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Humanitarian Outreach

offering alternative education curriculum, including AVID, in San Diego County.

Robin Tarr – It takes a lot of people holding hands to assure that the diverse communities of middle to under served, at risk, and minority children succeed. Following the death of her teenage son who died in a tragic auto accident, Robin J. Tarr established the education based, Jonathan Tarr Foundation. This 501 (c )(3) non-profit public chari- ty has become the leader in the quest to provide post-second- ary scholarships for students graduating from Continuation, Independent, Charter, Magnet and Secondary high schools In

less than 10 years time, this all volunteer organization has awarded $212,000 to 271 graduating seniors at 60 high schools representing 18 high school districts in San Diego County; 78 percent of the students are Pacific Islander, Asian, Filipino Latino and Black; 28 percent are White; and the majority of the student recipients are the first generation to attend college in their families. Born in Honolulu, Oahu, Robin has paternal Chinese-Hawaiian ties to Hanapepe, Kauai, and maternal bonds to the Wong-June Family, a pioneer Chinese family in the state of Arizona.

Dr. Lilly Cheng – SDSU professor, cultural activist and linguist, she has assisted in establishing many academic and clinical programs to serve the needs of the communica- tively disordered populations, earning her the 1997 ASHA Award for special contributions to Multicultural Affairs and the 2002 Diversity Award from the California Speech & Hearing Association. In addition, she has been at the fore- front of research on second language acquisition, bilingual language development, language and culture, and cross-cul- tural communication and has published many books in

English and Chinese addressing issues as diverse as language, culture, communicative disorders and the status of women. Dr. Chang has been the keynote speaker for the America Read Challenge, an initiative of the White House, a consultant for Children’s Workshop, and helped found the Confucius Institute, a culture and language program of SDSU. As co-founder of the Asian Pacific Speech and Hearing Sciences Foundation, she has lectured and shared her research at gatherings throughout the world and has served on editorial boards of major professional journals.

Lotus Outreach International is a 501(c)(3) non- profit organization dedicated to ensuring the education, health and safety of at-risk women and children in the third world. Lotus Outreach achieves its mission by supporting the development of effective grassroots projects in vulnerable communities. Originally established in 1993 to support chil- dren's education for Tibetan refugees in India, Lotus Outreach has grown to specialize in serving those who fall outside the reach of existing government and charitable ini- tiatives. Today, the organization provides education and rehabilitative services to vic- tims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, as well as preventative healthcare and income-generating opportunities to isolated and impoverished communities. Lotus Outreach International also advocates for access to quality education for the rural poor and provides provide non-formal education and skills training to those on the margins of their societies.

Citizen Diplomacy Council – As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, the mission of Citizen Diplomacy Council of San Diego is to promote global understand- ing between San Diego citizens and our neighbors around the world. Each year, over 500 international leaders from over 120 countries come to San Diego in cooperation with our partners in Washington DC: U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, World Learning, and others. Most delegates are chosen to come to the United States because they are nominated by U.S. embassies and are seen by the Department of State as future leaders in their countries. Our visitors are high- level professionals and leaders working in the areas of Youth Leadership, Foreign Policy, Freedom of the Press, Human Trafficking, AIDS/HIV Prevention and Awareness, Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders, Grassroots Activism, Arts and Culture, Education, and others.

American Chinese Culture & Education Foundation – ACCEF is a

leading non-profit, non-political, non-religious, and national charity organization in the US whose mission is to reach out to mainstream society and other culture communities to share Chinese cultures with pas- sion; Promote edu- cation with belief

and conviction; Enable children and others to have opportunities to learn with love; Sponsor less-privileged children in rural areas of China. Since 2004, the American Chinese Culture and Education Foundation (ACCEF) has provided financial support to more than 50 children in poor, mountainous regions in Guangxi Autonomous Region in China for them to continue their education. ACCEF has also teamed with another volunteer organization in China and rebuilt two elementary schools that were closed down due to lack of funding. In order to extend help to more children and ren- ovate more schools, ACCEF decided to create a different venue to raise funds for this meaningful cause.

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Government

Arlie Ricasa, president

of the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) Board of Trustees, is the only Filipina American elected official in San Diego County. She is serving her 12th year on the SUHSD School Board where she determines policy for the largest secondary school district in California. Arlie was honored as “Woman of the Year 2010” by the California State Legislature, selected “School Board Member of the Year” by the San Diego County School Boards Association, and awarded in Washington D.C. as one of the “Twenty Outstanding Filipino Americans in the United States and Canada”. An educator for over 20 years, she received her Bachelors Degree from UCLA in 1988 and Masters Degree from San Diego State University in 1989. As President of the MAAC Project, she helped build affordable housing and provided job train- ing to underserved residents. As Board of Director for the Chula Vista Police Activities League, she developed a scholarship program for deserving youth. A lifelong resident of San Diego, she is married and has five children.

Ted Lieu – Looking for a better life, his family migrated to the United States when he was three years old. Starting off liv- ing in someone’s basement and selling gifts at flea markets, the Lieu family lived the American dream, going from poverty and not speaking English to opening six gift stores. With the support of hard-working parents and a country that provided limit- less opportunity, Ted attended Stanford University and then Georgetown, where he earned his law degree. To give back, he joined the United States Air Force, serving as a prosecutor in the JAG corps on active duty for four years and continues to serve in the reserves, where he recently was promoted to lieutenant colonel. Ted also clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Thomas Tang and practiced civil law before being elected to the State Legislature, where he has led fights against Wall Street's excesses, reforming the subprime mortgage industry, com- bating climate change, protecting public safety, and prevent- ing domestic violence.

Lani Lutar – In her lead- ership role as President & CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA), Lani Lutar has firmly established the organiza- tion’s position as one of San Diego County’s most respected and influential public policy organizations consistently at the top of polls measuring voter trust. Lani establishes rec- ommendations for the Association on public policy; serves as spokesperson to the public and media; and oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization. She challenges municipalities and public agencies to exercise accountabili- ty, efficiency and fiscal discipline on behalf of taxpayers. Under her leadership, the Association has effectively influ- enced local and state legislation, as well as the outcome of numerous ballot propositions. Prior to joining SDCTA, she was executive director of the 400-member Asian Business Association of San Diego providing resources for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. She serves as Vice President of the San Diego Asian Film Foundation board of directors and member of the Asian Business Association of San Diego board of directors.

Elected to the Board of Equalization in 2006, Michelle Steel serves as the country's highest ranking Korean- American officeholder and California's highest ranking Republican woman. A successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, Steel repre- sents more than eight million peo-

ple in the counties of Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and portions of Los Angeles and San Bernardino. In her first year on the job, she quickly distinguished herself as the state's leading tax fighter. Steel’s hallmark first-term achievement was the discovery of a $42 million mistake in the agency’s tax refund procedures. Following her investiga- tion, the agency refunded tax security deposits worth upwards of $50,000 each to over 5,500 small businesses. As Southern California’s elected taxpayer advocate, Steel is on the frontline of California’s perennial battle against higher taxes and in 2008 successfully led the fight against a new $500 million tax on digital downloads. Active in the community, she continues as a volunteer for several youth organizations.

May 21--May 28, 2010

Affordable Senior Apartments

Lovely 100-unit senior apartment building will soon have apartments available.

Must be 62 or older or mobility impaired. Income must be

$28,900.00 or less for one person or $33,050.00 or less for two persons.

Rent includes utilities, laundry facilities and recre- ation areas. Section 8 available. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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