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California-based Oceanside Jewelers Releases Mobile Responsive Web Site for Holiday Jewelry Shopping

OCEANSIDE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In an ongoing effort to continually provide a unique jewelry shopping experience centered on consumer education, Master Jeweler Chad Elliott and the certified gemologist staff at Oceanside Jewelers are pleased to announce the release of their upgraded mobile-responsive website.

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California vs. Big Plastic

‘California vs. Big Plastic’ Files Complaint with Calif. Secretary of State Alleging Deception by Referendum Signature Gatherers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Supporters of the state’s plastic bag ban, collectively calling themselves “California vs. Big Plastic,” today filed a complaint with California Secretary of State Debra Bowen calling for “an investigation of the signature gathering by the law’s opponents, citing numerous examples of deceptive signature gathering.” “To ensure the integrity of the […]

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14th Annual Non-Profit PR Grants Winners for 2014 announced by Neotrope

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Neotrope is proud to announce the recipients for 2014 of its annual J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant award. With this commitment, Neotrope(R) will provide public relations (PR) and cause-related marketing support to the selected worthy causes over the next year to raise awareness around each organization’s programs and accomplishments.

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EPIC Insurance Brokers adds Shelley Dawson, Jon Greenstein and John Gaffney to Employer Services Platform

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, today announced that Shelley Dawson, Jon Greenstein and John Gaffney have joined the firm in San Francisco. All will assume leadership roles in EPIC’s rapidly growing Employer Services Platform (ESP).

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Doc-Tech Corp. acquired by DocMagic, Inc. as part of ongoing Expansion in Loan Documents Trade

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — DocMagic, Inc., a premier provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, compliance, eSign and eDelivery solutions, announced today that it has acquired the assets of Doc-Tech Corporation, dba Document Express, a boutique document preparation company known for its exceptional customer service. The acquisition comes on the heels of DocMagic completing the purchase of award-winning eSignSystems in October.

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AccuSure CEO counsels Employers with 1099 Contractors on Preparing for Workers Comp Claims

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — We are all looking to operate as lean as possible and many employers turn to 1099 employees to reduce tax and insurance burden, says Jamie Reid, CEO of AccuSure. But a big question remains: if they file a work comp claim, would it be covered? Can the insurance company charge premium on a work comp audit? These are important for employers to know.

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Launch of Quandis Servicemember Outreach (QSO) website checks the Department of Defense’s database for SCRA active duty status

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Quandis, Inc., a leading provider of mortgage servicing software, today announced that it rolled out a website to help address President Obama’s New Executive Actions to assist service members, veterans and their families.

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EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants Ranked #20 among Top Large Group Employee Benefits Broker-Consultants

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants (EPIC), a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, has been ranked #20 among the nation’s ‘top large group employee benefits consultants’ by Employee Benefit Advisor.

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EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants acquires Greyling Insurance Brokerage

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants today announced it has acquired Greyling Insurance Brokerage and Risk Consulting, Inc., a specialty insurance broker and risk management consultant based in Atlanta, with locations in St. Louis, and Tampa. The firm will now operate as ‘Greyling Insurance Brokerage – a Division of EPIC.’

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Women of Excellence, Lifetime Achievement and Business of the Year Awards 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — More than 500 people are expected to attend the annual award luncheon Saturday, November 22, to recognize winners of the ‘Women of Excellence, Lifetime Achievement and Business of the Year Awards’ presented by the Sacramento Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW).

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Civic Resource Group CEO Gregory G. Curtin wins ‘Vision Award’ at World Economic Summit

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Civic Resource Group CEO, Gregory G. Curtin, Ph.D. attended the World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Nov. 9 – 12 and as a member of The Future of Government Council was among the winners of the ‘Vision Award’ for the Future of Government Smart Toolbox, a report published in June 2014 that addresses the ways technology can help governments improve services, security, transparency and innovation.

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HMD virtual reality leader ImmersiON-VRelia secures larger Silicon Valley offices, and opens Branch in Murcia, Spain

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. /California Newswire/ — ImmersiON-VRelia, the premier innovator in the HMD virtual reality sector, announced today that in order to meet rising demand, it has expanded its Redwood City headquarters and simultaneously opened European offices in Murcia, Spain. This expansion comes on the heels of TigerDirect’s announcement last week that it has claimed national distribution of The GO by ImmersiON-VRelia.

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Wahoo’s Fish Taco Co-Founder Wing Lam shares his road to success and what it means to pay it forward

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Money Matters with Dino, hosted by Dino Katsiametis, a local radio show about establishing and maintaining personal wealth, interviews local entrepreneurial legend Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco restaurants. The show airs live every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on ‘The Patriot’ KEIB AM1150 and is always available on iTunes and for on-demand viewing.

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Jovare brings unique jewelry hand crafted in South Africa to the US Fashion Marketplace

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Introducing Jovare, a collection of handcrafted, affordable jewelry from Africa that caters to the woman who wants a distinctive look. Suitable for both casual and formal wear, the jewelry will be sold online exclusively online. The Jovare wearable art line will not be available in retail stores.

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EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants adds Crawford McInnis, Brian Tanner and Wilson Long in Alabama

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, today announced that Crawford McInnis, Brian Tanner and Wilson Long have joined the firm as principals in Birmingham, Ala.

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HOARDERS TV Star Cory Chalmers will be making guest appearance at newest Steri-Clean franchise opening in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Cable TV Star and lead expert of the hit television show ‘Hoarders,’ Cory Chalmers, will be making a special guest appearance at his newest Steri-Clean franchise. This franchise owned by Chapin Fowler is hosting the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting on November 14 at 4:30 p.m. held at the chamber office at One Capitol Mall, suite 300 Sacramento.

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Bank of Southern California, N.A. Acquires Frontier Bank, FSB dba El Paseo Bank – Its Third Acquisition in Coachella Valley

PALM DESERT, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Bank of Southern California, N.A. (OTCMKTS:FBBN / OTC Markets FBBN) announced today that it purchased substantially all the assets and liabilities of Frontier Bank, FSB dba El Paseo Bank through a purchase and assumption agreement with the FDIC.

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EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants adds Karman Chan as new CFO

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Karman Chan has joined the firm as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in San Francisco. EPIC’s current CFO, Michael Gonthier, will transition to a new EPIC position as Chief Administrative Officer.

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EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants welcomes Sharon Rusconi as VP and Regional Surety Executive

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, today announced that surety executive Sharon Rusconi and her team have joined the firm in Sacramento, Calif. Rusconi’s book of business and other assets were purchased by EPIC from Lesron Insurance Agency.

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New web portal hopes to offer the best travel deal guide for Vegas Tourism

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — It’s not hard to lose money in Las Vegas, says new start-up VegasTourism.com. Remember the phrase, The house always wins? For the most part, gone are the days when hotel-casino heads figured that if they could get the tourists there, they’d spend so much money gambling it was worth it to sell prime rib plates for $4.99 and offer cheap entertainment.

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EPIC Insurance Brokers Ranked 46 Among World’s Top Insurance Brokers in Finaccord’s Global Insurance Broking

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, has been ranked 46 among the world’s top insurance brokers in Finaccord’s Global Insurance Broking: A Strategic Review of the World’s Top 150 Commercial Non-Life Insurance Brokers.

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Michael Nischan of EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants to Advise Trucking Industry on Minimizing Risk, Enhancing Safety

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — As the head of the transportation safety and security consulting business for EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, Michael Nischan will present his views on risk management in the trucking industry on a panel during a three-day industry seminar hosted by the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA).

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Rapid Prototypes announces beta launch of AdaptRM Time Tracking and Invoicing service

SUNNYVALE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Rapid Prototypes, Inc. today announced the release of its AdaptRM Time Tracking and Invoicing beta service. Already supporting unlimited numbers of devices, this release incorporates a new invoicing ability. This option not only allows the user to track time to their various projects, but also creates professional invoices for direct transmission to clients via their preferred method.

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Edgewood Partners Insurance Center adds John Walsh as Executive Liability and Financial Lines Principal

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that John Walsh has joined the firm as their Principal of Executive Liability and Financial Lines insurance. Walsh brings more than 10 years of Financial Lines Broking, Placement, Underwriting, Business Development, Client Service, Operations and Claims Management experience to EPIC.

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Jeremy Burcham named Chief Strategy Officer at The Compliance Group, Inc.

CARLSBAD, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Leading mortgage compliance services provider The Compliance Group, Inc. (TCG) today announced it has hired Jeremy Burcham as Chief Strategy Officer. Bringing nearly 14 years of quality control and operations experience, Burcham will be responsible for formulating, facilitating and communicating TCG’s plans for the future.

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Seasoned Community Banker Mark Gustafson Named Market Exec at Bank of Southern California

PALM DESERT, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Bank of Southern California today announced that seasoned community banker, Mark Gustafson has been appointed to lead the bank’s Coachella Valley region. Mr. Gustafson most recently served as Market President for First California Bank which was sold and merged into Pacific Western Bank. He also served as President and CEO of Canyon National Bank, Ogden BancShares, Inc

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Christopher Walker, Esq. joins Edgewood Partners Insurance Center as Director of Healthcare Compliance

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Christopher Walker, Esq. has joined the firm as Director of Healthcare Compliance and Associate General Counsel, Employee Benefits. Walker will be based in EPIC’s San Francisco headquarters and will report to Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Dan Crawford.

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Edgewood Partners Insurance Center announces Co-founder Dan Francis to Leave Company

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a national retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, today announced that Co-founder and Executive Chairman Dan Francis has elected to leave the firm effective Nov. 1, 2014.

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Foodies welcome new store in Burbank, Van Dorn Gourmets, offering complete line of Spices, Seasonings, Blends and Dip Mixes

BURBANK, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Foodies on alert! After experiencing popularity and success through their online store of gourmet rubs, seasonings, spices and dips, Van Dorn Gourmets has recently announced the launch of their first brick and mortar store in Burbank, Calif. Featuring an expanded line and customer-first service the store has been met with quick enthusiasm and positive feedback from area food lovers.

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Laguna College of Art and Design and Project Gado bring Rex and Joan Irving Brandt Papers to Getty Images

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD), the West Coast’s top fine art college, today announced with Project Gado that 1,000 pages of material from The Rex and Joan Irving Brandt Papers are now available on Getty Images. California Watercolorist Rex Brandt kept sketchbooks, photographs and archival materials that can now be viewed on the Getty Images website.

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Edgewood Partners Insurance Center Names Insurance Veteran Peter Garvey as Chief Operating Officer

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, today announced the appointment of insurance industry veteran Peter Garvey as Chief Operating Officer, a newly created position reporting to CEO John Hahn. Bringing EPIC nearly 35 years of insurance brokerage strategic operations, mergers and acquisitions, and executive leadership experience, Garvey will be chartered with further accelerating EPIC’s growth momentum.

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VLP Law Group LLP welcomes Jeremy Cubert and Richard Kimball to its IP Law and Corporate Groups

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — VLP Law Group LLP today announced the addition of Jeremy A. Cubert and Richard N. Kimball. Jeremy will join the Intellectual Property Practice Group as a partner based in the Washington D.C. area. Richard, based in Boston, focuses on corporate and transactional matters.

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Edgewood Partners Insurance Center welcomes David Wiesner as Regional Director for Employee Benefits Consulting

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, today announced that David Wiesner has joined the firm as managing principle and regional director in EPIC’s Employee Benefits Consulting Division.

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EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants named a ‘Best Place to Work in Insurance’ for 5th Year

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, has been recognized for a fifth year as a ‘Best Place to Work in Insurance’ by Business Insurance Magazine and survey co-sponsor Best Companies Group.

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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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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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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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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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