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Speaker Anthony Rendon

Calif. Asm. Speaker Rendon Statement on Passage of Air Quality and Cap-and-Trade Bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) today released the following statement on the Assembly passing the air quality improvement and cap-and-trade extension package.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown announces Appointments for July 11-14, 2017 including to CalWORKs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This past week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments for July 11-14, including: Joel Ledesma, 49, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of the State Water Project at the California Department of Water Resources.
Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza

Calif. Senator Mendoza Announces SCA 12 Constitutional Amendment Passes Key Committee Vote

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) announced the passage of Senate Constitutional Amendment 12 (SCA 12) today. The measure, which will update the rules and guidelines in the California Constitution regarding County governance, passed through the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee with a bipartisan vote of 4-1.
Tony Cardenas

U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2200: Human Trafficking Bill Co-led by Calif. Rep. Cárdenas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ -- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2200, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act, legislation that Representative Tony Cárdenas helped introduce along with Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ), Karen Bass (D-CA), Ed Royce (R-CA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Lois Frankel (D-FL), and Ann Wagner (R-MO).
Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra

Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Assemblymember Bocanegra’s Bill to Curb Illegal Dumping – AB 332

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s (D-Pacoima) measure to crack down on illegal dumping on city streets was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown today. AB 332 would allow local municipalities to pass ordinances to close streets and roads where excessive illegal dumping occurs.
Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra

Calif. Legislation to Repeal Anti-Immigrant Provisions in Prop. 187 Passes Senate Committee – AB 222

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Calif. Senate Public Safety Committee voted 5-2 to repeal anti-immigrant sections of the California Penal Code, enacted in 1994 as part of Proposition 187 to fight the perceived ills of illegal immigration and unfairly punish undocumented immigrants in California. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s (D-Pacoima) AB 222 would place a measure on the 2020 ballot that would ask voters to bring equity to California’s criminal justice laws by ensuring the use and manufacturing of a false immigration documents carries the same penalties for the use and production of a fake driver’s license.
We Care LA campaign march

Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Improved Nursing Home Care Standards into Law After Being Outdated for Nearly 20 Years

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- For nearly two decades nursing home workers have taken care of patients with inadequate care standards that put the elderly and those with disabilities at risk of injuries, falls, or insufficient supervision. Today, Governor Jerry Brown changed that by allocating monies in the final budget that would allow for the implementation of safer staffing standards for better care and working conditions in nursing homes. The decision comes after years of negotiations between SEIU 2015 nursing home workers and state leaders.


Chuck Simpson

EPIC Insurance Joins in Authoring Updated ANSI – ASSE 2017 Hydrogen Sulfide Safety Training Standard

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, and a member of the American National Standards Institute / American Society of Safety Engineers (ANSI/ASSE) Z390 Hydrogen Sulfide Training Committee, announced today the approval and upcoming publication of a revised Hydrogen Sulfide Safety Training Standard (ANSI/ASSE Z390.1-2017).
MCT Trading

CMBA Conference: Mortgage Capital Trading Introduces Bulk Acquisition Manager Secondary Marketing Tech

SAN FRANSISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT), a leading mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing technology firm, announced at the California Mortgage Bankers Association's (CMBA) annual Western Secondary Market Conference held in San Francisco, that it has released new secondary marketing technology to improve the industry's existing loan sale practices. Dubbed Bulk Acquisition Manager(TM) (BAM), the solution automates the process of packaging and transferring bulk loan bids, which benefits investors, lenders and MCT's team of mortgage loan traders.



Girls Trip: All Female Cast Set to Bring Big Bucks at the Box Office

INTERVIEW with Lara Grice: It was girl power all the way as the cast of “Girls Trip” hit the “pink” carpet at L.A. Live last Thursday night. The movie already, being called the movie of the summer, is a message of female friendship and support. An all-female leading cast is so rare in Hollywood these days, but it’s nice to see that Hollywood realizes that the ladies can bring in those big bucks at the box office bucks.
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.”


Mortgage Collabortive

The Mortgage Collaborative Appoints Arthur Prieston CMB as Chair of its new Capital Markets Committee

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Mortgage Collaborative (TMC), the nation's only independent mortgage cooperative, today announced that industry authority Arthur Prieston has been appointed chair of its newly formed Capital Markets Committee. In this role, Prieston will lead capital market engagements for the group's lender members.
Bistro Planet Partners with Sequoia Equities

Bistro Planet and Sequoia Equities Inc. to Offer Food Truck Dinner Services to SEI Residents

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Bistro Planet, the first company to connect the entire food truck marketplace under one platform, announced today that they will be partnering with residential powerhouse, Sequoia Equities, Inc. to deliver an innovative weekly Food Truck Dinner Service for their residents at the Brio Apartments in Glendale, Calif.
Author Dean Koontz

Best-Selling Author Dean Koontz speaks at Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD)

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) hosted New York Times Best-Selling Author, Dean Koontz on Tuesday, July 11 at LCAD's historic Main Campus in Laguna Beach for an exclusive speaking engagement.
The Mortgage Collaborative

The Mortgage Collaborative adds The Money Source as a Correspondent Investor to Preferred Partner Network

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Mortgage Collaborative, the nation's only independent mortgage cooperative, announced a new partnership with national correspondent investor and mortgage loan servicer, The Money Source. The new relationship with The Money Source adds another best-in-class national correspondent investor to their preferred partner network.
Hoge Fenton Attorney and Shareholder Crystal Riggins

Hoge Fenton Attorney and Shareholder Crystal Riggins Honored In 2017 Silicon Valley Business Journal 40 Under 40

SAN JOSE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Hoge Fenton is pleased to announce that its shareholder Crystal Riggins has been named a 2017 Silicon Valley Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree. As a recipient of this award, Crystal is recognized for her contributions to her profession and community and represents the best of Silicon Valley.



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Virtual Reality for Conservatives

Opinion: Virtual Reality for Conservatives – RWNJs Add Stank to VR

G on Politics (OPINION): Research demonstrates that a conservative differs from a normal human being in a number of ways. Note: ‘Normal human being’ means someone with a soul and an I.Q. above 70. A conservative is a strange creature. As you can see by their actions in Congress and in state houses across the country.