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

ACCESS HOLLYWOOD’S TONY POTTS SET TO EMCEE SCV YOUTH PROJECT’S 2ND ANNUAL POKER TOURNAMENT

ACCESS HOLLYWOOD’S TONY POTTS SET TO EMCEE SCV YOUTH PROJECT’S 2ND ANNUAL POKER TOURNAMENT – OCTOBER 27, 2008

Written by Margie Anne Natalie Clark
Editor-in-Chief, City Life CommunicationsVALENCIA, Calif. – Hollywood celebrities and Santa Clarita mover and shakers alike will be anteing up for a good cause when the SCV Youth Project hosts its second annual “Hold ‘Em, Not Hassle ‘Em Poker Tournament on Nov. 1, at the Tournament Players Club Valencia.
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Access Hollywood Host, Tony Potts, (pictured above) will be joining in on the fun, while serving as emcee for this year’s star-studded event as he lends his support to the SCV Youth Project.”I have been a resident of Santa Clarita for five years and I am honored to be involved with the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project.” Potts said.In addition to Potts, additional celebrity guests include KABC’s AM790 Talk radio commentator Larry Elder. As a supporter of the SCV Youth Project, Elder emceed the SCV Youth Projects inaugural Poker Tournament last year. Other celebrities expected to attend include: April Scott (Author, Actress, Model, Deal or No Deal), Mark and Brian and co-host, Preva (KLOS), Dave Foley (Actor, NewsRadio, A Bugs Life, Kids in the Hall), Sean Valentine (Radio Host, KBIG 104), Trichelle (MTV’s Real World, Dr. Steve O, and Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Wrestling) and John Ziegler (Talk Show Host/Film Producer).”We are thrilled to have Tony Potts and our special celebrity friends as guests at our fund raising event,” Kim Goldman, executive director of the SCV Youth Project said. “We expect this event will once again be a sell out at the TPC and are confident that our guests will enjoy a night of fun, which will hopefully mean big money for the Youth Project.”A non-profit organization, 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, a non-profit organization which serves teens on six local high schools and five junior high campuses of the WilliamS.HartUnionHighSchool District.
Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with check-in and a silent auction as guests enjoy mingling, food and beverages and a cigar bar. The tournament kicks off at 6:30 featuring fun and banter throughout the evening.

Sponsorships are still available ranging from $500 to $5, 000, with $125 Individual buy-ins for the tournament and event. Spectators are also welcome to attend by purchasing a $40 viewing and silent auction option.

The SCV Youth Project was founded in 2000 with the concept of providing hassle-free and confidential counseling to teens. To participate in the SCV Youth Project’s second annual Poker tournament call 661-257-9688 or email Kim Goldman at kim@helpnothassle.com and visit the www.HelpNotHassle.com.

Photo of Tony Potts, courtesy of NBC Univseral.

SMYTH NAMED SCV YOUTH PROJECT CHAIRMAN EMERITUS -SEPTEMBER 30, 2008

SMYTH NAMED SCV YOUTH PROJECT CHAIRMAN EMERITUS -SEPTEMBER 30, 2008

SCV Youth Project Heralds in a New EraWritten by Margie Anne ClarkVALENCIA, Calif. – As part of its continuing legacy of providing on-campus support to the valley’s young people, the SCV Youth Project recently named California State Assemblyman Cameron Smyth as its Chairman Emeritus. The bustling and well-attended cocktail reception was held at Poole and Shaffery, LLP in Valencia on Sept. 10.

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John Musella, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, Kim Goldman Photo by Margie Anne Clark

Smyth, a past two-term mayor and life-long resident of Santa Clarita, lauded the work of the SCV Youth Project for its stewardship to youth who face such serious issues as drug/alcohol abuse, anger, divorce, peer pressure, suicide, grief/loss and depression.

“The SCV Youth Project plays such a critical role in our community, particularly in our school system,and I am just proud to be associated with such an amazing organization,” Smyth said.

Having served on the board of the SCV Youth Project for more than five years, Smyth expressed his thanks to the leadership of the non-profit organization for its continued dedication to helping youth achieve their full potential in life.

“While it is with great pride that I accept the title of ‘Chairman Emeritus,’ the true credit belongs to the entire board and staff who work so hard on behalf of the young people of Santa Clarita,” the 38 th district assemblyman added.

Presenting honors to Smyth were Kim Goldman, executive director of the SCV Youth Project, and John Musella, board present of the SCV Youth Project. Also in attendance were SCV Youth Project board members along with local dignitaries and business leaders.

Musella, who recently succeeded long-time SCV Youth project board president Stacy Miller, said that he is looking forward to helping to meet the needs of the valley’s youth as the organization and the community continues to grow.

Founded in 2000 with the concept of providing hassle-free and confidential counseling to teens, the SCV Youth Project, has gone on to expand its program to include peer counseling to the high schools in the William S. Hart District and is currently expanding to include the district’s junior high schools

For more information, about the SCV Youth Project, call (661) 257-9688 or visit the website at www.HelpNotHassle.com.

Margie Anne Clark is a local journalist/event photographer and government liaison residing in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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

GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER ANNOUNCES FIRST-IN-THE-NATION CABINET POSITION

GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER ANNOUNCES FIRST-IN-THE-NATION CABINET POSITION FOR SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERING – MARCH 1, 2008

By Margie Anne ClarkNORTHRIDGE, Calif. – In an unprecedented move to encourage volunteerism in the Golden State, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the first-in-the-nation executive order to establish the new position of Secretary of Service and Volunteering. Schwarzenegger’s action is envisioned to improve coordination of volunteer efforts between California’s state departments and agencies.

The order was signed by Schwarzenegger on Tuesday during a press conference held at California State University Northridge’s Plaza Del Sol. Newly appointed Secretary of Service and Volunteering, Karen Baker will be a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. Baker, 46, of Sacramento, has served as executive director of California Volunteers, formerly known as California Service Corps and the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, since 2005.

“Karen Baker does a fantastic job managing California Volunteers,” Schwarzenegger said. “By elevating the state’s volunteer profile we will make it easier for people to figure out where to go and what to do when they want to give their time or their resources.”

Schwarzenegger said that while government can give direction and impetus, real change has to come from people working together in their communities.

“I want to move civic engagement to the highest levels of state government, which is where it belongs,” said Schwarzenegger. “Californians’ desire and will to serve are there in abundance. We must do everything we can to harness this incredible resource.”

First Lady Maria Shriver – whose father Robert Sargent Shriver Jr.’s career and the Kennedy family legacy were founded upon service to country – stressed the importance her husband’s action which is expected to raise the profile of service in the state of California to a national level.

“I’m a big believer in uniting people to create change and achieve a positive legacy in their own lives, in their communities, in their state and beyond and it is through the act of service that this goal can be attained. Today as we elevate service, we elevate our fellow Californians to be 38 million strong,” said Shriver, who serves as California Volunteers’ honorary chair.

In statements to Gov. Schwarzenegger and First Lady Shriver, presidential candidates, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama lauded Schwarzenegger’s call to action.

“Service to one’s country and community is the most noble of things an American can give. For a state the size and influence of California to elevate service and volunteering to such a prominent position in government says a lot about the state’s people and about the priorities of Governor Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver,” McCain said.

Sen. Clinton said the new position will help to ensure that California’s volunteers are fully integrated at the highest levels into the state’s efforts to build a better California.
“I commend California for taking civic engagement and volunteerism to a new level by announcing a cabinet level secretary of service and volunteerism,” Clinton said.

Sen. Obama praised Schwarzenegger’s action as a defining moment in the nation’s history.

“The Governor’s decision to elevate civic engagement to such an important level reminds us that the call to serve is one that transcends partisanship and has the power to unite this generation around a common purpose,” Obama said. “America is a great nation precisely because Americans have been willing to stand up when it was hard, to serve on stages both great and small, and to rise above moments of great challenge and terrible trial,” Obama added.

For more information on events, programs and volunteer opportunities through California Volunteers, including the California Volunteer Matching Network (CVMN), please visit CaliforniaVolunteers.org at http://www.californiavoluntee rs.org/

In the top photo, Gov. Schwarzenegger introduces Karen Baker as the first-in-the-nation Cabinet member for Service and Volunteering. Photo by Duncan McIntosh, Office of Gov Schwarzenegger.

In the second photo, Schwarzenegger stresses the importance of volunteering. Photo by Duncan McIntosh, Office of Gov Schwarzenegger.

 

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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

Amgen Tour Cyclists Garner Gov. Schwarzenegger Nod During Stop in Sacramento

AMGEN TOUR CYCLISTS GARNER THUMBS UP FROM GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER DURING SACRAMENTO STOP: NEXT STOP: SANTA CLARITA – FEBRUARY 19, 2008

Summary Report by Margie Anne Clark
Sacramento, CA – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today delivered remarks at the Sacramento finish line of the 2008 Amgen Tour of California. This is the third year for the Amgen Tour of California, an internationally sanctioned, professional cycling road race involving 136 riders from 27 countries.
The course covers nearly 700 miles in eight days and is run in seven stages, beginning in San Francisco on February 17 and ending in Pasadena
on February 24. Riders finished stage two of the seven stage race in Sacramento.
The cyclists will put pedal to the metal and cruise into Santa Clarita this weekend amidst cheering crowds and VIP events.Seen in the photo above, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger congratulating cyclists at the 2008 AmgenTour of California.Photo by William Foster, Office of Governor Schwarzenegger.
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