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Calif. Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment

Calif. Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment to Hold Second Hearing on Feb.15

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Rules, Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response will hold its second working hearing February 15, 2018. The Subcommittee is laying the groundwork for developing new, bicameral policies and procedures for preventing and responding to sexual harassment complaints.
California State Assembly

California Assemblymembers Rendon, Carrillo to Lead Delegation to El Salvador

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) will lead a delegation of Assemblymembers to El Salvador to maintain stable and productive ties with the Central American nation. The delegation will go from February 14-17, 2018.
CA Senator Josh Newman

Measure by Calif. Senator Newman Creates More Earning Opportunities for Military Families, Veterans – SB 1080

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) introduced a measure today to improve the transition prospects of active duty military, veterans, and their spouses. Senate Bill (SB) 1080 would allow active duty military, veterans, and their spouses to drive for transportation network companies immediately upon their relocation to California, with a valid out-of-state driver’s license.
California State Assembly

Calif. Assemblymembers McCarty and Gonzalez Fletcher Announce ‘Safe Youth Football Act’ to Protect Children from Brain Injury

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymembers Kevin McCarty (D- Sacramento) and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D – San Diego) this month announced the “Safe Youth Football Act”, which will protect children from brain injury by establishing a minimum age to play in organized tackle football programs. This bill would follow the advice of medical professions and allow high-contact elements from football programs only at the high school level.
CA Senator Josh Newman

Calif. Senator Newman Introduces Legislation to Hold California Distracted Drivers Accountable

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) introduced legislation this past week that aims to dramatically reduce the incidence of distracted driving on California roads and highways. Senate Bill (SB) 1030, introduced in the Senate today, will strengthen current distracted driving penalties by making distracted driving a moving violation, and adding a point to the driver’s motor vehicle record for electronic device violations.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Feb. 1-2, 2018 including to the California Energy Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Friday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Karen Douglas, 44, of Davis, has been reappointed to the California Energy Commission, where she has served since 2008. Douglas was director of the California Climate Initiative for the Environmental Defense Fund from 2005 to 2008. She held several positions at the Planning and Conservation League from 2001 to 2005, including acting executive director and general counsel.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Final ‘State of the State’ Address Jan. 25 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Gov. Brown delivers his final State of the State speech to lawmakers and media. Brown appears before the Legislature for the 16th — and final — time to offer his thoughts on current affairs in California, and the path forward for our Golden State.

CALIFORNIA BUSINESS

Dr Karen S Webb

Union Institute & University appoints Dr. Karen Schuster Webb as New Org President

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Union Institute & University's Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Dr. Karen Schuster Webb as the university's sixth president, effective July 1, 2018. Dr. Webb succeeds Dr. Roger H. Sublett, who is retiring after serving Union as president since April 2003. A Board-appointed transition committee will assist Dr. Sublett and President Elect Webb in the coming months.
Dr. Don Harte

With 2018 Already a School Shooting Disaster – Gun Control, or Doctor Control? asks Dr. Harte

CORTE MADERA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Dr. Don Harte, noted chiropractic activist and former Libertarian State Senate candidate, says of the school shooting in Broward County, Florida, "It's time to take radical action... Doctor Control."

LIFESTYLE AND ENTERTAINMENT

Dependent’s Day movie

Dependent’s Day: Hollywood Reacts as Audiences Crave More Female Lead Roles

INTERVIEW: The number of lead roles played by women in movies rose significantly in 2015; now a new film written and directed by Michael David Lynch hopes to show the strength and leadership of a modern woman in “Dependent’s Day.”
Eileen Grubba in Last Call at Murray’s

‘Sons of Anarchy’ actress Eileen Grubba on ‘Last Call at Murray’s’

INTERVIEW: It’s the small town feel good movie that is sweeping through film festivals and gathering no dust as it piles up the awards. “Last Call at Murray’s” is a story of strength and determination or as leading lady, Eileen Grubba describes it, “I think this movie is an excellent character study, a chance for everyone to look closer at themselves and others and realize people have their quirky and crazy behavior for a reason.”

CALIFORNIA BUSINESS

California Safe Schools

Celebrating LA Unified School Districts Outstanding Plant Managers and California Safe Schools

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California Safe Schools celebrated the outstanding efforts of more than 800 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Plant Managers and their supervisors at four luncheons honoring elementary, middle school, and high school Plant Managers for their exceptional efforts in implementing the most stringent school pesticide policy in the nation for the past 20 years.
Mitchell Nomura

Mitchell Nomura named an Internal Audit Manager at Mortgage Quality Management and Research LLC

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Quality Management and Research, LLC (MQMR), a leader in mortgage risk management and compliance services, announced it has hired Mitchell Nomura as internal audit manager. In this role, Nomura will apply his more than 30 years of experience overseeing compliance and risk management departments at bank and non-bank lenders to leading MQMR's team of expert internal auditors as they identify compliance and operational risks for mortgage lender clients.
Global DMS Launches EVO-Commercial

Global DMS Launches EVO-Commercial, a Next-Generation Valuation Management Software Platform

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Global DMS, a leading provider of cloud-based valuation management software, announced that it launched EVO-Commercial(TM) (EVO-C) at the MBA's CREF/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo being held in San Diego from February 11 - 14. The new platform is 100 percent configurable, fully customizable, quick and easy to implement, eliminates numerous steps in the workflow process, lowers system maintenance costs and empowers end-users as well as management teams, among many other efficiency gains.

Bank of Southern California, N.A. (BCAL) Announces its Fourth Quarter and Year-end 2017 Results

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Bank of Southern California, N.A. (OTC Pink: BCAL / OTCMKTS:BCAL) announced quarterly earnings of $1,134,397 for the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $1,088,043 for the third quarter of 2017 and $902,476 for the fourth quarter of 2016. For the year, net earnings were $3,964,692 in 2017, a 32% increase compared to $3,009,251 for 2016. Results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 2017 include a $200,000 increase in income tax expense due to recent Tax Reform legislation.
Suzannah Gill

EPIC Insurance Brokers’ Suzannah Gill Named a 2018 Rising Star in Advising by Employee Benefit Adviser

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Benefits Strategy Consultant Suzannah Gill has been recognized as a 2018 Rising Star in Advising by Employee Benefit Adviser. Although she was the firm's youngest producer when she joined EPIC, Gill quickly became known as a company and industry thought leader.

NATIONAL NEWS

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POLITICAL OPINION

Chris Matthews

Opinion: Chris Matthews and the New Economy of Language

G on Politics (opinion): As the insightful and entertaining host of 'Hardball,' airing daily on MSNBC, Chris Matthews has awards and accolades galore. But lately he has slipped into two annoying habits: he clips syllables from words he speaks, and he cuts off words from the sentences of his guests.