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Happy Holidays from UPAC!

Happy Holidays Everyone!!

Dear Friends,

This holiday season, we would like to take a moment to reflect upon the great things we have… like our friendship with you!  We appreciate those of you who have supported UPAC’s programs and services to over 35,000 struggling children, youth, adults and elderly in San Diego County.  We hope that this holiday and the new year brings you happiness, good health and much success.

As you prepare for all of the upcoming festivities with loved ones, it is important to stop and reflect on the joy and blessings in your own life while also being aware that not everyone is so fortunate.  We hope you will take time to consider supporting the work of UPAC with a tax deductible charitable donation.

UPAC provides greatly needed services to under-served families and individuals facing many challenges.  Our focus areas include:

  • Mental Health Services
  • Addiction Treatment & Recovery
  • Youth Development & Mentorship
  • Community & Economic Development
  • Home Ownership & Housing Counseling
  • Senior Meals, Nutrition & Health Education
  • Health Promotion

This is a wonderful way to express holiday giving through helping our neighbors who are less fortunate.  Your compassion and generosity will make a real difference in the lives of those in need of assistance!

Every gift matters.  Please choose to make a difference today!

Warmest Regards,
UPAC Family 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December SDG&E Messaging

Article 1: Keep holiday light decorating safe, efficient, festive and fun

More than 86 percent of Americans decorate their homes as part of their winter holiday celebrations, according to a recent consumer survey from the Electrical Safety Foundation International. Customers can cut down on their energy use during the holidays by making smart lighting choices.

Benefits of using LED holiday lighting

Energy.gov cites many reasons to choose LED holiday lighting over incandescent lights. LEDs use up to 80% less energy than traditional bulbs, they’re brighter, eco-friendly, and are safer, as they are much cooler than incandescent lights. In addition, they are easier to install—up to 24 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket. They last ten times longer and have no filaments or glass to break. If you prefer white lights with the look of incandescent lights, look for “warm” white on the label.

 

Besides using LED holiday lights, here are some other ways to save energy.

  1. Limit usage: Set timers for lights to turn on and off automatically. Keep light displays on during the evening and turn them off overnight. Set timers for lights to automatically turn on when it gets dark and off in the middle of the night. You can save more by keeping light displays on only 8 hours of the evening (when you can see them).
  2. Get reflective: Shiny ornaments, tinsel and mirrors can multiply the effects of your lighting without using more energy. Be sure to keep tinsel away from pets, though. Reflective ornaments and tinsel are just as bright at night, so getting creative with your lighting display can multiply your resources for shine. Don’t forget the ribbons, wreaths, garland, and reflective menorahs, for electricity- free age-old traditions still bring holiday cheer.

Holiday lighting safety tips

  1. Plan ahead. Avoid overloading extension cords and wall sockets by following the manufacturer’s limits for the number of light strings that can be safely connected together.
  2. Hang lighting correctly. Make sure that no cords will be pinched by furniture or placed under rugs, furniture or other appliances. If covered, cords can overheat or become frayed, increasing the risk of fire.
  3. Avoid electric hazards outdoors. Before climbing ladders to string outdoor lights, check for overhead power lines on your roof or attached to your home. Keep at least 10 feet away from overhead lines at all times. Never place yourself or any object such as a string of lights in a position that risks contact with a power line—the result can be fatal.
  4. Use GFCI outlets. Outdoor electric lights and decorations should be plugged into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). How do you know if it’s a GFCI? Look for the “test” and “reset” buttons. If circuits are not GFCI-protected, portable outdoor GFCIs can be purchased.
  5. Check your environment outdoors. Before stringing lights on outdoor trees, make sure tree limbs haven’t grown into or near power lines. Branches, entire trees and even the ground adjacent to a tree can become energized when trees contact power lines.
  6. Put your tree in a safe location. Do not place your holiday tree near a heat source such as a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, making it more susceptible to fires caused by heat, flame or sparks.
  7. Check condition of lights. Inspect light strands for cracked or broken plugs, frayed insulation or bare wires. Worn cords can cause fires, so discard damaged sets of lights.
  8. Read the labels. Be sure to check each product label to see whether the lights are intended for indoor or outdoor use. Make sure lights have a tag indicating they have been evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory.

 

Article 2: Save 30% or more on your monthly energy bill

SDG&E offers several Assistance Programs to help lower your monthly bill while making your home more comfortable. Read more to determine if you qualify:

  1. CARE: With the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program, you can save every month on your bill. Eligibility is based on participation in certain public assistance programs or current household income and the number of people living in your home. To apply call 1.877.646.5525 or connect at sdge.com/care.
  2. Medical Baseline: This Program has helped over 30,000 people – who have a qualifying medical need or medical device – to lower their energy costs. Contact us if someone in your household has:
  • A compromised immune system or life-threatening illness
  • Any condition where additional heating and air conditioning is medically necessary to sustain a person’s life
  • One of the qualifying devices listed on the application

Household income is not a factor for qualifying, but a doctor’s certification on the application is required. To apply call 1.800.411.7343 or connect at sdge.com/medicalbaseline.

  1. Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program: We’ll provide free energy-saving improvements to your apartment, condo, house or mobile home. You may receive free lighting, furnace repair, weather-stripping, attic insulation and select free appliances such as a refrigerator. Call 1.866.597.0597 or connect at com/ESAP to find out if you qualify. Renters need permission from their landlords to receive these free services.
Article 3: It’s time to start thinking about energy differently

New plans based on the time of day

To support the statewide commitment to reliable and sustainable energy, new time of use pricing plans are being introduced to residential customers over the next few years. These plans are based on how much and when you use energy, and offer you more choices on how to better manage and control your energy costs.

How do these plans work?

The plans are different from our current standard tiered option, which is solely based on how much energy you use. Time of use plans also consider the time of day that you are using energy. This allows you two ways to save – by shifting your electricity use to lower cost hours of the day or to reduce your overall usage.

During the on-peak hours of 4 pm to 9 pm, increased demand on the electric grid means a higher cost to produce and deliver electricity to you. So, by shifting your use to off-peak hours, when there is less demand, the cost of electricity is less.

Why are on-peak hours from 4 pm to 9 pm?

As more Southern Californians generate their own solar or wind power, and as utilities put more renewable energy on the grid to serve its customers, the on-peak – or higher demand hours – for electricity are changing to late afternoon and early evening.

Once you enroll in a time of use plan, when you shift your energy use to off-peak hours, you not only pay less but also help decrease the demand on the electric grid, which ultimately benefits the environment.

For more information, visit sdge.com/touplans.

Article 5: EcoChoice

SDG&E’s EcoChoice program gives customers the option to purchase up to 100% clean, renewable energy. The program may be a good option for those who rent or don’t have the ability to adopt solar due to costs or the inability to put panels on their rooftop. With EcoChoice, there’s no upfront installation cost and you’re supporting clean, renewable energy in our community. Those who enroll will pay a small premium every month depending on their subscription level. Customers can visit our online calculator to estimate how much it will cost each month to purchase renewable energy through the program. Customers can also enroll online. For more information, visit sdge.com/ecochoice.

Happy Thanksgiving from UPAC!

A Message from UPAC on this beautiful Thanksgiving occasion…
There isn’t a more appropriate time to say we“Thank You” for your support, dedication and friendship.  May your home be filled with:
the laughter of friends,
the love of family,
and the joys of the season!
We are deeply thankful and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day!
Please support UPAC when shopping on Amazon this season
(especially on Black Friday and Cyber Monday)
!

CLICK HERE TO SHOP & SUPPORT UPAC

SDG&E November Energy Messaging!

Article 1: It’s time to start thinking about energy differently

New plans based on the time of day

To support the statewide commitment to reliable and sustainable energy, new Time of Use pricing plans are being introduced to residential customers over the next few years. These plans are based on how much and when you use energy, and offer you more choices on how to better manage and control your energy costs.

How do these plans work?

The plans are different from our current Standard tiered option, which is solely based on how much energy you use. Time of Use plans also take into account the time of day that you are using energy. This allows you two ways to save – by shifting your electricity use to lower cost hours of the day or to reduce your overall usage.

During the on-peak hours of 4 pm to 9 pm, increased demand on the electric grid means a higher cost to produce and deliver electricity to you. So, by shifting your use to off-peak hours, when there is less demand, the cost of electricity is less.

Why are on-peak hours from 4 pm to 9 pm?

As more Southern Californians generate their own solar or wind power, and as utilities put more renewable energy on the grid to serve its customers, the on-peak – or higher demand hours – for electricity are changing to late afternoon and early evening.

By shifting your energy use to off-peak hours, you not only pay less but also help decrease the demand on the electric grid, which ultimately benefits the environment.

Article 2: You may qualify for a discount on your SDG&E bill

SDG&E offers several Assistance Programs to help lower your monthly bill while making your home more comfortable. Read more to determine if you qualify:

  1. CARE: With the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program, you can save every month on your bill. Eligibility is based on current household income or participation in certain public assistance programs and the number of people living in your home. To apply call 211 or connect at com/care
  2. Medical Baseline: The Medical Baseline Allowance Program has helped over 30,000 people – who have a qualifying medical need or medical device – to lower their energy costs. Contact us if someone in your household has:
  • A compromised immune system or life-threatening illness
  • Any condition where additional heating and air conditioning is medically necessary to sustain a person’s life
  • One of the qualifying devices listed on the application

Household income is not a factor for qualifying, but a doctor’s certification on the application is required. To apply call 1-800-411-7343 or connect at sdge.com/medicalbaseline.

  1. Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program: We’ll provide free energy-saving improvements to your apartment, condo, house or mobile home. You may receive free lighting, furnace repair, weather-stripping, attic insulation and select free appliances such as a refrigerator. Call 1-866-597-0597 or connect at com/esap to find out if you qualify. Renters need permission from their landlords to receive these free services.

Article 3: EcoChoice℠ is a cool choice

SDG&E’s EcoChoice program gives customers the option to purchase up to 100% clean, renewable energy. The program may be a good option for those who rent or don’t have the ability to adopt solar due to costs or the inability to put panels on their rooftop. With EcoChoice, there’s no upfront installation cost and you’re supporting clean, renewable energy in our community. Those who enroll will pay a small premium every month depending on their subscription level. Customers can visit our online calculator to estimate how much it will cost each month to purchase renewable energy through the program. Customers can also enroll online. For more information, visit sdge.com/ecochoice.

SDG&E Residential Messaging – October

Article 1: High usage charge starts November 1

As part of California’s continued efforts to encourage people to use less energy, a new State-mandated High Usage Charge (HUC) goes into effect November 1, 2017. This charge will apply to residential customers whose electricity use is more than four times the amount of their Baseline Allowance. Understanding your Baseline Allowance may help you manage your energy use to avoid this charge. Use this calculator to find out your Baseline Allowance. The HUC is a higher price per kilowatt-hour above tier 2.

By subscribing to High Usage alerts, you’ll know in advance that your usage will trigger the high-use charge. These alerts will let you know both before and when you start getting charged for high usage. You can choose to receive email or text alerts at sdge.com/alerts.

If you are a CARE customer, high electricity use may make you ineligible to continue receiving this discount. If you exceed four times the amount of your baseline allowance, you’re subject to both the High Usage Charge and eligibility re-verification. Consider making changes to your home’s energy use so you can avoid the High Usage Charge. If eligible the Energy Savings Assistance Program can help. For more information about the High Usage charge visit sdge.com/highusage.

 Article 2: Plan for safety with tips, videos and checklists

If you suddenly had to deal with an emergency such as a fire or earthquake, would you know what to do? Your safety may depend on how well-prepared you are. Here are some resources to help you get started. Learn the basics in our video, “Emergency Preparedness: Make a Kit and a Plan,” at sdge.com/plan. Use our emergency checklists to put your plans in writing. Visit sdge.com/checklists for checklists on a family emergency plan, evacuation plan, training and drills, and emergency supply kits for home and vehicles. Protect your home in case of wildfire. Get Cal Fire tips and videos on creating defensible space and hardening your home at ReadyforWildfire.org. For more tips on emergency preparedness, visit sdge.com/emergency.

 Article 3: Earn up to $125 when you purchase and install a smart thermostat

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Purchase and install an approved smart thermostat
  2. Upload your purchase receipt to SDG&E’s online Marketplace, and receive a $50 rebate
  3. Enroll in Reduce Your Use Thermostat, and receive an additional $50 – $75

Visit SDG&E’s Marketplace to find a selection of eligible smart thermostats online. You can compare prices, purchase directly from a variety of local retailers and have your device shipped directly to you. Learn more at sdge.com/smarttherm.

SDSU community weighs in on search for university’s next president

 

SAN DIEGO — For about two hours Monday, dozens of San Diego State University students, faculty and staff members lined up before a committee of California State University trustees to voice opinions on the qualities their next president should have.

The input varied and comments ranged from shrinking class sizes to growing housing units to bolstering transfer programs that benefit low-income students. Those ideas will be taken into consideration by members of the committee, who are tasked with creating a job description for the head of the university.

“Coming from the perspective of journalism, I think my unpolished, one word thought is transparency,” said Bey-Ling Sha, a professor in the SDSU School of Journalism and Media Studies. “You can’t tell us everything and we get that, but faculty and staff don’t always feel heard because our input is sought. …It seems to go into this void, and if our input cannot be used for whatever reason, it would be great to have a transparent reason for why that is.”

San Diego-area CSU trustee Adam Day, who chairs the committee, thanked everyone who weighed in on the matter, adding that it is challenging to find a campus president because it involves finding someone with a very unique skill set.

“It’s very challenging to thread that needle,” Day said.

Following public comment, the committee went behind closed doors, where they were expected to discuss the role of the committee in the search process, factor in the input they received during the meeting with what they each find to be the preferred attributes of the next president, as well as to confirm the schedule for future meetings. Over the next several months, the committee will review application and conduct interviews.

The committee includes trustees Silas Abrego, Lillian Kimbell, Hugo Morales and Rebecca Eisen, plus CSU Chancellor Timothy White. An advisory group that will be part of the committee includes former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, Associated Students President Chimezie Ebiriekwe, and Margaret Iwanaga Penrose, president and CEO of the nonprofit Union of Pan Asian Communities. Faculty members and other SDSU officials are also included.

The committee expect to complete the search and appoint a new president by early next year. As the search continues, longtime SDSU executive Sally Roush, who came out of retirement to take the interim presidential role, will remain at the helm.

Posted 3:54 PM, September 25, 2017, by
Source: Fox 5 News  http://fox5sandiego.com/2017/09/25/sdsu-community-weighs-in-on-search-for-universitys-next-president/