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UK Band, Unsung Lilly, steers Charity Fundraiser at The Mint in L.A., supporting Better Vision For Children

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The British are coming! There will be a British invasion at The Mint, Los Angeles’ legendary cultural enclave for live music, on Saturday, July 19 when Global Journey Media presents popular UK artists, the singing duo, Unsung Lilly, in a benefit concert performance for Better Vision For Children (BVC).

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Eric Deng, a senior from Mission San Jose High School will enroll at USC as Stamps Leadership Scholar

FREMONT, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Eric Deng, a high school senior from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, has chosen to enroll at the University of Southern California as a Stamps Leadership Scholar. The value of the Stamps Leadership Scholarship for four years at USC is worth up to approximately $202,000, including enrichment funds for international travel, research internships, and outdoor leadership experiences.

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California Association of Nonprofits to Release 2014 Report: ‘Causes Count: The Economic Power of California’s Nonprofit Sector’

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California nonprofits generate $260 billion in total economic activity every year, producing more jobs than the real estate, finance or construction industries, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of the nonprofit sector in the Golden State announced today by the California Association of Nonprofits. The groundbreaking report, titled “Causes Count: […]

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Branding Fool Talks Self-Promotion: Music Industry Author Loren Weisman Kicks Off Summer Book Tour in Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA, Calif., /California Newswire/ — Loren Weisman, a music industry consultant, and self-proclaimed ‘branding fool,’ is the author of ‘The Artist’s Guide to Success in the Music Business’ (ISBN: 978-1608325788). On June 28, he begins the ‘Proof of Concept Tour,’ a two-month, 40-city book and speaking tour. It will take place from 12 to 4 p.m. at The Third Street Promenade Barnes and Noble in Santa Monica, Calif. Special guests include multi Grammy(R) Award Winning Producer/Engineer, Val Garay.

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Software-Defined audiovisual company, Utelogy, and Integrated Media Pty. Ltd. Announce Tech Partnership

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Utelogy, which makes software for control, management and analytics of audiovisual systems for business and education, announces that it has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Integrated Media Pty. Ltd in Australia. Utelogy is a leader in Software-Defined audiovisual (SDAV) technology.

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Legislation to Create Califormia Statewide Hit-and-Run Alert System Introduced – AB 47

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) took bold new action today in his ongoing efforts to curb the epidemic of hit-and-runs in California, introducing legislation to create a “Yellow Alert” system to help catch hit-and-run offenders. Gatto’s bill, AB 47, would allow law-enforcement agencies to use the existing Emergency Alert […]

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Top automotive design will take center stage at the 3rd annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic 2014

BURBANK, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Top automotive design will take center stage at the third annual 2014 Downtown Burbank Car Classic on July 26 from 3 to 9 p.m. Included will be a Red Carpet Expo with celebrity vehicles from film and television, along with a display of legendary cars from the Petersen Automotive Museum and The World Famous West Coast Customs.

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Quandis Inc. announces new capability in its military search service to automatically check for name variations in the DOD database

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Quandis, Inc., a leading provider of mortgage servicing software, announces that it rolled out a new feature within its existing military search service that identifies multiple name variations of borrowers which could have active duty status in the U.S. military. If in default but on active duty, certain rules prohibit foreclosure. This comprehensive search reduces the risk of missing a name and potentially failing to comply with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) of 2003.

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Oceanside Pawn Shops launches to serve Southern California Jewelry Market as a Pawn Loan Specialist

OCEANSIDE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Master jeweler Chad Elliott of Oceanside Jewelers has expanded their award winning jewelry design storefront to now include Oceanside Pawnshops. Having applied for and received a pawnbroker’s license from California to offer pawn loans in exchange for personal jewelry, Oceanside Jewelers is pleased to expand its services as a pawn loan specialist in the area of gold, jewelry, diamonds, fine watches, diamonds, and gemstones of all types.

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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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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Week of June 2, 2014 including to California Natural Resources Agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This past week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Jennifer Castleberry, 45, of Rocklin has been appointed marketing and public relations manager of the California Exposition and State Fair. Castleberry was general manager at Modamedia Communications from 2012 to 2014 and senior director of marketing, events and entertainment for the Sacramento River Cats Baseball Club from 2010 to 2012.

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Middle Class Taxpayers Association

Middle Class Taxpayers Association Launches CharterWarning.com

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the Middle Class Taxpayers Association launched a new website – charterwarning.com – aimed at providing a reliable source for information on potential dangers that can be hidden in some city charters like the ones being considered this year in as many as five cities across California.

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Classic Black License Plates Returning to California Cars – Legacy License Plate Program Created by Assemblyman Mike Gatto

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In 2012, when Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced AB 1658 and created the California Legacy License Plate Program, he wanted to do something nice for those who preserve California’s classic-car heritage. Such enthusiasts often view Sacramento as the source of pesky regulations. But even peskier is the fact that […]

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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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Los Angeles Music Network announces 2014 Round 1 LAMN Jam Music Contest Winners

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Los Angeles Music Network (LAMN) is pleased to announce the winning artists of Round #1 of its Rock / Pop and Urban / R&B / Hip Hop music contests: Sad Robot and Hewan, respectively. Sad Robot and Hewan advance to the semi finals along with Young Beautiful In A Hurry and Zach Jones (rock), and Lydia Rene and Trademark (urban).

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

California Bill to Increase Penalties for Hit-and-Run Drivers Passes Assembly – AB 1532

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — As an 18-year-old victim remains hospitalized in a coma, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to increase penalties for those who flee the scene of an accident cleared its biggest legislative hurdle yet, passing the Assembly by a vote of 74-4. Gatto’s bill, AB 1532, would expand hit-and-run penalties […]

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Quandis Inc. named a 2014 Top 50 Service Provider in Mortgage Industry

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Quandis, Inc., a leading provider of mortgage servicing software, announced that Mortgage Technology magazine honored the company as a 2014 Top 50 Service Provider; for the fourth year in a row. As an annual list, the Top 50 Service Providers puts particular emphasis on a mortgage industry vendor’s achievements over the past 12 months.

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Calif. Water Conservation Bill Passes Assembly – AB 2636

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A key water-conservation bill introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) passed the Assembly yesterday by a vote of 74-2. AB 2636 establishes CalConserve, a revolving-loan program to finance water-efficiency projects for home owners and businesses, and help cities and counties reach their water-reduction goals. AB 2636 now moves to […]

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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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Assemblyman Ken Cooley

California Bill Returning $1.3 Million to Fire District Taxpayers, Signed by Governor Brown – AB 1053

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif., Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that his bill – AB 1053 – allowing the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (Metro Fire) to return $1.3 million in mistakenly collected taxes to more than 3,800 property owners in Sacramento County, has been signed by Governor Brown. “I thank Governor Brown […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

California Bill to Bring Justice to Victims of Campus Crime Passes Assembly – AB 1433

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A closely watched bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), which would ensure that crimes committed on college campuses are properly reported and investigated, passed the Assembly today by a vote of 74-0. The legislation, AB 1433, would require colleges to report certain violent crimes (like sexual assault and hate […]

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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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The City of Angels Celebrity Red Carpet Experience 2014 to be hosted by BET’s Wendy Raquel Robinson in L.A.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Event host Kevin Rouse, alongside partners Darryl Pitts, Chuckie Miller, Marva King and Dantae Dupree, are gearing up for a live weekend amid the momentum of the ‘BET Experience’ happening in Los Angeles. On June 28, 2014, the promotional crew will present the beautiful actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, television’s popular Tasha Mack from BET’s hit series ‘The Game,’ as the host of their ‘The City of Angels Celebrity Red Carpet Experience.’

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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 Al Muratsuchi

Bill Streamlining Solar Permitting Approved by California State Assembly – AB 2188

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assembly Bill (AB) 2188, by Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D – Torrance), passed the Assembly Floor today with a 58-8 vote and now heads to the Senate. The Solar Rights Act of 1978 declared that the timely and cost-effective installation of solar energy systems was a matter of statewide concern. However, […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles)

Landmark California Recycled-Water Bill Clears Assembly – AB 2282

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 moved […]

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Senator Alex Padilla

Bill Targeting Mislabeled Seafood Approved by California State Senate – SB 1138

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. State Senate today approved Senate Bill 1138 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) on a vote of 36 to 0. The bill would address the growing problem of seafood mislabeling and its effects on public health, consumer choice, and sustainable fishing practices. The bill now goes to the State […]

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Isadore Hall III

Measure to Require Condoms in California Produced Adult Films Approved by State Assembly – AB 1576

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Legislation by Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D – Los Angeles) to require condoms or other personal protective equipment in California produced adult films and mandatory employer paid STD testing of adult film actors was approved today by the California State Assembly. AB 1576 passed with bipartisan support on a vote […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

California ‘X-Prize’ Bill Passes Assembly – Would Offer $25,000 Prize for Innovative Concepts to Streamline State Government

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California State Assembly took one small step today in what could be a giant leap for good-government advocates, passing Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) “X-Prize” bill by a vote of 66-0. AB 2138 would offer cash incentives for fully developed and actionable plans that increase government efficiency and reduce […]

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Angaea Gale V. Cuna

Calif. Congressman Cardenas Announces Congressional Art Competition Winner

SUN VALLEY, Calif. and WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) is proud to announce the winner of the 29th Congressional District Art Contest. Angaea Gale V. Cuna, a senior from Sun Valley, who attends Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences, is the winning artist. The winning piece of art, […]

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U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Cardenas Passes Cybersecurity Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — Today, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) successfully added a critical amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to improve cybersecurity in the United States. The NDAA passed the House today. The Cárdenas amendment will ensure the United States is prepared to face the electronic security challenges of […]

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70th Anniversary of D-Day recongnized in Los Angeles with events by non-profit Heritage League of the Second Air Division

VAN NUYS, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Heritage League of the Second Air Division, and celebrated philanthropists Jane and Bert Boeckmann of Galpin Ford, today announced today they have joined forces to honor WWII Veterans at the 70th Anniversary D-Day Luncheon at the 94th Aero Squadron in Van Nuys on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 10 a.m. All WWII Veterans, friends and family are encouraged and invited to attend.

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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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The MoJo Pitching Cage featured in new baseball movie ‘The Million Dollar Arm’

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California-based Mojo Sports, makers of interactive sports and entertainment equipment, announced today that their flagship product, the Mojo Pitching Cage(TM), is the ‘Official Pitching Cage of The Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest’ featured in the movie ‘The Million Dollar Arm.’

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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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Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Calif. Assemblyman Cooley’s AB 1053 Goes to Governor for Signature, Returns $1.3 Million to Fire District Taxpayers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that his bill – AB 1053 – is headed to Governor Brown’s desk. This bill will allow the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (Metro Fire) to return $1.3 million in mistakenly collected taxes to more than 3,800 property owners in Sacramento County. “Metro […]

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Senator Alex Padilla

California Senate Approves Military Sexual Assault Bill – Senate Bill 1422

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the California Senate approved Senate Bill 1422, authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) on a bipartisan vote of 34 to 0. The bill would require cases of sexual assault of a service member of the California Military Department (CMD) be subject to the jurisdiction of local civilian authorities. The […]

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Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Legislation to Protect California Youth Football Players Moves to State Senate – AB 2127

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2127 was passed off the floor of the State Assembly this morning. AB 2127 seeks to reduce brain injuries and concussions among California’s middle and high school football players by limiting “full-contact” practice time and by ensuring student-athletes who have suffered a brain injury do […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Issues Statement on Passage of New Rainy Day Fund Proposal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), a long-time advocate for government and budgetary reform and the author of ACA 4, the 2010 constitutional amendment that would create an enhanced version of California’s “Rainy Day Fund,” offered his support for a new Rainy Day Fund proposal that passed both houses of […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Mike Gatto’s Bill to Protect California Students’ Social Media Data Passes Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Young people who might want to delete an embarrassing or controversial post to social media currently have few options, especially if that young person’s school monitors, collects, and keeps such postings on separate hard drives, forever. Legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) would ensure that information collected by school […]

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