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California Accelerates Effort to Transform Mental Health System for All

California Accelerates Effort to Transform Mental Health System for All, with Urgent Focus on the Seriously Ill and Homeless

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. /CALIFORNIA NEWSWIRE/ – On Tuesday (May 14), while visiting a behavioral health treatment center under ongoing expansion in San Mateo County, Governor Newsom announced the state is accelerating – in record time – the first round of funding, made available by Prop 1, to boost California’s ongoing transformation of the statewide Behavioral Health system.
CalRecycle

California enters critical phase of nation-leading circular economy rules, overhauls recycling with plastic pollution and beverage container reforms

SACRAMENTO /CALIFORNIA NEWSWIRE/ – Taking action to address growing global plastic pollution while spurring innovation and job creation, California is launching new recycling regulations, reforms and funding to reduce single-use plastic waste in our state through cutting-edge technology, CalRecycle announced today. Paving the path for a circular-use economy that reuses materials and products for as long as possible, California today released draft regulations for the country’s strongest requirements for producers to cut single-use plastic waste.
Governor Newsom and Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell signed the historic LOC at the Stanford Mansion in Sacramento

Calif. Gov. Newsom Welcomes Swedish Delegation and Signs Climate Partnership with Sweden

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday (Feb. 20), Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom welcomed Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden as they continue their four-day official visit to California. During the visit, California and Sweden signed a Letter of Cooperation (LOC), renewing a climate partnership between the two economies established in 2017.
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Calif. Gov. Newsom Announces Appointments for 2.20.24 including to Peace Officer Standards Accountability Advisory Board

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/-- On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments: First, Glynnis Vaughan, of Sacramento, has been appointed Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the California Department of Cannabis Control. Vaughan has been Director of Partnerships & Engagement at Alacrity Canada since 2023.
Newsom Announces World-Leading Science & Technology Research Center

Calif. Gov. Newsom Announces World-Leading Science & Technology Research Center in L.A. for 2024

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Wednesday, Jan. 3, Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom, joined by University of California (UC) President Michael Drake, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, representatives of Google, elected officials, and academic, business, and health care leaders announced the state has acquired the former Westside Pavilion shopping mall in Los Angeles. The site — which UCLA will transform into the UCLA Research Park — will bring together academics and industry partners from around the world to lead scientific and technology projects that will benefit California, the United States, and the world.
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Calif. Gov. Newsom Announces Appointments for Jan. 2, 2024, including to Student Aid Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, Jan. 2, Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom announced the following appointments, including to Office of the State Public Defender, the California Student Aid Commission, the Commission on Disability Access, and to the California Exposition and State Fair Board of Directors.
Governor of the state of California Seal

New California Laws in Effect as of Jan. 1, 2024, including Landmark Reproductive Rights Legislation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In partnership with the Legislature, Caliofrnia Governor Gavin Newsom this year signed landmark legislation to support the reproductive rights of Californians, increase affordable housing, hold Big Oil accountable, and protect the safety, health, and well-being of all Californians. New laws impact reproductive rights, the opioid crisis, and mental health crisis.

CALIFORNIA BUSINESS

Jacqui Pitman

Jacqui Pitman Makes TV Casting Golden in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- For several decades now, casting director Jacqui Pitman, owner/CEO of Pitman Casting Inc. and PartyPit Productions Inc., has played a crucial role in the success of numerous long-standing TV shows. With her creative insight, Pitman has contributed to over 500 shows, including iconic staples like "America's Most Wanted," "Price is Right," "Let's Make a Deal," "Face Off," and "Big Brother 2." Pitman served as the casting director for ABC's "The Golden Bachelor" and is now casting for the highly anticipated spinoff series, "The Golden Bachelorette."
Glancy Wine Education Foundation

Glancy Wine Education Foundation Welcomes New Board Members, Achieves Platinum Charity Rating

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Glancy Wine Education Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of several new members to its all-volunteer board, as well as its achievement of Platinum Transparency, the highest rating possible from Candid's Guidestar charity ratings system. Established in 2020, The Glancy Wine Education Foundation is a registered a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization.

CALIFORNIA BUSINESS

2024 Scholarship Winners, Advancing the Careers of Women

Financial Women of San Francisco Announces its 2024 Scholarship Winners, Advancing the Careers of Women

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Financial Women of San Francisco (FWSF), an organization dedicated for more than 60 years to advancing the careers of women, names ten students from Bay Area colleges and universities as its 2024 scholarship recipients. FWSF has awarded over $3 million in scholarships over the past 35 years to more than 325 Bay Area women.
We Were Better Together

Robert J. Shearer’s Memoir ‘We Were Better Together’ Is a Sensitive Guide to Couples with Cancer and Elegy to His Late...

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A hybrid memoir and cancer guide, "We Were Better Together: Navigating Cancer as a Couple with Love, Practical Advice and Expert Guidance" (ISBN: 978-1-956955-99-6 [ebook]; 978-1-956955-98-9 [paperback]; 978-1-964377-04-9 [hardcover]), is full of expert guidance on navigating insurance, hospice, cancer treatment and intimacy - alongside Bob and Melissa's profound love story, told through heartfelt letters.
MCT - Mortgage Capital Trading

New Fintech Solution Connects API-Driven Back-End to Front-End Pricing with Industry-First Features

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT®), the de facto leader in innovative mortgage capital markets technology, today announced the release of the Base Rate Generator, an industry-changing solution that allows mortgage lenders to directly inform their front-end rate sheet pricing with their back-end capital markets executions. By combining live agency API connections, co-issue executions, aggregator pricing, and custom TBA indications, the MCT Base Rate Generator allows mortgage lenders to improve margin management and competitive performance.
Pat Wright, long time ferret legalization advocate

California Ferret Activist Pat Wright Files Lawsuit Against Calif. Fish & Game Commission President Eric Sklar

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Pat Wright, a resident of La Mesa, California, has filed a lawsuit against Eric Sklar, President of the California Fish and Game Commission in San Diego Superior Court, challenging the arbitrary classification of domestic ferrets as wild animals. The lawsuit, titled Wright v. Sklar, was filed in the San Diego Superior Court and seeks a writ of mandate and declaratory relief. Wright is the founder of LegalizeFerrets.org.
Lisa Pantages of the San Francisco Giants

Lisa Pantages of the San Francisco Giants, a Top Sports Exec, Named FWSF 2024 Financial Woman of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Financial Women of San Francisco (FWSF) today named Lisa Pantages as the FWSF 2024 Financial Woman of the Year. Ms. Pantages is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the San Francisco Giants. FWSF is particularly excited to award the organization's highest honor to a female sports executive, a sector which FWSF has not previously recognized.

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Glancy Wine Education Foundation

Glancy Wine Education Foundation Welcomes New Board Members, Achieves Platinum Charity Rating

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Glancy Wine Education Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of several new members to its all-volunteer board, as well as its achievement of Platinum Transparency, the highest rating possible from Candid's Guidestar charity ratings system. Established in 2020, The Glancy Wine Education Foundation is a registered a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization.