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Court Officially Affirms New Calif. Prevailing Wage Law

Supporters Hail Victory for Bipartisanship, Economy and California Taxpayers SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Last Friday, after hearing arguments from both sides in the lawsuit aimed at blocking California’s new Prevailing Wage Law (SB7), San Diego Superior Court Judge Joel R. Wohlfeil affirmed his August 28th ruling upholding SB7. SB7 is a bipartisan law […]

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Reverse Mortgage Expert Jeffrey Taylor says HECM Reverse Mortgages Have Less Risk for Lenders

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — According to reverse mortgage expert Jeffrey Taylor, a ReverseVision board member and president of Wendover Consulting, mortgage lenders offering the HUD-insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) will find that originating reverse loans carries fewer risks than traditional mortgages.

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In ‘Tattoo Nation’ Director Eric Schwartz takes viewers on fact-filled and eye-popping journey through the tattoo experience

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — ‘Tattoo Nation’ began as a simple series of portrait photography sessions and grew to become an 86-minute exploration of the art of ink-on-flesh by director Eric Schwartz. Now available for streaming or purchase on DVD, ‘Tattoo Nation’ is emerging as the definitive look at how tattoos went from underground and illegal to mass acceptance and the status of art.

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Senator Alex Padilla

Calif. Legislature Approves Bill Focused on Seafood Mislabeling – SB1138

SACAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, the Calif. State Senate gave final legislative approval to Senate Bill 1138. The bill, by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), addresses the growing problem of seafood mislabeling. The bill now goes to Governor Brown for his consideration. “SB 1138 addresses the growing problem of seafood mislabeling by making sure […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

To Combat Calif. Hit-and-Run Problem, Assemblyman Gatto Sends Two Landmark Bills to Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, advocates for street safety are celebrating as two landmark bills by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), which seek to curb the epidemic of hit-and-runs in California, have passed the legislature and are headed to the Governor’s desk. AB 47, which would create a “Yellow Alert” system to help catch […]

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Senator Alex Padilla

Plastic Bag Ban Would Phase Out Single-Use Plastic Bags in California, approved by Assembly – SB 270

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the Calif. State Assembly approved SB 270 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), Senator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach). The bill would phase out single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores, convenience stores, liquor stores and pharmacies. The bill now goes to the […]

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Solutions Direct launches email marketing platform with automated push technology for promotion on a shoestring

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Everyone these days is looking for ways to save money, while making money. So, what’s the answer? A new advertising company, Solutions Direct, thinks it knows. It starts with automated push technology. It can help with the simplest of projects such as increasing traffic to a new website to handling more advanced advertising campaigns for global corporations.

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Calif. Student Social-Media Privacy Bill Passes Legislature – AB 1442

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Social-media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have stoked concerns from parents about how to protect the privacy of their children, yet few parents are aware that school districts across California are using taxpayer dollars to monitor, collect, and store student social-media data and postings, potentially forever, leaving students vulnerable […]

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Attorney Stanley D. Prowse of San Diego North County Embraces Mobile Tech for Law Information Portal

CARLSBAD, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In response to the growing demand for sound legal information available over the internet, Certified Family Law Specialist Stan Prowse in San Diego has released an updated mobile-friendly version of his comprehensive and easy to understand legally oriented web site. Easy access to helpful legal information is now available 24/7/365, optimized for all devices and web platforms.

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‘Legends of Surf Music’ concert in San Diego to benefit Wounded Warrior Homes

VISTA, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Stars and Stripes Events, a concert production company located in Escondido, Calif., is promoting a surf rock concert with former members of eight of the best known famous surf rock bands of the sixties. The promoter will donate 10 percent of ticket sales directly to Wounded Warrior Homes also located in Vista Calif. The ‘Legends of Surf Music’ concert is at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista on October 25.

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Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski

Calif. Bill of Rights for seniors in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly approved by Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the California State Assembly voted 55-16 to approve a bill by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) that would create a Bill of Rights for seniors in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly to ensure their basic dignity and autonomy. AB 2171, which is supported by a large number of senior […]

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Smart Cities Prevail

Prevailing Wage Law Ruled Constitutional

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, San Diego Superior Court Judge Joel R. Wohlfeil issued a tentative ruling upholding Senate Bill 7 – a bipartisan law enacted in 2013 that is designed to encourage more of California’s Charter Cities to pay Prevailing Wage on locally-funded construction projects. In response to today’s developments, Dale Howard, spokesperson for Smart Cities Prevail – California’s leading research and education authority on Prevailing Wage issues – issued the following statement.

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Larkin McLean’s New Album ‘Ladybug’ Flies with Her Distinctive Smartly Lyrical Pop Music

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Larkin McLean got her start sitting in at jazz clubs, taking piano lessons from Sarah Vaughan’s accompanist George Gaffney, and studying Flamenco dance. You can hear it woven eloquently throughout her new record on iTunes, ‘Ladybug.’ A follow-up to the well-received ‘If You’re a Wild Girl, Say Aye,’ McLean first hit the scene with her self-titled album.

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EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants today announces Education Protector, the first insurance product of its kind

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants today announces Education Protector(SM) from EPIC, the first insurance product of its kind. While the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) directors reexamine several policies amid controversy about how student athletes are treated, one of the nation’s fastest-growing insurance brokers has moved to protect high school athletes who have received a verbal offer for an athletic NCAA scholarship.

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SecuGen announces new Combination Fingerprint and Contactless Smartcard Reader, the Hamster Pro Duo CL

SANTA CLARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ — SecuGen Corporation today announced that it will be showing at the Global Identity Summit in Tampa, Fla., a completely new device that combines a contactless smartcard reader with SecuGen’s FAP 20 certified, optical fingerprint sensor, the U20. This new product, the Hamster Pro Duo CL(TM), is housed in a sleek new case and provides convenient access to dual mode authentication for enhanced security.

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Landmark California Water Conservation package heads to Governor Amidst summer 2014 drought

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Most homeowners want cheaper water bills, says Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles). If provided the infrastructure, they’d gladly use recycled water or water-efficient technologies to wash cars and irrigate lawns. Many cities have vast reservoirs of recycled water. If offered a market, they’d gladly allow the water to be used for more than just landscaping medians.

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Senator Alex Padilla

Calif. Legislation to Protect Healthcare Workers Headed to Governor – SB 1299

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senate Bill 1299 authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Padilla) won final legislative approval today in the State Senate. The bill would require hospitals to establish comprehensive workplace violence prevention plans. According to the bill’s backers, “Violent attacks at California hospitals underscore need for more healthcare worker protections.”

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ArteQuesta has announced new artwork will be added to the Israeli Masters Collection to preserve Israeli art and culture

MILL VALLEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ — ArteQuesta, a fine art investment company has announced new artworks to be added to the Israeli Masters Collection as part of their continued effort to preserve Israeli art and culture. The collection was created over ten years ago to gather and preserve historically significant artworks and artifacts by Israeli artists during Israel’s diaspora and the emergence of the Jewish state in 1948.

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Civic Resource Group unites multi-vendor applications and services on common platform with CivicConnect

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Civic Resource Group today announced that it is initiating the City Development Ecosystem, a group which is chartered to promote new software models for civic organizations to take advantage of next generation applications and cloud infrastructure. It is software interoperability among multiple vendors that makes the City Development Ecosystem possible.

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown, Attorney General Harris and Legislative Leaders Announce Unaccompanied Minor Legislation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and members of the Latino Legislative Caucus announced legislation to provide legal services to the unaccompanied minors arriving in California from Central America.

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Legislation – New Laws Signed Aug. 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills, including AB 1455 by Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose) – Pupils: bullying: counseling services, and AB 1583 by Assemblymember Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) – Controller: state funds: reporting. Complete list follows.

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Senator Alex Padilla

California Military Sexual Assault Legislation Signed by Governor Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1422 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The law removes investigations and prosecutions of military sexual assault cases from the chain of command in the California Military Department ensuring that there is no conflict of interest in the evaluation and prosecution of sexual assault cases. SB 1422 goes into effect on January 1, 2015.

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Assemblymember Muratsuchi

State Legislature Passes Bill Streamlining California Solar Permitting – AB 2188

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assembly Bill (AB) 2188, by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D– Torrance), was approved today by the State Legislature with strong bi-partisan support. The bill now heads to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. AB 2188 requires cities and counties to adopt an ordinance, in consultation with local fire and utility […]

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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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