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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Bill to Mandate Child-Abuse Training for California Teachers Clears Senate – AB 1432

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to strengthen training requirements and prevent child abuse in schools passed the Senate today by a vote of 30-3. The legislation would require all school employees to be trained according to standards developed by the Department of Education in the proper identification and […]

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Senator Alex Padilla

State Legislature Approves California High School Advanced Computer Science Bill – SB 1200

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — SB 1200 by Calif. State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) won final legislative approval after a unanimous bipartisan vote of the State Senate today. The bill calls on the UC and CSU to provide guidelines for high school computer science courses that would satisfy an advanced math subject matter requirement for […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Calif. Senate Approves Innovation Awards for Creative Californians to Help Streamline State Government – AB 2138

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Good-government advocates rejoiced today after the California Senate passed the Innovation Awards bill by a vote of 31-4, says Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles). Gatto’s AB 2138 would offer up to a $25,000 prize for Californians who provide intellectual property that solves a specific problem, innovates a process, or otherwise […]

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Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Covered California access to Vision Care for Adults heads to Senate for Vote – AB 1877

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that his bill to improve access to vision care for adults – AB 1877 – is headed to a final Senate vote. Currently, Covered California health insurance plans offer vision care only to children under the Affordable Care Act, leaving adult consumers […]

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DCH Toyota Dealership Car Thief Arrested after Making Off with 3 Client Vehicles Left for Repair Work

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On August 19, 2014, at approximately 1700 hours, officers from the Torrance Police Department responded to a car thief that was being detained by employees at the DCH Toyota car dealership located at 2955 Pacific Coast Highway in the City of Torrance. According to a press release issued by the […]

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ArteQuesta announces updated Web Portal Providing Collectors and Art Investors with Art Market Intelligence

MILL VALLEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ — ArteQuesta, a fine arts investment company is pleased to announce the launch of its new website at artequesta.com. ArteQuesta’s web portal is designed to assist collectors, patrons, art professionals, and individuals in making thoughtful decisions for establishing or maintaining an art-investment portfolio.

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Isadore Hall III

Calif. Legislation to Ban State Sale and Display of Confederate Flag Approved by Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Legislation by Calif. Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D- Los Angeles) to prohibit the State of California from selling or displaying the Confederate flag or items bearing its image was approved by the California State Senate on Monday. The measure passed on a 33 to 2 vote with Senators Joel Anderson […]

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The Compliance Group grows business 20 percent in Q2-2014, expands into Chicago/Midwest territory

CARLSBAD, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Compliance Group, Inc. (TCG), a Leading mortgage compliance services provider, today announced it has increased its roster of clients by 20 percent in the second quarter of 2014. This crop of new business includes a mix of mortgage lenders, retail and community banks and credit unions.

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New Indiegogo campaign, Saving Albert, is an effort to create prototype for life-saving device for potential drowning victims

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The tragic drowning of Albert Jones, a 7-year old boy, closely affected George A. McKinney, president and CEO, Better Life Technologies Group. As a result, in February 2014, he patented a swim safety system device, the ‘Albert Jones Anti-Distress Device’ (AJADD); – a device geared to making lives safer in every underwater situation around the globe.

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New virtual reality commercial entertainment division launched by ImmersiON-VRelia and International Immersion Industries

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — ImmersiON-VRelia today announced the launch of the immersive industry’s first-ever virtual reality commercial entertainment division. The new division will be dedicated to providing head mounted displays and content to amusement parks, visitor attractions, immersive cinemas and promotional platforms. The division is the result of a new partnership between ImmersiON-VRelia and International Immersion Industries.

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Isadore Hall III

Calif. Assemblymember Hall Statement on AB 1576, requiring condom use in adult films, was held in Senate Appropriations Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D – Los Angeles) released the following statement after his AB 1576, requiring documentation of condom or other barrier use in California produced adult films, was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee. “In a year where the Legislature and I have focused heavily on […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Gatto Introduces California Legislation to Prevent Evidence Destruction at Gun Buy-Back Programs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — What is the quickest way to get rid of a murder weapon? Unfortunately, in some cities, it is turning it over to the police department and getting paid to do so, says Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto. At some of these “no questions asked” gun “buy-backs,” the police will even melt […]

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Senator Alex Padilla

Senate Bill Strengthening California Voting Rights Act Headed to Gov. Brown – SB 1365

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A bill that would strengthen the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) is on its way to the desk of Calif. Governor Jerry Brown for consideration. The bill won final legislative approval today in the State Senate. SB 1365 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) would expand the CVRA by explicitly prohibiting […]

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Assemblymember Muratsuchi

Calif. Assembly Passes Bill that Levels Playing Field for Aerospace Companies – SB 718

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Muratsuchi, Chair of the Select Committee on Aerospace, released the following statement on the passage of SB 718 (Roth) from the Assembly: “Our state is a leader in approving sensible policies that gain and preserve jobs for Californians. SB 718 continues to accomplish that by maximizing our opportunity to […]

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Middle Class Taxpayers Association

Multiple CA Cities Heed Warnings, Abandon Charter Efforts

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — With the deadline for placing city charter measures on the November ballot passed, the cities of Grover Beach and Wasco recently abandoned their efforts to place Charter proposals on the November ballot, says The Middle Class Taxpayers Association. However, three cities including Arroyo Grande, Costa Mesa and Escondido are among those who will place similar measures before voters in November.

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Edgewood Partners Insurance Center adds the retail risk management and property-casualty team of JLT Towers Re

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a nationwide retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance broker/consultant, today announced the addition of the retail risk management and property/casualty team of JLT Towers Re. This strategic build-out of a team serving large, complex risk management accounts is a product of EPIC’s broadening alliance partnership and collaboration with JLT Towers Re.

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Civic Resource Group named to ’100 Most Promising Technology Companies’ list for its innovative IT platform called CivicConnect

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Civic Resource Group today announced that it received a notable inclusion on the CIOReview100 list in CIO Review magazine for its innovative programs and solutions that help civic organizations across the U.S. achieve their goals to become ‘Smart Cities’ in 2014.

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Reverse Mortgage Volumes Trend Upward in Closed Loan Data says Rob Katz of ReverseVision Inc.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Contrary to what has been reported for the past six months, reverse mortgage originations have been trending up according to ReverseVision, Inc., a leading provider of reverse mortgage lending solutions. ReverseVision’s RV Exchange (RVX) is the leading reverse loan origination system (RLOS) and lending system of record for the majority of reverse lenders.

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Senator Alex Padilla

Bill to Strengthen California Voting Rights Act Approved by State Assembly – SB 1365

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A bill to strengthen voter protections under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) was approved today by the State Assembly. SB 1365 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) expands the CVRA by explicitly prohibiting school boards, cities, and counties from gerrymandering district boundaries in a manner that would weaken the ability […]

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Calif. Military Sexual Assault Legislation Headed to Governor Brown – SB 1422

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A bill to remove investigations and prosecutions of military sexual assault cases from the chain of command is headed to Governor Jerry Brown for his consideration. The bill was given final legislative approval today on a unanimous 36 to 0 bipartisan vote of the State Senate. Senate Bill 1422, authored […]

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments including to California Veterinary Medical Board

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This past week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments for July 31, 2014 including: Lael Hepworth, 39, of Orting, WA, has been appointed administrator at the Veterans Home of California, Chula Vista. Hepworth has served as superintendent at the Washington Soldiers Home since 2013. He was […]

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U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas

California Congressman Tony Cárdenas and Charles Dent Form Bipartisan Student-Athlete Caucus

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, in Washinton, D.C., U.S. Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) and Charles W. Dent (R-Penn.) announced the formation of the bipartisan Congressional Student-Athlete Protection Caucus. The Caucus was founded to both inform Congressional members about physical, academic and financial issues faced by student-athletes, and to ensure that all student-athletes […]

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New report shows nonprofits rank as 4th largest private employer in California and contribute 15 percent of state GDP

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — According to the CalNonprofits organization, California nonprofits generate $260 billion in total economic activity every year, producing more jobs than the real estate, finance or construction industries. The groundbreaking report, titled “Causes Count: The Economic Power of California’s Nonprofit Sector,” was commissioned by the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi Statement on Solar Lobby Day with Tech Firms at State Capitol to promote AB 2188

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi released the following statement on the Solar Lobby Day that was jointly sponsored by The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) and California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA): “AB 2188, the Solar Permitting Efficiency Act, will create more solar jobs, contribute to California’s clean energy goals, and […]

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Wholesale Trading Co-Op Insurance adds casualty brokerage veteran Jennifer Terra as VP Casualty Broker

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Wholesale Trading Co-Op Insurance Services, LLC (WTCI) announced today that casualty brokerage veteran Jennifer Terra has joined the firm as Vice President/Casualty Broker. Terra will be based in WTCI’s New York office, reporting to casualty team leader and Director, Joe Hayes.

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

California and Mexico Sign Pact to Strengthen Economic Ties and Expand Trade

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and MEXICO CITY /California Newswire/ — On the final day of the California Trade and Investment Mission to Mexico, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Wednesday signed a broad agreement with Mexico’s Ministry of Economy to expand trade between businesses in Mexico and California. “For California business, Mexico represents incredible opportunity,” said Governor […]

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Parks Forward Commission announces Draft Plan for sweeping changes to ensure long-term sustainability of California State Parks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Parks Forward Commission, an independent panel of experts charged by the Legislature and Governor to review the future of the state’s park system, today issued its draft plan that recommends a series of sweeping changes to ensure the long-term sustainability of California’s State Parks. The 40-page plan, published after […]

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Quandis Technology Enables Scott Law Firm to Automate Name Permutation Searches to Comply with SCRA

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Quandis, Inc., a leading provider of mortgage servicing software, today announced that Scott Law Firm, which serves the default servicing industry, is actively utilizing its new military search name permutation functionality. Scott Law Firm can now more easily and efficiently identify active duty military borrowers in the DoD database to comply with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

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Parks Forward ‘Camping Cabins’ for California State Parks Debut at 2014 State Fair

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Parks Forward today announced that new and innovative “camping cabin” designs aimed at attracting non-traditional campers to California State Parks are making their debut at this year’s California State Fair. State Parks currently provides cabins for visitors at various state parks in the system. Some of the state parks include […]

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Free Online Course on HUD Mortgagee Letter Changes offered through RV University (RVU)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — ReverseVision, Inc., a leading provider of business solutions for the reverse mortgage industry is offering a free online class ‘Understanding the New Rules Regarding Non-Borrowing Spouses,’ focused on changes announced by HUD in recent Mortgagee Letters 2014-07 and 2014-12 through its ReverseVision University (RVU).

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California Gov. Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Selects Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar for California Supreme Court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar as his choice for associate justice of the California Supreme Court. Cuéllar, 41, of Stanford, has been a Stanford Law School professor since 2001 and was appointed Stanley Morrison Professor of Law in 2012. He has taught administrative law, criminal […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for July 21, 2014 including to the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Monday announced the following appointments: First, Steven Cliff, 44, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant director of sustainability at the California Department of Transportation. Cliff has been assistant chief of the Stationary Source Division at the California Air Resources Board since 2013, where […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update for July 21, 2014 – Signs Bills into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills, including: AB 230 by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego) – Youth athletic programs: background checks. And, AB 1393 by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) – Personal income taxes: income exclusion: mortgage debt forgiveness. Additional […]

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Larry Weisenthal, M.D., Ph.D., today announced new findings that unravel mysteries about the root cause of atherosclerosis

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Larry Weisenthal, M.D., Ph.D., today announced new findings that unravel mysteries about the root cause of atherosclerosis – the narrowing of blood vessels that leads to heart attack and stroke. It is a big step toward developing drugs, possibly in the very near future, that prevent the most common forms of heart disease.

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Edgewood Partners Insurance Center acquires Jenkins Insurance Services

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The shareholders of Jenkins Insurance Services, a Leavitt Group agency, have sold 100 percent of their shares in Jenkins to Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC). The transaction, which closed on July 17, was retroactively effective July 1, 2014. Jenkins, with California offices in Concord, Sacramento, San Jose, Orange County, and in Reno, Nevada, employs 160 and has approximately $34 million of annual revenue.

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update for July 18, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills, including: AB 319 by Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose) – Local agencies: domestic violence. AB 600 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) – Alcoholic beverages: tied-house restrictions: advertising. Additional bills signed into law include: • AB […]

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Isadore Hall III

Calif. Assemblymember Hall Thanks Gov. Brown for Removal of Confederate Flag Items from State Fair

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D – Los Angeles) today thanked California Governor Jerry Brown and his administration for their swift response in removing several items found for sale at the California State Fair bearing the image of the Confederate flag. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of racism, exclusion, oppression […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Makes Appointments to County Superior Courts for July 16, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wendesday, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced various the appointments of a judgeship in California County Superior Courts. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Danielle K. Douglas to a judgeship in the Contra Costa County County Superior Court. Douglas, 40, of San Francisco, has […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update, New Bills Signed into Law, for July 16, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills which include AB 148 by Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) – Salton Sea restoration, and AB 474 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – California Coastal Commission: ex parte communications: disclosure forms. ADDITIONAL BILLS […]

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