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PCI Leading Efforts to Combat Sex Trafficking in Southern California, Border Region

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 14, 2014

In response to the proliferation of sex trafficking in the San Diego and US/Mexico border region, PCI (Project Concern International) is providing leadership by convening key stakeholders and launching programs aimed at preventing sex trafficking in these areas. Building on a successful anti-trafficking education program in Ethiopia and India, PCI is utilizing its expertise with at-risk populations and social mobilization to help stop this epidemic.

In collaboration with Bi-Lateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC), PCI has organized community coordination “Anti-Human Trafficking” meetings that have brought together survivors of trafficking, victim shelters and service providers, the FBI, law enforcement, researchers, education officials, advocates for women and children, media, faith-based groups, human rights advocates and Baja California officials.

The BSCC, which has been coordinating anti-trafficking efforts for over 10 years, is partnering with PCI on another collaborative initiative called “Awareness, Action and Accountability” to combat the problem of human trafficking in the San Diego/Tijuana region. The objectives of the program include increasing prevention, education and awareness efforts; reducing demand; and increasing the capacity of the public and local agencies to identify victims of trafficking.

“The most at-risk population for sex trafficking are individuals with a history of trauma, under 18 years old, with limited education and a lack of family support. However, there is evidence that it can happen to anyone from any background,” said Bianca Morales-Egan, PCI’s Operations Manager and Prime Mover on Gender Equity. “The targets for many traffickers are those youth in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems, runaways and homeless youth – the same groups we hope to reach through PCI’s anti-trafficking initiatives.”

Additionally, PCI is working with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, local law enforcement and a Boys and Girls Club in the area to enhance and catalyze the expansion of the Girls Only! Program, which seeks to build young girls’ self-esteem in high-risk areas as a means to prevent girls from falling victims to sex traffickers. This group is developing a plan for scaling up the model throughout San Diego County.

PCI sees its opportunity to address the issue in prevention, reaching out to at-risk populations about avoiding the dangers of sex trafficking. Since 1961, PCI has focused on vulnerable populations to improve health, safely and access to education. Its work with orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) has ranged from street children outreach to shelter homes and vocational programs. To learn more about this important issue, contact PCI at 858-279-9690 x326.

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Ghilotti Construction Company Celebrates 100 Years of Reshaping California

Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) January 31, 2014

The Ghilotti Construction Company (GCC) is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a leading provider of general engineering contractor services for major infrastructure projects spanning virtually every public and private sector. With annual revenues in excess of $ 165 million, GCC is one of the largest engineering construction firms in Northern California.

Family owned and operated since 1914, GCC has a century of engineering experience and a family tradition of hard work and reliability. The story of GCC is a story about the American Dream.

The company was originally founded when James Ghilotti, a stonemason by trade started a stone masonry business in Marin County after emigrating to the U.S. from Italy. He started by buying field stone from different ranches in Sonoma County and used them to build walls all over Marin County. His backbreaking work and business philosophy paid off as his company grew from stone walls to building bridges and highways.

“My father and my grandfather had a personal philosophy that served them well. Do good work, be responsible, take care of the community and people who work for you,” said Dick Ghilotti, owner and president of GCC. “GCC has been recognized for its engineering expertise, dependability, community involvement and high quality projects that stand the test of time. We will continue to live by my grandfather’s words as we plan for our second 100 years.”

In 1950, the 2nd generation Ghilotti brothers bought the business from their father and started a grading, paving, concrete business headquartered in Marin County and grew tremendously in the post-war era. After the older brother William’s untimely death, and the younger brother exited the company to start his own company, Dino and Mario grew Ghilotti Brothers to one of the major construction companies in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s throughout Northern California. In 1990 after Dino’s passing, and during the economic recession Ghilotti Brothers and other contractors were consolidating operations and the firm was making succession plans. Mr. Ghilotti, then operations manager for the company, along with cousin Jim Ghilotti decided to spin off and form Ghilotti Construction Company in 1992 with the new firm’s headquarters located in Santa Rosa. The firm has built a loyal and dedicated organization of 80 full-time employees that can increase to 425 at the peak of the construction season. The Ghilotti Construction family plans to provide continuity of ownerships with other family members, nephew Brian Ongaro and Richard’s son Willie Ghilotti, reinforced by a group of senior company managers including Ali Yazdi, General Manager, Stacy Magill, CFO, Brad Simpkins, Vice President of private and commercial construction, and Said Najafi, Senior Public Works Manager.

In 2010 GCC expanded by acquiring North Bay Construction Company from the Barella family. This acquisition brought with it key projects, equipment and valuable employees. Today, John Barella is on GCC’s board of directors.

“Our existing team has the skills and experience to take our company into its next century. Looking forward, my personal commitment is to continue to build on our family’s tradition of delivering superior workmanship for California’s private developers and multiple public works agencies,” Mr. Ghilotti said.

As building codes and standards have evolved, GCC implemented new technology and environmental innovations. The company adopted Green building practices and sustainable operations, such as converting its more than 200 vehicle fleet to be more fuel efficient. GCC’s administrative offices in Santa Rosa were designed using materials and furnishings from firms that met LEED standards for sustainable manufacturing and producing products with specific levels of post-consumer recycled content.

GCC has a solid industry reputation and has received critical acclaim for its work on notable landmarks such as the new Santa Clara 49er stadium, the Sutter Medical Center in Santa Rosa, the Sutter Solano Medical Center, the Graton Resort & Casino, the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, as well as site work for Sonoma State University and the new Friedman Center at Deer Creek Village in Petaluma.

The company also has been instrumental in providing site work for the Mayacama Golf Club, the Black Point Golf Course, the George Lucas Big Rock Ranch, the renovation of Sonoma Raceway, and site preparation for the Nut Tree Village, to mention a few.

GCC has actively pursued transportation-related contracts with CalTrans for improving North Bay’s Highway 101 corridor, Interstates 280 and 580, State Highways 12 and 37 and the Highway 80 overcrossing in Vacaville, Airport Boulevard Interchange in Santa Rosa and Old Redwood Highway Interchange in Penngrove. GCC’s underground utility division has done many projects for Sonoma County Water Agency, City of Santa Rosa, Napa Sanitation, MMWD, EBMUD, and GCC was actively involved in the Geyser’s Recharge Pipeline project.

The company’s list of Bay Area residential community projects includes the Orchards@Hiddenbrooke, Redwood Village for Signature Properties, homes on Mare Island for Lennar, and numerous projects for Albert Seeno Family and Discovery Homes.

Richard Ghilotti and his company have helped reshape Northern California for almost 50 years. But his career started much earlier at a time when the company was just beginning to diversify. He got his start in the family business at age 13 washing trucks and doing odd jobs for his father, Dino.

After graduating from Marin Catholic High School in 1964, he entered a journeyman trainee program for heavy earthmoving equipment. Over the next decade he served as an operating engineer advancing from running equipment, to inspecting grading work, which eventually led to supervising small and large crews. Much of that work was done in Sonoma County for Marin developers.

He later earned an undergraduate degree in finance from Santa Clara University. At age 28 Mr. Ghilotti moved into management as a superintendent. In the mid-1970s, he and his father purchased property on Todd Road for GCC’s Santa Rosa office.

By combining old fashioned values with 20th century equipment and skills, GCC has grown into a highly respected, multimillion-dollar firm. It continues its strong focus on client satisfaction and service, the constant pursuit of new technologies, and providing a safe workplace full of employment opportunities. From humble origins, to a multimillion-dollar enterprise, GCC has consistently embraced the future. GCC’s founding principles resonate in every project, as well as in its dedication to its employees and clients, community and environment.

GCC will be dedicating the 100th Anniversary year to Richard Ghilotti’s youngest son, Dino, who unexpectedly left us at the tender age of 22 after graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in business and a minor in art. The incredible spirit of Dino will live on with GCC during this special 100th year and forever.

Today GCC has offices in Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Livermore and American Canyon. For more information, go to http://www.ghilotti.com.

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Hire California Contractors For Your Kitchen Remodeling

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While you are watching a movie, you notice that the kitchen on one of the scenes will fit your house design. Then without even thinking about it, you decided to have your kitchen remodeled just like it immediately. You can afford it and you are certain that it will enhance the entire look of your home. Why not do it now, right? But before you go ahead and contact all of the California contractors in the state, you must know the different types of kitchen first. Knowing it will help you be firm on what you really want.

Here are the different types of kitchens:

Luxurious Kitchen Design

As the name says it, this type of kitchen exudes glamour and style. It will never fail to please anyone who enters it. Your guest will surely envy how you can cook and prepare the food on a kitchen that is so delicate as well as enchanting. Although a big budget is needed for you to have this kind of kitchen remodel, it will definitely be worth every penny spent on it. The walls will have extra ordinary designs. Each and every detail is carefully and tastefully made. A balance of fine wood art and white marble will surely make your kitchen a glamorous one.

Contemporary Kitchen Design

A modern design yet still has this homey atmosphere that anyone will surely appreciate. This kind of design is the most popular design for kitchen or any part of the house for that matter, today. People are seeking for a design that will not have the same as anyone else had before.

The design as well as the atmosphere that it gives out never fails to take your breath away just by looking at it. If you want your friends to be envious of your kitchen design, this will certainly knock them off their feet. Modern wall arts, stainless steel cabinets, edgy wall design, warm colors and small furniture, these are the things that will complete the design of your contemporary kitchen.

Country Style Kitchen Design

Tell your California Home Improvement team or California window companies that this design is what suits your home and they will do exactly what’s been told. Country kitchen is the design for those who are looking for an old style yet stylish outcome for their kitchen. It will provide anyone who enters your kitchen warmth and friendly atmosphere. Endless woodcarvings and hard wood cabinets is a must if your required style is country. Walls made of brick will give you a sort of strong element to balance the warm colors that lingers your kitchen.

These three designs are your choices on your kitchen remodel. Most are costly but all are worth it. It would make you want to stay at home and cook for your family and friends in your elegant kitchen. If you still find it confusing to choose, you may ask your California contractors to suggest the design that will fit your home. They are the people who can tell you what is right and what will increase the beauty of your home.

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