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Senator Alex Padilla

California Legislation to Protect Healthcare Workers Signed into Law by Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senate Bill 1299 authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Padilla) was signed by Governor Brown this week. The bill requires hospitals to establish comprehensive workplace violence prevention plans. The bill goes into effect on January 1, 2015. “Governor Brown’s signature will help protect healthcare workers. This new law requires additional […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Landmark California Recycled-Water Bill Signed by Gov. Brown as 2014 Drought Persists

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Most homeowners want cheaper water bills. If provided the infrastructure, they’d gladly use recycled water to wash cars and irrigate lawns. Many cities have vast reservoirs of recycled water. If provided a market, they’d gladly allow the water to be used for more than just landscaping medians. Drought-scorched California took […]

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Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski

California Bill of Rights for senior RCFE residents, to reform oversight of assisted living centers, singed into law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ Calif. Governor Jerry Brown’s signing this week of several bills to aid California seniors by improving oversight of assisted living facilities will better protect the state’s growing elderly population, said Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), the author of one of the bills signed into law. “The horrible stories of abandonment, abuse and […]

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Tackle Cancer with a Cheer! Inaugural ‘Team Up for St. Jude, Spirited by Varsity – Game Day’ will help find cures, save kids

ANAHEIM, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Anaheim-based Esperanza High School Cheer and Song Leaders are hosting Team Up for St. Jude Spirited by Varsity – Game Day, a spirit week to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital(R). The Aztec cheer and song teams are enlisting students and fans to help sideline childhood cancer and other deadly diseases by cheering on the Cardinal and Gold at Brea Olinda High Stadium on October 2, 2014, at 7 p.m.

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Smart Cities Prevail

Smart Cities Prevail to Palo Alto: Pay Prevailing Wage

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In advance of tomorrow’s soft opening of the still incomplete Mitchell Park Library, Dale Howard, spokesperson for Smart Cities Prevail, issued the following statement regarding the status of the troubled project, and called on city officials to change prevailing wage policy to mitigate similar problems in the future:

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At Educause 2014, Meru Networks Inc. and Utelogy Corp Showcase Intelligent Campus AV Solutions

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Utelogy Corporation, creator of audio-visual control and management software will demonstrate its capabilities over SDN-enabled Wi-Fi(R) powered by Meru Networks, Inc. in booth 1037 at Educause 2014, being held September 29 through October 2, 2014 in Orlando, Fla. Meru is a leader in intelligent networking and the only wireless LAN vendor to have received OpenFlow(TM) conformance.

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

California legislation to protect and preserve sacred Native American landmarks signed into law by Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — After nearly two years of negotiation, legislation to protect and preserve sacred Native American landmarks was signed by Governor Brown yesterday. AB 52 would ensure that tribes have a say in development projects that affect tribal sacred places and cultural resources, by strengthening the consultation standards with tribes under the […]

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Down the rabbit hole in time for tea: the 5th Annual Mad Hatter Holiday Festival 2014 is a Wonderland

VALLEJO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Down the rabbit hole! The City of Vallejo, Calif. has gone Mad for the month of December 2014 – Mad Hatter that is – with its popular ‘Mad Hatter Holiday Festival’ that attracts thousands to the historic downtown district with its whimsical and fire-shooting Wonderland recreation that turns the city into a fantasy world for children and adults alike!

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Southern California’s First Working Vertical Farm on a High School Campus to include GardenSoxx drought resistant food growing system

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Alegria Fresh announced today the expansion of the hydroponic vertical farm at Bell Gardens High School, Southern California’s first working vertical farm on a high school campus. The farm, which features high-performance urban hydroponic vertical and organic farming methods, will be completed with Phase 2, a high efficiency organic food production system using GardenSoxx(R).

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Assemblymember Muratsuchi

Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Bill Cutting Byzantine California Solar Rooftop Permitting Procedures for Homeowners – AB 2188

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Hardhat-wearing solar installers, local business leaders, and elected officials gathered at the Torrance Chamber of Commerce today to celebrate the signing of a bill to streamline permitting for residential rooftop solar energy systems. Assembly Bill 2188, by Torrance Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, will cut “red tape” permitting procedures in over five […]

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Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Calif. Bill Increasing Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits Signed Into Law by Gov. Brown – AB 2494

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday, Calif. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2494 to curb frivolous litigation tactics. Prior to 1995, California law provided that litigants subjected to bad-faith and unmeritorious tactics could seek sanctions in the form of attorney’s fees. While invoking this provision did occur and promoted […]

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Senator Alex Padilla

Calif. Gov. Brown signs Computer Science Bill for California Students – SB 1200

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — SB 1200 by Calif. State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) was signed by Governor Brown on Saturday. 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 purposes of undergraduate admissions. Currently schools must […]

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Assemblymember Muratsuchi

Calif. Gov. Brown signs California Bill to Increase Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – AB2656

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, Calif. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 2565, authored by Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D–Torrance), a measure that will remove impediments to the installation of electric vehicle charging stations on private property. Under the newly-signed Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Act, if a tenant wants to install an electric […]

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California Art Gallery ‘Goes Rogue’ with Zero Commissions and all Artists Welcome

RANDSBURG, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Randall ‘Hoot’ Smith, owner of the Randsburg Art Gallery in California, today announced his rogue vision of promoting world class artists. ‘I know this is hard to believe from an art gallery owner but I think that artists deserve 100 percent of the value of their art! Yes, that’s right, 100 percent,’ says ‘Hoot.’

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Laguna College of Art and Design and student Dohee Yang a Winner at ‘The Art of the Pixel’

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — LCAD (Laguna College of Art and Design) was chosen as one of the top design schools by LG Electronic USA to participate and final in ‘The Art of the Pixel’ new-media art competition. LCAD Design and Digital Media program won $25,000 for the most popular votes. Senior student Dohee Yang was chosen as a finalist.

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Indie feature film from director Eric Schwartz presents the stories behind the phenomenon of ink-on-flesh

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — There is plenty of body art on display in ‘Tattoo Nation,’ the alternative lifestyle documentary feature film from director Eric Schwartz, but none more famous than the one on the chest of actor Danny Trejo. ‘Tattoo Nation’ is emerging as the definitive look at how tattoos went from underground and illegal just a few years ago to mass acceptance and the status of art. The film has garnered rave reviews when screened at film festivals around the country.

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U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Cárdenas Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Manufacturing Job Creation Bill

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Last week, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) introduced legislation that will create an annual $100 million competitive grant to promote reforms in workforce education and skills training for manufacturing jobs. The Manufacturing Skills Act of 2014 was introduced last week in the House, alongside a Senate […]

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Assemblymember Muratsuchi

Calif. Gov. Brown Signs California Green HOV Sticker Bill – AB 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 2013, authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), which increases the number of green High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane stickers available for new plug-in hybrid vehicles to 70,000. “The Green HOV Sticker Program incentivizes California car buyers to buy zero-emission vehicles,” […]

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Wholesale Trading Co-Op Insurance Services welcomes Sean Shannon to San Francisco team

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Wholesale Trading Co-Op Insurance Services, LLC (WTCI) announced today that Sean Shannon has joined the firm’s property team as Vice President/Property Broker. WTCI is an independently operated and managed wholesale brokerage firm that collaborates directly with its retail insurance broker members to develop comprehensive placement strategies to better serve clients.

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ReverseVision Names Jeff Birdsell VP to lead new RV Professional Services division

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — ReverseVision, Inc. today announced the launch of their Professional Services division aimed at helping reverse mortgage lenders and brokers to be more successful. Mortgage industry veteran and the company’s former head of product management, Jeff Birdsell, CMB, will lead the RV Professional Services as Vice President of this new division.

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Gov. Brown Signs Historic Deal for California Film Tax Credit Extension for Five Years

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — After months of intensive negotiations, Calif. Governor Jerry Brown joined Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) in taking bold action to protect jobs and families across the Golden State. At a ceremony this morning at TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, and with one swipe of his pen, […]

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Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Calif. Bill Strengthening Active Management of State IT Projects Signed Into Law by Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2523 to strengthen top level management decision-making in state agencies with complex and high risk technology projects. The bill directs the Director of Technology to bring forward to the Legislature a plan for the development of a […]

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Karen Kutger Joins Wholesale Trading Co-Op Insurance Services as Senior VP

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Wholesale Trading Co-Op Insurance Services, LLC (WTCI) today announced that professional liability brokerage veteran Karen Kutger has joined the firm as Senior VP. Kutger joins WTCI from Howden Insurance Services, Inc. where she specialized in professional liability, management liability, cyber liability and related financial lines coverages.

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The ideal holiday for cosplay, Envy Corner announces 2014 Top 5 Halloween Costumes as voted by Facebook fans

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Sexy Halloween costume retailer, Envy Corner, today announced the ‘top five Halloween costumes’ that were voted to be the best costumes for women this year. Fans of Envy Corner’s Facebook page picked the top five Halloween costumes, to create the ultimate ‘complete costume.’

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Senator Alex Padilla

First Driverless Vehicle Permit Issued by DMV in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) announced that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has issued its first permit authorizing Audi of America to test driverless vehicles in California. Senator Padilla authored the law that required regulations governing the testing and use of driverless vehicles on public roads. The […]

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Mortgage Technology magazine names ReverseVision a 2014 Lenders’ Choice Award Finalist

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — ReverseVision Inc. today announced it has been named a finalist for the 2014 Lenders’ Choice Award by Mortgage Technology magazine. ReverseVision is the leading provider of business solutions for the reverse industry offering such products as RV Exchange (RVX), and RV University.

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iMobie Introduces AnyTrans 4: Complete iOS 8 and iPhone 6 Content Management

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — iMobie Inc., an innovative software company, today announced AnyTrans 4 to give users the best support on iOS 8. It introduces a set of breakthrough features that are tailored for managing music, photos, messages, notes, and all the iOS 8 content. Meanwhile, the Apple devices’ content syncing performance has been boosted up – about 3 times faster than regular iTunes sync.

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U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Cárdenas Introduces Legislation Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — To recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) today joined U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) in introducing commemorative resolutions in the U.S. House and Senate. Each year, the President designates September 15th to October 15th as Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating the heritage and culture of […]

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Sept. 10, 2014 including to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This past week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments. First, Tom Dresslar, 61, of Sacramento, has been appointed special assistant to the commissioner at the California Department of Business Oversight. Dresslar has served as communications director at the California State Treasurer’s Office since 2007. He served […]

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DrivenBI and Polonious partner to launch self-service data analysis and business intelligence

PASADENA, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Polonious Investigations Management Systems, the premier provider of special investigative unit (SIU) and investigation management systems for the insurance and investigation industries, announced its partnership with DrivenBI, the leading provider of cloud based self-service analysis platforms, empowering Polonious customers to create their own analysis in entirely new ways.

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Art-In-Relation announces West Coast Premiere of ‘Frankenstein The Musical’ at the Ernest Borgnine Theatre

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Jonas Sills and Ray Buffer today announced their new performing arts company in Long Beach called Art-In-Relation (AIR). Art-In-Relation’s first production, ‘Frankenstein The Musical’ will open Oct. 23 at the Ernest Borgnine Theatre inside the Scottish Rite Event Center in Long Beach. The two producers also appear in this powerful production, as Victor Frankenstein and The Creature, respectively.

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ArteQuesta announces a new art investment program in its support for veterans and military families

MILL VALLEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ — ArteQuesta today announced a new art investment program in its support for veterans and military families. The fine arts investment company believes that every opportunity for the enjoyment of art, including the opportunity for art investment, should be given to those who serve the United States.

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Edgewood Partners Insurance Center adds Tiffany McClellan as Regional Director of Employee Benefits

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Tiffany McClellan has joined the firm as Regional Director Employee Benefits. McClellan brings 16 years of experience in strategic market planning, sales organizational leadership, new product/service development and health and welfare plan consulting to the firm.

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Keyboardist Isha Love Pours ‘Jars of Waters’ with Her New Solo Piano CD Release

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — With ten gospel-tinged jazz originals and four unique interpretations of traditional spiritual hymns, Isha Love’s “Jars of Waters” is a tall refreshing glass to drink from. When the fingers of Isha Love glide across the piano, a dazzling cascade of melody rushes forth spraying the atmosphere like the mist from a waterfall.

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SavePro Insurance Solutions addition to Premier Insurance Services brand adds commercial insurance products

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Protector Holdings, LLC, a joint venture of EPIC (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center) and Dowling Capital Partners, today announced the acquisition of Northern California’s SavePro Insurance Solutions. Addition to Premier Insurance Services brand adds auto, homeowners and commercial insurance products and Latino service markets.

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