technology such as lithium ion batteries, which are typically designed store energy for shorter time periods SoCalGas Power-to-Gas Project Selected by U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory to Receive Funding

SoCalGas’ research with NREL, located in Golden, Colorado, will seek to answer questions like whether the bioreactor can be operated efficiently and economically to follow solar- and wind-generated electricity profiles. The team will also examine the potential of power-to-gas technology to store large quantities of renewable energy for an entire year, and how it compares in performance and cost to battery storage.

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About Southern California Gas Co. Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has been delivering clean, safe, and reliable natural gas to its customers for 150 years. It is the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 21.6 million consumers connected through 5.9 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company's service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.


24-Hour Media Line: (213) 244-2442 socalgas.com/newsroom | @SoCalGasNews

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Disaster News

Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners and Renters

Disaster Field Operations Center–West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841



Release Date:  March 1, 2017

Media Contact:  Richard Jenkins

Release Number:  CA 15061-01

Phone:  (916) 735-1500


SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to California Small Businesses


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in 32 California counties and neighboring Arizona and Nevada counties are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought in the following primary counties beginning Jan. 1, 2017, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center - West.




Primary California counties: Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Orange, Riverside, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne and Ventura;


Neighboring California counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Contra Costa, Imperial, Sacramento, San Mateo and Santa Cruz;


Neighboring Arizona counties: La Paz and Mohave;


Neighboring Nevada counties: Clark, Douglas, Esmeralda, Lyon, Mineral and Nye.




“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” Garfield said.




Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.




“Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 3.125 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years and are available to small businesses and most private nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Garfield said.




By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster.




Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration. However, nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance in drought disasters.




Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.




Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit https://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.




The deadline to apply for these loans is Oct. 23, 2017.


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Golden State Water partners with the

Environmental Protection Agency for the

ninth annual National Fix a Leak Week,

March 20-26, 2017

Golden State Water Company (Golden State Water) is partnering with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to raise awareness and help customers
improve their water-use efficiency during the ninth annual National Fix a
Leak Week, March 20-26, 2017.

Fix a Leak Week, part of EPA's WaterSense program, provides customers with
easy steps they can take to identify and fix hidden leaks at their homes.
According to the EPA, water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons
of water wasted each year in U.S. homes, and the average household loses
approximately 10,000 gallons of water annually due to leaks.

Golden State Water's local offices are offering free leak-detecting dye
tablets to customers during Fix a Leak Week, while supplies last.
Additionally, a limited quantity of high-efficiency WaterSense labeled
showerheads and aerators are also available for pickup, or they can be
ordered online at gswatersavers.com [1] and delivered directly to homes.

"Golden State Water encourages customers to use water wisely. It's important
we maximize our water-use efficiency, focusing on daily habits to make
conservation a way of life, and not just a short-term fix," said Edwin
DeLeon, Water-Use Efficiency Manager for Golden State Water.

Golden State Water offers online resources, including several tutorials to
educate customers about fixing leaks and using water responsibly at their
properties. To learn more about water-use efficiency resources, programs and
rebates available in a specific service area, customers are encouraged to
visit gswater.com/conservation [2] or call 1.800.999.4033.

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The 45 Best Military-Friendly Colleges


University of La Verne, has been featured on our list of the Top Military-Friendly Colleges in America! The transition from military to college can be difficult for veterans, with a post-secondary completion rate of about 52% (ranging from vocational training to advanced graduate degrees).    

Colleges featured on our Military-Friendly list go above and beyond in their approach to veterans and military families by offering additional services which include financial-aid opportunities beyond the norm, special counseling services, veteran-oriented career consulting and much more!  

All schools featured on our list are members of, or recognize:


  • Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
  • ACE Credit Honored - Accept ACE credits towards their degree of choice
  • Yellow Ribbon Program - Post 9/11 G.I. Bill Participant

The sacrifice veterans and their families give to in order protect the freedoms of California residents and the country as a whole can never be repaid, but the effort of University of La Verne and other featured schools demonstrates the respect veterans deserve.  


Please use the following links for more details:



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