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March on Google: Recent Social Unrest Inspires ‘Fear Google’ Artist XVALA to ‘Grave Rob’ for Work of Art
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A ground-breaking work of art by the "Fear Google" artist XVALA is set to be debuted on August 19 during the March on Google in Mountain View, California. Dubbed "The Diversity Belt," XVALA plans to wear his latest work of art in public at the March On Google to publicly share his point of view regarding Americans' First Amendment rights.
Latino Victory Project Statement on Fifth Anniversary of DACA, implemented by President Obama in 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. and SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Cristóbal J. Alex, President of Latino Victory Project, issued the following statement on the fifth anniversary of the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which protects certain undocumented youth from deportation. Nearly 800,000 young people have benefited from the program since it was implemented by President Barack Obama in 2012.
Sergeant Orrlando Mayes with Sacramento Sheriff’s Department is the 2017 recipient of Dunakin Memorial Award for Extraordinary Achievement
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Sergeant Orrlando Mayes with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is the 2017 recipient of the Mark Dunakin Memorial Award for Extraordinary Achievement, the Union Institute & University announced today. The graduation was held Sunday, August 13 where the award was presented.
The Mortgage Collaborative Welcomes Addition of Strategic Compliance Partners (SCP) to Preferred Partner Network
SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Mortgage Collaborative, the nation's only independent mortgage cooperative, announced a new partnership with national compliance solutions provider, Strategic Compliance Partners. The new relationship with Strategic Compliance Partners adds another best-in-class mortgage compliance company to their preferred partner network.
Calif. Gov. Brown announces Appointments for Aug. 8-10, 2017 including to the Board of Parole Hearings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Robert Barton, 55, of Rancho Cordova, has been appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings. Barton has served as Inspector General of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2011, where he was senior assistant inspector general from 2005 to 2011.
At Union Institute & University Commencement, Parents of Fallen Deputy McCarthy to Accept Degree on His Behalf
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Union Institute & University 2017 California Commencement Ceremony is Sunday, August 13 at 11 a.m. at the Crest Theater in Sacramento. Diplomas will be bestowed to over 140 graduates in the baccalaureate and master's programs. Keynote address by Union Institute & University President Roger H. Sublett. Dr. Sublett's address will revolve around three themes: Confidence, Creativity, and Leadership.
Infinity Treatment Centers in Malibu CA Achieve the Highest of Safety and Quality Standards in Substance Abuse Treatment
MALIBU, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Infinity Treatment Centers, a leader in the treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders announced today that they had earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval by demonstrating clinical excellence and compliance with performance standards. Infinity Treatment Centers underwent a demanding clinical evaluation to obtain Joint Commission Accreditation.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Parents everywhere may soon be celebrating the fact that putting children to bed just got easier with the worldwide release of "Subliminal Lullaby" from singers Autumn Sky Wolfe and Debra Byrd. Available on iTunes and CD Baby, a portion of the profits from song sales are going to the Autism Speaks nationwide nonprofit organization.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Uproar Entertainment is excited to announce the release of "HIGH AND TIGHT" by ERIK KNOWLES. Recorded live at The Comedy Underground in Seattle, Wash., "HIGH AND TIGHT" provides a hilarious glimpse into the life of Erik Knowles. From his experiences in the U.S. Marine Corps to his current role as a father and husband, Erik Knowles finds the inspiration for his humor in his everyday life.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Uproar Entertainment is excited to announce the release of "Consequences & Repercussions" by Jamal Doman, recorded live at The Comedy Underground in Seattle, Wash. Uproar Entertainment is committed to recording and promoting today's most talented comedians.
OAKLAND, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Parents who want their kids to speak and read in another language just got help. Following a successful release to schools, STORYWORLD(TM) is now offering access to their interactive language learning books to parents who want to start their kids learning Spanish or Mandarin and even get a head start reading in English.
SAN JOSE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- NEXT Future Transportation Inc. ("NEXT"), a startup that is commercializing an autonomous mass-transportation and goods-movement solution, today announced that it has reached an important milestone in its vehicle prototype development. NEXT has made important progress over the past 18 months in developing its patented innovation that is based on swarms of modular self-driving vehicles, which can join and detach with other modules in full motion, allowing passengers to stand and walk from one module to another.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage, and employee benefits consultant, announced today that private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners (Oak Hill) has agreed to acquire all of The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) stake, giving Oak Hill a controlling equity position in EPIC. Oak Hill's investment will enable EPIC to continue its aggressive organic growth strategy.
IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- 5 Bars Communities, a dba of XG Communities, a premier provider of wireless master plans, asset marketing and engineering services for cities and municipalities across the United States, announced today an agreement to develop a Wireless Marketing Plan for the OC Great Park. Owned by the City of Irvine in California, The Great Park is a 1,300 acre arts and sport recreational hub currently in development to be the first great metropolitan park of the 21st century.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s (D-Pacoima) legislation to improve safety at railroad crossings for pedestrians and motorists was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 695 would require safety arms to lower and vehicles to stop at a safe distance whenever railroad equipment passes through a crossing.
EPIC Insurance Joins in Authoring Updated ANSI – ASSE 2017 Hydrogen Sulfide Safety Training Standard
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, and a member of the American National Standards Institute / American Society of Safety Engineers (ANSI/ASSE) Z390 Hydrogen Sulfide Training Committee, announced today the approval and upcoming publication of a revised Hydrogen Sulfide Safety Training Standard (ANSI/ASSE Z390.1-2017).
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) today released the following statement on the Assembly passing the air quality improvement and cap-and-trade extension package.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This past week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments for July 11-14, including: Joel Ledesma, 49, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of the State Water Project at the California Department of Water Resources.
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) hosted New York Times Best-Selling Author, Dean Koontz on Tuesday, July 11 at LCAD's historic Main Campus in Laguna Beach for an exclusive speaking engagement.
The Everest Foundation announces two distinguished 2017 Everest Foundation Scholars recognized for their extraordinary gifts
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- It has been an enormously successful year for almost two dozen Everest Foundation Scholars who are actively working on research projects for submission and hopeful publication in esteemed medical journals as well as starting their medical residency training in coveted ACGME Accredited residency programs across the U.S.
Former LACC Basketball Coach Michael ‘Mike’ Miller’s New Self-Help Book Is Endorsed by Clergy and Coaches Alike
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Pyramid Press proudly announced today its latest book, "Coach Miller's Guide and Workbook To Life And Success" (ISBN: 978-0996893503) is available now at all bookstores and on Amazon. The book has an inspired and moving introduction by Virginia Tech Coach Buzz Williams and an amazing foreword by noted religious and political leader Rev. Misi Tagaloa, Ph.D., Head Pastor Second Samoan Church of Long Beach.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) announced the passage of Senate Constitutional Amendment 12 (SCA 12) today. The measure, which will update the rules and guidelines in the California Constitution regarding County governance, passed through the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee with a bipartisan vote of 4-1.
U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2200: Human Trafficking Bill Co-led by Calif. Rep. Cárdenas
SACRAMENTO, Calif. and WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ -- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2200, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act, legislation that Representative Tony Cárdenas helped introduce along with Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ), Karen Bass (D-CA), Ed Royce (R-CA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Lois Frankel (D-FL), and Ann Wagner (R-MO).
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On July 20 - 23, 2017, MostFit will join more than 330 fitness brands and 10,000 fitness professionals in Las Vegas for four days of cutting edge education and networking at the biggest fitness industry event of the year.
ONTARIO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- MAGLITE (Mag Instrument Inc.) wants motorists and pedestrians to be extra vigilant to save lives during the "vacation months" - July through October - which are the most dangerous months the year for traffic fatalities. So MAGLITE is launching a dedicated web page, and promoting a public education campaign, in observance of the newly minted National Roadside Traffic Safety Awareness Month.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s (D-Pacoima) measure to crack down on illegal dumping on city streets was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown today. AB 332 would allow local municipalities to pass ordinances to close streets and roads where excessive illegal dumping occurs.
Calif. Legislation to Repeal Anti-Immigrant Provisions in Prop. 187 Passes Senate Committee – AB 222
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Calif. Senate Public Safety Committee voted 5-2 to repeal anti-immigrant sections of the California Penal Code, enacted in 1994 as part of Proposition 187 to fight the perceived ills of illegal immigration and unfairly punish undocumented immigrants in California. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s (D-Pacoima) AB 222 would place a measure on the 2020 ballot that would ask voters to bring equity to California’s criminal justice laws by ensuring the use and manufacturing of a false immigration documents carries the same penalties for the use and production of a fake driver’s license.
Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Improved Nursing Home Care Standards into Law After Being Outdated for Nearly 20 Years
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- For nearly two decades nursing home workers have taken care of patients with inadequate care standards that put the elderly and those with disabilities at risk of injuries, falls, or insufficient supervision. Today, Governor Jerry Brown changed that by allocating monies in the final budget that would allow for the implementation of safer staffing standards for better care and working conditions in nursing homes. The decision comes after years of negotiations between SEIU 2015 nursing home workers and state leaders.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) applauded the Legislature for approving $100 million in Proposition 1 funding for restoration of the 51-mile L.A. River, a priority for the Assembly in state budget negotiations.
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Laguna Art-A-Fair is one of the premier fine arts summer destinations in Southern California and has been for more than 50 years. Our artists invite you to Celebrate Art beginning June 30, 2017 with a full spectrum of unique original creations, affordable reproductions, art demonstrations, workshops, live music and excellent cuisine.
Real Estate Industry Expert Jake Seid Joins Qualia Advisory Board to Advance Title Settlement Software
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Qualia today announced that Jake Seid will join the company's board of advisors. In addition to his time as president of Ten-X and Managing Director at Lightspeed Venture Partners, Seid is an investor and advisor to a myriad of companies touching the real estate sector, including Blend Labs, LendingHome, Opendoor, Reside, Roofstock, Shogun, and Ten-X.
LAKEWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This week, Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) honored World War II veteran and Lakewood resident Sam Sachs as the 2017 Veteran of the Year for the 63rd Assembly District. Sachs, who recently celebrated his 102nd birthday, joined the U.S. Army at age 17 and served in the 325nd Glider Infantry of the 2nd Airborne, which was also known as the Flying Coffins.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento) this week named United States Army veteran Sergeant First Class Norma Christensen as the Assembly District 7’s 2017 Veteran of the Year. Christensen served in the Army for three decades, taking on a range of assignments including Military Police, career counselor and reservist.
SAN DIEGO, Calif., /California Newswire/ -- Edupoint(R) Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy(R) Education Platform for K-12 student information and learning management, has been selected by Dehesa School District, Julian Union School District, and Calexico Unified School District to implement Synergy Online Registration through their partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), augmenting the districts' existing Synergy solutions.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced that they have reached an agreement on the 2017-18 State Budget.
PARAMOUNT, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The City of Paramount has launched a pilot program to enhance air quality compliance in the city by submitting selected business license applications and renewals to South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) staff for their review.
IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Cloudvirga(SM), developer of next-generation loan officer and direct-to-consumer point-of-sale (POS) systems, has named Michael Schreck its chief executive officer. He succeeds cloudvirga co-founder Bill Dallas, who will continue as chairman of cloudvirga's board of directors.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that the firm's Marketing, Communications and Creative Services Team has received one "Gold Award of Excellence" and eight "Silver Awards of Distinction" from the 23rd Annual Communicator Awards, the leading international awards program recognizing excellence and big ideas in marketing, communications and design.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that as part of the firm's commitment to the Energy Industry and ongoing efforts to improve worker safety, EPIC has joined the American National Standards Institute/ American Society of Safety Engineers (ANSI/ASSE) Z390 "Hydrogen Sulfide Training" Committee.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Christina Villegas and Jeff Mercer, the creative forces behind MercVille Productions, have announced the release of the second season of their popular web based docu-series, "The Pole Dancing Chronicles." Sponsored and co-produced by Mighty Grip Inc., a leading worldwide sporting goods manufacturer, "The Pole Dancing Chronicles" showcases people and events from within the pole and aerial community.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- ReverseVision, Inc., the leading provider of software and technology for the reverse mortgage industry, today announced that Kiel Mortgage has chosen RV Exchange (RVX) loan origination software (LOS) to power its home-equity conversion mortgage (HECM) division.
EPIC Insurance Strengthens its Six Year Relationship with the California New Car Dealers Association
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, and the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) jointly announced today that CNCDA has expanded their relationship with EPIC, appointing the insurance broker / consultant as their exclusive licensed broker to provide health and welfare insurance consulting to CNCDA members across the state.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Utelogy, which makes software for control, enterprise management and analytics of audiovisual systems for business and education, announces Giang "Jimmy" Ho joins the company as Vice President, Product Development. Utelogy has seen steady growth in clients, representative firms, and solution partners throughout North America.
TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- DocMagic, Inc., the mortgage industry's leading provider of document production, automated compliance and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced that it has been accepted into the Elite Provider Program for American Land Home Title Association (ALTA).
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Calif. State Assembly voted 54-21 to approve legislation to bring equity to California’s criminal justice laws, by ensuring the use and manufacturing of false immigration documents carries the same penalties as the use and production of a fake driver’s license. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra's (D-Pacoima) AB 222 requires California voters to repeal sections 113 and 114 of the California Penal Code.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Discovery Bay) passed his remaining bills from the Assembly Floor leading up to today’s House of Origin deadline. Ten of his bills were brought up for a vote this week, passed and now head to the Senate.
PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce that David B. Franklin has joined the firm's Real Estate Practice Group as a partner based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Franklin's practice concentrates on real estate transactions and land use, primarily in California and Hawaii.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Calif. State Assembly voted 77-0 to approve Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s (D-Pacoima) legislation to establish a teacher residency program that will address the state’s dire need for high-quality special education, bilingual, math, and science teachers. The California Teacher Corps Act of 2017, AB 1217, would provide a resident teacher with financial assistance in the form of a stipend in exchange for participating in the program.
Calif. Assembly Approves McCarty Legislation to Ban For-Profit Charter Schools in California – AB406
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The California State Assembly has approved AB 406 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), which would prohibit for-profit corporations from managing and operating charter schools in the state. The measure was approved on a 48 to 23 vote.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Day tomorrow, U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) has introduced a resolution that would compel Congress to take action in the face of gun tragedies. H.Res.370, cosponsored by more than 100 Members of Congress, would require that any moment of silence held on the floor of the House of Representatives due to a tragedy involving gun violence be promptly followed by a hearing to discuss the cause of the tragedy and how similar events might be prevented in the future.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) today announced he has appointed Chula Vista City Councilmember Steve Padilla to the California Coastal Commission and reappointed Commissioner Carole Groom.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In response to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement today: "Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course. He's wrong on the facts. America's economy is boosted by following the Paris Agreement.
ReverseVision assists Skyline Financial Corp. to Lay Groundwork for New Reverse Mortgage Division with Tech and Training
SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- ReverseVision, the leading provider of software and technology for the reverse mortgage industry, has forged a partnership with Skyline Financial Corp. (Skyline Home Loans and NewLeaf Lending) to support the lender's growing reverse mortgage division with RV Exchange (RVX) loan origination technology and RV University (RVU) training programs.
FRESNO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- 5 Bars Communities, dba XG Communities, a premier provider of wireless master plans, asset marketing agreements and engineering services for cities and municipalities across the United States, announced today an agreement to develop a Wireless Marketing Plan for the City of Fresno, California.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) announced that multiple bills passed through the Senate Appropriations Committee. Among the lengthy list of bills before the committee were several pieces of Legislation from Senator Mendoza, notably Senate Bills 4, 45, 268, and 693.
SAN JOSE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Hoge Fenton, a leading Northern California law firm, announced today that they have signed on with Boston-based Gradifi, the industry's first provider of the Employer SLP Plan(TM) (Student Loan Paydown Plan) to introduce a new benefit for its associate attorneys: financial assistance with student loans.
CA Congressman Cardenas to Receive Multicultural Media Correspondents Dinner Congressional Advocate Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. and SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Thursday, U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas will receive the Congressional Advocate Award at the 2nd Annual Multicultural Media Correspondents Dinner. Congressman Cárdenas is being recognized for his role in founding the Multicultural Media Caucus and for championing media diversity issues in Congress.
Calif. Assemblymember McCarty Gun Free School Zones Legislation Approved by California State Assembly – AB 424
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The California State Assembly today approved AB 424 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D- Sacramento), which will update California’s Gun Free School Zones law to make schools truly gun free. The measure was approved on a vote of 43-23.
Calif. Gov. Brown Appointments for May 22, 2017 include to Dept. of Resources, Recycling and Recovery
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Rebecca May, 41, of Sacramento, has been...
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ – This Wednesday (May 24, 2017), U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) will pair up with Ally Alvarez, a twenty-three year-old young woman from Sun Valley, for the 6th Annual Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day. Ally is a student at Los Angeles Valley College and spent seventeen years in the foster care system.