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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.
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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.
CA State Senator Caroline Menjivar SB729 Press Conference

CA SB729 to Increase Access to Fertility Care for Millions of Californians Postponed to 2024 by Assembly Appropriations Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- State Senator Caroline Menjivar's (D-San Fernando Valley) Senate Bill 729, sponsored by California State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, was converted to a two-year bill by the California State Assembly Appropriations Committee on Friday. The bill can be considered again as early as January 2024.
Sacramento River Trail | Photo by Melody Revnak

California Sacramento River Trail and Rail Trail Inducted into Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame

REDDING, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the nation's largest trails advocacy organization, today announced that California's Sacramento River Rail Trail and Sacramento River Trail will be inducted to its iconic Hall of Fame.

CALIFORNIA BUSINESS

IRS Solutions Software

IRS Solutions Software Announces Release of IRS Advance Notice: Tracks and Alerts Users to IRS Transcript Changes

VALENCIA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- IRS Solutions® announces the addition of IRS Advance Notice™ (IAN) to the industry's favorite tax resolution platform. The new feature detects and alerts tax professionals to changes on client IRS transcripts, often months in advance of official notification by mail. CPAs, Enrolled Agents, Attorneys and other tax specialists can work less, earn more, and enjoy steady year-round income with IAN.
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San Diego-based Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. earns 2024 HW Tech100 Award for 5th Consecutive Year

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT®), the de facto leader in innovative mortgage capital markets technology, was announced as a 2024 HousingWire Tech100 Mortgage Winner for the 5th consecutive year. For more than a decade, HousingWire's Tech100 program has identified and recognized the most innovative technology companies serving the mortgage and real estate industries.

CALIFORNIA BUSINESS

LA Sports Council Announces New CEO Matthew Cacciato

The LA Sports Council Announces New CEO Matthew Cacciato

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The LA Sports Council, the region's premier sports trade association, is proud to announce the hiring of a new President and CEO of the organization, Matthew Cacciato. As President, Cacciato's first initiative will be the organization's 19th Annual LA Sports Awards, a flagship celebration honoring the best in LA sports and top moments of the year.
Feb. 2024 MCT Indices Report

Monthly Mortgage Volume Increases 13.96% In Latest Feb. 2024 MCT Indices Report

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT®), the de facto leader in innovative mortgage capital markets technology, announced today an increase of 13.96% in mortgage lock volume compared to the previous month. To gain comprehensive insights into the market dynamics, industry professionals and enthusiasts are invited to download the complete report.
Pickleball Game, Set, Match! Dink Productions

Pickleball Game, Set, Match! Dink Productions Serves Up First-Ever Pickleball Full-Length Feature Film, ‘In a Pickle’

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Dink Productions launches a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for their upcoming movie "In a Pickle." By engaging the vibrant pickleball community in this campaign, Dink Productions aims to showcase the massive audience awaiting to see this movie come to life.
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KROST CPAs Is Ranked Among CalCPA’s Top 150 Firms for 2023-24

PASADENA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- KROST CPAs and Consultants has been named one of the Top 150 Firms for 2023-2024 by CalCPA. This award recognizes the firm, with 100% membership. The company is ranked 33rd on the list. The recognition reflects KROST's dedication to professional development and the CalCPA organization.
Cursive is Cool 2024 Contest

10th Annual Cursive is Cool Contest 2024 Launches for Students in North America

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation announced that their annual "Cursive is Cool"® contest is now open to North American students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. The contest dates are January 23 through April 15, 2024. Students are encouraged to enter early. Prizes will be awarded for First Place, Second Place, and Third Place based on legibility and neatness.

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LA Sports Council Announces New CEO Matthew Cacciato

The LA Sports Council Announces New CEO Matthew Cacciato

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The LA Sports Council, the region's premier sports trade association, is proud to announce the hiring of a new President and CEO of the organization, Matthew Cacciato. As President, Cacciato's first initiative will be the organization's 19th Annual LA Sports Awards, a flagship celebration honoring the best in LA sports and top moments of the year.