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Aspire
Learn
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ALLALL 
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Volume I, Issue 2December 12, 2008
“Building Pipelines from Pre-School to the Professions.”
Inside This Issue:
CaliforniaALL emerged during the summer of 2007 through a partnership among the California Public UtilitiesCommission, California Public Employees Retirement System, the State Bar of California, and the CaliforniaDepartment of Insurance seeking to ensure the availability of highly educated workers and leaders from theState’s diverse communities. CaliforniaALL serves an unmet need in the State by bringing stakeholderstogether to communicate, connect, and share resources, ideas, and the tools needed to build an educated anddiverse future workforce of leaders in California. In January 2008, CaliforniaALL was founded through thegenerous donations and support of AT&T, PG&E, Sempra, Southern California Edison, and Verizon.
We applaud our FOUNDING PARTNERS for their vision….
 
California Public Employees Retirement SystemCalifornia Public Utilities CommissionState Bar of CaliforniaCalifornia Department of Insurance
And we thank our FOUNDING FUNDERS for giving us life…
 AT&TPG&ESempra EnergySouthern California EdisonVerizon
Dear Friends of CaliforniaALL:
I write this the day after “change has come to America.” Yesterday, on Election Day, each of ushad a part in an historical event, the first African-American President-elect for all of us – black,brown, white, LGBT, men, women, disabled. This is a day that many of us hoped and prayedfor, but did not expect any time soon. Barack Obama has blown the glass ceiling, and we moveforward with hope for a better tomorrow and the fulfillment of the American dream for thecoming generations.I remember the Watts riots, the assassination of JFK, RFK and MLK, the civil rights marches,the Kent State tragedy. The Vietnam War became close and personal when I was widowed bya mortar round thrown at my medic husband during the Tet-offensive in 1968. We, as anation, have survived really tough times. We grow through our pain and learn hard lessons.We can do it again with the leadership of a new president.The face of diversity and youth was reflected in the crowd celebrating Obama’s election on November 4th. Theyounger generations do not look like the existing leaders of America today. The new generations are multi-racialand multi-ethnic; the rising New America is diverse. We cannot succeed as a nation unless we fix our educationalpipeline and prevent these faces of color from leaking out of educational opportunities and leadership positionsalong the way to our future. Statistics may point to an educational crisis, but as President-elect Obama soeloquently states: “Yes We Can.” Together, we can ensure the success of tomorrow’s leadership and communityby building an educated and diverse workforce. California ALL echoes this desire in our vision, mission and goals.Yes, we can create a future workforce that is reflective of the strength and diversity of California’s unique population.We can do it with your help.As CaliforniaALL celebrates its first year of incorporation and operation, we are thankful for the support of ourfounding partners, funders, collaborators, and friends. We wish you a safe and happy Winter Season and aprosperous New Year!Warm regards,
CaliforniaALL Thanks Founding Partners and Funders
President/CERuthe C. Ashley 
A Glance at…
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Spotlight on…
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Calendars and Updates 
3
Mission, Vision,Goals 
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Our Board of Directors 
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Contact Information 
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The California Public Utilities Commission held its sixth public hearing regarding diversity in utility procurementpractices and related areas on October 8, 2008 in San Francisco. The Commission annually hosts an en bancmeeting of California’s six largest utilities to discuss the progress, commitments, and initiatives made in setting andmeeting diversity goals over the last year, and to look to new goals for the future. CaliforniaALL was provided anopportunity to address the importance of best-practice programs to promote diversity in education and the workforce,in alignment with the theme, "California: Advancing Procurement Opportunities with California Investor-OwnedUtilities."President and CEO Ruthe Ashley, Education Consultant Sarah Redfield, and Board Member Douglas Scrivner wereeach able to address the utilities to provide an overview of CaliforniaALL and its work since incorporation inNovember 2007. Additionally, a brief presentation was facilitated by Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio, Co-Director of theUniversity of California, Irvine's Saturday Academy of Law, the first program funded by CaliforniaALL, which is set tobegin in January 2009.
See UCI, page 3 
. The CPUC En Banc Diversity Meeting was a wonderful opportunity for CaliforniaALL to provide members of theprofessional community perspective about current diversity issues and the need for a diversified and educatedworkforce. CaliforniaALL will transition to financial and technology focused pipeline programs and best-practiceresearch in the coming two years.
 
California Public Utilities Commission Hosts Sixth Annual Diversity Hearing California Public Utilities Commission Hosts Sixth Annual Diversity Hearing 
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Victor Miramontes, currently serves as Chair of the CaliforniaALLBoard of Directors, facilitating Board Meetings and helping toguide the Board to accomplish its strategic vision, mission, andgoals.Victor is a founding partner and a managing director of CityView, anational discretionary housing investor with $2 billion of real estatecapacity focused on creating the highest quality of housing forAmerica’s working families.
 
Victor was instrumental in CityView’sconceptualization, formation, funding and start of operations. Heis a member of the board of directors, serves on the company’sinvestment committee, and chairs the audit committee. He iscurrently charged with expanding the company’s investmentstrategies and platform via the creation of additional residentialinvestment funds.Throughout his career, Victor has served on civic boards, focusingon each institution’s strategic vision, efficient operations, andproper governance. He has served on many boards, including asthe Chairman of the Alamo Public Telecommunications Counciland the Vice-Chairman of the San Antonio Water System duringcritical and successful reorganizations. He currently serves on theboards of St. Edwards University, the Historical Centre Foundationand the Community Resource Group.Victor earned his Juris Doctor, Masters and Bachelors degreesfrom Stanford University. He is married to Dr. Loretta Miramontes,and has two sons, Andres and Jorge.
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CaliforniaALL Board ChairCaliforniaALL Board ChairCaliforniaALL Board Chair 
SPOTLIGHT
 
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CaliforniaALL Board of Directors welcomesTorie Flournoy England and Jim Lewis asnewest additions to our Board.Torie joins CaliforniaALL with a wealth ofexperience in education administration andeducation pipeline programming. She has aMasters degree in Education Counseling and iscurrently a 3
rd
year doctoral candidate seekingher degree in Education OrganizationalLeadership. Torie is currently the Twin RiversUnified School District (TRUSD) Director ofProgram Improvement and Achievement Gap,serving all schools in the district (K-12) toaccelerate student achievement and promotelifelong learning for the district’s students.Jim joins CaliforniaALL after a dedicated careerto the telecommunications field. Jim receivedhis Juris Doctor from Boston College LawSchool, after obtaining his undergraduatedegree from University of Massachusetts. Hebegan his career as a trial attorney, beforebecoming an assistant attorney general in theChief Utilities Division in Massachusetts. Mr.Lewis transitioned to the telecommunicationsfield in the mid 1980s. Jim served in VicePresident positions at both MCI and Verizon,with specific responsibilities in policydevelopment. Jim shares a deep commitment toserving the community and youth, and hasserved on several community boards during thecourse of his career.Welcome to both of our new members!
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UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
September 2008
CaliforniaALL staff beginsworking on Operational Planwith consultant, GretchenBender.
CaliforniaALL President/CEOattends California StateAssemblymember Ted Lieu’sFoundation Giving Receptionin Los Angeles on September5.
Board Member James Hsuattends Sempra EnergyUtilities Reception in LosAngeles on September 17.
CaliforniaALL President/CEOis guest-speaker at theAmerican Bar AssociationDiversity Summit in Buffalo,NY.
 
October 2008
CaliforniaALL presents at thePublic Utilities Commission EnBanc Meeting on October 8.
CaliforniaALL President/CEOattends New America AllianceWall Street Summit in NewYork, NY over October 15-17.
CaliforniaALL Quarterly BoardDinner and Board Meetingheld over October 20-21.
CaliforniaALL President/CEOspeaks at the MinorityCorporate CounselAssociation Dialogue ofDiversity on October 24
th
inSan Diego.
November 2008
CaliforniaALL President/CEOmeets with UCI SaturdayAcademy of Law OversightCommittee to discussprogress and planning onNovember 12th in Irvine.
 
University of California at Irvine (UCI) Saturday Academy of Law willlaunch the first of six consecutive Saturday classes, beginning onJanuary 24, 2009. Targeting high school students fromunderrepresented communities, the Academy will work to developcritical reading, writing and speaking skills in preparation for successin both college and professional careers. The Saturday Law Academywill serve students from the Santa Ana Unified School District, the 5
th
 largest school district in California.CaliforniaALL awarded its first grant to UCI to fund the Saturday LawAcademy. CaliforniaALL chose UCI because of the university’s proventrack record in producing and sustaining successful partnershipsamong public and private institutions that advanced student success inunderserved populations. The curriculum has been designed by UCIeducators and is based on extensive research. Interactive lessons willbe taught by UCI instructors to promote the legal profession as aviable career choice for students who otherwise may not have accessto information about the field of law. In addition, student participantswill have the opportunity to visit a courthouse and various law firms.At the end of the curriculum period, Academy graduates will bematched with mentors who will provide the students with additionalacademic, college and career guidance.CaliforniaALL was able to fund the UCI Law Academy with supportfrom the Verizon Foundation.For more information, please see link at www.calall.org.
UCI Saturday Academy of Law to Begin Sessions
DATE EVENT
January 1, 2009January 24, 2009January 27, 2009New YearUC Irvine Saturday LawAcademy Launch9:00 AM —CaliforniaALLBoard Meeting5:00 PM —DLA PiperReception for CaliforniaALL
Recent News: Recent News:  
Do you have questions about
C
ALIFORNIA
ALL
upcoming or past events?
Contact us at 916.930.3222 to request more information!
 
Updates and Calendars

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