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Mayor Villaraigosa Announces Reopening of Six Business Source Centers Across Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced on Monday that six newly improved BusinessSource Centers are reopening across Los Angeles. The BusinessSource Centers are part of the Mayor's strategy to create a healthy environment for job creation in Los Angeles.
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

S.F. Mayor Lee to Lead New Innovation and Technology Task Force of U.S. Mayors

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the formation of a Technology and Innovation Task Force at the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) that will demonstrate how cities can support growth of technology and new economy jobs and foster innovation in local governments through technology and transparency.
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

S.F. Mayor Lee Announces City’s Plan to Ensure Continued Job Creation, Affordable Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Malia Cohen today introduced a resolution at the Board of Supervisors to ensure that major redevelopment projects, such as Mission Bay, the Hunters Point Shipyard, and Transbay as well as affordable housing projects under the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency can continue after the State required their elimination.
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

S.F. Mayor Lee Announces Major Expansion of One of San Francisco's Top Employers

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Friday, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that Salesforce.com is again expanding and creating more jobs in San Francisco, entering into the largest long-term lease in the City in more than a decade. Salesforce will occupy 400,000 square feet of office space at 50 Fremont, which when fully occupied, will accommodate 2,000 employees.
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

S.F. Mayor Lee Announces First of Its Kind Partnership With the Code for America to Bring Greater Innovation to San Francisco...

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced today a partnership with Code for America to launch the world’s first Civic Startup Accelerator. Based in downtown San Francisco, the Code for America Accelerator will support entrepreneurs that launch companies to make City government more responsive, efficient and connected.
L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Celebrates Milestone in Clean Truck Program at Port of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Delivering on his promise to reduce pollution at the Port of Los Angeles and protect public health, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today marked a major milestone in the Clean Truck Program. The program required all trucks at the Port of Los Angeles to meet the toughest environmental standards in the nation by January 1, 2012.

Calif. Governor Brown Highlights Clean Energy Manufacturing Jobs in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Friday joined business leaders and elected officials for the dedication of Soitec's North American headquarters in San Diego.
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

S.F. Mayor Lee Announces Congressional Passage of Critical 34th America's Cup Bill

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the America's Cup Act to facilitate hosting the 34th America’s Cup by authorizing certain eligible vessels to participate in the events has passed the U.S. House of Representatives after passing the U.S. Senate earlier this month. The America's Cup Act is currently on the way to President Barack Obama's desk for signature.
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

S.F. Mayor Lee's Statement On San Francisco Unemployment Rate Drop

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mayor Edwin M. Lee on Friday issued the following statement on San Francisco's unemployment rate dropping to 8.1 percent in October, based on preliminary unemployment numbers released by the State Employment Development Department (EDD):
L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Participates In U.S.-Mexico Binational Mayors Summit

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and United States Commerce Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez hosted mayors and business leaders at the US-Mexico Binational Mayors Summit on Friday.

Calif. Governor Brown Celebrates Grand Opening of CODA's Global Headquarters in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Thursday, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined business leaders and elected officials for the grand opening of CODA's global headquarters in Los Angeles. CODA is a clean energy technology company and a leading developer of electric vehicles and energy strorage. It is one of the fastest growing companies in the Los Angeles area.
L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Welcomes Google to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday welcomed Google, Inc., to the City of Los Angeles. Google is moving 500 jobs which had been spread across three facilities in the City of Santa Monica and consolidating them into one campus located just a few blocks from Venice Beach in the City of Los Angeles.
L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Announces the Launch of The Los Angeles Regional Export Council

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the launch of the Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC) on Monday, a public-private...

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa: 3-Year Tax Holiday On New Businesses Should Never Expire

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Speaking to the United Chamber of Commerce Annual Mayor's Luncheon in Woodland Hills, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said for the first time on Tuesday that the three-year tax holiday on new businesses that he implemented in 2010 should never expire. The policy is currently set to expire in 2012.

Class Action Suit Filed Against 'Barkworks' Claiming Pet Stores Deceived Consumers About Selling Dogs from Alleged Puppy Mills

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This morning, the national non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed suit in California Superior Court in Los...

Quandis, Inc. Releases New App to Streamline Short Sell Workflows

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Quandis, Inc., a leading provider of default management mortgage technology solutions, announced it has released a Web-based short sell application that automates short sell workflows and streamlines communications between servicers, lenders, borrowers and real estate agents. The result is the efficient, effective processing of short sale transactions that can be executed in roughly 60 days.

DocMagic Launches Free eSign Technology for Mortgage Industry

CARSON, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- DocMagic, Inc., the mortgage industry's leading provider of loan document and automated compliance technologies, announced an industry break-through by making its eSign platform available to any user at no cost. DocMagic's eSign solution gives users the ability to capture electronic signatures for any document saved in a PDF file format.

EPIC Programs Group Introduces Comprehensive Pizza Industry Insurance Package

SAN RAMON, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Programs Group, a managing underwriter and program administrator providing leading-edge risk management and insurance solutions nationally, announces the launch of their newest program for Pizza Restaurants and Delivery Operators. Dubbed "SLICE" (safety, loss control, insurance, coverage, expertise), the new program specifically addresses a significant exposure and principle risk management concern of Pizza Delivery Operators

Best Lawyers in America and Northern California Super Lawyers Honor VLP Law Group Attorneys

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP is pleased to announce that Corporate and Transactional founding partner David Goldenberg was named a 2011 'Rising Star' by Northern California Super Lawyers as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state for 2011. In addition, Trademark and Copyright partner Brian M. Davis and Executive Compensation partner Stephen T. Lindo were recognized in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

New Book: A Way to Solve the New Home Sales Crisis

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A new book, 'Why People Don't Buy New Homes,' proposing a solution to improve the numbers of new homes being sold, has just been announced by Sales Superiority Publishing. Written by Steve Weston, a new home salesperson with 30 years experience, this book makes the case that it is possible for builders and their own salespeople to re-energize their sales efforts and improve their sales.

Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Padilla Bill to Accelerate NFL Stadium/Convention Project Development Promises Thousands of Jobs in L.A.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 292 authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The new law will accelerate the approval process for an NFL football stadium and a modernized convention center in downtown Los Angeles.
Governor Edmund G. Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Landmark Legislation to Create California Jobs, Level the Retail Playing Field to Guarantee Future Revenue from Online...

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Approving a landmark legislative compromise that creates jobs and ensures that online retailers do not receive an unfair tax advantage over brick-and-mortar businesses, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Friday signed a bill that requires Amazon and other internet retailers to collect sales taxes starting next year.

Mike McMullen and PowerGuard Insurance named 2011 Risk Innovator and Responsibility Leader by Risk & Insurance Magazine

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- PowerGuard Specialty Insurance Services - a Managing General Agent specializing in unique insurance and risk management solutions for the wind and solar energy industries - today announced that Managing Principal Mike McMullen was named by Risk & Insurance magazine as a 2011 Risk Innovator.

Intellectual Property Attorney Kent Cheng Joins VLP Law Group LLC

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP Law Group LLP is very pleased to announce the expansion of its Intellectual Property practice with the addition of Dr. Kent H. Cheng as a partner. Dr. Cheng joins VLP from Cohen Pontani Lieberman and Pavane LLP where he was a partner representing clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and high tech industries.

Authernative, Inc. Joins McAfee Security Innovation Alliance (SIA)

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Authernative, Inc., a leading developer of user authentication technologies for enterprises and governments, today announced that it has joined the McAfee(R) Security Innovation Alliance (SIA) partner program.

Professional Community Management of California, Inc. Signs Park Paseo in Irvine

LAKE FOREST, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Professional Community Management of California, Inc. (PCM), one of the nation's largest managers of common-interest residential developments, will manage Park Paseo in Irvine, CA. With 625 single-family homes and nine acres of greenbelt space and walking paths, it is one of the largest homeowner associations in the city.

PowerGuard Specialty Insurance adds Business Development Exec Tim Kinsella in N.Y.

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- PowerGuard Specialty Insurance Services - a Managing General Agent and Lloyds cover holder specializing in unique insurance and risk management solutions for the wind and solar energy industries - today announced that risk management, financial services and alternative energy professional Tim Kinsella has joined the company as a business development executive.

MCT Trading Makes Inc. 5000 Annual List of Fastest-Growing Companies

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- MCT Trading, Inc. (MCT), a recognized leader in mortgage pipeline hedging and risk management services, announced today that it has been named to Inc. 5000 2011 fastest-growing private companies list. MCT ranks 776 on the list with an industry rank in the financial services category of 39 and impressive three-year sales growth of 405 percent.

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Welcomes New Farmers Insurance Facility That Benefits From Citywide Development Reform Efforts

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember Dennis Zine, and city officials joined Farmers Insurance representatives to welcome the company to their new Woodland Hills facility that directly benefited from the City's recent development reform efforts.
L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Celebrates Major Solar Installation Project In Central Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power General Manager Ron Nichols, Dr. Walter Jayasinghe and city officials on Friday celebrated the completion of a major solar panel installation project in central Los Angeles.

Business Leaders Respond to Governor Brown's California Jobs First Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Following Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s proposal of a three-part California Jobs First plan this morning, business leaders expressed overwhelming support for his plan to put Californians to work.
Governor Edmund G. Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Proposes California Jobs First Package to Spur Local Job Creation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Taking action to put Californians to work, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today proposed a three-part California Jobs First plan that offers over $1 billion a year in tax relief for businesses that create jobs in the state.

The Infinite Loop skips a beat: Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO, named Chairman

CUPERTINO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- According to reports breaking today after the markets closed, Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple Computer, Inc. (AAPL), with Tim Cook taking over as has been expected. Job's health issues the past couple of years have made a move like this somewhat inevitable.

Opinion: Toyota USA reveals new 2013 Lexus GS 350 at Pebble Beach – and it doesn't suck!

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- OPINION: Well, for the many long-time Lexus fans and owners who stared aghast at the recent show car preview of the "future of Lexus design" and lost our cookies, I'm very happy to say the actual car revealed today at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance looks pretty darn snazzy.

L.A. Mayor Challenges Sacramento to Take On Prop. 13 Reform To Increase Education Funding and Train California's Future Workforce

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- With California facing a deficit of one million college degree holders in 2025, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivered a speech to the Sacramento Press Club on Tuesday about the need to invest in California's education system to train our future workforce and keep our state globally competitive.
L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa To The Small Business Community: Los Angeles Is Dedicated To Your Needs

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa issued a statement today urging small business owners to take advantage of the unprecedented...

California Business Leaders Endorse Governor Brown's Efforts to Let Voters Decide How to Address Budget Crisis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Governor Jerry Brown on Friday (Feb. 25) announced that two of Southern California’s premier business leadership groups – the...

Better Business Bureau of the Southland Lists Top 10 Scams and Rip-Offs of 2010

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of the Southland on Friday (Feb. 11) released a list of the top...

Los Angeles: Unveiling Of The First Building Retrofitted Through The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilmember Herb Wesson attended today the unveiling of the first building -...

Calif. Governor's Office of Economic Development Applauds Job Creation Move and Will Market New Enterprise Zones

Sacramento, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- To assist in the creation of jobs and thereby improve California's business climate, the California Department of Housing and...

Calif. Governor's Office of Economic Development, Small Business Development Centers and Business Matchmaking Host Last in a Series of Small Business...

Sacramento, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- As part of a continued effort to provide resources, information and potential access to capital, the Governor's Office of...

Epeius Biotechnologies Awarded Federal Grant Advancing Tumor-Targeted Cancer Therapy

SAN MARINO, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Epeius Biotechnologies Corporation, a leader in the emerging field of targeted genetic medicine, announced today the receipt of additional financial support for the company's lead oncology product, Rexin-G, from the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the form of a prestigious competitive grant.

Billioninvest Corporation and Russian Economy Expert, Dr. Vladimir Biryukov, Connect Russian Buyers and U.S. Vendors

BUSHKILL, Pa. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- U.S.-based Billioninvest Corporation helps U.S. and Russian businesses to work together. Comprised of American economists, accountants and managers, its team clearly understands the value of intellectual synergies between the U.S. and Russia. It helps small businesses with document management and economic modeling for partnering between U.S. sellers and Russian buyers.

Veteran REALTOR Bob Vieira Joins Elite Pacific Properties as Broker In Charge

HONOLULU, Hawaii (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Elite Pacific Properties, a fast-growing boutique Oahu real estate firm specializing in mid- to high-end real estate, announced today that it has appointed Bob Vieira as Broker In Charge.

Affinity Healthcare Adds New Physicians

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Affinity Healthcare, the employed physician group of Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, IL is pleased to announce the addition of two Internal Medicine physicians to its 1051 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights, IL office.

Four Points Technology Relocates Corporate Headquarters

CHANTILLY, Va. -- Four Points Technology, LLC, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), has recently relocated due to exponential growth within the company. As of November 1, the company's corporate headquarters will be located at: 14900 Conference Center Drive, Suite 100, Chantilly, Va.

General Adult and Addiction Psychiatrist Accepted into Presidential Who's Who

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Dr. Lyubov Y. Gorelik announced this week the prestigious honor of becoming a member of the Presidential Who's Who organization. Dr. Gorelik's practice is located in Brooklyn, New York. She has been in the profession for 10 years and originally obtained her medical doctorate degree in Moscow.

CMI Teams with NetBase to Harness the Power of Social Media Understanding for Consumer Insights

ATLANTA, Ga. -- CMI, a full-service marketing research company, is taking consumer insight to the next level by offering NetBase social media understanding and analysis of online consumer opinion, emotion and behavior to its marketing research clients.

Ga. Business Brokers Discuss Using Retirement Funds to Buy a Business

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Many skilled but unemployed workers have taken advantage of tax laws that enable them to use funds from retirement accounts to buy a new business, and the Georgia Association of Business Brokers (GABB) will hear an industry expert describe the process at their Oct. 26 meeting.

EVtones Sets Tone for Electric Vehicles – Creates New Music Licensing Revenue Stream

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Bran-Rae today announced the launch of EVtones, an MP3 download service providing unique MP3 music tones, tunes and sounds for electric and electric hybrid vehicles. Car sounds, jet engines, etc. will also be offered as downloads to an electric vehicles MP3 compatible tone generating system.

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