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BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’S RICHARD HATCH (“CAPTAIN APOLLO/TOM ZAREK”) LAUNCHES WORKSHOPS AND ACTING CLASSES

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’S RICHARD HATCH (“CAPTAIN APOLLO/TOM ZAREK”) LAUNCHES WORKSHOPS AND ACTING CLASSES – FEBRUARY 3, 2010

Renowned Actor Richard Hatch Teaches Insight into Acting, Life Skills:
Posted by Margie Anne ClarkLos Angeles, Santa Clarita – Join internationally recognized actor, writer and teacher Richard Hatch for a comprehensive and inspiring cating class.

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The classes will explore the process of acting and performing for camera and the stage!

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Become a highly skilled and consummate actor. Act and audition with power and authority. Learn to give the performance of your life when it counts. Discover the power and magic of acting and performing.

Covers acting, life and communication skills (not just for actors!)

Past Workshops: If you missed this workshop, check Richard’s website for future events athttp://www.richardhatch.com/ Saturday, February, 2010
All Day – 10 AM through 6 PM

Bring one or two monologues – prepared
You will also be assigned a scene

Location:
Hallenbeck’s General Store
5510 Cahuenga Blvd. North Hollywood CA 91601
(nearest cross street: Burbank Blvd.)

COST: $100
(includes some lunch food and snacks)

MAKE CHECKS OUT TO:
SU-SHANN PRODS INC.

MAIL PAYMENT TO:
ANGEL HAWK PRODUCTIONS
RICHARD HATCH CLASS
827 N. HOLLYWOOD WAY #246
BURBANK, CA 91505

And I will add you to the list, assign sides and pass the checks along to Richard.

CLASS IS LIMITED TO 15 TO 20 PEOPLE, DON’T DELAY!!!

Questions or to arrange other payments (such as PayPal or other methods) please contact Cheryl first: info@angelhawkproductions.com to make arrangements.

About Richard Hatch –
Richard Hatch is best known for his starring roles in All My Children, The Streets of San Francisco and Battlestar Galactica (for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award), and for his guest starring roles in over 300 series episodes. Most recently acted the role of “Tom Zarek” in the newly re-imagined Battlestar Galactica playing on the Sci-Fi Channel. Has co-authored 7 Battlestar Galactica hardback novels for I-books including BG comics for Extreme Press. Richard was also nominated for the Joseph Jefferson award for his stage skills in PS Your Cat is Dead in Chicago. He has taught & lectured at the SAG Conservatory, UCLA, Orange Coast College, Maui Community College, The Learning Annex, The Learning Tree, The Whole Life Expo and Windstar.

Posted by Margie Anne Clark, City Life Communications.

LANCE ARMSTRONG SET TO RIDE IN THE AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: FEB 14-22, 2009

LANCE ARMSTRONG SET TO RIDE IN THE AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: FEB 14-22, 2009 – FEBRUARY 7, 2009

City Life NewsLOS ANGELES, – The 2009 Amgen Tour of California will assemble the best-ever collection of the world’s top cyclists when America’s most important road race begins February 14, in Sacramento. Featuring a field that includes seven-time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong and two-time defending Amgen Tour of California Champion Levi Leipheimer (both racing for Astana), the 136 rider peloton also is expected to include 2006 Giro d’Italia Champion Ivan Basso (leader of team Liquigas); 2008 Olympic Champion in the time trial Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank); 2006 Amgen Tour of California Champion Floyd Landis (Ouch presented by Maxxis); 2005 World Champion Tom Boonen (Quick Step); three-time World Champion Oscar Freire (Rabobank); two-time United States National Champion George Hincapie (Team Columbia); and the top American performer in the 2008 Tour de France Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream). Other anticipated participants include, 2008 Tour de France Champion Carlos Sastre (Cervélo TestTeam); four-time Norwegian National Champion Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam); 2008 U.S. Professional Champion and Olympic Gold Medal Winner Tyler Hamilton (Rock Racing); Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia), widely considered to be the world’s best sprinter; 2008 Best Young Rider in the Amgen Tour of California Robert Gesink (Rabobank); and 2008 Tour de France Best Young Rider Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank).

“It is clear that this year’s Amgen Tour of California has the greatest field ever assembled in our country. We have legendary champions like Lance Armstrong, an extraordinary array of the best professional cyclists riding today and many of the most talented young riders in the world,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports.

The 750-mile, nine-day stage race, modeled after the Tour de France and presented by AEG, will take 17 of the world’s top professional cycling teams from Sacramento to San Diego County from February 14-22.

“I will be competing in the Amgen Tour of California,” confirmed Lance Armstrong. “The level of competition, the challenge of the course and the highly professional atmosphere makes it the ideal situation for me to continue my training. I have also chosen the Amgen Tour of California because of the race’s record of supporting Cancer awareness and research thru their Amgen Breakaway from Cancer initiatives and their commitment to partner with our Lance Armstrong Foundation. I look forward to racing once again in the United States in what we consider the best race outside of Europe.”

The unprecedented field of riders expected to compete in the fourth-annual event, which drew a record 1.6 million spectators in 2008, includes two Tour de France Champions (Armstrong, Sastre), a Giro d’Italia Champion (Basso), 10 World Champions (Armstrong, Boonen, Cancellara, Michael Rogers, Cavendish, Brett Lancaster, Stuart O’Grady, Francisco Chicchi-Jr, Yoroslav Popovych-Jr. and Janez Brajokovic-Jr.), 26 Olympians and eight Olympic medalists (Armstrong, Cancellara, Hamilton, Leipheimer, Gustav Larsson, O’Grady, Rogers and Hayden Roulston) and 25 past and current National Champions.
Renowned riders from the previously announced 17 professional cycling teams competing in the race include the following:

* Lance Armstrong (Austin, TX) – Astana Making a comeback after a three-year retirement, the legendary Armstrong has won the Tour de France a record seven times. Racing for Astana under his former team’s general manager Johan Bruyneel, Armstrong enters his first Amgen Tour of California fresh from retirement. His resume includes wins at the San Sebastian Classic (1995), Tour of Switzerland (2001), Duaphine Libere (2002, 2003), Tour DuPont (1995, 1996) and a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, as well as a World Championship (1993) and a U.S. Professional Championship (1993). During his reign atop the world’s biggest big race, Armstrong amassed an amazing 22 stage wins. His LIVESTRONG brand is now a global symbol of hope.
* Ivan Basso (Italy) – Liquigas In 2006, Ivan Basso won his country’s biggest race, the Giro d’Italia. The same year he also won the prestigious Criterium Internationale race. In total, he has won five stages of the Giro d’Italia and a stage of the Tour de France. He enters his second Amgen Tour of California as his team’s leader for the first time.
* Tom Boonen (Belgium) – Quick Step One of the greatest sprinters in the world, Boonen enters the Amgen Tour of California with his eyes on winning a stage. The 2005 World Champion, Boonen is a great one-day rider who could win any bunch sprint. Boonen’s recent resume includes an impressive six stage wins at the 2007 Tour de France, as well as the sprint points jersey; two stages at the Vuelta a España; two wins of the Ronde van Vlaanderen; and two dramatic wins at the world’s toughest one-day race, the Paris-Roubaix (2005, 2008).
* Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) – Saxo Bank Perhaps the world’s best time trialist, Cancellara won last year’s opening Prologue at the Amgen Tour of California and went on to win an Olympic gold medal in the individual time trial and an unprecedented bronze medal on the road at the 2008 Beijing Games. A three-time stage winner and yellow jersey bearer in the Tour de France, Cancellara also has won two World Championships in the time trial competition. A six-time time trial national champion of Switzerland, he has won the two “monuments,” Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo, as well as the Italian stage race, Tirreno-Adriatico. He has posted more than 20 time trial wins in his professional career and is a favorite to win the opening Prologue in this year’s Amgen Tour of California.
* Mark Cavendish (Britain) – Team Columbia 2008 was a remarkable year for Cavendish, as he amassed 14 victories at major stage races. He won two stages at the Three Days of De Panne; two in the Giro d’Italia; four in the Tour de France; three in the Tour of Ireland; and three stage wins and the sprint points classification at the Tour of Missouri. He started cycling as a BMX racer, building his speed at a young age. He transferred that energy over to velodrome racing and won two World Championships in the Men’s Madison Title. Cavendish is widely considered to be the best sprinter in the world today.
* Oscar Freire (Spain) – Rabobank When it comes to performing well in big races, Freire has done it as well as anyone in professional cycling. A three-time World Champion, Freire also has won four stages at the Tour de France and seven stages at the Vuelta a España. He’s also won three prestigious European races, including the Tirreno-Adriatico, Ghent-Wevelgem and is a two-time winner of Milan-San Remo. Last season, he fulfilled a career goal of winning the sprint points jersey at the Tour de France.
* Tyler Hamilton (Boulder, CO) – Rock Racing Hamilton is most known for his courageous Tour de France breakaway win at the 2003 race while riding with a broken collarbone. Hamilton recently won the U.S. Professional Championships in August and, earlier in the year, won the Tour of Quinghai Lake in China. He has won an Olympic gold medal in the time trial at the 2004 Athens Games; two overall wins at the Tour of Romandie; overall win at the European classic Liege-Bastogne-Liege; and stage wins at both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.
* George Hincapie (Greenville, SC) – Team Columbia American cycling icon Hincapie turned professional at age 20, and since then has been the member of a record eight winning Tour de France teams, during which he served as the main lieutenant for Lance Armstrong’s historic seven wins. He has claimed his own victories throughout his 15-year career as well including, winning two stages at the 2005 Tour de France and the 2006 U.S. Professional Championships; a stage of France’s Dauphine-Libre; as well as winning the 2007 Tour of Missouri. Hincapie also is a two-time U.S. National Champion (road race) and a five-time Olympian. In the Amgen Tour of California, Hincapie has claimed three stage wins, including two in the inaugural race in 2006, in which he placed fourth overall, and a thrilling win on a rain-soaked final day in Pasadena last year.
* Thor Hushovd (Norway) – Cervélo TestTeam Hushovd remains one of the best sprinters, as well as prologue specialists, in the world. He is a threat to win the opening Prologue at the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. A six-time stage winner and sprint points jersey winner of the Tour de France, the Norwegian remains a threat to win any sprint. A well-rounded rider, Hushovd also is a four-time Norwegian National Champion and winner of stages in both the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España. In 2006, he won the prestigious Belgian Classic Fleche Wallone.
* Kim Kirchen (Luxembourg) – Team Columbia Kirchen had a breakthrough year in 2008, winning the Pais Vasco race in Spain and winning a stage at the Tour of Switzerland and the Belgian Classic Fleche Wallone. To cap off his year, Kirchen led the Tour de France for four days and found himself in the green points jersey for several others. He has finished seventh and eighth in the Tour de France in 2007 and 2008, respectively. He also is a three-time National Champion of Luxembourg.
* Floyd Landis (Temecula, CA) – Ouch presented by Maxxis The 2009 Amgen Tour of California will be Landis’ first competition in two and a half years. A one-time domestique of Lance Armstrong, Landis began his ascent to team leader in 2005, capping things off the following year by winning both the 2006 Amgen Tour of California and the Tour de Georgia. In 2009, Landis has re-emerged with a new American team and is set to race again at this year’s Amgen Tour of California. A former mountain biker, Landis suffered from a degenerative hip condition which forced him to receive an artificial hip replacement at the end of 2006.
* Levi Leipheimer (Santa Rosa, CA) – Astana Leipheimer enters the Amgen Tour of California as the two-time defending champion. Leipheimer is a four-time, top-10 finisher at the Tour de France and won a stage of the race in 2007. That same year, he won the U.S. Professional Championships, while also winning two stages at the Tour de Georgia and one at the Tour of Missouri. In 2008, he won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics. His dominance is noted in his home state, as he has won four stages of the Amgen Tour of California while garnering top honors twice, as well as the KOM jersey in the inaugural race.
* Michael Rogers (Australia) – Team Columbia Hailed as one of the world’s most talented riders, Rogers finished in the top-10 in both the time trial and road race competitions at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The three-time World Champion in the individual time trial followed that up with finishing second overall at the Tour of Missouri. After suffering through mononucleosis and a strain of Epstein-Barr syndrome, the tough Aussie seems to be back in top form, recently winning the time trail in the Australian National Championships this month.
* Andy Schleck (Luxembourg) – Saxo Bank Hailed as the next great stage racer, Schleck has been racing professionally for the past three seasons. The younger brother of Frank Schleck, he finished first in the Best Young Rider competition in the 2008 Tour de France and the 2007 Giro d’Italia, where he also placed second overall. This past August, he finished fifth overall in the 2008 Olympic Road Race in Beijing.
* Christian Vande Velde (Lemont, IL) – Garmin-Slipstream Vande Velde has developed into one of the best all-around riders in the world in the past two years. After years of being a domestique for top teams, Vande Velde placed third overall at the 2008 Amgen Tour of California, led the Giro d’Italia for a day, placed fourth overall at the Tour de France and was the overall champion at the Tour of Missouri this past season. He also placed 17th overall at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. His breakthrough as a team leader came when he won the Tour of Luxembourg in 2006, followed by placing second overall at the 2007 Tour de Georgia.
* Jens Voigt (Germany) – Saxo Bank A long-time force in the peloton, Germany’s Voigt is one of the most admired cyclists in the professional peloton. Over the years, he has won two stages of the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia. A threat to win any road stage, Voigt has an impressive background, including wins in his country’s national tour (2006, 2007), the Tour of Poland (2008), the Tour of the Mediterranean and the Criterium Internationale, which he has won four times overall. In the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, he battled Levi Leipheimer throughout the eight-day race, eventually finishing second overall.
* David Zabriskie (Salt Lake, UT) – Garmin-Slipstream As the only American to win a stage of all three Grand Tours (Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, and Vuelta a España), Zabriskie is one of the most talented time trialists in the world. He is a four-time U.S. National Champion in the time trial and has won two medals at the World Championships. After spending several seasons with the former top-ranked CSC team, Zabriskie is now with American team Garmin-Slipstream and has used that as a springboard for success. One of the most colorful personalities in the peloton, Zabriskie is a threat to win the Prologue or Individual Time Trial at the 2009 Amgen Tour of California.

*Complete team rosters to follow in the days leading up to the race For more information about the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

About the Amgen Tour of California
The largest cycling event in America, the Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course. Building on last year’s third-annual stage race, which attracted 1.6 million spectators, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will be expanded to cover more than 750 miles over nine days from February 14-22, 2009.

About Amgen
Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a broad and deep pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives. To learn more about Amgen’s pioneering science and vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com. To learn more about Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer initiative, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com.

About AEG
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and NOKIA Theatre Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, a Women’s Professional Soccer league team, the Los Angeles Sol, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the ING Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG Live, the organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production. For more information, visit AEG today atwww.aegworldwide.com.

Posted by Margie Anne Clark, City Life Communications.

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA FILM OFFICE SEES INCREASES IN FILM DAYS AND ECONOMIC IMPACT IN JANUARY 2009 – FEBRUARY 3, 2009

City Life NewsSANTA CLARITA -The City of Santa Clarita Film Office announced today that the month of January 2009 was the most successful to date, with the office overseeing more film days and reporting a higher economic impact for the month than any other January on record since the office’s inception in 2002.
The City of Santa Clarita reported a total of 84 film days in the month, a 265 percent increase when compared to January 2008 when the City hosted 23 film days. Location filming for the month resulted in more than $2.3 million in economic benefit to Santa Clarita businesses, compared to January 2008 when $367,500 in economic impact was reported. The City of Santa Clarita Film Office issued 25 permits in January 2009, compared to 24 permits in January 2008.
The Film Office attributes the dramatic increase in film days to the steady base of local television production in Santa Clarita, which currently includes HBO’s “Big Love,” CBS’s “NCIS” and “The Unit,” and Discovery Channel’s “Doing Da Vinci.” And while the City of Santa Clarita is proud to start 2009 on a strong note, officials remain realistic about the coming months and what they will bring with the still-looming SAG strike and weakening economy.
“We are thrilled to start 2009 on such a strong note,” said Mayor Frank Ferry. “Los Angeles’ film community, which includes Santa Clarita, is really taking a hit with feature films leaving for other states and countries offering production incentives. However, Santa Clarita’s ability to capture television production has really offset the losses and declines most cities are feeling in Southern California.”
In addition to shows based in the City, several other television shows, like “24,” “Heroes,” “House,” “Wipeout,” and “My Name is Earl,” regularly film on location in Santa Clarita. And in the month of January, the City also hosted several small budget feature film days and commercials.
Location filming is an important part of the Santa Clarita Valley economy, contributing an estimated $13.5 million in economic impact locally in the first seven months of Fiscal Year 2008-2009, which runs from July through June.
The City continues to market our valley as an ideal place to film and credits its success as a prime film destination to Santa Clarita’s film-friendly neighborhoods and businesses, variety of locations, affordable permit and location fees, close proximity to Los Angeles, and access to talented industry professionals.
Santa Clarita businesses continue to make the area an ideal place to work in the industry’s “30-Mile Zone,” an industry designation that allows productions to save money on per diem and mileage, by keeping location and rental fees competitive. The residential communities are also a big part of the Santa Clarita Valley’s success, with individual homeowners and neighborhoods working hand-in-hand with productions to make filming happen, even when it includes the occasional late hours and complicated scenes.
The City of Santa Clarita’s Film Office was created to help attract and retain the filming industry including both location filming and film-related businesses. The office currently issues permits for all location filming within the City ensuring that there is a
minimal impact on residents and businesses, promotes the City as an ideal place for the film industry to do businesses, and promotes the Santa Clarita Valley as a great place for location filming.
The film industry is a major economic engine of the City’s economy, providing increased revenue for local programs through sales tax revenue, and jobs for residents. For more information about the Film Office, please contact City of Santa Clarita Economic Development Associate Jessica Freude at (661) 286-4103 or visit santa-clarita.com.

Posted by Margie Anne Clark, City Life Communications.

FINAL TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR 2009 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 26, 2009

FINAL TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR 2009 amgen tour of californiaPROFESSIONAL ROAD CYCLING race which begins february 14th

Santa Clarita to host Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer Fabian Cancellara and Oscar Freire

Among the World’s Best Teams February 2, 2009

LOS ANGELES, January 22, 2009 – Joining the previously announced eight ProTour teams, nine additional Pro Continental and Continental teams have been confirmed for the 2009 Amgen Tour of California by AEG, presenter of the professional cycling race. The nine-day stage race will feature 17 of the world’s top professional teams, including world-renowned riders Lance Armstrong, two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer, three-time World Champion Oscar Freire and 2008 Olympic gold medal winner and world champion Fabian Cancellara, racing more than 750-miles from the state’s capitol, Sacramento, to San Diego County.

Santa Clarita will host the Stage 7 start of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. The roster features the following 17 professional cycling teams:

o Ag2r-La Mondiale (FRA)
o Astana (KAZ)
o Bissell Pro Cycling Team (USA)*
o BMC Racing Team (USA)*
o Cervelo Test Team (SUI)*
o Colavita/Sutter Home Presented by Cooking Light (USA)*
o Fly V Australia presented by Successful Living Foundation Team (AUS)*
o Garmin-Chipotle (USA)
o Jelly Belly Cycling Team (USA)*
o Liquigas (ITA)
o Ouch Presented by Maxxis (USA)*
o Quick Step (BEL)
o Rabobank (Netherlands)
o Rock Racing (USA)*
o Saxo Bank (DEN)
o Team Columbia (USA)
o Team Type 1 (USA)*

*Newly announced

“These 17 teams represent the strongest field ever at the Amgen Tour of California. We are delighted to welcome some of the world’s best and most established teams, as well as new teams racing with us for the first time,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. “The level of competition and talent for the fourth-annual Amgen Tour of California rivals the top races in the world and demonstrates the importance of the United States to pro cycling U.S.”

Along with the Pro Tour teams, the growing class of top domestic teams will be represented by return competitors Bissell Pro Cycling Team, BMC Racing Team, Colavita/Sutter Home Presented by Cooking Light, Jelly Belly Cycling Team, OUCH Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis (formerly Team Health Net) and Rock Racing, and new competitors Cervelo Test Team, Fly V Australia presented by Successful Living Foundation Team and Team Type 1.

Several of the 17 professional cycling teams will hold their pre-season training camps in California, which will give residents across the state an opportunity to watch these elite athletes prepare for one of the top professional cycling races in the United States.

“The amount of energy and excitement the Amgen Tour of California brings to town is absolutely electric,” said Mayor Frank Ferry. “On February 21 the eyes of the world will be on us and we can’t wait to host Lance Armstrong and many of the top cyclists in the world when
America’s top cycling event comes to town.”

Kicking off the countdown to the Amgen Tour of California, the City of Santa Clarita will host Hit the Trail, a community bike ride and rally to kick off the countdown to the Amgen Tour of California, on Saturday, January 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local residents are invited to enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the City’s off-street bike trails from one of three starting points en route to Bridgeport Park, where participants of all ages will enjoy food, fun and giveaways. For more information on Hit the Trail, including the location of bike ride starting points, visit santa-clarita.com/tourofca.

The largest cycling event in America, the Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course. Building on last year’s third-annual stage race, which attracted 1.6 million spectators, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will be expanded to cover more than 750 miles over nine days from February 14-22, 2009.

For more about AEG, please contact Michael Roth at (213) 742-7155 or at mroth@aeg-la.com. For more information regarding tour routes and event details, please contact Nicole Okoneski at (213) 428-8793 or nokoneski@golinharris.com. For more about the teams competing in the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, please visitwww.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

GOVERNOR NAMES RECIPIENTS OF STATE’S TOP ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS

GOVERNOR NAMES RECIPIENTS OF STATE’S TOP ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS – NOVEMBER 25, 2008

Summary Report by Margie Anne Clark
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, photo by Margie Anne ClarkSACRAMENTO – Tonight, 21 organizations will receive California’s highest and most prestigious environmental honor. The award is the he Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards.

The recipients will be honored for their notable, voluntary contributions to conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, and building public-private partnerships.

“I’m proud to honor this year’s award recipients for their sustained commitment, innovative solutions and strategic investment to protect our environment and boost our economy,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Tonight’s honorees have shown extraordinary leadership in modeling environmental stewardship with long-term goals in mind. California’s long history of environmental leadership is due in large part to the companies and organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to preserving our natural resources.”

Honorees will accept awards at a ceremony in the Byron Sher Auditorium at the California Environmental Protection Agency headquarters building in Sacramento. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, and is open to the press.

“We just returned from the Governors’ Global Climate Summit where international leaders discussed what can be done in various sectors, so I’m pleased that we have so many people on a local level in a variety of fields showcasing their sustainable initiatives. These are true leaders in today’s world of balancing our most precious resources and our growing economy,” said Linda Adams, Secretary for Environmental Protection.

The Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards program was established in 1993. Recipients are selected by a large panel of evaluators and the Secretaries of Cal/EPA, the Resources Agency, Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, the Department of Food and Agriculture, the State and Consumer Services Agency, and the Governor’s Office.

For more information about GEELA, visit the Cal/EPA Web site:http://www.calepa.ca.gov/Awards/GEELA/.

SCV YOUTH PROJECT POKER NIGHT ATTRACTS HIGH ROLLERS IN SUPPORT OF LOCAL YOUTH

SCV YOUTH PROJECT POKER NIGHT ATTRACTS HIGH ROLLERS IN SUPPORT OF LOCAL YOUTH –

Written by Margie Anne ClarkVALENCIA, Calif. – It was a full house of bustling proportions during the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project’s second annual “Hold ‘Em, Not Hassle ‘Em Poker Tournament held on Nov. 1, at the Tournament Players Club Valencia.

Access Hollywood Host, Tony Potts, emceed this year’s lively and well-attended event. Joining in the fun was “Babes in Poker “star Tiffany Michelle, who lent her stylish expertise to the mix.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Tiffany Michelle, Tony Potts, photo by Margie Anne Clark

In addition to Potts and Michelle, additional celebrity guests included KABC’s AM790 Talk radio commentator Larry Elder; Brian Phelps snd Preva Fleischman of the Mark and Brian Show (KLOS), and John Ziegler (Talk Show Host/Film Producer).

The SCV Youth Project provides confidential counseling to youth facing such serious issues as drug/alcohol abuse, anger, divorce, peer pressure, grief/loss, suicide, depression and other problems facing teens today.

Proceeds will benefit the SCV Youth Project, which serves teens on six local high schools and five junior high campuses of the William S. Hart Union High School District.

For more information about the SCV Youth Project call 661-257-9688 and visit thewww.HelpNotHassle.com.

To request photos from this event, email margie@citylifecommunications.com

LEADERS OF CHARACTER GALA SET TO LAUD SCHULMANS, KENNEDYS AND PATTERSONS AT VALENCIA HYATT SEPT. 26

LEADERS OF CHARACTER GALA SET TO LAUD SCHULMANS, KENNEDYS AND PATTERSONS AT VALENCIA HYATT SEPT. 26: PROCEEDS BENEFIT BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA SCOUTING PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH. – SEPTEMBER 22, 2009

Valencia, Calif. – The Boy Scouts of America and event title sponsor Total Financial Solutions announced the honorees for the Fourth Annual Santa Clarita Valley Leaders of Character Recognition. The list of distinguished honorees from Santa Clarita Valley business, government, and philanthropy include Bill and Cathy Kennedy, Rick and Ann Patterson, and Joe and Barbara Schulman. The honor is presented annually to individuals and couples who personify the character, values, and leadership demonstrated in the Boy Scout Oath and Law in their daily life.
The recipients will be honored at a dinner reception held in their honor at the Valencia Hyatt Regency on September 26th, 2009.
The 2009 recipients join a growing and distinguished fraternity of community and business leaders that can be counted among the Santa Clarita Valley’s Leaders of Character including past recipients: Gary and Myrna Condie, Carl and Jeri Goldman, Bob Kellar, Kevin and Marilyn Malone, Larry G. and Sue Mankin, Harold and Jacguie Petersen, Larry and Peggy Rasmussen, Dianne and Roger Van Hook, and Jim Ventress.
For attendance or sponsorship inquiries contact David Kline at 818-933-0106 / dkline@bsa-la.orgPosted by Margie Anne Clark, City Life Communications.

SCV YOUTH PROJECT BOWLING OVER IN SUPPORT OF YOUTH

SCV YOUTH PROJECT BOWLING OVER IN SUPPORT OF YOUTH -MARCH 10, 2009

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Santa Clarita City Council Members Bob Kellar and Laurie Ender, will join the SCV Youth Project in hosting the 4 th Annual Bowling For Youts’ Charity Event on April 19, at Valencia Lanes in Newhall starting at 1 p.m.

“There is so much need for our free on-campus services for youth given the current economy,” said John Musella, president of the board of directors for the SCV Youth Project. “Our annual family fun bowling event brings our community together to support youth in our valley. I can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend afternoon then having fun bowling with family and friends, all while helping local youth!”

The SCV Youth Project provides free on-campus support services. The Youth Project’s peer mentors work with students at local high school and junior high campuses, providing case management and facilitating support groups to help teens deal with serious life issues such as teen pregnancy, grief/loss, alcohol and drug abuse, male/female issues, conflict resolution, anger management, goal setting, relationships, life skills, job skills, etc.

“The need for an agency such as the Youth Project is beyond measure,” said Kim Goldman, SCV Youth Project executive director when asked why it is so important to have a program such as this one. “We all know how hard it is to be a teenager these days. We provide a safe place for kids to share their feelings and learn life skills to help them make better, smarter decisions as they become adults. We owe it to our youth to be readily available as possible.”

Council Members Kellar and Ender will emcee the fun-filled day, and join community leaders from Poole & Shaffery, California United Bank, Rituals Colour Salon, The Wildcat Group, Farmers Insurance, Infinity Wealth Management, Newhall Land, Fashion Frolic, Whitestar USA, Tom Hough CPA and many other corporate sponsors and local families.

The SCV Youth Project was founded in 2000 and has reached more than 20,000 kids through peer mentoring, support groups, crisis intervention and outreach.

EVENT INFORMATION:

DATE:April 19, 2009

TIME:1pm – 4:30pm

LOCATION:Valencia Lanes, Newhall

SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION:

Corporate Sponsor – $250.00

Family Package – $100.00

Individual – $50.00
For more information on this event, to register a team, please visitwww.HelpNotHassle.org or call 800.257.YOUTH

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA WELCOMES LANCE ARMSTRONG IN STAGE 7 OF AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA WELCOMES LANCE ARMSTRONG IN STAGE 7 OF AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21, 2009

Lance Armstrong Cycles Through the Santa Clarita Valley.
Compiled by Margie Anne Clark Photo by Margie Anne Clark, City Life Communications
Cyclist icon Lance Armstrong and fellow racers gear up for the start of Stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California on Town Center Drive of the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

Stage 7 top-five finishers:

1) Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA), AG2R La Mondiale

2) Hayden Roulston (NZL), Cervelo Test Team

3) Pieter Weening (NED), Rabobank

4) Markus Zberg (SUI), BMC Racing Team

5) Martin Elmiger (SUI), AG2R La Mondiale

General Classification top-five standings as of Stage 7:

1) Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana

2) David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Slipstream

3) Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Columbia-High Road

4) Jens Voigt (GER), Team Saxo Bank

5) Thomas Lövkvist (SWE), Team Columbia-High Road

Stage 7 jersey winners include:
Amgen Race Leader Jersey- Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana
Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey- Christian VendeVelde (USA), Garmin-Slipstream
Herbalife Sprint Jersey- Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-High Road
Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey- Robert Gesink (NED), Rabobank
California Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey- Jason McCartney (USA), Team Saxo Bank
STAGE 7 TOMORROW:

Saturday, Feb. 21 – Pasadena (88.9 mi/143 km)

Start Time: Noon PT

Estimated Finish Time: 3:15-3:50 p.m. PT

Satellite Feed Time: 4:30-4:45 p.m. PT (7:30-7:45 p.m. ET)

(Coordinates can be found at http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/news/media-info.html)

The race from Santa Clarita to Pasadena proved to be a difficult one during the final stage of the 2008 Amgen Tour of California, and this year will be no different. The first 25 miles of Stage 7, sponsored by Herbalife, includes a gradual climb from Santa Clarita, through Acton, to the intersection of Angeles Forest Road. The route continues uphill, showcasing the beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains, to the second highest elevation ever reached by the Amgen Tour of California on the towering Millcreek Summit (4,906 ft.). Descending with a 15-mile run to Angeles Crest Highway, the route begins a fast plunge to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. After more than 65 miles from Santa Clarita to Pasadena, with the mountains and the Rose Bowl serving as the backdrop, the peloton will complete the stage with five, five-mile laps on a very demanding circuit through the area surrounding the Rose Bowl. This course will provide a challenging, action-packed day leading up to the finale on Sunday.

For full results, archived footage, GPS data, course information, race play-by-play and more, please visit the official race Web site at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

In addition to the Web site, fans can view the race on the daily VERSUS broadcasts. Stage 6 will air on VERSUS tomorrow at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET.

About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course. Building on last year’s third-annual stage race, which attracted

1.6 million spectators, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will be expanded to cover more than 750 miles over nine days from February 14-22, 2009.

SPRINTER MARK CAVENDISH WINS EPIC STAGE 4 OF AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA AND LEVI LEIPHEIMER RETAINS OVERALL LEAD FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE DAY

SPRINTER MARK CAVENDISH WINS EPIC STAGE 4 OF AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA AND LEVI LEIPHEIMER RETAINS OVERALL LEAD FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE DAY- – FEBRUARY 19, 2009

CLOVIS – Considered by many as the world’s fastest cyclist, Mark Cavendish (GBR) of Team Columbia-Highroad sprinted to an impressive win in Stage 4 of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. Two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Astana was able to retain the overall lead and will wear the Amgen Leader Jersey heading into Stage 5 of the race. The impressive and challenging Stage 4 course, which took the riders from Merced to Clovis, included five King of the Mountain (KOM) and two sprint competitions.

After a fast and furious start to the race, which began with immediate attacks, Cavendish celebrated a narrow victory over Tom Boonen (BEL) of Quick Step.

“This win was massive for me and for the team,” said Cavendish. “I was really driven and I wanted this win bad. The team stayed so well together on every climb and it played into our ends today.”

Though the 115.8-mile stage saw no major changes in the overall general classification, the field faced multiple challenging aspects, including the five categorized climbs between the morning start in Merced and the final flat run-in to the finish line in Clovis.

The majestic views of the field flying along with the snow-capped Sierra Mountains in the backdrop amidst brilliant blue skies and sun made for a perfect day of racing.

“The scenery on the course is awesome,” said Leipheimer. “It’s very pretty and there were a ton of people, even in the snow, cheering for us. I think it’s great that the Amgen Tour of California can come to new places and spread the word.”

Jason McCartney (USA) of Saxo Bank drove several early moves, finally getting clear at the 26-mile mark with Serge Pauwels (BEL) of Cervelo Test Team and Rock Racing’s Tyler Hamilton (USA). Hamilton’s teammate Francisco Mancebo (ESP) joined the break as well, hoping to defend his sprint and KOM jerseys.

The first dry day of the race was marred by serious injuries to three high-profile riders: Kim Kirchen (LUX) of Team Columbia-Highroad fractured his right clavicle and scapula; Oscar Friere (ESP) of Rabobank fractured two ribs on his left side; and Scott Nydam (USA) of the BMC Racing Team fractured his left clavicle.

As the peloton continued their charge, Cavendish’s confidence grew. Mancebo stayed up front long enough to consolidate his leads, then retreated to the field to give teammate Hamilton a shot at staying away. The lead quickly climbed to more than five minutes with 50 miles to go, but with the mountains and motivated sprinters behind, the breakaway had no chance. They were finally swallowed by the fast-moving peloton at the Clovis city limits, where the Cervelo Test Team pulled to the front. But, Team Columbia-Highroad’s infamous sprinter Cavendish quickly took over for the win.

“I was looking after so well after the climbs; my team really put me in a perfect position,” said Cavendish. “Mark Renshaw (Team Columbia-Highroad) helped me; it was the first time we got the lead-out right.”

In what was a photo-finish bunch sprint to the “gateway to the sierras,” Boonen took second and Juan Jose (J.J.) Haedo (ARG) of Saxo Bank took third.

The only change in the jerseys is to Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer™ Most Courageous Rider Jersey, which was awarded to Hamilton. The other jersey winners remain unchanged with Leipheimer in the Amgen Leader Jersey, Robert Gesink (NED) of Rabobank in the Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey and Mancebo in the Herbalife Sprint Jersey. Mancebo also retains the California Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey, but McCartney, who is second in the KOM competition overall, will wear the jersey tomorrow, since Mancebo will be wearing the Herbalife Sprint Jersey.

“When we were planning for the inaugural race in 2004, our vision was to become the greatest race,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. “One that was important to cyclists and teams and important on the global cycling calendar, and I think we are making progress. It has been a difficult race so far, but the crowds have been fantastic, we are broadcasting in more than 200 countries, we are on live television, reaching more than 200 million households.”

“Amgen has delivered on the promise of biotechnology by discovering and developing innovative and vital medicines that have helped millions of patients fight cancer, kidney disease and other serious illnesses,” said Stuart Arbuckle, vice president and general manager of Oncology Business Unit, Amgen. “Through the Amgen Tour of California sponsorship, we are able to raise awareness of the medical breakthroughs possible through biotechnology while also helping support cancer patients and caregivers through the Breakaway from Cancer™ initiative.”

Amgen created the national Breakaway from Cancer initiative in 2005 as a complementary component to its sponsorship of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California. The Breakaway from Cancer initiative is designed to empower patients by connecting them to education, resources and hope.

Amgen invited local cancer survivors to participate in start activities in Merced, and in Clovis cancer survivor Lisa Burnett had the honor of awarding Hamilton Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider jersey.

For the latest information on Breakaway from Cancer and ways to support those living with the illness, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com.

CLOVIS (February 18, 2009) – Considered by many as the world’s fastest cyclist, Mark Cavendish (GBR) of Team Columbia-Highroad sprinted to an impressive win in Stage 4 of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. Two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Astana was able to retain the overall lead and will wear the Amgen Leader Jersey heading into Stage 5 of the race. The impressive and challenging Stage 4 course, which took the riders from Merced to Clovis, included five King of the Mountain (KOM) and two sprint competitions.

After a fast and furious start to the race, which began with immediate attacks, Cavendish celebrated a narrow victory over Tom Boonen (BEL) of Quick Step.

“This win was massive for me and for the team,” said Cavendish. “I was really driven and I wanted this win bad. The team stayed so well together on every climb and it played into our ends today.”

Though the 115.8-mile stage saw no major changes in the overall general classification, the field faced multiple challenging aspects, including the five categorized climbs between the morning start in Merced and the final flat run-in to the finish line in Clovis.

The majestic views of the field flying along with the snow-capped Sierra Mountains in the backdrop amidst brilliant blue skies and sun made for a perfect day of racing.

“The scenery on the course is awesome,” said Leipheimer. “It’s very pretty and there were a ton of people, even in the snow, cheering for us. I think it’s great that the Amgen Tour of California can come to new places and spread the word.”

Jason McCartney (USA) of Saxo Bank drove several early moves, finally getting clear at the 26-mile mark with Serge Pauwels (BEL) of Cervelo Test Team and Rock Racing’s Tyler Hamilton (USA). Hamilton’s teammate Francisco Mancebo (ESP) joined the break as well, hoping to defend his sprint and KOM jerseys.

The first dry day of the race was marred by serious injuries to three high-profile riders: Kim Kirchen (LUX) of Team Columbia-Highroad fractured his right clavicle and scapula; Oscar Friere (ESP) of Rabobank fractured two ribs on his left side; and Scott Nydam (USA) of the BMC Racing Team fractured CLOVIS (February 18, 2009) – Considered by many as the world’s fastest cyclist, Mark Cavendish (GBR) of Team Columbia-Highroad sprinted to an impressive win in Stage 4 of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. Two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Astana was able to retain the overall lead and will wear the Amgen Leader Jersey heading into Stage 5 of the race. The impressive and challenging Stage 4 course, which took the riders from Merced to Clovis, included five King of the Mountain (KOM) and two sprint competitions.

After a fast and furious start to the race, which began with immediate attacks, Cavendish celebrated a narrow victory over Tom Boonen (BEL) of Quick Step.

“This win was massive for me and for the team,” said Cavendish. “I was really driven and I wanted this win bad. The team stayed so well together on every climb and it played into our ends today.”

Though the 115.8-mile stage saw no major changes in the overall general classification, the field faced multiple challenging aspects, including the five categorized climbs between the morning start in Merced and the final flat run-in to the finish line in Clovis.

The majestic views of the field flying along with the snow-capped Sierra Mountains in the backdrop amidst brilliant blue skies and sun made for a perfect day of racing.

“The scenery on the course is awesome,” said Leipheimer. “It’s very pretty and there were a ton of people, even in the snow, cheering for us. I think it’s great that the Amgen Tour of California can come to new places and spread the word.”

Jason McCartney (USA) of Saxo Bank drove several early moves, finally getting clear at the 26-mile mark with Serge Pauwels (BEL) of Cervelo Test Team and Rock Racing’s Tyler Hamilton (USA). Hamilton’s teammate Francisco Mancebo (ESP) joined the break as well, hoping to defend his sprint and KOM jerseys.

The first dry day of the race was marred by serious injuries to three high-profile riders: Kim Kirchen (LUX) of Team Columbia-Highroad fractured his right clavicle and scapula; Oscar Friere (ESP) of Rabobank fractured two ribs on his left side; and Scott Nydam (USA) of the BMC Racing Team fractured his left clavicle.

As the peloton continued their charge, Cavendish’s confidence grew. Mancebo stayed up front long enough to consolidate his leads, then retreated to the field to give teammate Hamilton a shot at staying away. The lead quickly climbed to more than five minutes with 50 miles to go, but with the mountains and motivated sprinters behind, the breakaway had no chance. They were finally swallowed by the fast-moving peloton at the Clovis city limits, where the Cervelo Test Team pulled to the front. But, Team Columbia-Highroad’s infamous sprinter Cavendish quickly took over for the win.

“I was looking after so well after the climbs; my team really put me in a perfect position,” said Cavendish. “Mark Renshaw (Team Columbia-Highroad) helped me; it was the first time we got the lead-out right.”

In what was a photo-finish bunch sprint to the “gateway to the sierras,” Boonen took second and Juan Jose (J.J.) Haedo (ARG) of Saxo Bank took third.

The only change in the jerseys is to Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer™ Most Courageous Rider Jersey, which was awarded to Hamilton. The other jersey winners remain unchanged with Leipheimer in the Amgen Leader Jersey, Robert Gesink (NED) of Rabobank in the Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey and Mancebo in the Herbalife Sprint Jersey. Mancebo also retains the California Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey, but McCartney, who is second in the KOM competition overall, will wear the jersey tomorrow, since Mancebo will be wearing the Herbalife Sprint Jersey.

“When we were planning for the inaugural race in 2004, our vision was to become the greatest race,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. “One that was important to cyclists and teams and important on the global cycling calendar, and I think we are making progress. It has been a difficult race so far, but the crowds have been fantastic, we are broadcasting in more than 200 countries, we are on live television, reaching more than 200 million households.”

“Amgen has delivered on the promise of biotechnology by discovering and developing innovative and vital medicines that have helped millions of patients fight cancer, kidney disease and other serious illnesses,” said Stuart Arbuckle, vice president and general manager of Oncology Business Unit, Amgen. “Through the Amgen Tour of California sponsorship, we are able to raise awareness of the medical breakthroughs possible through biotechnology while also helping support cancer patients and caregivers through the Breakaway from Cancer™ initiative.”

Amgen created the national Breakaway from Cancer initiative in 2005 as a complementary component to its sponsorship of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California. The Breakaway from Cancer initiative is designed to empower patients by connecting them to education, resources and hope.

Amgen invited local cancer survivors to participate in start activities in Merced, and in Clovis cancer survivor Lisa Burnett had the honor of awarding Hamilton Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider jersey.

For the latest information on Breakaway from Cancer and ways to support those living with the illness, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com.

his left clavicle.

As the peloton continued their charge, Cavendish’s confidence grew. Mancebo stayed up front long enough to consolidate his leads, then retreated to the field to give teammate Hamilton a shot at staying away. The lead quickly climbed to more than five minutes with 50 miles to go, but with the mountains and motivated sprinters behind, the breakaway had no chance. They were finally swallowed by the fast-moving peloton at the Clovis city limits, where the Cervelo Test Team pulled to the front. But, Team Columbia-Highroad’s infamous sprinter Cavendish quickly took over for the win.

“I was looking after so well after the climbs; my team really put me in a perfect position,” said Cavendish. “Mark Renshaw (Team Columbia-Highroad) helped me; it was the first time we got the lead-out right.”

In what was a photo-finish bunch sprint to the “gateway to the sierras,” Boonen took second and Juan Jose (J.J.) Haedo (ARG) of Saxo Bank took third.

The only change in the jerseys is to Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer™ Most Courageous Rider Jersey, which was awarded to Hamilton. The other jersey winners remain unchanged with Leipheimer in the Amgen Leader Jersey, Robert Gesink (NED) of Rabobank in the Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey and Mancebo in the Herbalife Sprint Jersey. Mancebo also retains the California Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey, but McCartney, who is second in the KOM competition overall, will wear the jersey tomorrow, since Mancebo will be wearing the Herbalife Sprint Jersey.

“When we were planning for the inaugural race in 2004, our vision was to become the greatest race,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. “One that was important to cyclists and teams and important on the global cycling calendar, and I think we are making progress. It has been a difficult race so far, but the crowds have been fantastic, we are broadcasting in more than 200 countries, we are on live television, reaching more than 200 million households.”

“Amgen has delivered on the promise of biotechnology by discovering and developing innovative and vital medicines that have helped millions of patients fight cancer, kidney disease and other serious illnesses,” said Stuart Arbuckle, vice president and general manager of Oncology Business Unit, Amgen. “Through the Amgen Tour of California sponsorship, we are able to raise awareness of the medical breakthroughs possible through biotechnology while also helping support cancer patients and caregivers through the Breakaway from Cancer™ initiative.”

Amgen created the national Breakaway from Cancer initiative in 2005 as a complementary component to its sponsorship of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California. The Breakaway from Cancer initiative is designed to empower patients by connecting them to education, resources and hope.

Amgen invited local cancer survivors to participate in start activities in Merced, and in Clovis cancer survivor Lisa Burnett had the honor of awarding Hamilton Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider jersey.

Stage 5 top-five finishers:

1) Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-High Road

2) Tom Boonen (BEL), Quick Step

3) Pedro Horrillo (ESP), Rabobank

4) Francesco Chicchi (ITA), Liquigas

5) Thor Hushovd (NOR), Cevelo Test Team

General Classification top-five standings as of Stage 5:
1) Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana
2) Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Comumbia-High Road
3) David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Slipstream
4) Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana
5) Christopher Horner (USA), Astana

Stage 5 jersey winners include:
Amgen Race Leader Jersey- Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana
Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey- Mathew Crane (USA), Jelly Belly
Herbalife Sprint Jersey- Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-High Road
Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey- Robert Gesink (NED), Rabobank
California Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey- Francisco Mancebo (ESP), Rock Racing

For the latest information on Breakaway from Cancer and ways to support those living with the illness, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com

LEVI LEIPHEIMER TAKES OVERALL LEAD AFTER STAGE 2 OF THE AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: CYCLISTS CROSS GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE ON ROUTE FROM SAUSALITO TO SANTA CRUZ

LEVI LEIPHEIMER TAKES OVERALL LEAD AFTER STAGE 2 OF THE AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: CYCLISTS CROSS GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE ON ROUTE FROM SAUSALITO TO SANTA CRUZ -FEBRUARY 17, 2009

SANTA CRUZ –The second stage of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California brought excitement to the finish in Santa Cruz, as two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Astana was propelled to take second in the stage and also a 24-second overall lead.
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Levi Leipheimer pictured here in Santa Clarita during the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, Photo by Margie Anne Clark, copyright-2007

Fellow American Thomas Peterson of Garmin-Slipstream, best young rider overall in the 2006 Amgen Tour of California, sprinted to the finish to take the stage victory. Stage 2, which took cyclists from Sausalito to Santa Cruz, a new city for the race, finished in front of record crowds.

“I had it in my head that I was going to try to win today,” said Leipheimer. “I looked around and saw that people were at their limit, but I felt really strong and inspired at that moment, so I went for it.”

Image and video hosting by TinyPicLevi Leipheimer at the finish line in Santa Clarita during the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, Photo by Margie Anne Clark, copyright-2007

After an enthusiastic start in Sausalito, Stage 2 began by taking the riders over one of the most iconic structures in the country, the Golden Gate Bridge. Despite, or perhaps because of, the weather conditions, an early breakaway of 10 riders was established less than 10 miles from the start, which included Santa Cruz native Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) of BISSELL Pro Cycling.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicLevi Leipheimer flanked by his children during presentation ceremonies in Santa Clarita during the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, Photo by Margie Anne Clark, copyright-2007

Riding in support of race leader Francisco Mancebo (ESP), who took Stage 1 yesterday after a truly epic and heroic 100-mile breakaway, Rock Racing kept a steady tempo at the front of the peloton; the gap fluctuated but never exceeded five minutes.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Levi Leipheimer talks to the media in Santa Clarita during the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, Photo by Margie Anne Clark, copyright-2007

The first King of the Mountains (KOM) climb of the day came at 46.7 miles on Tunitas Creek Road, a category 2 climb of just over six miles that rises 1,562 feet. Carlos Barredo (ESP) of Quick Step set the tempo of the break on this climb, as they rode past the giant Redwood trees lining the street.

At about 95 miles into the race Barredo jumped ahead of the breakaway, but was soon caught and passed by Peterson and Jason McCartney (USA) of Saxo Bank. At the same time, Leipheimer pulled away from the peloton to launch a solo attack on the breakaway group.

The second KOM of the day on Bonny Doon Road (category 3) came at the 102.6-mile mark. It was at this point that the breakaway splintered for good and Leipheimer really sprang clear from the chasing field. The Santa Rosa native quickly caught, passed and dropped all but Peterson, keeping the pressure on to gain maximum time before the Santa Cruz finish.

“The crowds today and yesterday, in my hometown of Santa Rosa, were amazing,” added Leipheimer. “The conditions out there were bad, yet you still see thousands of die-hard fans just cheering us on; that definitely motivates us. We really appreciate the support of the fans, and this race is obviously doing really well.”

Though none of the other cyclists were able to close the gap on the sprint to the finish, there are still 16 riders within a minute of the overall lead, making the upcoming days of the race even more exciting and competitive.

The rainy weather claimed a few victims of mechanicals and flat tires in the first half of the race, including a flat tire for Leipheimer about 25 miles into the race and a 15-rider crash, which included Lance Armstrong (USA) of Astana and Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) of BISSELL Pro Cycling Team. All of the riders recovered from the crash, with the exception of Jacques-Maynes, who had to drop out of the race to seek medical attention.

After a long, hard day of racing, Leipheimer claimed the Amgen Leader Jersey. Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer™ Most Courageous Rider Jersey was awarded to local resident Ben Jacques-Maynes, to recognize his strong performance in the breakaway. Mancebo retained the Herbalife Sprint Jersey and the California Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey. Robert Gesink (NED) of Rabobank held onto the Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey.

The top-three general classification leaders after today are Leipheimer in first, Michael Rogers (AUS) of Team Columbia-High Road in second and David Zabriskie (USA) of Garmin-Slipstream in third.

“Beginning with our first-ever ride over the Golden Gate Bridge, and ending for the first time in Santa Cruz, this was certainly a great showcase for two iconic locations in the state of California,” said Andrew Messick, president, AEG Sports. “But what also made this an historic day for the Amgen Tour of California was the great finish by two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer, who rode through adverse conditions to reclaim the Amgen Leader jersey, which he continues to insist belongs to him this time of year.”

“For nearly 30 years, Amgen has tapped the power of pioneering science and innovation to discover and develop vital medicines,” said David Lacey, senior vice president, head of Research, Amgen. “That’s why Amgen is proud to sponsor the Amgen Tour of California in its fourth year and to continue the Breakaway from Cancer initiative as a vehicle to raise awareness of the comprehensive continuum of resources available to cancer patients and their caregivers – from prevention to education, patient care to advocacy and financial support.”

Amgen created the national Breakaway from Cancer™ initiative in 2005 as a complementary component to its sponsorship of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California. Through the Breakaway from Cancer initiative, Amgen strives to empower patients and their caregivers by connecting them to education, resources and hope.

Today’s activities featured cancer survivor Blaine Mauldin who fired the official start gun to begin the ride from Sausalito to Santa Cruz, and cancer survivor Karen Card had the honor of awarding Jacques-Maynes with Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey.

For access to resources and details about Breakaway from Cancer activities during the race, visit breakawayfromcancer.com.

STAGE 3 TOMORROW:

Tuesday, Feb. 17 – San Jose to Modesto (104.2 mi/167.7 km)

Start Time: Noon PT

Estimated Finish Time: 3:50-4:30 p.m. PT

Fans of the Amgen Tour of California may recognize part of Stage 3 from the 2008 race when the cyclists traveled from Modesto to San Jose; however, in 2009, the racers will be traveling the route in reverse with several changes. Beginning with a climb that is synonymous with cycling and the Amgen Tour of California, the cyclists will head up Sierra Road (1,930 ft.) within the first five miles of the stage. This epic climb will be a defining moment in the race and will create an action-packed day of racing for the cyclists and the fans alike. After completing the Sierra Road climb, the riders will face fast and flat roads full of twists and turns (Calaveras Road alone has more than 40 switchbacks) before climbing Patterson Pass. The stage will finish with two circuits in downtown Modesto.

For full results, archived footage, GPS data, course information, race play-by-play and more, please visit the official race Web site at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

In addition to the Web site, fans can view the race on the daily VERSUS broadcasts. Stage 3 will air live on VERSUS tomorrow at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET.

FOURTH-ANNUAL AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA TO BE BROADCAST AROUND THE WORLD FEB. 14-22 – FEBRUARY 14, 2009

LOS ANGELES – Coverage of the United State’s Top Cycling Event to Reach Fans in 201 Countries Worldwide AEG announced today that for the first time the 2009 Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race will be broadcast internationally. The race will be broadcast live in more than 90 countries, which includes more than 200 million households across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania and Africa. The unprecedented coverage is due to the partnership established with the Amaury Sport Organisation (owners of the Tour de France) which has assisted AEG with the international television distribution of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, further strengthening the partnership between the two cycling tour owners, which was announced in June 2008.Amongst the line-up of broadcasters, Eurosport, the leader in cycling broadcast coverage in Europe, will broadcast the race live in 77 countries throughout Europe and Asia-Pacific. Abu Dhabi Sports in the Middle East, HiSports in Nigeria, J-Sports in Japan, SBS in Australia and Sky TV in New Zealand are also amongst the race’s international broadcast partners. In addition to the live coverage, highlights will be made available to fans in a total of 201 countries and territories, in 22 languages by a total of 23 channels.Additionally, the race will be broadcast to international military bases.

“The American Forces Network will be broadcasting each stage of the Amgen Tour of California to international military bases around the world, which will enable military men and women to follow the race with fans worldwide,” said Scott Hanley, vice president, AEG Sports.

The recently expanded 750-mile, nine-day stage race, considered to be the most important and popular race held on U.S. soil, will take 17 of the world’s top professional cycling teams from Sacramento to San Diego County. The race will include two-time defending race champion Levi Leipheimer and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, among other top cyclists. Scheduled from February 14-22, 2009, the fourth-annual race will visit 16 host cities for official stage starts and finishes along the route.

“The fourth edition of the Amgen Tour of California will have the greatest collection of riders ever assembled on American soil,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. “With this field, the competition is going to be tough, so we wanted to be sure to provide the race action to as many people as possible, and now the race will reach more fans across the globe than ever before.”

About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course. Building on last year’s third-annual stage race, which attracted 1.6 million spectators, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will be expanded to cover more than 750 miles over nine days from February 14-22, 2009. For more information on the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, logon towww.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

About Amgen

Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a broad and deep pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives. To learn more about Amgen’s pioneering science and vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com. To learn more about Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer initiative, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com.

About AEG

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and NOKIA Theatre Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, a Women’s Professional Soccer league team, the Los Angeles Sol, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the ING Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG Live, the organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production. For more information, visit AEG today atwww.aegworldwide.com.

‘BEST FIELD EVER ASSEMBLED FOR A RACE ON U.S. SOIL’ ANNOUNCED – FEBRUARY 14, 2009

LOS ANGELES – Amgen Tour of California Race Draws Top Cyclists, Including Seven-Time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong and Defending Champion Levi LeipheimerConsidered the best collection of talent to compete in a U.S. professional cycling stage race, the world-class roster of teams and cyclists* scheduled to participate in the 2009 Amgen Tour of California has been announced by race presenter AEG. An internationally sanctioned professional cycling road race, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will host 17 teams and 136 riders from 24 countries for the fourth-annual race from February 14-22.The race will bring the top cycling talent in the world to compete across more than 750 miles down the state of California from the state’s capital, Sacramento, to San Diego County. Attracting an unprecedented field of riders from around the world, cyclists hail from countries as far away as Belgium, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden.

“As the Amgen Tour of California continues to grow in stature year after year, we continue to see the caliber of the field increase,” said Andrew Messick, president, AEG Sports. “The group of cyclists that will comprise the field for the 2009 race will create an unprecedented level of competition that is sure to make 2009 the best year yet. We are looking forward to watching the competition unfold.”

The field will include riders from well-known teams such as Astana, Team Columbia-Highroad, Quick Step, Saxo Bank and Garmin-Slipstream, which returns to defend the title as the winner of the overall team competition. Some of the notable riders planned to begin the race in Sacramento on February 14 include:

*Team rosters are subject to change

Tour de France Champions

* Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana
* Carlos Sastre (ESP), Cervélo Test Team

Tour de France Stage Winners

* Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana
* Tom Boonen (BEL), Quick Step
* Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Saxo Bank
* Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-Highroad
* Oscar Freire Gomez (ESP), Rabobank
* Tyler Hamilton (USA), Rock Racing
* George Hincapie (USA), Team Columbia-Highroad
* Thor Hushovd (NOR), Cervélo Test Team

* Kim Kirchen (LUX), Team Columbia-Highroad

Tour de France Stage Winners (cont.)

* Floyd Landis (USA), Ouch Presented by Maxxis
* Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana
* Stuart O’Grady (AUS), Saxo Bank
* Yaroslav Popovych (UKR), Astana

* Carlos Sastre (ESP), Cervélo Test Team

* Frank Schleck (LUX), Saxo Bank
* David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Slipstream

World Champions:

· Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana

· Tom Boonen (BEL), Quick Step

· Janez Brajkovic (SLO), Astana

· Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Saxo Bank

· Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-Highroad

· Francisco Chicchi (ITA), Liquigas

· Oscar Freire Gomez (ESP), Rabobank

· Brett Lancaster (AUS), Cervélo Test Team

· Stuart O’Grady (AUS), Saxo Bank

· Yaroslav Popovych (UKR), Astana

· Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Columbia-Highroad

Olympic Medalists:

· Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana

· Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Saxo Bank

· Tyler Hamilton (USA), Rock Racing

· Gustav Larsson (SWE), Saxo Bank

· Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana

· Stuart O’Grady (AUS), Saxo Bank

· Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Columbia-Highroad

· Hayden Roulston (NZL), Cervélo Test Team

Current National Champions (by country):

* Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Saxo Bank
* Tyler Hamilton (USA), Rock Racing
* Kim Kirchen (LUX), Team Columbia-Highroad
* Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Columbia-Highroad
* Frank Schleck (LUX), Saxo Bank
* Tadej Valjavec (SLO), AG2R-La Mondiale
* David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Slipstream

American Race Champions:

* Lance Armstrong (Astana), 2004 Tour de Georgia
* Janez Brajkovic (Astana), 2007 Tour de Georgia
* Tom Danielson (Garmin-Slipstream), 2005 Tour de Georgia
* George Hincapie (Team Columbia-Highroad), 2007 Tour of Missouri
* Chris Horner (Astana), 2003 Tour de Georgia
* Floyd Landis (Ouch Presented by Maxxis), 2006 Amgen Tour of California, 2006 Tour de Georgia
* Levi Leipheimer, (Astana), 2007 and 2008 Amgen Tour of California
* Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream), 2008 Tour of Missouri

– more –

“Welcoming such an impressive group of international and domestic cyclists to the race is something that we are incredibly proud of,” added Messick. “The growing reputation of the Amgen Tour of California has resulted in the best, most accomplished, field of cyclists to ever to race on U.S. soil.”

The 2009 Amgen Tour of California roster includes the following 17 professional cycling teams. The eight ProTour teams compete regularly on the UCI’s ProTour race calendar, including the Grand Tours of Europe: Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.

Pro Tour Teams

1.) AG2R-La Mondiale (FRA)

Cyril Dessel (FRA)

Hubert Dupont (FRA)

Martin Elmiger (SUI)

John Gadret (FRA)

Stéphane Goubert (FRA)

Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA)

Christophe Riblon (FRA)

Tadej Valjavec (SLO)

2.) Astana (KAZ)

Lance Armstrong (USA)

Janez Brajkovic (SLO)

Christopher Horner (USA)

Levi Leipheimer (USA)

Steve Morabito (SUI)

Yaroslav Popovych (UKR)

Gregory Rast (SUI)

José Luis Rubiera Vigil (ESP)

3.) Garmin-Slipstream (USA)

Steven Cozza (USA)

Thomas Danielson (USA)

Tyler Farrar (USA)

Trent Lowe (USA)

Thomas Peterson (USA)

Svein Tuft (USA)

Christian Vande Velde (USA)

David Zabriskie (CAN)

4.) Liquigas (ITA)

Ivan Basso (ITA)

Kjell Carlström (FIN)

Francesco Chicchi (ITA)

Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA)

Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)

Daniel Oss (ITA)

Brian Vandborg (DEN)

Alessandro Vanotti (ITA)

5.) Quick Step (BEL)

Carlos Barredo (ESP)

Tom Boonen (BEL)

Kevin De Weert (BEL)

Addy Engels (NED)

Kevin Hulsmans (BEL)

Kevin Seeldraeyers (BEL)

Jurgen Van De Walle (BEL)

Marco Velo (ITA)

6.) Rabobank (NED)

Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (COL)

Stef Clement (NED)

Oscar Freire Gomez (ESP)

Robert Gesink (NED)

Pedro Horrillo Munoz (ESP)

Bauke Mollema (NED)

Grischa Niermann (GER)

Pieter Weening (NED)

7.) Saxo Bank (DEN)

Fabian Cancellara (SUI)

Juan José Haedo (ARG)

Gustav Larsson (SWE)

Jason McCartney (USA)

Stuart O’Grady (AUS)

Andy Schleck (LUX)

Fränk Schleck (LUX)

Jens Voigt (GER)

8.) Team Columbia-Highroad (USA)

Michael Barry (CAN)

Mark Cavendish (GBR)

Adam Hansen (AUS)

George Hincapie (USA)

Kim Kirchen (LUX)

Thomas Lovkvist (SWE)

Mark Renshaw (AUS)

Michael Rogers (AUS)

Pro Continental Teams

9.) BMC Racing Team (USA)

Mathias Frank (SUI)

Thomas Frei (SUI)

Jonathan Garcia (USA)

Jeffry Louder (USA)

Ian McKissick (USA)

Alexandre Moos (SUI)

Scott Nydam (USA)

Markus Zberg (SUI)

10.) Cervélo Test Team (SUI)

Inigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (ESP)

Thor Hushovd (NOR)

Edward King (USA)

Brett Lancaster (AUS)

Serge Pauwels (BEL)

Dominique Rollin (CAN)

Hayden Roulston (NZL)

Carlos Sastre (ESP)

Continental Teams

11.) Bissell Pro Cycling (USA)

Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA)

Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA)

Omer Kem (USA)

Peter Latham (USA)

Kirk O’Bee (USA)

Frank Pipp (USA)

Jeremy Vennell (USA)

Tom Zirbel (USA)

12.) Colavita/Sutter Home Presented by Cooking Light (USA)

Alejandro Alberto Borrajo (ARG)

Anibal Andres Borrajo (ARG)

Davide Frattini (ITA)

Andy Guptill (USA)

Aaron Olson (USA)

Luis Romero Amaran (CUB)

Lucas Sebastian Haedo (ARG)

Tyler Wren (USA)

13.) Fly V Australia presented by Successful Living Foundation Team (AUS)

Jonathan Cantwell (USA)

Scott Davis (AUS)

Ben Day (AUS)

Robert Gunn (AUS)

Michael Grabinger (USA)

David Kemp (AUS)

Bernard Sulzberger (AUS)

Phil Zajicek (USA)

14.) Jelly Belly Cycling Team (USA)

Charles Bradley Huff (USA)

Jonathan Clarke (AUS)

Matthew Crane (USA)

Phillip Gaimon (USA)

Kiel Reijnen (USA)

Nick Reistad (USA)

Will Routley (CAN)

Bernard Van Ulden (USA)

15.) Ouch Presented by Maxxis (USA)

Cameron Evans (CAN)

Timothy Johnson (USA)

Floyd Landis (USA)

Karl Menzies (AUS)

John Murphy (USA)

Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA)

Rory Sutherland (AUS)

Bradley White (USA)

16.) Rock Racing (USA)

Chris Baldwin (USA)

Glen Chadwick (NZL)

Enrique Gutierrez (ESP)

Tyler Hamilton (USA)

Francisco Mancebo (ESP)

Victor Hugo Pena (COL)

Freddy Rodriguez (USA)

Oscar Sevilla (ESP)

17.) Team Type 1 (USA)

Moises Aldape Chavez (MEX)

Fabio Calabria (AUS)

Christopher Jones (USA)

Valeriy Kobzarenko (UKR)

Darren Lill (RSA)

Ian Macgregor (USA)

Phil Southerland (USA)

Matthew Wilson (AUS)

Stages for the 2009 Amgen Tour of California include:

* Prologue: Saturday, Feb. 14 – Sacramento
* Stage 1: Sunday, Feb. 15 – Davis to Santa Rosa
* Stage 2: Monday, Feb. 16 – Sausalito to Santa Cruz
* Stage 3: Tuesday, Feb. 17 – San Jose to Modesto
* Stage 4: Wednesday, Feb. 18 – Merced to Clovis
* Stage 5: Thursday, Feb. 19 – Visalia to Paso Robles
* Stage 6: Friday, Feb. 20 – Solvang (individual time trial)
* Stage 7: Saturday, Feb. 21 – Santa Clarita to Pasadena
* Stage 8: Sunday, Feb. 22 – Rancho Bernardo to Escondido

For more information about the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, please visitwww.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

For satellite feed coordinates and times, please visithttp://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/news/press.html.

About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course. Building on last year’s third-annual stage race, which attracted

1.6 million spectators, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will be expanded to cover more than 750 miles over nine days from February 14-22, 2009.

About Amgen

Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a broad and deep pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives. To learn more about Amgen’s pioneering science and vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com. To learn more about Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer initiative, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com.

About AEG

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and NOKIA Theatre Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, a Women’s Professional Soccer league team, the Los Angeles Sol, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the ING Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG Live, the organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production. For more information, visit AEG today atwww.aegworldwide.com.