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Christopher Simmons

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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.
MCT InvestorMatic

MCT Launches InvestorMatic to Elevate the Whole Loan Trading Experience Between Lenders and Investors

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT), a leading mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, announced that it has officially introduced a unique program called InvestorMatic in the lead up to the MBA Annual Convention & Expo in Austin, Texas.
ReverseVision

ReverseVision Unveils New Tech Strategy: Major Platform Updates and Brand Transformation

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 its transformation as an API-enabled flexible reverse lending platform, unveiling a new logo as part of its revised mission and rebranding.
Whimstay App

Whimstay Launches App Delivering Real Savings on Last-Minute California Vacation Rentals

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Whimstay, the leading marketplace dedicated to last minute vacation rental deals, today announced the launch of the Whimstay iOS iPhone and Android apps, which provides travelers with real savings on vacation rental properties when booking a stay during the next 10 nights.
Bank of Southern California and CalWest Bank

Bank of Southern California, N.A. (BCAL) and CalWest Bancorp to Merge

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Bank of Southern California, N.A. (OTC Pink: BCAL) and CalWest Bancorp (OTCBB: CALW), today announced the signing of a definitive agreement and plan of merger (the "Agreement") whereby CalWest Bank will merge with and into Bank of Southern California. The merger is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of all regulatory approvals and the approval of the shareholders of CALW and BCAL.
CARR RCFE Reform

Keep Our Seniors Safe Act Signed by Gov. Newsom – safe gun storage requirements for firearms retained by residential care facilities...

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) announces that California Governor Newsom signed the Keep Our Seniors Safe Act, a part of SB 172 (Portantino) which was signed into law on 12 October, 2019.
Bungalow Homes at Orchid Bay, Belize

High Demand for Bungalows at Orchid Bay, Belize: New Homes Under Construction Featuring Brand New 2-Bedroom XL Floor Plan

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Legacy Global Development today announced that its Bungalows at Orchid Bay, Belize are selling out fast. There are currently only four Bungalows still available, two of which have waterfront locations. As the Bungalows have become highly desirable to homebuyers, prices have gone up for the second time this year on the waterfront locations, and new bungalows are currently under construction to satisfy its popular demand.
STRATMOR Study MCT

STRATMOR Group’s 2019 Technology Insight Study Scores MCT Highest for Overall Satisfaction, Lender Loyalty, and Lender Share

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT), a leading mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, announced that the study results from STRATMOR Group's 2019 Technology Insight Study show MCT as the industry leader in lender share, overall satisfaction, and Lender Loyalty Score(r) in the Production Pipeline Hedging category.
California Villain Band

Rock Band, California Villain Announces its New Rocking Single: ‘A Little After Midnight’ on Oct. 31

TEMECULA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In anticipation of their upcoming 2020 EP release, California Villain announced they will release their first single "A Little After Midnight" on October 31. This is an absolute fun rocking tune, with true California style.
Camp Kennebec The History - movie poster

Marina del Rey Film Festival: Inspirational Short Film, ‘Camp Kennebec: The History’ to screen October 22

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Marina del Rey Film Festival will hold a public screening of the new Broad Street Studios documentary short film, "Camp Kennebec: The History" on Tuesday, October 22 at 12 p.m. at the Cinemark 18 Howard Hughes Center, Los Angeles. Tickets are available through the Festival's website.
DocMagic LoanMagic Mobile

New DocMagic Mobile App Leverages Backend Technology to Fill Critical Gap in Digital Lending Workflow

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- DocMagic, Inc., the premier provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, regulatory compliance and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced the launch of its new LoanMagic mobile application. LoanMagic, which is provided free to all DocMagic customers, leverages a powerful backend platform that provides full interoperability with DocMagic solutions, as well as other third-party mortgage software.
Mine...Not Yours at Fred Segal

‘Mine … Not Yours’ Fashion Event at Fred Segal Sunset, Nov. 16, 2019

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Fashion Designers Jordan Willner and Debbie Rosove announce their MINE NOT YOURS fashion event at Fred Segal Sunset, 8500 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Event is Nov. 16, 12-3 p.m.
And What Is HELL

Pyramid Press Announces New Book, ‘And What is Hell’ – A True Story of Faith and Freedom Exposing the Dark Secrets...

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- "And What is Hell - A True Story: Exposing The Dark Secrets Of 'The Insane Asylum'" was released today in its second printing (ISBN: 978-0989901765). This compelling true story is all about religious freedom and Christian faith.
Bank of Southern California NA

Bank of Southern California (BCAL) Names Jacob Mathews Managing Director of Business Banking

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Bank of Southern California, N.A. (OTC Pink: BCAL), a community business bank headquartered in San Diego, is pleased to announce that Jacob Mathews has joined the company as Managing Director of Business Banking. He will be responsible for expanding Bank of Southern California's client base by actively seeking new business opportunities in Los Angeles County and Orange County.
Top Villas

The Best US Theme Parks Celebrated in 2019 Top Villas Awards – California Was the Strongest Performer

ANAHEIM, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Top Villas, one of the world's leading luxury villa rental specialists, has unveiled its ranking of the best theme parks to visit in the United States through the inaugural Theme Park Awards. California was the strongest performer in the awards.
Reflect Beauty

Mirror Digital advances the conversation on beauty equity by launching the Reflect Beauty Awards

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- America's largest multicultural digital ad network, Mirror Digital, advances the conversation on beauty equity with the debut of its groundbreaking beauty product showcase - the Reflect Beauty Awards.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Former Calif. State Assemblyman Mike Gatto Introduces Ballot Initiative on Homelessness

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, former California state Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D – Los Angeles) submitted to the Attorney General for title and summary a ballot initiative that radically changes the state’s approach to homelessness. The initiative would treat certain existing crimes (“Intervention Predicates,”) as cries for help –- opportunities to both engage the homeless and return respect for the law on our streets
Edgewood Healthcare Advisors

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants Launches New Healthcare Practice: Edgewood Healthcare Advisors

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center or EPIC), a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today the expansion and reorganization of its healthcare practice.
Coming Soon - Hotel at Orchid Bay

Legacy Global Development in Talks with Major Hotels to Operate Resort at Its Orchid Bay, Belize Property

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Legacy Global Development, the developer of the luxurious Orchid Bay, Belize community, today announced that they are talking with major hotel brands to be Orchid Bay's new hotel operator.
Phil Rasori - Tech Trendsetters 2019

MCT’s COO Phil Rasori Honored with 2019 HousingWire Tech Trendsetters Award

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT), a leading mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, announced that its COO, Phil Rasori, has been designated to HousingWire's inaugural Tech Trendsetters award list. Phil is credited with being instrumental in the architecture and launch of multiple innovative capital markets solutions.
UNICHECK cheating check technology

Unicheck Releases Advanced Cheating Detection to Help Educators Uncover Digital Trickery

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Unicheck, a versatile plagiarism and cheating prevention solution that helps educators worldwide create well-educated students, announced the launch of their advanced digital cheating detection, which spots intricate, tech-enabled cheating endeavors.
CA Gov. Newsom

Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Nation’s Strongest Statewide Renter Protection Legislation

OAKLAND, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, surrounded by dozens of legislative leaders, working families and rent advocates in the East Bay, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law today a series of bills to fight a key cause of our state’s housing crisis – rent gouging and evictions.
Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom

Calif. Gov. Newsom Announces Appointments for Oct. 8, 2019 including to Department of Consumer Affairs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom announced the following appointments: First, Kimberly Kirchmeyer, 50, of Sacramento, has been appointed director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Kirchmeyer has been executive director of the Medical Board of California since 2013, where she was deputy director from 2011 to 2013.
Mortgage Quality Management

MQMR: Fannie Mae Selling Guide Updates Compel Lenders to Conduct Independent Audit Reviews of QC Process Before Year’s End

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Quality Management and Research, LLC (MQMR) President Michael Steer reminded lenders to conduct an independent audit review of their quality control (QC) process immediately in deference to updates to "Subpart D1, Lender QC Process" of the Fannie Mae Selling Guide.
Rick Triola of NotaryCam

NotaryCam’s Rick Triola Named a 2019 HousingWire Tech Trendsetter

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- NotaryCam(R), the leader in online notarization and original provider of mortgage eClosing solutions, today announced that its Founder and CEO Rick Triola has been named a 2019 Tech Trendsetter by HousingWire magazine as part of its inaugural HW Tech Trendsetter Awards(TM) program.
Kenneth Rakusin, President and CEO Gordon Brush (center)

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. and CEO Ken Rakusin Honored at 2019 MADE IN AMERICA CONVENTION

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Ken Rakusin, President & CEO of Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., was the recipient of the PATRIOT AWARD at the 2019 MADE IN AMERICA CONVENTION, that was held at the Indianapolis, Indiana convention center on October 3-6. "This award was presented to Ken for his Proud To Be An American attitude and his unwavering commitment to manufacturing in the United States, in-spite of the infiltration of low cost, inferior Chinese goods," said Don Buckner, founder, MadeInAmerica.com.
neurotech leaders forum 2019

Neurotech Leaders Forum 2019 in San Francisco: Fifteen Neurotechnology Startups to Present at the Event

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Neurotech Reports, the publisher of the Neurotech Business Report newsletter, announced that 15 promising neurotechnology startups and early-stage firms will present at the 2019 Neurotech Leaders Forum in San Francisco, November 4-5. The 19th annual event-the most established in the industry-will also feature presentations and panel discussions on important issues confronting the neurotechnology industry.
BargainsLA.com - Suzanne

BargainsLA, the Insider Guide to Discount Outlets in Southern California, Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- BargainsLA.com, is Southern California's premier bargain shopping guide to discount outlets, sample sales, warehouse sales and liquidation outlets. Since October 1999, BargainsLA's founder, Suzanne O'Connor, has reviewed over 1,000 "Off Price" discount outlets and posted over 15,000 sample sales and warehouse sales.
2019 Hero Dog of the Year Awarded to Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

Hero Dog of the Year 2019 Awarded to Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Alice

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs is both humbled and honored to announce that on Friday, October 5, 2019 after more than a million public votes, our Service Dog, Alice; specifically trained to assist Recipient Antonio was named the 2019 Hero Dog of the Year in the American Humane Hero Dog Awards.
Ivon Friedman joins EPIC

EPIC’s Marine Insurance Operations Bolstered with Addition of Ivon Friedman in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants (EPIC) announced today that Ivon Friedman has joined the firm's Marine Practice in San Francisco. Friedman will report to EPIC's Risk Management - National Property and Marine Practice Leader, Michael Korn.
Alex Martin of KBKG

KBKG Tax Specialty Firm Welcomes Alex Martin to Lead its New Transfer Pricing Practice for Cross-border Businesses

PASADENA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Nationwide tax specialty firm KBKG announced the hiring of Alex Martin as Principal and leader of the firm's new Transfer Pricing practice. Alex comes with over 22 years of full-time, international transfer pricing experience working in Washington, D.C.; Melbourne, Australia; and Detroit, Michigan where he resides currently.
CF Ttrust - Merced Landowners

Together, Six Farms in California Connect and Expand Farmland Conservation – A Reason to Celebrate!

ELK GROVE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California Farmland Trust (CFT) announces the conservation of six new farms in Merced County. Four adjacent farms have created a large area of closely protected farmland; while nearby two other properties join already previously protected areas
Polyient

Blockchain for Good Conference in San Francisco: Polyient Labs is Co-sponsoring Event Focused on Helping Nonprofits

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Phoenix-based Polyient Labs, an early-stage, blockchain-startup incubator, is co-sponsoring Blockchain for Good, October 25 -27, 2019 in San Francisco. The agenda includes keynote speakers and workshops where participants can pitch ideas.
Discount Pumps - Dock Deicer

Winter Ice Buildup in Ponds and Lakes Can Cause a Host of Problems for Boats and Docks, as Well as for...

SANTA MARIA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The change of seasons no longer means having to perform labor intensive tasks to safeguard your boat, dock and summer lake equipment from the damage that can occur from frigid, freezing water conditions. This winter use a Deicer in your lake or pond to prevent costly damage, says Discount Pumps.
California Farmland Trust

California Farmland Trust Earns National Recognition – CFT Helps Encourage Protection of Our Open Spaces

ELK GROVE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love and that feed them. Since 2004, California Farmland Trust (CFT) has been doing just that for the people of California.
Nerissa Sardi of Galileo Learning

Galileo Learning Names Nerissa Sardi as New VP of Marketing

OAKLAND, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Galileo Learning, one of America's largest and fastest-growing summer day camp providers, has named Nerissa Sardi its new Vice President of Marketing. Galileo operates 100+ summer camp programs throughout California and Illinois.
Melina Gomez - The Whole Child Client

The Whole Child Celebrates Grand Opening of their Safe Families Interim Housing in Echo Park, Calif.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Melina fled her home to escape domestic violence to protect herself and her children. They had nowhere to go so they turned to The Whole Child. The non-profit welcomed their first families into residence at the Safe Families Interim Housing Program the first week in September.
MAGLITE - Breast Cancer Awareness Bundles

Mag Instrument Offers Innovative New 2019 Bundles of Products to Support National Breast Cancer Foundation

ONTARIO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mag Instrument Inc. (MAG), the American manufacturer of the iconic MAGLITE(R) line of flashlights, continues its longstanding partnership with National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.(R) (NBCF) to promote awareness of and raise funds to support the work of NBCF.
Executive Chef Phil Kastel

KROST CPAs Partners with Executive Chef Phil Kastel who will serve as the firm’s Restaurant and Culinary Consultant

PASADENA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Los Angeles-based tax and accounting firm, KROST, recently brought on restaurant industry titan Chef Phil Kastel (co-creator of nationally recognized Public School gastropubs) who will serve as the firm's Restaurant and Culinary Consultant. Established in 1939, KROST has a long history in the restaurant space.
Ken Rakusin of Gordon Brush Mfg

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. CEO Ken Rakusin to Speak at 2019 MADE IN AMERICA CONVENTION

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Ken Rakusin, President & CEO of Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. is a "highlighted" speaker at the 2019 MADE IN AMERICA CONVENTION, to be held at the Indianapolis, Indiana convention center, October 3-6.
29162 Bald Eagle Ridge

Real Estate: 18+ Acre Lake Arrowhead Estate Custom Built by Former Owner, Composer Mark Mancina

LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Lynne B. Wilson and Associates has announced a rare Lake Arrowhead paragon of luxury residence offered for $4.9 Million. Surrender to the enchanting spell of this sprawling and secluded 18.47-acre wonderland nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains. Perched proudly atop the highest precipice of the gated Cedar Ridge Estate on Bald Eagle Ridge.
Graham Jules of Pop Up World

UK Entrepreneur Graham Jules of Pop Up World Battled with ‘Superheroes’ to Make it to Los Angeles TechDay

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- We all know launching a start-up is hard but British entrepreneur, Graham Jules of Pop Up World(R) London bit off more than he could chew. Marvel and DC Entertainment's solicitors threatened legal action because of the word "Superheroes" in the title of his start-up manual Business Zero to Superhero. Marvel and DC jointly own the trademark to Superheroes.
California IMAGINE NO HUNGER License Plate

Iconic Legacy Announces Free Sign-Up for the California Imagine No Hunger License Plate to Celebrate Hunger Action Month and John Lennon’s...

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- To celebrate Hunger Action Month and the upcoming 79th birthday of John Lennon, Michael Towner of Iconic Legacy has announced that the effort to create the "Imagine No Hunger" special license plate in California is nearing the deadline and in order to insure the requisite 7,500 registrations are submitted to the DMV prior to the January deadline,
MCT Live! App

New MCTlive! Mobile App Puts Secondary Marketing at Mortgage Lenders’ Fingertips

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT), a leading mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, debuted a new MCTlive! mobile application at its MCT Exchange client conference last Friday. The app enables secondary marketing managers to review reporting, manage loan pipelines, and conduct whole loan trading from the convenience of their mobile phone.
AnyTrans 8 from iMobie

Migrating Everything to iPhone 11 Only Needs 1 Simple Click with Newly Refined iMobie AnyTrans 8

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Can't wait to enjoy the just released iPhone 11 Pro Max? To escort Apple fans to migrate data to new iPhone, iMobie AnyTrans 8 revamped and offered multiple data migration solutions for all users. With one tap, all essentials, like photos, music, and even apps, will be seamlessly migrated to new iPhone orderly, whether from iOS devices or Android devices.
INDE - Adidas Paris

INDE Serves Out-of-the-box Augmented Reality Experiences to Disrupt the Sports Industry

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The application of Augmented Reality techniques, immersing fans in multiple elements of their favorite sports, has taken fan engagement to new levels, says AR innovator, INDE. The passive consumption of a matches or games is fading into the past. Today it's possible to involve spectators in ways that were previously unheard of, and that's where out-of-the-box marketing tools come into the picture.
All roads lead to Orchid Bay, Belize

All Roads Lead to Orchid Bay with the Announcement of Belize’s $50M Corozal-Sarteneja Road Project

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Belize Tourism Board recently released its first half of 2019 tourism figures which showed a 6 percent increase in overnight visitors over 2018, says Legacy Global Development. Additionally, the Government of Belize announced that construction would begin next month on the $50 million Corozal-Sarteneja Road Project.
Galileo HQ in the Morning

Galileo Learning Joins 100Kin10 Partners Ahead of Network, Goal of Training 100,000 New STEM Teachers by 2021

OAKLAND, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- 100Kin10, a national organization dedicated to solving the STEM teacher shortage by 2021, announced this month that Galileo joins 40 other new programmatic partners in its ranks this year. In addition to Galileo, new partners include Chicago Public Schools, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Council of Chief State School Officers, among others.
Jim Triana of EPIC

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants adds Jim Triana in Ontario, California

ONTARIO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Jim Triana has joined the firm as Vice President, Property & Casualty.
INDE HeroMirror

Augmented Reality Co, INDE, Revolutionizes Fan Engagement Worldwide with Interactive Photo Booths

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Augmented reality company INDE have celebrated the 3rd anniversary of the international launch of their kiosk-sized interactive photo booth - "HeroMirror." Powered by their award-winning BroadcastAR software, the HeroMirror revolutionises user engagement due to its ability to "resurrect" any existing or imaginary character.
Photographer Glynns Thomas

Sacramento Photographer Glynns Thomas One of Only 3% Certified in the Nation

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Glynns Thomas of Glynns Thomas Portraits LLC in El Dorado Hills, California has earned the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation from Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

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