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Christopher Simmons has been a working journalist since his first magazine sale in 1984. He has since written for wide variety of print and online publications covering lifestyle, tech and entertainment. He is an award-winning author, designer, photographer, and musician. He is a member of ASCAP and PRSA. He is the founder and CEO of Neotrope®, based in Torrance, CA, USA.
Cursive is Cool Contest 2021

Handwriting is Cool! 8th Annual Cursive is Cool Contest Adds Additional Prizes for Pandemic-Friendly Participation

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Cursive is Cool® contest will be held as usual this year after encouragement from teachers, parents and students, announced the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation today, despite some schools in the USA and Canada operating remotely, or using a hybrid model with in-person learning.
David Burruss of MCT

MCT Hires David Burruss to Address Demand for its MSR Services

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- MCT® announced that David Burress has joined the company in the position of MSR Sales Director, directly addressing the increase in market demand for MCT's MSR products. The hiring of Mr. Burruss ensures MCT can continue serving the needs of their MSR clients.
OLEA Building Expansion

Olea Kiosks Announces Los Angeles Manufacturing Expansion, Engineering Growth

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Olea Kiosks®, Inc., a visionary provider of self-service kiosk solutions, today announced expansion of its manufacturing and engineering capacity in Los Angeles, Calif. This expansion enables Olea to continue to grow its customer base, partnerships, and OEM relationships to provide faster time to market and greater operational agility.
ReverseVision

ReverseVision Lowers Lenders’ Costs to Originate Reverse Mortgages with Restructured Tech Plans

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- ReverseVision®, the leading national provider of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and private reverse mortgage sales and origination technology, today announced it has restructured its technology plans and pricing matrix to ease lenders' entry into reverse lending and support their success.
Horstman and guest Dr. Vincent Felitti

PODCAST: Childhood Trauma – The Dark Secret 64% of Us Share: Compassion Prison Project with Dr. Vincent Felitti

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Two years ago this month, film producer Fritzi Horstman, and Compassion Prison Project founder, walked into a California maximum-security prison and sat down with the men who were serving time, hoping to bring them compassion and trauma-awareness.
CA Gov. Newsom

Calif. Gov. Newsom Proposes 2021-22 California State Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom today submitted his 2021-22 State Budget proposal to the Legislature – a $227.2 billion fiscal blueprint that provides funding for immediate COVID-19 response and relief efforts where Californians need it most while making investments for an equitable, inclusive and broad-based economic recovery.
Trans Family Support Services

Denial of Coverage for Gender-Affirming Care in California Declared Unlawful says TransFamily Support Services

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- TransFamily Support Services (transfamilysos.org) today announced a milestone victory in the organization's mission to build a world where all genders are accepted and treated equally.
Forensics Detectors

New Carbon Dioxide Monitors from Forensics Detectors Meet California Compliance Monitoring Requirements

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- As more and more businesses, schools and other public indoor spaces prepare to open up, they're working to not only be effective, but compliant too. Forensics Detectors works to solve both challenges with the recent launch of its first carbon dioxide (CO2) monitors for COVID-19 preparedness planning.
AWAIR Inc

Awair Announces Strategic Investment from Emerson (NYSE: EMR)

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Awair, the San Francisco-based startup that makes Indoor Air Quality monitoring and software solutions for home and commercial spaces, has received a major strategic investment from Emerson (NYSE: EMR). Emerson is a leader in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controls industry, as well as the creator of the highly-rated smart thermostat, Emerson Sensi.
ReverseVision CEO Joe Langner

ReverseVision Announces Joe Langner New CEO

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- ReverseVision, the leading national provider of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and private reverse mortgage sales and origination technology, announced the promotion of its president Joe Langner to president and chief executive officer. In this expanded role, Langner will lead ReverseVision's mission to empower America's seniors to use home equity as part of retirement finance.
Fanplayr: Ueda, Yencken, and Adelman

Fanplayr, a leader in online behavioral personalization, acquires Jamu Inc.

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Fanplayr, a leader in online behavioral personalization, announced it has acquired Jamu Incorporated, a reseller and development firm based in Tokyo, Japan. The acquisition represents the fulfillment of a long-term relationship between Fanplayr and Jamu Inc.
FUZON

TechAhead Corporation Launches Fuzon to Expand Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- As the Internet of Things (IoT) transforms the way the world works, businesses have to keep pace, says TechAhead Corporation. With the launch of Fuzon.io, their new website, Fuzon helps them do exactly that.
Sarah Hellman of MCT

Sarah Hellman of MCT Selected as Finalist for San Diego Business Journal 2020 Business Women of The Year

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT®), a leading mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, announced that Senior Trader, Sarah Hellman, was selected as one of the finalists for San Diego Business Journal's 2020 Business Women of the Year.
ReverseVision’s Wendy Peel

ReverseVision’s Wendy Peel Named a 2020 PROGRESS in Lending Trailblazers Award Recipient

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- ReverseVision®, the leading national provider of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and private reverse mortgage sales and origination technology, announced that PROGRESS in Lending Association has honored company Vice President of Sales and Marketing Wendy Peel with its Trailblazers award.
The Mikuni Blended Japanese Whisky

‘The Mikuni’ Blended Japanese Whisky Comes to the U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Suzuki-Marketing, Incorporated, a South San Francisco-based wine and spirits importer and marketing company, is introducing "The Mikuni" blended Japanese whisky to the U.S. Market.
Aloha Wanderwell

Aloha Wanderwell Baker Film Makes 2020 LOC National Film Registry Cut

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Library of Congress has just announced its annual list of 25 films selected to be preserved in the National Film Registry's vault. And, Richard Diamond, trustee, Richard Diamond Trust, is excited to share that "With Car and Camera Around the World" made the cut.
Product Recommendation algorithms from Fanplay

Fanplayr Launches ‘Product Recommendations’ Offering Realtime Behavioral e-Commerce Personalization

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Fanplayr, a leader in online behavioral personalization for the past 10 years, announced it has added Product Recommendations to its menu of offerings. Fanplayr is a global leader in e-commerce behavioral data, using machine learning and AI.
Tapcheck

Tapcheck Helps Employers Unlock New Financial Options for Employees with Earned Wage Access Application

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Tapcheck, a simple and easy-to-integrate financial wellness benefit that allows employers to give employees the ability to access their earned wages before payday, has experienced strong growth since first launching. In 2020 alone, Tapcheck saw 863% growth, with exponential adoption in the in-home care and quick-service restaurant (QSR) industries.
Paramount Property Tax Appeal

Paramount Property Tax Appeal Offers Free Evaluation to Affluent California Homeowners and Business Property Owners

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Now that California Proposition 19 has passed, Wes Nichols, president of Paramount Property Tax Appeal Service in San Diego has decided to offer a free evaluation to affluent families, business property owners and homeowners who are transferring property to heirs or simply wish to lower their property taxes, or appeal their tax bill.
Flavor First Intuitive Line of Glassware

‘Flavor First’ Intuitive Line of Glassware Designed Around the Flavor of Wine Released in U.S. Market

ST. HELENA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- For the first time ever, a line of glassware designed around the flavor of wine has been released to trade and consumers in the United States by The Oneida® Group. The set of three glasses corresponds to three key flavor/styles found in wine: Crisp & Fresh™, Creamy & Silky™ and Bold & Powerful™.
IntelliMedia Networks

IntelliMedia Networks and MoSHE Partner to Digitally Transform the Ethiopian Higher Education and Vocational Training Sector

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE) agrees to join forces with IntelliMedia Networks Inc. and its local partners Andalem Consulting PLC and United Systems Integrators, to enable a country-wide online learning platform to streamline access to higher learning across Ethiopia and improve quality of education and training for undergraduate and graduate students.
CalRecycle

Calif. Wildfire survivors must act now to join the California no-cost 2020 wildfire cleanup program, says CalRecycle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Survivors whose homes were damaged in the 2020 California wildfires now have until January 15, 2021, to sign up for the government-run debris removal program, says CalRecycle. The program is also available to property owners with fire damaged trees in danger of falling on public roads and other infrastructure.
A Final Reminder by Buzz McCord

A FINAL REMINDER: New Sci-Fi Novel Debates Ominous Cures for Two Crises, Pandemics and Too Many Men

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Born out of a raging pandemic, Buzz McCord's new techno-thriller wrestles with artificial intelligence, surveillance and sex crime. "A Final Reminder" (ISBN: 978-1736148815) moves energetically between upbeat and malevolent. Its author wrote it to simultaneously entertain and enrage.
DocMagic - Leah Sommerville

DocMagic’s Leah Sommerville Named to NMP 2020 Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals List

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- DocMagic, Inc., the premier provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, regulatory compliance, and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced that Leah Sommerville, 33, a senior account executive on DocMagic's eClosing team, earned a spot on this year's Top 40 Under 40 award list provided by National Mortgage Professional (NMP) magazine.
Treadstone 71 LLC

Treadstone 71 Releases Intelligence Advisory on Social Media Targeted Iranian Influence Operation

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Treadstone 71, LLC, the cyber intelligence and counterintelligence company, today released details of an Iranian intelligence-backed influence operation. Treadstone 71 observed IRGC Cyber Unit members playing an essential role in managing the campaign.
Tapcheck

Tapcheck joins the isolved Integration Marketplace to enhance human capital management

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Tapcheck, a simple and easy-to-integrate financial wellness benefit that allows employers to give employees the ability to access their earned wages before payday, announces today that it is now a partner on the isolved Integration Marketplace.
Olea Kiosks

Olea Kiosks announces partnership with UrVenue the leading hospitality technology platform

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Olea Kiosks, Inc., a visionary provider of self-service kiosk solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with UrVenue, the leading hospitality technology platform that powers commerce, enhances the guest experience and monetizes a resort's real estate.
Secrets of the Heart

L.A. Arts Non-profit, Dream A World Education Honored with Academics’ Choice Award

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Dream A World Education®, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that delivers virtual and in-classroom arts-based social-emotional learning to young children, announced that their Secrets of the Heart™ TV program has been honored with an Academics' Choice Award.
KBLA 1580 AM Talk Radio

KBLA Talk 1580 Announces Talent Search for Los Angeles’ Newest Late Night Talk Show Team

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- LA's newest talk radio station, KBLA Talk 1580, is scheduling open on-air auditions for its 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. weekday host lineup. The station will discover and introduce to the Southern California talk radio market new voices yearning to be heard at this critical time.
Fanplayr

Fanplayr Partners with PFG to Enhance E-Commerce Behavioral Intelligence Solutions

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Fanplayr, a leader in online behavioral personalization and AI for the past 10 years, recently closed a funding round from Partners for Growth (PFG) to support significant growth in its business and customer base.
CA Gov. Newsom

Calif. Gov. Newsom Announces Appointments for Dec. 2, 2020 including Dept. of Social Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom announced the following appointments: First, Joseph W. McCullough, 45, of Wilton, has been appointed Chief Deputy Director at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, where he has served as Division Chief since 2019.
What I Wish I Was Told: Part 2

New Children’s Book Series Prescribes Solutions for Racism, Inequality and Hate

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Author/Educator and Chiropractor based in Santa Monica, Dr. Todd Gewant, today announced the release of his 2nd book in the "What I Wish I Was Told" children's book series, "What I Wish I Was Told: Part 2: A Poetic Guide To Unite Us All" (ISBN: 979-8696235394).
MCT Live!

MCTlive! Pool Optimizer Technology from Mortgage Capital Trading Sets New Bar for Best Execution Loan Sales

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT), a leading mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, debuted upgraded MCTlive! Pool Optimizer functionality at its MCT Exchange client conference last month. The technology enables secondary marketing managers to use actual cash window execution for optimization on each individual loan rather than using a dealer survey for spec pay-ups.

Galway Insurance Holdings Secures Majority Interest from Harvest Partners with Investments from Oak Hill Capital and The Carlyle Group

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Galway Insurance Holdings ("Galway"), the holding company for EPIC Brokers & Consultants ("EPIC") and JenCap Holdings ("JenCap"), which together represent one of the nation's largest insurance distribution firms, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with vehicles controlled by Harvest Partners, LP and its affiliates ("Harvest") for a majority interest of Galway.
NotaryCam

NotaryCam’s Henry Smith Named 2020 HousingWire Tech Trendsetter

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- NotaryCam, the pioneering leader in online notarization and original provider of mortgage eClosing solutions, today announced that Henry Smith, Director of Notary Operations, has been named a 2020 Tech Trendsetter by housing finance trade publication HousingWire as part of its second annual HW Tech Trendsetter Awards program.
Mortgage Comparison Shopping with Pureloan

Mortgage Comparison Shopping with Pureloan.com Leads to $15,335 Average Interest Savings

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Pureloan.com confidently demonstrates that, for the average home purchaser, its mortgage search engine provides on average $15,335 of lifetime savings in reduced interest payments by comparing loans.
CalRecycle

California Association of Food Banks and CalRecycle recommend practical steps every Californian can take right now to help hungry families

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ --  Demand for food assistance has more than doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly 1 in 4 Californians without enough to eat. Sheltering-in-place makes it difficult to take part in traditional in-person holiday food drives and fundraising events. But this year it’s more important than ever to help people struggling to feed their families during the holidays, according to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery and its partner the California Association of Food Banks.
Bright Road Recovery

Bright Road Recovery Contracts with Magellan Healthcare to Provide Eating Disorder Treatment for Blue Shield Subscribers

CLAREMONT, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Bright Road Recovery, the Inland Empire's Premier Eating Disorder Treatment Program, announced today that they are now in-network with Magellan Healthcare. This is good news for Blue Shield subscribers in the Inland Empire who are looking for help with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or ARFID.
DocMagic and Community State Bank

Community State Bank Implements Fully Paperless eClosing Process with DocMagic Total eClose

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- DocMagic, Inc., the premier provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, regulatory compliance and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced that Southeast Wisconsin-based Community State Bank has implemented its full suite of eClosing solutions to transform the bank's mortgage closing process, making it 100 percent digital.
NotaryCam

NotaryCam Certifies Compliance with MISMO Standards for RON-enabled digital mortgage closings

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- NotaryCam, the pioneering leader in online notarization and original provider of mortgage eClosing solutions, today announced that it has completed the Mortgage Industry Standard Maintenance Organization (MISMO) Remote Online Notarization (RON) Software Compliance Certification Program.
ReverseVision

ReverseVision Supports HECM Lender Transition from LIBOR to CMT Index, Updates Docs to Facilitate Index Migration

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- ReverseVision, the leading provider of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and private reverse mortgage sales and origination technology, today announced it has updated all documents that reference an index to support both the Constant Maturity Treasury (CMT) and London Interbank Offer Rate (LIBOR) indexes.
MINLOX - Ultimate Chemical for Water

MINLOX announces launch of ‘The Ultimate Chemical for Water’ – its proprietary formula used to treat recreation waters as well as...

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- MINLOX, LLC, a chemical manufacturer based in Newport Beach, California, with multiple blending facilities globally, today announced the launch of its proprietary formula used to treat recreation waters as well as watersheds.
Matrix Systems

Matrix Systems’ SP7 Detergent Supports All Makes of Electrostatic Precipitators

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Matrix Systems developed the Matrix SP7C detergent to meet the specific cleaning requirements of all Parker Hannifin SmogHog electrostatic precipitators. Its unique formulation was specifically designed to penetrate and eliminate fatty and carbonized deposits that accumulate on ESP collector plates.
Nicole Howell, Woman of the Year

Ombudsman Services Exec. Director Nicole Howell Named Woman of the Year by Congressman Garamendi

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Solano and Alameda is pleased to announce that Executive Director Nicole Howell has been selected as a 2020 Woman of the Year by Congressman John Garamendi.
Paramount Property Tax Appeal

Paramount Property Tax Appeal in San Diego Offers Free Consultation to California Property Owners as Prop 19 Becomes Law

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Wes Nichols, president of Paramount Property Tax Appeal Service, is reminding California property owners that property tax relief will be severely limited by changes to the Proposition 58 Parent-to-Child Exemption, as Prop 19 will soon become law.
Pureloan Advanced Search

Pureloan Launches Enterprise-Grade Advanced Mortgage Search Functionality at No Cost to California Home Buyers

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Pureloan.com is the first website to offer professional loan officer-level mortgage search functionality for both home loans and home refinancing to all interested shoppers. Other websites simply allow searches using basic fields like location, LTV, and credit score, but Pureloan performs searches on the exact fields being used by loan underwriters.
NotaryCam

NotaryCam Relaunches Semi-annual ‘Help a Hero’ Initiative

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- NotaryCam, the pioneering leader in online notarization and original provider of mortgage eClosing solutions, today announced that in honor of Veterans Day, it would once again offer free remote online notarization (RON) sessions to United States veterans and current service members as part of its semi-annual "Help a Hero" initiative.
Defamation Attorney Rohit Chhabra

California Defamation Attorney Defeats anti-SLAPP Motion for Bay Area Client

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Defamation Attorney Rohit Chhabra has successfully defeated an anti-SLAPP motion that sought to punish his client for seeking justice. The case is Li v. Yu, 20CV367955 (Santa Clara Superior Court 2020).
Ace Plus Tax Resolution

James Cha, Certified Tax Resolution Specialist from Ace Plus Tax Resolution, Advises Non-Filers to File Their Back Tax Returns ASAP

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- James Cha, a Certified Tax Resolution Specialist from Ace Plus Tax Resolution, urges taxpayers to file their tax returns as soon as possible, even if they missed the tax deadline or can't pay off, as they're only increasing their tax bill by delaying.
El Paseo South Gate Shopping Center

El Paseo South Gate Shopping Center Launches Free, Fast WiFi

SOUTH GATE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- El Paseo Southgate shopping center now provides free, fast WiFi for visitors to the shopping center. Providing comfortable open spaces with online access, El Paseo offers the South Gate community a new option for a productive change of scenery.

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