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POLITICAL LANDSCAPE:Supervisor ponders fire season

May 12, 2007

This year will mark the eighth consecutive Women In Business awards ceremony, which honors local women for their contributions to the economic vitality of the Glendale/Burbank region.

Last year's event drew about 500 people to The Castaway in Burbank, said Wendy Gordon, a press aid to Scott.

There are 11 categories for nominations, including Small Businesswoman of the Year, Corporate Woman of the Year, Nonprofit Executive Director, Woman in Science and Technology, Woman in Arts and Entertainment, Woman in Law and Nonprofit Employee of the Year.

The Empowerment Award, which is also open to men, will go to a business or nonprofit leader that has done exceptional outreach to women and which has made a conscious effort to promote and provide high-level positions to women.

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The Most Inspirational Award will go to a woman who has overcome significant obstacles to become a successful business leader, and the Tami Ginsburg Employee of the Year goes to a female employee in any field who has demonstrated exemplary skills and leadership.

Women under the age of 35 are eligible for the Junior Businesswoman award.

Nominees must live or work in either the 21st Senate District, or the 43rd or 44th Assembly Districts which include Altadena, Arcadia, Burbank, Duarte, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Monrovia, Pasadena, parts of Los Angeles, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, Temple City, Toluca Lake and portions of the San Fernando Valley.

The deadline for nominations is May 30. For more information, call (626) 683-0282 or e-mail Anita.Avakian@asm.ca.gov.

Congressman targets nuclear trafficking

A bill introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff, who represents Burbank and Glendale, would establish nuclear trafficking as a crime against humanity.

The Ending Nuclear Trafficking Act, introduced on Wednesday and co-sponsored by Texas Republican Rep. Mac Thornberry, aims to make it easier to prosecute international nuclear traffickers in U.S. courts and strengthen penalties for trafficking nuclear material.

If approved, the act would declare the transfer of nuclear weapons, materials or technology to be used for a terrorist purpose a crime against humanity that would be punishable under U.S. law.

The legislation would also direct the U.S. representative to the United Nations to seek support from other nations for establishing illicit nuclear trafficking as a crime against humanity punishable in their own countries and by international tribunals.

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