December 4, 2009

Contact: Nancy Murphy
(202) 222-8908


     Former Assembly Woman Gwen Moore Presents Awards
to 12 Outstanding Women Business Leaders

Campo, CA.-December 4, 2009 - Campo Kumeyaay Nation Chairwoman, Monique La Chappa, was one of 12 women awarded for business excellence by the California Public Utilities Commission's Supplier Diversity Program at the "Celebrating Diverse Women in Business Excellence" reception on Friday, December 4th. The event, held at the Barona Casino & Resort in Lakeside, was hosted by former Assemblywoman Gwen Moore and included Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon as a featured speaker.

     Chairwoman La Chappa received the Energy Award for her leadership and oversight of the development of a 160-megawatt wind farm being built on the Campo Indian Reservation. Chairwoman La Chappa was nominated for this award by Sempra, parent company of SDG&E which is one of Campo's partners on the wind energy project.

Diverse Women in Business Award

     "This award is a triple blessing for me. First, it recognizes me alongside a group of amazing and distinguished women. Second, it recognizes the value of renewable energy and protecting the environment. Third, it honors all of the Campo people for our commitment to sustainable economic development and a brighter future for our reservation."

    The Campo Band is at the forefront of renewable energy. The 160-megawatt project is the second such facility on the reservation. Campo currently is home to the largest operating commercial-scale wind project on tribal lands, a 50-megawatt wind farm launched in 2005. The "Celebrating Diverse Women in Business Excellence Awards" are sponsored by AT&T, SCE and Sempra.


The Campo Kumeyaay Nation (CKN) is one of twelve Kumeyaay Bands in the County of San Diego, California. They are a gaming tribe and owners of the Golden Acorn Casino & Travel Center. CKN was one of the first tribal nations to join The Climate Registry as well as to measure and collect data on greenhouse gas emissions in the region. In partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric, a subsidiary of Sempra, and Invenergy, CKN will jointly develop and operate the first phase - 160 MW - of an eventual 300MW wind energy expansion project.

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