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Cash for Grass Rebate Program returns to the High Desert

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(Best Syndication News) - The Alliance for Water Awareness and Conservation (AWAC) along with the Mojave Water Agency (MWA) and the Hesperia Water District are bringing back the Cash for Grass Program. The rebate application period will start on September 4, 2012.

The Cash for Grass Program offers single-family property owners a cash rebate for taking out living and maintained lawns and replacing them with landscaping that uses very little water. Homeowners must be within the Mojave Water Agency service area. The rebate will be for 50 cents per square foot with a maximum rebate of up to $3,000.

Southern California Edison asks customers to Conserve Electricity during Heat Wave

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(Best Syndication News) This week the weather forecast is for temperatures to hit the 100 degree mark for the Inland Empire and Desert regions of Southern California. The extreme warmth has prompted Southern California Edison (SCE) to ask their customers to use less power during the day.

The conservation of energy usage will help ease the increased demand during the extreme heat. Additionally, using less electricity will help if there is an unexpected power emergency, such as a mechanical problem or wildfire.

SCE explains that one benefit to conserving energy is a reduced electric bill. Customers who use air conditioning can see an increase of up to 30 percent in their bill.

Kern County Woman dies from West Nile Virus

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(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that the first reported fatality of West Nile virus for California in 2012 occured. An 88-year old woman from Kern County died after becoming infected by the West Nile virus.
Dr. Ron Chapman, the Director of the CDPH said there was an increase in the West Nile virus activity that happened earlier in the year compared to the year before.

So far this year, there have been 10 humans who were infected with West Nile virus in California over five counties. Last year at this same time there was just seven humans infected with no deaths.

The City of San Bernardino files petition for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy

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(Best Syndication News) - The City of San Bernardino announced that they have filed an emergency Chapter 9 Bankruptcy petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, Riverside Division. At this time, the City plans to continue to operate and provide the community essential services and have not reduced any services yet.

During the bankruptcy proceedings, the City officials will be working on a Pendency Plan that will outline their operational budget. The Pendency Plan may require the City to reduce services. The officials announced that they do not have any idea what this plan will be yet. However, an official announcement said that they will “remain committed to providing the services that are essential to its continued operation and the health and safety of the community.”

Walmart reaches milestone of 100 Rooftop Solar Installations in California

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(Best Syndication News) - Walmart announced that they have reached 100 rooftop solar panel installations in California. The 100th California Walmart store to have solar panels installed was the College Avenue store in San Diego.

Walmart said that they have an ideal goal of getting 100 percent of their energy needs supplied by renewable sources such as windmills and solar panels. Right now, each location with solar panel installations will generate between 10 to 30 percent of the locations total electricity needs.

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