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In Solidarity

In Solidarity with the Black Community

The Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) stands in solidarity with the Black communities in San Diego, across the nation and globally in their demand for justice for the senseless deaths of George Floyd and others killed or injured while in police custody.  UPAC holds firm in its belief that we must eradicate racism which destroys the fabric of our society and robs us of our humanity.  An organization built on addressing the critical health, mental health, economic and educational needs of underserved populations, UPAC remains deeply committed to uniting people across cultures and generations.

In the words of Margaret Iwanaga Penrose, UPAC President & CEO, “the quality of a community is reflected in its capacity to assist, heal and strengthen its most vulnerable members.”  The tragic deaths of George Floyd and others at the hands of the police clearly demonstrate the degree to which social and economic injustice continues to permeate our communities and institutions.  It is incumbent on each of us to join the Black community and other communities in their quest for equality in education, economic opportunities, leadership and justice.

About UPAC

The mission of the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) is to improve the general well-being and education of the Asian, Pacific Islander, Latino, Middle Eastern, East African, African American and other ethnic communities of San Diego County. UPAC recognizes the diverse ethnic and cultural identities and strengths of these communities and their need for self-sufficiency.

Census 2020 Training & Informational Session 8-20-19

UPAC hosted its first “Let’s Shape Our Future 2020” Census Training and Informational session on August 20th. Excellent turnout of 40 engaged API  and other community leaders committed to reaching our hard-to-count populations for participating in the upcoming census in 2020.

AAAJ-LA and the US Census Bureau presented and a group exercise were well received by all. Looking forward to more collaborative opportunities  working with these and new community based partners! Thank you all!

For more information:
Gayle Hom, UPAC Census 2020 Project
Ghom-contractor@upacsd.com

Kaiser Permanente/UPAC Health Fair

A HUGE “thank you” to our Kaiser Permanente partners who helped us host our first ever partnered health fair available for all UPAC clients.  This event took place on Saturday, January 12th and offered an array of free services including physician counseling sessions, mobile clinic with flu vaccines, blood sugar screenings, medication reconciliation, fitness & healthy cooking classes and services available with multilingual interpreters.

We are so grateful for everyone involved who made this important day happen for our community!

SDG&E March Messaging

March 2018 Residential Messaging from SDG&E®

 

Article 1: New pricing plans based on time of day

It’s time to start thinking about energy differently. To support the statewide commitment to reliable and sustainable energy, time of use pricing plans are now available to you. The plans are different from the current tiered option, which is based on how much energy you use.  New time of use plans look at the time of day you are using energy, which 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 new on-peak hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., 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 too.

Why are on-peak hours from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.?

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.

Choosing your time of use plan

Now you have more control of your home’s energy bill.  Choose a new pricing plan and see if you can save over your current plan. Connect to My Account and go to “Compare My Pricing Plans” to see detailed descriptions and plan features. For more information, visit https://www.sdge.com/residential/tou-pricing-plans-residential.

Article 2: Earned income tax credit; it’s your money, get it

Get the money you deserve! Do you earn $22,300 or less? Have you lived in California for more than half of the year? You may be eligible for the expanded California Earned Income Tax Credit. Visit CalEITc4Me.org to find out how much in state and federal earned income tax credits you may be able to receive just for filing your tax returns. Find out if you’re eligible for the Credit on this online calculator or check out this infographic. The website is also available in Spanish, Mandarin and Vietnamese. And while on the website, find free tax preparation in your community.

Article 3: Your home automation system can do lots of cool things

Did you know that home automation systems can do more than play music? Visit a smart home at SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center located at 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in San Diego. Learn how convenience and security can be energy-efficient. Interact with smart devices like Amazon’s “Alexa” to control lighting and cooling systems. And while you’re here, take the self-guided sustainability tour and learn about other advanced technologies from passive daylighting to a rooftop viewing periscope. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, visit sdge.com/eic.

 

Article 3: You may qualify for a discount on your SDG&E bill

SDG&E offers several Assistance Programs to help lower your monthly energy bill while making your home comfortable.

  1. California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program (com/CARE): Save 30% or more every month on your bill. Eligibility is based on participation in certain public assistance programs, or household income and how many people live in your home.
  2. Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program (com/FERA): If you don’t qualify for CARE, you may for FERA. You could receive a 12% discount on your energy bill. FERA is only open to households with three or more people.
  3. Medical Baseline (com/medicalbaseline): This Program has helped over 30,000 people, who have a qualifying medical need or medical device, to lower their energy costs.
  4. Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program (com/ESAP): You may receive free energy-saving improvements to your apartment, condo, house or mobile home; such as lighting, furnace repair, weather-stripping, attic insulation and select appliances like a refrigerator.

For details on any of these Assistance Programs visit sdge.com/Assistance, call 1-800-411-7343 or email billdiscount@sdge.com.

Article 4: SDG&E is offering instant rebates on smart home devices

SDG&E customers are eligible to receive a $50 instant rebate on Nest and ecobee smart thermostats – the most popular brands on the market. Considered an essential part of any smart home, smart thermostats can help reduce energy bills and increase comfort. Nest and ecobee products come with mobile apps so people can remotely control their home’s temperature anywhere anytime.

Customers can get the rebate is by visiting sdge.com/instant to generate a coupon code. You redeem the code when you purchase a qualifying Nest or ecobee thermostat on bestbuy.com, lowes.com or participating Lowe’s stores in town  (Mission Valley/San Diego, Oceanside, Vista, Santee, Otay Lakes/Chula Vista, Carlsbad, Escondido and Poway).

Customers who take advantage of the instant rebates can get an ADDITIONAL bonus of up to $75, if they sign up for the SDG&E Reduce Your Use Thermostat program. Participants in this program are asked to occasionally reduce their power consumption when energy demand is high on the grid by allowing their thermostat settings to be automatically adjusted.

Customers looking for good deals on energy-efficient products are encouraged to visit SDG&E’s Marketplace. You can compare items in terms of prices, energy efficiency ratings, popularity ratings, and product specifications.

2018 January SDG&E 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 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 p.m. to 9 p.m., 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 2: High usage charge in effect

As part of California’s continued efforts to encourage people to use less energy, a new state-mandated High Usage Charge went 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.

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.

Consider signing up for paperless billing where everything you need is at your fingertips. Each month, you’ll receive an email notification when your statement is ready to view online. It’s secure and convenient. And, it also helps the environment. Less mail = less clutter. Sign up today at myaccount.sdge.com.

 

Article 3: Water heater tips put safety and savings on tap

Keep safety and energy savings on tap year-round with these simple tips for your home water heater.

  • Set the water heater thermostat to 120°F or less to save energy and reduce the risk of scalding. (If your dishwasher lacks a booster heater, a setting of 140°F may be needed.)
  • Hand-test water temperature before bathing or showering. A child’s bath water generally should be no hotter than 100°F.
  • Securely install water heater restraints to wall studs to prevent movement or toppling during an earthquake, as required by state law.
  • Keep flammable products away from the water heater and vent system to help prevent fire hazards.
  • Keep the area around the water heater clean and well-ventilated.
  • Fix leaky faucets to prevent heated water from dripping away.
  • Use cold water to wash clothes and rinse dishes when possible.
  • Run full loads in the clothes washer and dishwasher.
  • Install low-flow devices on faucets and showerheads — less water, less heating.

For more energy safety information, visit sdge.com/safety.

Upcoming Conference: It Takes A Village

When

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 9:00 AM PST to 1:00 PM PST
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Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 9:00AM PST to 1:00 PM PST

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Where

New Harvest East Church
3060 54th St
San Diego, CA 92105


Driving Directions

Contact

Michelle Ly
Union of Pan Asian Communities – Alliance for Community Empowerment (UPAC ACE)
619-232-6454 x 842
michellely@upacsd.com

presents….

It Takes a Village 

Come gain knowledge and skills to support individuals and families who are affected by violence and youth at risk for gang involvement.

Please note that the conference will be held for 2 days:

February 7th from 9:00AM – 1:00PM
February 8th from 9:00AM – 1:00PM

** Please come back for further information closer to the conference dates.

 

Union of Pan Asian Communities                                  

To Register, please click here:
http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=r75fumoab&oeidk=a07eemozzt3975d7b48

 

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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