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ARCO GIVES $1 MILLION FOR EMERGENCY AID IN LOS ANGELES RIOT AREA

 ARCO GIVES $1 MILLION FOR EMERGENCY AID IN LOS ANGELES RIOT AREA
 LOS ANGELES, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- ARCO (NYSE: ARC) said today it is giving a total of $1 million to United Way of Los Angeles and other agencies and congregations providing emergency aid to riot victims in the greater Los Angeles area.
 The largest grant, $500,000, goes to United Way of Los Angeles, $300,000 of which is designated to the Los Angeles chapter of the American Red Cross to provide food, shelter, emergency services and financial aid at its seven disaster assistance centers, and $100,000 to the Salvation Army. The remaining $100,000 will be distributed by United Way to organizations providing relief in the disaster area.
 Other recipients are:
 -- The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank ($250,000) to assist with the purchase of non-perishable food items not otherwise available from normal surplus resources to be delivered through the Food Bank's existing network and other community-based organizations;
 -- First AME Church, 2249 Harvard St. ($100,000), for emergency services to be applied through the AME congregation and other congregations and community-based organizations;
 -- Catholic Charities ($100,000) for emergency services to be provided through Catholic parishes and organizations serving the Hispanic community;
 -- Oriental Mission Church, 420 N. Western Ave. ($50,000), the largest Korean-American congregation in Southern California, for food and emergency assistance to individuals and families.
 In a statement today, ARCO chairman and chief executive officer Lodwrick M. Cook said:
 "Los Angeles has been ARCO's headquarters for 20 years. Thousands of our employees live here and many have been affected by the recent violence. Clearly we must rebuild and revitalize the devastated areas, but first things first -- we must help people in immediate need of food, shelter, clothing, health care and transportation. The agencies we selected today are meeting those basic needs at the grassroots level. Once we have alleviated these immediate problems, we can move on to the broader challenges facing our community and society."
 Cook also noted that ARCO faces a $5 million-$10 million reconstruction effort at 52 of its damaged, looted and burned service stations, am/pm mini markets and SmogPros stations in California and Nevada -- 48 of them in the greater Los Angeles area.
 "Every effort will be made to use minority contractors in this rebuilding program," Cook said. "We want to put people back to work in the community and at our own stations. We intend to re-open every company-owned facility as soon as possible. Our stations provide a much-needed service as well as employment in the community."
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 /CONTACT: Albert Greenstein, 213-486-3384, or Scott Loll, 213-486-2562, both of ARCO/
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