September 5, 2000

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Sept. 5, 2000-For the second straight year, Southern California Edison (SCE) ranks as one of America's "50 best companies for Latinas to work for in the U.S.," according to a report in the August/September issue of LATINA Style magazine.

Approximately 600 U.S. corporations were evaluated for the report.  SCE, an Edison International company, was the only electric utility ranked among the magazine's top 50 companies, which were not given a numerical ranking on the list.

Companies were evaluated based upon issues identified by LATINA Style as most important to its readers, among them a company's number of Latina executives, mentoring programs, Latinas on the board of directors, educational opportunities, benefits, and women's issues.

For SCE, the LATINA Style distinction comes on the heels of another high ranking.  The July 10, 2000, issue of Fortune magazine ranked SCE as one of America's "50 best companies for minorities," the third straight year the publication has designated the utility as a top company.

"We're pleased that LATINA Style has again recognized Edison for its ethnically diverse work force," said Stephen E. Frank, SCE chairman, president and CEO.  "We firmly believe that from top to bottom, our utility work force should reflect the rich diversity of the consumer base and communities we serve in Southern California."

At SCE, one of the nation's largest electric utilities, ethnic minority employees make up almost 43% of the company's total work force, and 26% of its officials and managers. Minority representation on the board of directors is 25%.

Said Frank Quevedo, SCE's vice president of equal opportunity: "It's always gratifying to be recognized as a model for diversity.  This latest ranking also is a validation of Edison's efforts to respond to employee needs, such as work-life balance, dependent child care support, and educational and leadership opportunities."

To determine the top companies for Latinas, Latina Style sent surveys to the CEOs of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as key companies active in the Latino community.  According to the magazine, its survey is "the only national effort to evaluate corporate America's responsiveness to the needs of the modern Hispanic working woman."

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An Edison International company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation's largest electric utilities, serving more than 11 million people in a 50,000-square-mile area within central, coastal and Southern California.