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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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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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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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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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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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Oceanside Jewelers announces a new line of Pandora Jewelry, Bracelets, and Charms

OCEANSIDE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Oceanside Jewelers, owned and operated by Master Jeweler Chad Elliott, today announced it is expanding the store’s award-winning collection of fine jewelry and engagement rings, and will be launching a new line of Pandora jewelry, bracelets, and charms in-store.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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VLP Law Group LLP adds Mark D. Taylor and Jeffrey A. Fromm for bankruptcy law, corporate and transactional matters

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — VLP Law Group LLP today announced the addition of Mark D. Taylor and Jeffrey A. Fromm as partners. Taylor, based in Washington, D.C., practices bankruptcy law. Fromm, based in New York City, focuses on corporate and transactional matters.

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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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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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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. Marketing Firm, Neotrope, again donates $25K in Services for Worthy Causes with 2014 PR Grant

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Neotrope, a 31 year old brand marketing, PR, and content development firm in California, today announced launch of its latest annual PR Grant program for U.S.-based 501(c)3 charities for 2014. Launched in 2000, the non-profit PR Grant was designed to help raise awareness of selected charities to traditional media, to the public, as well as to potential ‘halo’ sponsors.

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Edgewood Partners Insurance Center welcomes Andrea Levin as a VP in the North Bay

PETALUMA, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance broker/consultant, today announced the addition of Andrea Levin as a vice president in their Petaluma office. Levin brings 24 years of experience in the development and management of property and casualty insurance and risk management programs, working with a wide range of business and industry and specializing in financial institutions.

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ImmersiON Partnership with VRelia will enhance the Augmented Virtual Reality experience

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — ImmersiON, a USA company of Manuel R. Gutierrez Novelo, announced today its strategic fusion with VRelia, a company owned by Jose Antonio Garcia Marin headquartered in Spain. Novelo, the founder of internationally awarded TDVision, has proven a leader in the design and development of 3D digital infrastructure and visualization systems.

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U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Cardenas Introduces Federal Guide for Small Businesses

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) today announced the publication of his newly-created Small Business Resource Guide, which gives information regarding federal agencies that assist small business and entrepreneurial development, business regulations, financing, government contracting, minority-owned businesses, export assistance and overseas investment. It also provides information on creating […]

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San Francisco contemporary artist John Waguespack launches Kickstarter campaign for his Salvador’s Garden upcycled home goods line

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — San Francisco artist John Waguespack today announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for his latest inspiration, Salvador’s Garden upcycled home goods line. The product line includes pillows and blankets – all made from an amazing textile of 100 percent post consumer recycled plastic bottles. The beautiful snow-white fabrics reminded John of a portrait of Dali he painted, which ultimately presented the perfect medium on which to share this new series.

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Greg Dobson joins Edgewood Partners Insurance Center in San Ramon as a principal in its employee benefits division

SAN RAMON, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, has added Greg Dobson as a principal in its employee benefits division. Dobson brings 30 years of employee benefits expertise to EPIC. He will be based in the company’s San Ramon office.

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U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Cárdenas helps Protect U.S. Companies from ‘Patent Trolls’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — Today, U.S. Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi, Texas) introduced the “Trade Protection Not Troll Protection Act,” legislation to protect American companies from abusive litigation at the hands of patent trolls. The legislation will speed up the legal process surrounding patent […]

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Next Generation Diamond Display Tech coming from Segoma Imaging Technologies

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Segoma Imaging Technologies will be launching its next generation of diamond 360 imaging technology soon. Segoma Imaging Technologies has revolutionized the diamond industry by providing diamond traders and buyers with what they really need: the ability to view any diamond – exactly as it is – in 360 degrees.

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AMT Datasouth Corp now Shipping new Fastmark M Series Portable Bar Code Printers

CAMARILLO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — AMT Datasouth Corp., a leading supplier of value-added printing solutions, today announced that its Fastmark M3 and M4 battery-powered, portable, thermal bar code printers are now shipping and available with AMT Datasouth’s proven proprietary PAL programming language.

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Assemblymember Muratsuchi

Calif. Asm. Muratsuchi Receives Legislator of the Year Award from Assoc. of Global Automakers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Association of Global Automakers has announced Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi as their 2014 “Legislator of the Year.” The award was presented last night at a ceremony hosted by the association in Sacramento. Muratsuchi is the second recipient of the Global Automakers’ annual award, which recognizes lawmakers who have demonstrated an […]

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Assemblymember Muratsuchi

Calif. Bill Incentivizing Small Business Growth Approved by State Assembly – AB 2096

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assembly Bill (AB) 2096, authored by Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) and sponsored by Small Business California, passed the State Assembly with a 72 to 0 vote today. This bill would allow start-up and emerging small businesses identify investors who can provide capital to help them grow and create […]

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MCT Trading announces MCTlive, its new Browser-based Software Platform for Secondary Capital Marketing Departments

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — MCT Trading, Inc., a recognized leader in mortgage pipeline hedging, loan sale execution, and risk management services, today announced the formal launch of MCTlive, a secondary marketing technology platform designed for capital markets trading and pipeline management.

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DrivenBI Self Service Data Analytics Platform Delivers Key Service Level Performance Metrics to dinCloud’s Customers

PASADENA, Calif., /California Newswire/ — DrivenBI, a provider of cloud analytics platforms, today announced a partnership with dinCloud, a leading cloud services provider, that will allow dinCloud to provide their customers with DrivenBI’s cloud analytics platform designed to unify, analyze, and report data aggregated from multiple sources.

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Edgewood Partners Insurance Center names Chris Duncan as Chief Growth Officer

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, today announced that Chris Duncan has joined the firm’s executive team as Chief Growth Officer (CGO). Duncan brings 26 years of experience in finance, risk management, security, mergers and acquisitions and executive leadership to the firm.

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MBA National Secondary Marketing Conference to feature Phil Rasori on panel ‘Liquidity Challenges for Smaller Lenders’

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT), a recognized leader in mortgage pipeline hedging and risk management services, today announced that its COO, Phil Rasori, will moderate and drive a panel session entitled ‘Liquidity Challenges for Smaller Lenders’ at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Annual Secondary Marketing Conference in New York City.

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Clients of Network Control reported exceptional satisfaction ratings in the company’s recent client key performance metrics report

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Clients of Network Control reported exceptional satisfaction ratings in the company’s recent client key performance metrics report, with 95.5 percent of respondents expressing they are ‘Very Satisfied’ with the services provided, and 97 percent indicating that they would recommend Network Control to other organizations.

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