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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.
AM Davies, Onyx Sachi, Daisy Ducati and GiGi Holliday

Social Activist and Dancer AM Davies Introduces New BIPOC Hosts to Share Mic on ‘Yes, a Stripper’ Podcast

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- An iconic veteran of Hollywood's nightlife scene, AM Davies (AMD) has been working with and advocating for dancers and workers within the sex community for nearly two decades. She is the Secretary of Strippers United (formerly Soldiers of Pole), an organization which works to unionize dancers and has hosted her podcast, "Yes, a Stripper" Podcast (YAS Podcast) for the past year and a half as an educational resource for inquiring listeners.
Free By Noon - Movie Poster

Los Angeles-Based Indie Film Director Lakpathy Wijesekara’s Feature Film ‘Free By Noon’ To Hit Theaters In October

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Los Angeles-based, Sri Lankan filmmaker, Lakpathy Wijesekara's latest feature film "Free By Noon" starring John Eisen, Raechel Wong, Justine Herron and Melissa Howell will be theatrically released in Los Angeles from October 15 to October 21, 2021 at the Laemmle theater in Glendale.
BOOK: Make Your Move

Legacy Launch Pad releases ‘MAKE YOUR MOVE’ business book by navy captain-turned-entrepreneur Gene Moran

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Legacy Launch Pad Publishing is releasing the second book by entrepreneur Gene Moran, founder and president of the consulting firm Capitol Integration. "Make Your Move: Charting Your Post-Military Career" (ISBN 978-1-951407-79-7) synthesizes Moran's experiences.
Trekin Outdoors! with MAGLITE

MAGLITE and Trekin Outdoors! TV Show Partner to Encourage the Adventurous Outdoor Lifestyle

ONTARIO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- MAGLITE and Trekin outdoors! have formed a partnership which will highlight the outdoor adventures of the Trekin Outdoors! team and will include the generous use of Trekin Outdoors! footage in the MAGLITE social media and offer fans of Trekin Outdoors! the chance to win MAGLITE products.
Poet Amanda Gorman

Beyond Baroque Launches The Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Fund

VENICE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Beyond Baroque, one of the nation's leading independent Literary Arts Centers, has announced the Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Fund. The fund, named in honor of Beyond Baroque alumna and U.S. Presidential Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman, will provide $10,000 to young poets of color.
Amplify-Now

Whiteoak Invests in Amplify-Now, Inc. – Will Help Company Accelerate Global Expansion and Development

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Amplify-Now, a leading provider of Strategy Execution Management software headquartered in Adelaide, Australia, announced that Whiteoak, a growth-equity firm based in Sydney, Australia, plans to invest in their company to help spur global growth and product development ambitions..
WomenSV

Ruth Darlene, Los Altos CA Woman, Recognized for Work Helping Women Who Feel Unsafe in Their Own Home

LOS ALTOS, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Local woman, Ruth Darlene, founder and executive director of WomenSV, earns two national awards from DomesticShelters.org, a Midpeninsula Media Center award, and a $250,000 grant by Santa Clara County for her work helping women who feel unsafe in their own home.
Toastmaster Jeff Rector

Award-Winning Toastmaster Jeff Rector Launches 2021 Burbank International Film Festival

BURBANK, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Award-winning Toastmaster Jeff Rector, of Toastmasters International District 52, invites film industry professionals and film enthusiasts to secure their VIP All-Access Passes to the Festival Screenings, Red Carpet Events, Parties and Closing Night Dinner & Gala Awards Show. The Burbank International Film Festival (BIFF) is proud to celebrate its 13th anniversary in the "Media Capital of the World."
Talon Sustainable Ghost Net Products

Talon International Announces Launch of 100% Sustainable Ghost Net Products as Part of Ocean Plastic Cleanup Effort

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- After years of meaningful development, Talon International is proud to announce the launch of its innovative Ghost Net Products. The company successfully developed a solution to improving marine habitats by collecting and recycling the surplus of plastic waste that has consumed our beloved oceans.
How to Be a Badass Female CEO

Legacy Launch Pad Publishing releases new business book for female entrepreneurs and CEOs by Mimi Maclean

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Legacy Launch Pad Publishing is releasing the first book by angel investor, CPA, Columbia Business School alumni, non-profit founder and podcaster Mimi MacLean. "How to Be a Badass Female CEO: Slay the Competition and Reach the Top" (ISBN: 978-1951407681) is designed to help women succeed in male-dominated roles.
Nomis Solutions

Nomis Solutions’ Erik McNally Honored as a 2021 HousingWire Insider

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Nomis Solutions (Nomis), a global, industry-leading pricing and profitability management solutions provider, today announced that senior product manager Erik McNally has been named a 2021 HW Insiders Award honoree by industry trade publication HousingWire. The HW Insiders award program honors operational superstars in housing that are driving their companies and clients forward.
Paul Yarbrough of MCT

Paul Yarbrough of MCT is named to HousingWire 2021 Insiders Award List

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT®), an industry-leading mortgage hedge advisory firm, announced that Paul Yarbrough, Director of the Client Success Group, has been named to HousingWire's 2021 Insider Awards list. The list is designed to honor an organization's operational all-stars - those insiders who are the company's best-kept secret, yet vital to its success.
COO Kelli Hodges

Mortgage Coach’s COO Kelli Hodges named to the 2021 HousingWire Insiders award list

CORONA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Coach, the industry's leading platform that enables mortgage lenders to create digital and accurate home loan options for consumers, today announced that chief operations officer (COO) Kelli Hodges has been named a 2021 HW Insiders award honoree by HousingWire.
Fanplayr PrivacyID

Fanplayr Launches PrivacyID to Address Upcoming Privacy Law Changes and Ban on Third-Party Cookies

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Fanplayr, a global leader in online behavioral personalization, artificial intelligence and user privacy, announced the introduction of its new anonymized user identification solution PrivacyID. The technology behind PrivacyID is unique in that it allows for seamless use of the anonymized information.
Book: SECOND HALF

Legacy Launch Pad Publishing Releases Memoir by Comedian and NFL Widow, Kelsey Chittick

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Legacy Launch Pad Publishing is releasing the first book by writer and comedian Kelsey Chittick. The hilarious and moving memoir, "Second Half: Surviving Loss and Finding Magic in the Missing" (ISBN: 978-1951407445), documents her experience losing her husband, NFL football player Nate Hobgood-Chittick, when he was 42 and then navigating love, loss and widowhood while raising two children.
Yiftee Whitepaper For Hyperlocal Retail Marketing

New Yiftee Whitepaper For Hyperlocal Retail Marketing: ‘Coming Back Stronger’

MENLO PARK, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today Yiftee published a new white paper based on its experience with more than 300 Community eGift Card programs across the country, 90% of which were started during the pandemic. The paper uses 16 short case studies to describe different chamber of commerce, main street, downtown and city programs all centered around simple digital gift cards.
Get Laughs or Cry Trying Episode 2

Comedy Series, ‘Get Laughs or Cry Trying with Ken Rudnick’ is official selection at Battle of the Sketches

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- "Get Laughs or Cry Trying" is a fresh digital sketch comedy series, releasing original sketches on 4K HD on YouTube every Sunday through January 16, 2022, followed by HD release the next day on Instagram. The second episode, "PostMurder" premiered July 25, 2021, and is an Official Selection of The 4th Annual Battle of the Sketches.
Rap artist, Bre Maa

Long Beach Poet Rapper Bre Maa Releases New EP that Promises Rap in its Purest Form

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Rap artist, Bre Maa, also known as "The Hood Celestial" or "T.H.C." just announced the release of her debut EP - "Brightly Unveiling Majesty" (B.U.M.). With four tracks, this album is poised to quickly brighten the rap scene.
CERTA

Sector-Leading No-Code Platform CERTA Signs Agreement with supplier.io to Provide Diversity Analytics to Clients

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Certa, the leading no-code platform for procurement, risk and compliance, and supplier.io, a pioneer in the field of supplier diversity solutions, announced a strategic partnership to bring Certa's clients supplier.io's best-in-class supplier diversity analytics.
The Mortgage Collaborative (TMC)

AI-powered mortgage advisor Home Lending Pal raises $2.2M in pre-Series A round led by TMC Emerging Technology Fund LP

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Mortgage Collaborative (TMC), the nation's largest independent cooperative network serving the mortgage industry, announced today that the TMC Emerging Technology Fund LP (the "Fund") recently led a pre-Series A investment round in Home Lending Pal, a technology-enabled marketplace .
Nomis Solutions

Nomis Solutions Introduces its Margin Setter Dashboard, Adjusts Mortgage Rate Data Refresh Frequency

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Nomis Solutions (Nomis), a global, industry-leading pricing and profitability management solutions provider, recently introduced several product enhancements to its mortgage technology solution, further enhancing the market intelligence and actionable pricing capabilities available to its mortgage lending clients.
News from California Newswire

Fontana Hyundai grand opening: new auto dealership facility located in the city of Fontana, CA

FONTANA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Emerging auto dealership Fontana Hyundai announces the ribbon cutting of their brand-new facility located in Fontana, California, in San Bernardino County on August 27, 2021. In attendance will be Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren as well as members of the Chamber of Commerce.
Olea Kiosks Announces Height Adjustable Austin Kiosk

Olea Kiosks Announces Height Adjustable Austin Kiosk for Healthcare

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Olea Kiosks, Inc., a visionary provider of innovative self-service kiosk solutions, today announced the addition of its height adjustable base for the Austin series kiosk. This new addition is available for ordering now.
A Place of Possibility

Del Monte Group Launches Wealth Podcast: A Place of Possibility

ALAMO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Greater Bay Area wealth management firm Del Monte Group announces the launch of "A Place of Possibility" podcast, co-hosted by Del Monte Group founder Richard Del Monte and partner and COO Angela Wright.
EPIC Insurance Brokers Adds Peter Marshall

EPIC Insurance Brokers Adds Peter Marshall – Further Strengthens Entertainment and Sports Practice

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Peter Marshall has joined its Entertainment & Sports practice as Managing Principal, Media Services.
EM: Hear Your Love

The Sound of LA: Pop Singer-Songwriter EM Scores Top 20 Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart Single – ‘Hear Your Love’

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In an era starved for young Pop artists with something significant to share, singer/songwriter Em (Emily Wachspress) delivers with her music and her message in her latest album, "DEAR LIFE," a ginger breeze of mood, truth, and soulful Pop. "This album represents a big chapter in my life of growth and empowerment," says Em.
Maclean Health and AMI

AMI Expeditionary Healthcare and Maclean Health to provide COVID-testing, vaccinations, and other safety measures to help California schools to open safely

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, an international health-care provider with unparalleled experience in responding to global pandemics, and Maclean Health, a renowned Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) healthcare distributor, have teamed up to deliver COVID testing, vaccinations, and healthcare supplies to school districts with the support of California School Boards Association (CSBA).
Teamsters Local 396

Teamsters Local 396 Builds Momentum in Contract Campaign for Over 2,700 Sanitation Workers in Orange County

SANTA ANA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, August 17, 2021, the City of Santa Ana stood up for working people by rejecting the city staff recommendation to replace its unionized waste hauler with a non-union hauler with a track record of union busting, air pollution and paying near poverty wages, Teamsters Local 396 said today.
Jared Epstein

Olea Kiosks Adds Ticketing Industry Specialist Jared Epstein to Sales Team

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Olea Kiosks®, Inc., a visionary provider of innovative self-service kiosk solutions, today announced the expansion of its sales team by adding Jared Epstein to handle the ticketing vertical.
CDF Labor Law LLP

CDF Labor Law LLP Attorneys in California Receive Best Lawyers in America Awards

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- CDF Labor Law LLP (CDF) proudly congratulates seven partners who were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© for 2022 and four associates who were recognized in the 2022 Best Lawyers in America© "Ones to Watch" for various employment-related practice areas from metropolitan areas throughout California.
Executive Coach, Jovita Jenkins

Author and Executive Transformation Coach Jovita Jenkins to Speak at Management and Leadership Skills Masterclass

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- SNGroup announced today that International Executive Coach, Jovita Jenkins, will be featured as a distinguished speaker at the upcoming live webinar: "Critical Management Skills for Managers and Leaders Virtual Masterclass" to be held Nov. 16, 2021. Jenkins is the author of "Get Out Of Your Own Way" (ISBN: ‎978-0974988719).
UNCOMMON THREADS

Legacy Launch Pad Publishing Releases Memoir by MH Equipment CEO John Wieland Connecting Family, Business and Faith

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Legacy Launch Pad Publishing is releasing the first book by MH Equipment CEO John Wieland. "Uncommon Threads: Weaving a Life Through Family, Business and Faith" (ISBN: 978-1951407711) is equal parts self-deprecating and informative.
News from California Newswire

Galway Insurance Holdings, LP Announces Strategic Acquisition of MAI Capital Management

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Galway Holdings ("Galway") today announced its investment in MAI Capital Management LLC ("MAI"). The move adds a new business vertical in financial and wealth management services to complement existing business relationships within EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants as well other areas of specialization across all Galway platforms.
Governor of the state of California Seal

California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage School Staff to Get Vaccinated

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Wednesday, in order to best protect students and staff as California starts the school year fully in-person, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a new public health order requiring all school staff to either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week.
The Art of the Real by Daniel Lebensohn

Launch Pad Publishing Announces New Book by Art Impresario and Real Estate Mogul Daniel Lebensohn

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Los Angeles based publishing company Launch Pad Publishing is celebrating the release of "The Art of the Real: Real Life, Real Relationships and Real Estate" (ISBN: 978-1951407629) - the debut memoir from Daniel Lebensohn.
KROST CPAS

KROST CPAs Acts as Financial Advisor for Integrity Bio in Sale to Curia

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Integrity Bio, Inc., a privately held formulation and fill-finish organization, was sold to Curia (formerly Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (AMRI)), a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) and leading global provider of advanced contract research, development, and manufacturing solutions. KROST, a Los Angeles-based firm, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Integrity Bio in the transaction.
DocMagic - Chris Lewis

DocMagic Names Mr. Chris Lewis Director of Enterprise Solutions

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- DocMagic, Inc., the premier provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, automated regulatory compliance, and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced that it has promoted Chris Lewis to Director of Enterprise Solutions. The new title reflects the elevated role he has proactively taken at the company in increasing revenue, forging strategic partnerships, and making inroads with large entities and marquee accounts.
Ellen Weis, director of the Museum of Modern Mythology

Brand Expert Ellen Havre Weis, founder of San Francisco pop culture museum, dies at 64

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Ellen Havre Weis, founder of San Francisco's Museum of Modern Mythology, died Tuesday, July 27. The cause was brain cancer, her husband, Gordon Whiting, announced today. Weis was 64. Weis and her husband formed WeisPR in 1994 in Berkeley, California.
Cottontail bamboo toilet paper

Nature Fluent offers free same-day delivery of its eco-friendly Cottontail bamboo toilet paper in So. Calif.

MENIFEE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Cottontail bamboo toilet tissue is now available for free same-day delivery in Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee and other select South Riverside County cities on all online orders placed at Cottontailusa.com before 3 p.m. local time. The new service is being offered directly to consumers and businesses, and will expand to other areas in the coming months.
Fanplayr

Fanplayr Receives SOC 2 Type 2 Certification for Data Security Processes

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Fanplayr, a global leader in online behavioral personalization, artificial intelligence and user privacy, announces it has successfully achieved the Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type 2 certification.
Malakai Sparks of TMSG

Orange County-based The Malakai Sparks Group Expands Premium Realty Services to Costa Mesa CA

COSTA MESA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Malakai Sparks Group, a California-based realty brokerage firm headed by real estate expert Malakai Sparks and one of the top realtor entities in all of Orange County, announced the expansion of its premium realty services to now encompass the city of Costa Mesa, offering its plethora of seasoned experience to those looking to buy or sell a home beyond the Huntington Beach area.
Book: Something Better Brewing

Book Premiere for ‘Something Better’s Brewing’ by Former Convict Turned Multi-Millionaire Bikini Barista Mogul

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On July 31, 2021, Los Angeles based publishing company Launch Pad Publishing is celebrating the release of "Something Better's Brewing: What I Learned From Prison, Parenthood and Pouring Coffee" (ISBN: 978-195140765) - the debut memoir from Sarah Birnel.
Visual Artist Bernard Stanley

California Visual Artist Bernard Stanley Hoyes Delivers Symbolic Spiral Steel Sculpture to Jamaica During the Pandemic

PALM DESERT, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- When master visual artist Bernard Stanley Hoyes was first appointed to create an outdoor stainless-steel sculpture for the Kingston Restoration Walking Museum Project in Jamaica, it was before Covid. The project, sponsored by the Kingston Restoration Company and the Duke Street Refurbishing Project and funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund was a heartfelt assignment for Hoyes, a native of Jamaica and longtime resident of California.
CDF Labor Law LLP - Food from the Bar Supporter

California Families Facing Food Insecurity Receive Over 27,000 Meals From Employees at CDF Labor Law

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The stories are endless of jobs suddenly gone forever and families struggling to get by. As cities across the nation continue to deal with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, employees at CDF Labor Law LLP (CDF) got busy partnering with food banks and programs aimed to get food into the hands of hungry communities.
NotaryCam

NotaryCam Partners with Mortgage Law Firm, RUTH RUHL, P.C., to Add RON to Firm’s Loss Mitigation Services

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- NotaryCam®, a Stewart-owned company and a pioneering provider of remote online notarization and identity verification / authentication technology for real estate and legal transactions, today announced it has partnered with RUTH RUHL, P.C., a Texas-based law firm, to add security and automation to the firm's loss mitigation services through remote online notarization (RON).
Grace Gardens Memory Care

Town & Country Life Plan Community announces Grace Gardens Memory Care Opens This Summer

SANTA ANA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Town & Country Life Plan Community announces the grand opening of Grace Gardens, a $25 million memory care community featuring one of the largest outdoor garden courtyards in Orange County. The nonprofit community offers residency for approximately 80 residents with Alzheimer's and dementia in four distinct neighborhoods.
BOOK: Adventure Zone

New Children’s Book ‘Adventure Zone’ Excites Experts with Its Fun Format, Explaining Pediatric Therapies

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Authors Allison Klimowicz and Veronica Stanley-Hooper have written a children's book entitled "Adventure Zone" (ISBN: 979-8524737199). This book, written for parents and children from the ages of 6 to 12 years old, explains pediatric therapies in a fun, informative way.
Burbank Widening Citizens Group

Burbank Widening Citizens Group Builds Opposition to Los Angeles’ Burbank Blvd Street Widening Project

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Burbank Widening Citizens Group. ("BWC Group") announced today that it is organizing in opposition to the Burbank Blvd. Street Widening Project. The Group consists of businesses and residences situated along the affected Burbank Blvd., between Lankershim Blvd. and Cleon St.
Calif. Governor Newsom - file photo

CA Gov. Newsom Announces Appointments for July 13, 2021 including to Department of Cannabis Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom announced the following appointments: First, Nicole Elliott, 36, of Sacramento, has been appointed Director of the California Department of Cannabis Control. Elliott has been the Governor’s Senior Advisor on Cannabis at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development since 2019.
CA Gov. Newsom

CA Gov. Newsom Signs $100B California Comeback Plan SB 129 to Accelerate State’s Recovery and Address Ongoing Challenges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This week, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 129, legislation that reflects the majority of the 2021-22 state budget agreement. This transformative budget includes the biggest economic recovery package in California’s history – a $100 billion California Comeback Plan.

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