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CORTE MADERA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Dr. Don Harte, noted chiropractic activist and former Libertarian State Senate candidate, says of the school shooting in Broward County, Florida, "It's time to take radical action... Doctor Control."
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Rules, Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response will hold its second working hearing February 15, 2018. The Subcommittee is laying the groundwork for developing new, bicameral policies and procedures for preventing and responding to sexual harassment complaints.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California Safe Schools celebrated the outstanding efforts of more than 800 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Plant Managers and their supervisors at four luncheons honoring elementary, middle school, and high school Plant Managers for their exceptional efforts in implementing the most stringent school pesticide policy in the nation for the past 20 years.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) will lead a delegation of Assemblymembers to El Salvador to maintain stable and productive ties with the Central American nation. The delegation will go from February 14-17, 2018.
Measure by Calif. Senator Newman Creates More Earning Opportunities for Military Families, Veterans – SB 1080
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) introduced a measure today to improve the transition prospects of active duty military, veterans, and their spouses. Senate Bill (SB) 1080 would allow active duty military, veterans, and their spouses to drive for transportation network companies immediately upon their relocation to California, with a valid out-of-state driver’s license.
Calif. Assemblymembers McCarty and Gonzalez Fletcher Announce ‘Safe Youth Football Act’ to Protect Children from Brain Injury
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymembers Kevin McCarty (D- Sacramento) and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D – San Diego) this month announced the “Safe Youth Football Act”, which will protect children from brain injury by establishing a minimum age to play in organized tackle football programs. This bill would follow the advice of medical professions and allow high-contact elements from football programs only at the high school level.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) introduced legislation this past week that aims to dramatically reduce the incidence of distracted driving on California roads and highways. Senate Bill (SB) 1030, introduced in the Senate today, will strengthen current distracted driving penalties by making distracted driving a moving violation, and adding a point to the driver’s motor vehicle record for electronic device violations.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Quality Management and Research, LLC (MQMR), a leader in mortgage risk management and compliance services, announced it has hired Mitchell Nomura as internal audit manager. In this role, Nomura will apply his more than 30 years of experience overseeing compliance and risk management departments at bank and non-bank lenders to leading MQMR's team of expert internal auditors as they identify compliance and operational risks for mortgage lender clients.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Global DMS, a leading provider of cloud-based valuation management software, announced that it launched EVO-Commercial(TM) (EVO-C) at the MBA's CREF/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo being held in San Diego from February 11 - 14. The new platform is 100 percent configurable, fully customizable, quick and easy to implement, eliminates numerous steps in the workflow process, lowers system maintenance costs and empowers end-users as well as management teams, among many other efficiency gains.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Bank of Southern California, N.A. (OTC Pink: BCAL / OTCMKTS:BCAL) announced quarterly earnings of $1,134,397 for the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $1,088,043 for the third quarter of 2017 and $902,476 for the fourth quarter of 2016. For the year, net earnings were $3,964,692 in 2017, a 32% increase compared to $3,009,251 for 2016. Results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 2017 include a $200,000 increase in income tax expense due to recent Tax Reform legislation.
EPIC Insurance Brokers’ Suzannah Gill Named a 2018 Rising Star in Advising by Employee Benefit Adviser
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Benefits Strategy Consultant Suzannah Gill has been recognized as a 2018 Rising Star in Advising by Employee Benefit Adviser. Although she was the firm's youngest producer when she joined EPIC, Gill quickly became known as a company and industry thought leader.
Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Feb. 1-2, 2018 including to the California Energy Commission
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Friday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Karen Douglas, 44, of Davis, has been reappointed to the California Energy Commission, where she has served since 2008. Douglas was director of the California Climate Initiative for the Environmental Defense Fund from 2005 to 2008. She held several positions at the Planning and Conservation League from 2001 to 2005, including acting executive director and general counsel.
Union Institute & University Master of Arts Online Health and Wellness Program Earns Programmatic CAAHEP Accreditation
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Union Institute & University's Master of Arts Online Program Health & Wellness Lactation Consultant Distance Degree Program has been awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Union is a national university with academic centers located in: Ohio, Florida, and California.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- iMobie Inc., a leading software company focused on Android and iOS, announces that its ultimate data recovery tool PhoneRescue supports recovery of data from all Android phones and tablets, including SAMSUNG, HUAWEI, LG, XIAOMI, SONY etc. No brand limit anymore. With the highest data recovery rate in the industry, PhoneRescue will dig into every corner of your phone and bring back all your lost-but-valued messages, contacts, photos, music, videos, app data and more with ultra ease - even restore your most valued data directly to your phone.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Subsequent QC, LLC (SQC) President Michael Steer today advised lenders to take steps to protect their Mortgage Servicing Rights (MSR) assets ahead of an anticipated increase in total mortgage servicing volume. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, outstanding mortgage debt is expected to reach $10.4 trillion by the end of 2018, compared to $10 trillion in 2017 and $9.7 trillion in 2016.
California Orgs Launch John Lennon ‘Imagine’ License Plate Program to Help End Hunger in California, One Plate at a Time
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The California DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) has commenced the pre-sale to put the iconic self-portrait image of John Lennon on California license plates which will help fund the state's food banks. The special license plate features the famous John Lennon self-portrait image and the slogan, "IMAGINE no hunger." Proceeds from sales will be administered by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and distributed to the California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) to be utilized throughout the state of California for food bank programs.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Gov. Brown delivers his final State of the State speech to lawmakers and media. Brown appears before the Legislature for the 16th — and final — time to offer his thoughts on current affairs in California, and the path forward for our Golden State.
EL MONTE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The El Monte City Council unanimously appointed Alex Hamilton as the City Manager Tuesday, January 23. Mr. Hamilton has been serving as El Monte’s Assistant City Manager since 2015. As a public servant, Mr. Hamilton has over 25-years’ experience working in federal and local government.
DocMagic Reaches 300 Million Mortgage eSignings Milestone as More Borrowers Opt for eSigning and Require Proof of TRID Compliance
TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- DocMagic, Inc., the premier provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, regulatory compliance and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced that it has processed more than 300 million mortgage-related electronic signatures.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- With the recently approved Republican tax giveaway largely benefiting billionaires, Calif. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento) and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D – San Francisco) this week introduced ACA 22, which will redirect half of the federal corporate tax cut to support middle class families in California.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Bank of Southern California, N.A. (OTC Pink: BCAL / OTCMKTS: BCAL), announced that Steve Pollett has joined the company as SVP, SBA and Commercial Real Estate Lending Group Manager. With more than 30 years' experience in SBA and Commercial Real Estate lending, Pollett will be responsible for leading a team to provide financing to small and medium-sized businesses throughout the Southern California region. Prior to joining Bank of Southern California, Pollett was Senior Vice President and Group Manager of Commercial Lending with Plaza Bank.
National Handwriting Day 2018: Cursive is Cool Annual Handwriting Contest Launches on 41st Anniversary of Day
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Cursive writing continues to enjoy increasing appreciation in the United States and around the world, and the annual Cursive is Cool(R) contests for 2018 are launching on the 41st anniversary of National Handwriting Day, celebrated around the world on Jan. 23 each year. Presented by the Campaign for Cursive(R), a committee of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, the date is associated with the birth of John Hancock.
iEmergent Joins The Mortgage Collaborative Preferred Partner Network, will offer Market-based Forecasts
SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Mortgage Collaborative, the nation's only independent mortgage cooperative, today announced the addition of forecasting and analytics firm iEmergent to its Preferred Partner network. iEmergent offers TMC members market-based forecasts that can drill down into communities, making the intelligence relevant to both high-level strategic issues and specific market challenges.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants announced today that risk management and insurance professional Philip Westphal has joined the firm's commercial property/casualty team in Sacramento, Calif. as a Risk Advisor/Broker in EPIC's Healthcare Practice. Westphal will report to Managing Principal and Healthcare Practice Co-leader, Tom McCready.
Kathy Gonzales Named Senior VP, Director of Branch Banking for Bank of Southern California N.A. (BCAL)
SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Bank of Southern California, N.A. (OTC Pink: BCAL / OTCMKTS:BCAL), a community business bank headquartered in San Diego, has appointed Kathy Gonzales as Senior Vice President, Director of Branch Banking. She will be responsible for supporting the Bank's commitment to the customer experience by deepening customer relationships, and identifying opportunities to increase the bank's market share.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Hak's, a leading manufacturer of clean ingredient sauces, condiments, and prepared foods looks forward to showcasing its full product line at the Winter Fancy Foods show, Booth #6406, from January 21 - 23 in San Francisco. Hak's products feature a unique combination: They're all designed by celebrity chef and founder Sharone Hakman, while offering great taste AND clean ingredients.
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.
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.
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 & 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 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 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.
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.
IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- XG Communities LLC and the City of Beaumont, Calif. announced that approximately 2,000 street light poles are available to wireless carriers and technology companies for small cell deployment. The street light poles are available on XG Communities' Site SeleX Platform.
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:
EL MONTE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- After eight years with El Monte, City Manager Jesus Gomez is stepping down. Mr. Gomez’s tenure includes serving as Assistant City Manager and Economic and Redevelopment Director. Mr. Gomez will be joining the City of Norwalk as the new City Manager.
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.
IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- XG Communities LLC, a premier provider of accelerated, organized and predictable wireless deployment for cities and municipalities across the United States, announced initial success in solving the small cell inventory and speed-to-deployment problems facing connectivity providers. Contrary to macro tower ownership models, XG Communities serves as the facilitator in the process for both cities and carriers, reducing variability and increasing the speed.
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.
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.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT), a leading mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, announced that Ian Miller has joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). In this newly created position, he is responsible for ensuring that MCT's marketing strategy effectively supports the company's business plan and helps drive growth.
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).
IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Cloudvirga(TM), developer of intelligent mortgage point-of-sale (POS) platforms, has appointed Sean McEvoy as its chief customer officer. As a member of the senior leadership team, McEvoy will be responsible for the firm's customer leadership, implementation and support functions. He has an extensive background in building world-class customer success organizations at FileNET, IBM, Quest and Dell. He will report to Cloudvirga CEO Michael Schreck.
PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce that Debra Schiff has joined the firm's Real Estate Practice Group as a partner based in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Schiff is the second Los Angeles based attorney to join the firm's growing Real Estate Practice Group in recent weeks. Los Angeles attorney Craig P. Wood joined the firm as a Partner in December.
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:
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.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- iMobie Inc., a leading software developer focused on Android and iOS, today proudly announces that its flagship product AnyTrans is now able to transfer and manage photos, messages, contacts, videos, apps and more from Android devices, even make a seamless transition from Android to Android, or iOS to Android.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- SecuGen is pleased to announce the unveiling of the soon to be released Hamster Pro(TM) 10 fingerprint reader. The Hamster Pro 10 is the smallest and lowest priced fingerprint in SecuGen's growing line of high quality fingerprint products.
California Legislative Leaders Announce Bipartisan Approach on Sexual Harassment Prevention for 2018
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) today announced the formation of a joint committee tasked with creating a bicameral set of additional reforms to improve how the Legislature addresses the issue of sexual harassment and how it can better protect those who report harassment or abuse.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Bank of Southern California, N.A. (OTC Pink: BCAL / OTCMKTS:BCAL), a community business bank headquartered in San Diego, has announced the opening of a production office in Orange County in the city of Orange, Calif. In addition, the bank said it is actively looking to expand into other Southern California markets, as the company continues to grow the banks franchise throughout the Southern California region.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, the retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting subsidiary of EPIC Holdings, announced today a collaboration agreement between EPIC's Houston-based Ascende Wealth Advisors, Inc. (AWAI) and Qualified Plan Advisors (QPA), a division of Prime Capital Investment Advisors. QPA is a federally regulated investment advisor with more than 30 years of specialized expertise in 401k planning advisory services and private wealth management advisory services.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- SecuGen Corporation and SafeDefend LLC have teamed up to create the SafeDefend Personnel Protection System and will be demonstrating the product at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Cloudvirga Co-founder Kyle Kamrooz Named to 2017 NMP 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals Under 40
IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Cloudvirga, developer of intelligent mortgage point-of-sale (POS) platforms, today announced that its co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Kyle Kamrooz has been named one of National Mortgage Professional magazine's 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals Under 40.
Benjamin Madick, Matic COO, Named One of National Mortgage Professional Magazine’s 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals Under 40
SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Matic, a digital insurance agency whose technology enables borrowers to purchase homeowner's insurance during the mortgage transaction, announced today that company co-founder and COO Benjamin Madick has been named one of National Mortgage Professional magazine's "40 most influential mortgage professionals under 40."
SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- ReverseVision, the leading provider of technology and training for the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) industry, today announced it has added new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Jim Magner and Vice President of Operations Stacey Lund to its senior management team.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Mortgage Collaborative, the nation's only independent mortgage cooperative, today announced the addition of FullCircle Placements to its Preferred Partner network. FullCircle will be the first mortgage-centric recruiting and placement service provider within TMC's network.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The California State Auditor on Thursday released its findings of a nine month audit of the Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego County Sheriff Departments’ Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) license programs, uncovering substantive flaws in how these counties issue CCW licenses. The audit also found that Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones violated numerous state laws and his own procedures in issuing CCW licenses.
PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce that Craig P. Wood has joined the firm's Real Estate Practice Group as a partner based in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Wood's practice encompasses the representation of institutional investors, private equity sponsors, high net-worth individuals, pension funds, pension fund advisors and private companies in a broad range of real estate projects throughout the U.S.
IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Cloudvirga(TM), developer of intelligent mortgage point-of-sale (POS) platforms, has hired Jim Portner as chief product officer. Portner will report to Cloudvirga CEO Michael Schreck and will oversee product strategy, development and marketing for the company's digital mortgage automation platforms.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On January 3-5, 2018, MostFit will come together with strength and conditioning coaches from across the nation at the NSCA Coaches Conference in Charlotte, N.C.. Founder Andrew Gavigan and his team of trainers will be demonstrating exercises and movements with the Core Hammer and SYN Rings focused on increasing performance and movement among athletes