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POSITIVE PROGRAMS TYPIFY EDISON'S EFFORT TO SUPPORT REGIONAL RECOVERY PLAN

 ROSEMEAD, Calif., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Illustrating the type of action that is necessary to achieve healing and regeneration of the Los Angeles area following last May's civil unrest, Southern California Edison today dedicated the Regional Job Training Center at Compton.
 John Bryson, Edison's chairman and chief executive officer, said that today's activities demonstrate Edison's desire to continue to work closely with elected officials and community leaders in the affected areas to develop programs that respond to the most significant community needs.
 "Edison and its people have stepped forward to contribute their skills, time and money to the regeneration of this facility," Bryson said. "We're now asking others -- companies and communities -- to contribute their efforts to making this center a continued success."
 Most critical to the revitalization of those communities affected by the civil unrest last May is the creation of jobs. Edison's Compton Regional Job Training Center, an integral component of the utility's $35 million pledge to community renewal, is up and running, and has graduated its first classes of automotive mechanics taught by the California Service Station and Automotive Repair Association.
 Training programs beginning implementation at this site include grocery retail, maintenance/custodial, automotive tune-up, and smog technician, hazardous material handling, office skills and literacy programs.
 This refurbished seven-acre site was a high priority in starting the healing process. Local minority contractors and workers were employed for refurbishment activities. Edison is seeking the participation of large local corporations and training organizations at the Bullis Road facility to expand on the initial success of this training center.
 The training center is just one project in Edison's continuing efforts to speed community renewal. Edison's community demolition and cleanup efforts have resulted in the clearing of 26 sites in the Long Beach and Compton areas. Again, local minority contractors were employed to assist with the job, which included the removal of burned out buildings.
 Helping to expedite the recovery effort, Edison worked with Compton to install a computerized building permit system to accelerate the building permitting process.
 Edison's multifaceted recovery program is about people helping people. Edison employees from throughout the company have donated their resources to the recovery process. Employees have contributed $75,000 to various community groups, an amount that has been matched by Edison for a total of $150,000. Employees also donated 18 pallets of food to the Salvation Army and 10 pallets of clothing to a local church. In addition, Edison distributed $350,000 above its annual contributions to community-based organizations including Asian, Hispanic and African-American organizations.
 Edison has greatly expanded energy efficiency incentives for customers who rebuild destroyed/damaged properties. The company will pay the entire incremental cost of energy efficient equipment exceeding California state standards.
 Edison's educational assistance programs, designed to assist "at risk" students, have been expanded and will include such groups as The Brotherhood and IAAM (Interscholastic Alliance of African- American Males). Edison also will continue its existing educational support efforts, including its highly acclaimed STEP UP program that brings together students, teachers, education administrators and parents to improve education in inner-city schools.
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 /CONTACT: Ed Van Herik of Southern California Edison, 818-302-2255/


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