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CALIFORNIA POLITICS

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for April 20, 2017 including State Board of Food and Agriculture

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Michelle Banonis, 40, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant chief deputy director at the California Department of Water Resources. Banonis has been area manager for the Bay Delta Office at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation since 2016, where she has served in several positions since 2009.
SEIU

California Caregivers Push for More Accountability in Public Monies Used for State Respite Care Program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Caregivers of those with disabilities are calling on the California State Legislature to support Assembly Bill 1380 to improve respite care accountability. Right now many vendors who contract with regional centers to provide the publicly funded service spend an absurd amount of money on administration costs for respite care instead of on the program itself. Testimony on this issue will be given during the first committee hearing on AB 1380 on Tuesday April 25, 2017, says SEIU Local 2015.
Speaker Anthony Rendon

California Speaker Rendon Announces Assembly Committee Changes for April 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today announced following changes to the membership of Assembly standing committees.
News from California Newswire

Calif. Legislation on Drug Pricing Transparency Wins Key Support from Consumer, Medical, Pharmacists Groups – AB315

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Legislation authored by Calif. Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) calling for the first-time regulation of the middlemen of drug pricing -- Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) -- today received a boost with the endorsement of Consumers Union, the California Medical Association, the California Pharmacists Association, and the San-Francisco-based HIV/AIDS advocacy group Project Inform.
Carnival Cruise and LBC Renovation

City of Long Beach and Carnival Cruise Line Start Renovations at Long Beach Cruise Terminal

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Carnival Cruise Line marked the beginning of a multi-million-dollar renovation of its Long Beach Cruise Terminal facility to accommodate larger ships and enhance terminal operations on Wednesday. A “FUNstruction” groundbreaking ceremony today included remarks by City of Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, President and CEO of Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau Steve Goodling and Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Strategic and Commercial Port Development Carlos Torres de Navarra among others.
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell

Calif. Assemblymember O’Donnell Welcomes Nominations for 3rd Annual Teacher Recognition Ceremony

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying outstanding local teachers to honor at his 3rd Annual Teacher Recognition Ceremony. To be eligible, nominations for educators who live or work within Long Beach, San Pedro, Signal Hill or Catalina Island must be received by April 20, 2017.
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

Calif. Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Rejects Gov. Brown’s Cuts to Child Care and Early Education Programs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D - Sacramento), Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance led a bipartisan effort today to reject Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to reduce support for state child care and preschool programs and voted to restore $527 million in critical child care and preschool funding.

CALIFORNIA BUSINESS

Bank of Southern California, N.A.

Jim Paul Joins Bank of Southern California, NA as VP at Del Mar Office

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Bank of Southern California, N.A. (OTC Pink: BCAL / OTCMKTS:BCAL) announced that Jim Paul has joined the Bank as Vice President, Business Banking at the Del Mar Corporate office. He will primarily focus on building new client relationships for the bank.
Cara Krause joins MCT

Cara Krause Joins Mortgage Capital Trading’s Growing Sales Team

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT), a leading mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing technology firm, announced that Cara Krause has joined the company as regional sales director. Ms. Krause will handle business development efforts and client management for new lender clients in the Northeast region of the country.

LIFESTYLE AND ENTERTAINMENT

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.”
Growing Older

Senior Moments: Growing Older in a Youth-Oriented Society

LIFESTYLE: At what point are you Old? Is it 50, 60, or maybe 90? And who decides that you are Old? Society, your children, your Doctor or yourself? And what kind of old are we talking about? Body age? Emotional age? Brain age? Generational age? Experiential age? Is it age or maturity?

CALIFORNIA BUSINESS

RoweBots UNISON

IoT DevCon 2017: RoweBots Announces Unison v5.3 for STM32F7 System Workbench IDE

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today at IoT DevCon, RoweBots, an embedded signal processing systems company, announces Unison v5.3 for STM32F7 System Workbench IDE. This software compatibility is aimed at supporting and streamlining the work of programmers or developers working within Unison v5.3 to support Machine to Machine Communications (M2M) or IoT-enabled devices. Comprised of a series of high performance MCUs with ARM Cortex-M7 core, Unison v5.3 for STM32F7 System Workbench IDE includes libraries, precompiled programs and demonstrations for each component.
IObit is Ready for Project Neon

IObit is Ready for Project Neon, Microsoft’s Redesign of Start Menu for Windows 10

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- IObit Software today announced plans to maintain compatibility with the new Windows 10 Project Neon. Microsoft is working on the Windows 10 UI refresh, named Project Neon, which focuses on redesigning the user interface including the Start Menu for Windows 10.
Mortgage Collabortive

The Mortgage Collaborative Partners with Blend for Digital, Automated Platform

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Mortgage Collaborative, the nation's only independent mortgage cooperative, today announced a partnership with Blend, a Silicon Valley technology company bringing mortgages into the modern age, to deliver a digital mortgage experience that is fast, simple and secure to its network of small, mid-sized, and community-based lenders.

Connect:ID 2017: SecuGen Spotlights Hamster Pro 45, a FAP 45, 2-Finger and Rolled Finger Reader

SANTA CLARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- SecuGen, a world leading optical fingerprint device and technology vendor, is pleased to announce that they will be spotlighting the Hamster Pro 45, a FAP 45 certified two finger and rolled finger reader at the Connect:ID Conference.
DocMagic

Texas Capital Bank Implements DocMagic Total eClose Solution

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- DocMagic, Inc., the premier provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, regulatory compliance and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced that Texas Capital Bank has implemented its Total eClose(TM) solution. This implementation enables the bank to function as an eWarehouse lender. They can now accept and fund eNotes from its lender customers that want to drastically speed up the process of closing and selling loans.

NATIONAL NEWS

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POLITICAL OPINION

Is Jared the Leader of the Free World?

Opinion: Is Jared the Leader of the Free World?

G on Politics (OPINION): As America suffers the shame of an illegitimate president elected by racists, morons, greedwhores, and Russian agents, one ray of hope is that the USA is being managed by that revered political genius, Jared Corey Kushner.