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Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Tony Cardenas’ Statement on FISA Reauthorization

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today in Washington, D.C., Calif. Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) released the following statement about today’s passing of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Reauthorization:
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

Calif. Assemblymember McCarty Releases Statement on Governor Brown’s 2018-19 Proposed State Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance released the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2018-19 state budget.
Gov Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Proposes 2018-19 California State Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Keeping the state on a path to long-term fiscal stability, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today proposed a $131.7 billion General Fund budget plan for 2018-19 that fills the state's Rainy Day Fund to its constitutional target, fully implements the state's K-12 school funding formula two years ahead of schedule and provides $4.6 billion for the first year of a 10-year transportation improvement plan.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Jan. 8-10, 2018 including to Department of Water Resources

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Karla Nemeth, 47, of Sacramento, has been appointed director of the California Department of Water Resources. Nemeth has served as Governor Brown’s deputy secretary and senior advisor for water policy at the California Natural Resources Agency since 2014, where she was Bay Delta Conservation Plan project manager from 2009 to 2014.
California State Assembly

Calif. Assembly Speaker Rendon to Lead Assembly Delegation to Mexico in January

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) will lead a delegation of Assemblymembers on a four-day mission to Mexico, California’s neighbor and trading partner, to reinforce the closeness of the relationship. The mission will go from January 10-13, 2018. The legislative delegation will also include Assemblymembers Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), Jose Medina (D-Riverside), and Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino).
Brown delivers remarks at opening of Eastern Economic Forum

Gov. Brown and Pacific Coast Governors Condemn Federal Decision To Expand Offshore Drilling

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued the following statement in response to the federal proposal to expand oil and gas offshore drilling, including in Pacific waters, for the first time in decades:
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

Calif. Asm. Kevin McCarty Introduces Measure to Make CA Legislators Pay for Sexual Harassment Payouts – AB 1750

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Fulfilling his commitment to address sexual harassment at the State Capitol, Calif. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento), on Wednesday introduced AB 1750, which would require the California State Senate and the California State Assembly to seek reimbursement for any sexual harassment settlements paid by the Legislature when there is clear evidence of wrongdoing by a legislator.

CALIFORNIA BUSINESS

Mortgage Quality Management

Mortgage Quality Management Announces Internal Audit Services Compliant with Fannie Mae Seller/Servicer Update

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Quality Management and Research, LLC (MQMR), a leader in mortgage risk management and compliance services, today announced that its Internal Audit services offering meets or exceeds the requirements for Fannie Mae seller/servicers to be in compliance with the December 19, 2017 Fannie Mae Selling Guide Announcement SEL-2017-10 update.
Attorney Debra B. Vernon

VLP Law Group Welcomes Partner, Attorney Debra B. Vernon, to the Firm’s Corporate Practice Group

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce that Debra B. Vernon has joined the firm's Corporate Practice Group as a partner based in the San Francisco Bay area. She specializes in startup formation and capitalization, financings, corporate venture, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and corporate governance.

LIFESTYLE AND ENTERTAINMENT

actress Kerry Cahill

‘Walking Dead’ Actress Kerry Cahill Salutes America’s Heroes

INTERVIEW: Actress Kerry Cahill is one of those people I always feel I learn something from every time I talk to her. “Today, on Veteran’s day we will remember those men and women who fought for the country we love - America. For me Veteran’s day is every day, joining forces with AMVETS is my way of giving back,” says Cahill.
Lisa Ann Walter

Exclusive Interview with Actress Lisa Ann Walter: Is Hollywood Still Sexist?

INTERVIEW: You may think Hollywood is a man’s world but after an exclusive interview with Lisa Ann Walter star of indie film “Dependent’s Day,” think again – times are changing. “Looking back into history there were strong female characters back in the 1940’s, and I think that reflects what was happening at the time.," says Walter.

CALIFORNIA BUSINESS

MCT Trading COO Phil Rasori

MCT Trading COO Phil Rasori Scheduled to Speak at the Independent Mortgage Bankers Conference

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT), a leading mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, announced that its COO, Phil Rasori, will be speaking on a panel session at the MBA's 2018 Independent Mortgage Bankers Conference on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 being held at the Ritz-Carlton in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
MAG Instrument partners with Maschmedt

MAG Instrument partners with Maschmedt & Associates for marketing of MAGLITE products in Western USA

ONTARIO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- MAG Instrument Inc. has inked a manufacturer's representative agreement with Maschmedt Group, a full service sales and marketing firm, to greatly increase its reach in the critical retail sectors of sporting goods and hardware. The deal is expected to boost sales of MAGLITE(R) products in these sectors especially in the Western United States where Maschmedt & Associates concentrates its efforts.
Matic Insurance

MATIC Insurance CEO says Smaller Originators Will Follow Top Lenders, Making Homeowner’s Insurance Part of Digital Mortgages

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Integrating homeowner's insurance into the mortgage origination process is a relatively new idea - and one Matic CEO Aaron Schiff anticipates will gain traction in 2018. His firm expects small and mid-sized mortgage operations will follow the lead of several marquee lenders that added homeowner's insurance to their origination workflows last year.
CLOUDVIRGA

Cloudvirga Closes Record Year with Customers of Its Digital Mortgage Platform Producing Over $100B in Loan Volume

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Cloudvirga CEO Michael Schreck is on a mission to help mortgage lenders reinvent the mortgage factory. A developer of intelligent mortgage point-of-sale platforms, Cloudvirga gives consumers and loan officers a digital mortgage experience and helps lenders grow market share by automating the mortgage back office, saving them up to $1,500 a loan.
NINA G at SOLO Event

Stuttering Comedian Disrupts Interruptions in One Woman Show

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On February 11th, 2018, comedian Nina G will be at the Stage Werx theater debuting her one-person show, Stutterer Interrupted. The show explores what it’s like to be a stuttering woman in non-stuttering world. How does it feel when people constantly try to finish your sentences? When they ask if you forgot your own name? How do you go from twenty years of hiding your voice to performing on stage every night? These are some of the questions that Nina will address.

NATIONAL NEWS

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POLITICAL OPINION

America's New Day Dawning

Opinion: America’s New Day Dawning

G on Politics (OPINION): Take heart, America: conservative attacks on democracy will not stand. A brighter future will arrive and we will demonstrate that conservatism's bigotry, plutocracy, and inhumanity are not what make this country great.