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Final Library seminar features top immigration officers Scammers and, English language challenge immigrants STAFF REPORT U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services District 23 Director Susan M. Curda, Field Office Director Nancy J. Alby, and Community Relations Officer Graciela Arreola—Munoz presented clarification and correct infor— mation to Catalina residents on Friday, Feb. 26 at St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church as part of the Friends of the Library matching grant series “Learn at the Library.” “Please be careful,” said Arreola—Munoz to the audience of more than 20 Catalina residents. “People get confused. To get to our website, use dot GOV (.gov): http://www.uscis.gov./ It’s got to be dot GOV——org or com or net looks the same, but are scams.” Often people who need help with immigration or naturalization download forms, but need to be sure it is the official website. "We do not charge for these SOUTHERN CAUFORNIA EDISON“ An EDISON INTERNAWONAL" Company Retail Space Available Leas-cable F {out Street Lactation Awariable NGW Contact: 310-5 ioossa Ext. 2‘23 Leave Message 7 forms. If it asks for money, you are in the wrong website,” said Alby. Scamming people who want to become citizens is only one of the topics covered in the two—hour pre- sentation. Part of citizenship is taking a test in English. There are particular questions where English is important, and studying these is helpful. “Would ESL classes help?” asked Mayor Anni Marshall, who had joined Val Schafer to provide transportation for the three govern— ment officers and all their equip- ment and materials. “There are sections of the test that would be important to learn,” Said AITCOIa-MUIIOZ- “ESL W0111d Community Relations Officer Graciela Arreola-Munoz with some of the audience. Courtesy photo certainly help.” “Also,” said Alby, “there is an exemption for age. But, if you’re younger than 49, study!” Marshall noted that there used to be English as a second language classes on-island and maybe these , would be useful to Start again. The Friends of the Library plan to write another grant and will consider this idea as one of the options to present. ' Another idea came from a res— taurant owner who asked how Stage 2 Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing Update - February 2016 The ongoing. severe drought continues to result in a reduced water supply in Catalina‘s Middle Ranch Reservoir. Based on water levels in the reservoir, Southern California Edison (SCE) received authorization from the California Public Utilities Commission to activate Stage 2 Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing, which is triggered when the reservoir falls below 300 acre feet. Stage 2 began on Aug. 11, 2014 and requires a 25 percent reduction from your historical baseline water usage for the duration of the drought emergency. Additionally, Stage 2 has restrictions on the use of water to for drinking. Island residents, who already had some of the best water use practices in the state, responded when asked to cut back even more, and by working together we have been effective in reducing our water use. Please continue to use water wisely. Water Supply Status and Stage 2 Restllts . As of February 11, 2016 the Middle Ranch Reservoir water level was 197 acre feet. In January, 2016, water use declined 40.43 percent; 12.48 acre feet of water was used com pared to 20.95 acre feet in January, 2013. Between February, 2015 and January, 2016, water use declined 42.82 percent even with a 27.90 percent increase in visitors to the island; 218 acre feet of water was used compared to 382 acre feet in June, 2012 — May, 2013 (baseline). ' ' ' wiflfiifitor Counts For More Information Commercial and residential customers can call 1-800-367-8851. For dedicated Catalina Island customer support call Monday through Friday, 9 am. to 5 pm. 0 To report potential water use violations, call 1-800-367—8851. o Visit SCE‘s web page for Catalina Island customers at scecom/gtalina. o For water conservation tips, visit Save Our Water’s website at saveogrh2gorg. greasy; March '4, 501's ” CNS-285132” employers could help their people to attain visas, green cards or citi- zenship. The directors suggested they would be available to return and talk to employers. Schafer and Alison Osinski of the Friends group suggested coordinating with the Chamber of Commerce to find interested employers and specific topics. Regarding citizenship and visas, Curda cautioned the audience: “Don’t send original documents. Send copies of your paperwork. If they need originals, they will ask you to bring them to an inter- View.” And with the interview, “Just show up,” said Alby. “You have two chances to pass any part of the test. If you are in traffic or miss the boat or something, just come in. We’ll make adjustments.” “Also,” said Curda, “if you miss some part of the test, you can go home, study more and come back in a few days to take it again.” In the two—hour power point presentation, Arreola-Munoz trans- lated and reviewed the material. All three directors answered questions and gave out materials in ‘IHE WRITE SlllFF’ District Director Susan M. Curda, Community Relations Officer Graciela Arreola—Munoz and Field Office Director Nancy J. Alby. Courtesy photo English and Spanish. They emphasized that the Department of Homeland Security is divided into 1 three” areasethe area they represent DOES NOT deal with enforcement and does not report or arrest people. Arreola—Munoz concentrated a lot on the sad fact that many people are scammed and lose precious money and time because they talk to the wrong people. ,Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editorial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the editor at editor@thecatalinalslander.com or call (310) 510-0500. “We want to thank Father Pirrone for offering the use of the church and being available 'to translate,” said Judy Grear, prégi dent of the Friends of the Library. “The suggestion for this seminar was given to us several times and we were worried about space. Father Pirrone was kind to offer assistance.” “I hope everyone will remember the website: http://www.uscis.gov,” said Grear. “A list of reputable, attorneys is there as well as all the forms and information anyone needs. The library also has tons of materials. Stop in to pick them as up. Catalinais premier in-«room visitor I CATALINA iSLANDEA resource! The Catalina ln—Room Magazine will be published in. total of 15,000 magazines will be printed and , distributed to hotels, and vaca- tion rentals throughout Avalon and Two Harbors. 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