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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.
Rock for Human Rights band

Bullying Prevention Month 2021: Rock for Human Rights (R4HR) Says Tackling Bullying is a Matter of Life and Death

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Bullying is a serious, often life-threatening issue. For Bullying Prevention Month, the Church of Scientology International shares the story of a humanitarian who found a simple way to change the culture of bullying to one of compassion. Rock for Human Rights (R4HR) launched its "30 Days-30 Rights" human rights school concert tour across America.
Fanplayr Makes Strategic Appointments

SaaS AI Leader Fanplayr Announces Strategic Appointments to Support Growth in US and APAC

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Fanplayr, a leader in SaaS and online behavioral personalization, announced the hiring of Jack Hallahan as Vice President of Sales for the U.S.; David Ticconi as Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand; and promoted Mariano Tripiciano to Managing Director of the Americas.
Artist Robaba Mohammadi - Credit Ali Mohammadi

Exiled Afghan Artist Robaba Mohammadi Paints Without Arms or Legs and Inspires Hero Awards

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Robaba Mohammadi, Afghanistan's most famous artist, who paints with her mouth due to a birth defect which denies her the use of her limbs, is reacting to the Taliban's recent takeover of her homeland by building a movement to honor Heroes everywhere, and seeks assistance from those who share her goals with the Robaba Art and Cultural Center.
Reindeer Road

Reindeer Road in Arcadia, Drive-Through Animated Light Show Comes to Southern California

ARCADIA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- World of Illumination - the producer of the world's largest drive-through animated light show - is unveiling a brand new theme park called Reindeer Road in Arcadia, California. Slated to open November 17 at Santa Anita Park, the show's construction is already underway and presale tickets are now on sale.
Vallejo Wash N Dry

Vallejo Wash N Dry’s 2021 Wash For A Cause Wednesday Supports Vallejo’s Cooper Elementary School Student Reading Materials

VALLEJO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Vallejo Wash N Dry, a local leading laundromat, is hosting Wash For A Cause Wednesday to raise funds for Cooper Elementary School in Vallejo. The event will be held on October 27, 2021 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the laundromat.
Local Anchor - Community Accelerator Program

South Bay Mommies & Daddies, a Parents Network, Rebrands as Local Anchor with National Expansion Underway

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- South Bay Mommies & Daddies, a popular Los Angeles area community platform for parents that boasts nearly 8,000 members, is rebranding and expanding as Local Anchor after being selected for the 2021 Facebook Community Accelerator Program.
Golden State Pops Orchestra and Maestro Fox 2019

Golden State Pops Orchestra announce Return to the Stage with 2021 Holiday POPS Spectacular

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Golden State Pops Orchestra announces their Return to the Stage with the "Holiday POPS Spectacular" on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 8pm in the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA. Celebrate the holiday season with Maestro Steven Allen Fox, Resident Choir Maestra Marya Basaraba, and the Golden State Pops Orchestra and Chorale with a festive performance of timeless holiday film music, traditional favorites, special guests, and snow!
Teamsters Local 396

Teamsters Local 396 announce negotiations for sanitation workers In Orange County make progress as the threat of strike looms

ORANGE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Over 1,100 sanitation workers in Orange County, CA are bargaining for a new contract for residential, commercial, and government waste removal services. Over the last 40 years, Teamsters Local 396 has bargained contracts that initially fought back against the poverty jobs created during the initial privatization and contracting out of public sanitation services.
Lender Price

Lender Price Announces Strategic Investment Led by Argentum to Support Its Rapid Growth

PASADENA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Lender Price, a leading provider of cloud-based mortgage pricing and digital lending solutions, announced today that it has received a strategic investment led by Argentum with participation from First Analysis and existing investor Costner Lake Investments. The investment will further accelerate Lender Price's rapid growth by supporting product development, sales & marketing, and customer service capabilities.
Transgender actress Hera Anderson

Transgender Actress and Writer Hera Anderson Stars in Upcoming Indie Film ‘The Black Rose’

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- 3Films Entertainment has made an official disclosure, confirming that star actress and writer Hera Anderson will play the leading role in their highly anticipated LGBT short film "The Black Rose." At the helm of the production of the LGBT short film "The Black Rose" is Alexander Kurbonov as the Production Manager. Also boarding as the director is Sinan Yalvac.
So California Conference Championship

Pop Warner Southern California Conference Hosts its 2021 Championship at So-Fi Stadium

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Southern California Conference (SCC) of Pop-Warner Football & Cheer announced today that it will host its annual Championship at So-Fi Stadium. It will be the first youth sports organization to play in the new Los Angeles So-Fi Stadium.
Vistamar School ribbon cutting. Photo credit: CW Productions.

Vistamar School in El Segundo Opens New Viking Commons Gathering Space

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- As students look for connection after months of pandemic induced isolation, Vistamar School, an independent college preparatory day school serving grades 9-12, announced the official opening of the Viking Commons, a new gathering space and commercial kitchen providing a nutritious lunch to the entire school community every day, at no daily charge.
Azad Rafat of MCT

Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. Deepens Mortgage Servicing Rights Expertise with Hire of Azad Rafat

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT), a leading mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, announced today that Azad Rafat has joined the company as the new Senior Director of MSR Services.
DocMagic

DocMagic eSign 3.0 Enhances Remote Notary and eClosing Capabilities

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- DocMagic, Inc., the premier provider of fully compliant loan document preparation, automated regulatory compliance, and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced the official launch of its eSign 3.0 platform. The enhancements to the mortgage industry's preeminent eSigning platform introduce new tools and features designed to enable lenders to easily facilitate remote online notarization (RON) for paperless eClosings.
international businessman, Kofi Nartey

Beverly Hills based real estate broker, Kofi Nartey, Takes on Role as Brand Ambassador for Armagnac Brandy, Cardinal Du Four

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Cardinal du Four, 21 Rébellion, a flagship spirit for the Armagnac world and the modern connoisseur's answer to Cognac, has partnered with international businessman, Kofi Nartey, as its first brand ambassador. After hosting several successful events together, the Armagnac maker and the Beverly Hills based real estate broker saw the alignment and knew a partnership was inevitable.
Galway Holdings

Galway Announces Formal Close of MAI Capital Management Deal

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Galway Holdings ("Galway") today announced its investment in MAI Capital Management, LLC ("MAI") has officially closed. Retaining the MAI Capital Management name, the firm now operates as a part of the Galway Companies.
Fanplayr

Fintech AI Leader Fanplayr Says U.S. Businesses Must Adapt to New Privacy Restrictions for 2021 Holiday Season

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Fanplayr, the global leader for e-commerce intelligence solutions, including a patent for Segmentation as a Service, urges businesses to prepare now for tech changes that will impact holiday sales during this pivotal year particularly with Deloitte forecasting an 11 to 15% increase in 2021 holiday e-commerce sales.
TRION Properties

Trion Properties Launches Third Fund, Targets $175M in Buying Power Focused on Southeast and Western Multifamily Properties

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Trion Properties, a private equity real estate firm based in West Hollywood, California and Miami, Florida specializing in value-add multifamily investments, has announced the launch of Trion Multifamily Opportunity Fund III, LLC, its third investment fund vehicle.
Photo courtesy of The Ellen Weis Archive

Valley Relics Museum acquires collection of 3,000 advertising characters once housed in the Museum of Modern Mythology

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Valley Relics Museum of Van Nuys, California, has acquired a collection of 3,000 advertising characters once housed in the galleries of the Museum of Modern Mythology in San Francisco, founder Tommy Gelinas announced today.
Toastmaster Judy Thang

Asian American Toastmaster Judy Thang to Host 2021 Los Angeles Congress of Neighborhoods

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Asian American Toastmaster Judy Thang has been selected to host the opening session of the 2021 Los Angeles Congress of Neighborhoods. This year, the theme of the event will be "Leading Change Together," Toastmasters District 52 announced today.
Fritzi Horstman and Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris

Compassion Prison Project and CA Surgeon General Burke-Harris Raise ACE Awareness in CA Prison

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Compassion Prison Project (CPP) piloted its innovative new series "Trauma Talks," an educational video program with accompanying workbook this week. CPP's mission is to create trauma-informed prisons and communities by bringing trauma awareness education and proven healing modalities to the men and women living and working in prison.
MORTGAGECOACH

Mortgage Coach integrates with LoanSense to help federal student loan holders become homeowners and increase purchase power

CORONA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Coach, the industry's leading platform enabling mortgage lenders to create digital and accurate home loan options for consumers, today announced its partnership with LoanSense, an online student loan advisor that helps federal student loan holders enroll in affordable repayment and forgiveness plans.
International Day of Peace

Scientology Network Shares Solutions on 2021 International Day of Peace

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On International Day of Peace, September 21, a full day of programming on the Scientology Network showcases solutions to create a more peaceful world. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls on those who cherish freedom to "strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms."
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).

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