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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.

At CAI Legal Conference, Professional Community Management of California CEO Donny Disbro Offers Best Practices on Dispute Resolution

TEMECULA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Professional Community Management of California, Inc. (PCM) chief executive officer Donny Disbro addressed community association professionals on Friday on the benefits and pitfalls of mediation as an alternative to costly litigation.
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

SF Mayor Lee Announces Square Moving to New Central Market HQ: Tech Company Plans to Employ 1,000 People in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Square CEO Jack Dorsey today announced that Square, the company "making commerce easy for everyone," is relocating its corporate headquarters to 1455 Market Street in the City’s Central Market neighborhood. Square has signed a lease and expects to move into its new location in mid-2013.
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

San Francisco Mayor Lee’s Statement on SF Unemployment Rate Dropping to 6.9 Percent

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Friday, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued the following statement on San Francisco’s unemployment rate dropping below seven percent in September, based on preliminary unemployment numbers released by the State Employment Development Department (EDD):
Orange County Great Park

Annual Great Park Scarecrows in the Park Fundraising Competition Begins in Orange County

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Orange County Great Park invites visitors to vote for their favorite scarecrow at the third annual Scarecrows in the Park contest, which challenges Orange County’s businesses and community organizations to show off their creative and philanthropic spirit by building creative, themed scarecrows. The 2012 edition of the fundraising and fun-raising contest features 26 scarecrows – the most in the competition’s history – all vying for the title of “Best in Crow.”
Calif. Governor Brown

California Gov. Brown Announces Appointments to District Agricultural Associations for Oct. 19, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments: First, Shawn Bagley, 61, of Salinas, has been appointed to the 7th District Agricultural Association, Monterey County Fair Board. Bagley has been a founding partner and vice president at Complete Produce Inc. since 2002.

New Software for Investment-Grade Art Portfolios announced by ArteQuesta

MILL VALLEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- ArteQuesta has developed a unique software program designed to manage investment quality art portfolios, it was announced today by Rayah Levy and Jessica Jacobson, co-founders. ArteQuesta Art Portfolio Management is the first program of its kind, and was developed and tested over two years.
L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa and Councilmember Huizar Announce Winner of Design Competition for 6th St. Bridge

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mayor Villaraigosa today joined Councilmember Jose Huizar to announce that the architecture firm HNTB is the winner of the international design competition for the redesign of the 6th Street Bridge.
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

San Francisco Mayor Lee Announces Patrick Otellini as Director of Earthquake Safety

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- As San Francisco Bay Area marks the 23rd anniversary of the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake, Mayor Edwin M. Lee on Wednesday announced the appointment of Patrick Otellini to lead San Francisco’s groundbreaking Earthquake Safety Implementation Program (ESIP).
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

SF Mayor Lee Announces San Francisco to Submit Bid to Host Super Bowl 'L'

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that San Francisco, in partnership with the San Francisco 49ers and a San Francisco Bay Area regional bid committee, will submit a formal bid to the National Football League (NFL) to host Super Bowl L in 2016.

Angara presents the 'Pink Collection' of jewelry with pink sapphires and gemstones in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This October Angara presents the 'Pink Collection' in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every time you purchase jewelry from this collection, Angara will make a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc (NBCF). The 'Pink Collection' includes pendants, earrings and rings in pink sapphires and gemstones.

LendingQB will be holding discussions at the MBA 99th Annual Convention and Exposition with Results from LOS Technology Evaluation Model

COSTA MESA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- LendingQB, an end-to-end browser-based LOS provider, revealed the results from its Enterprise Process Assessment (EPA) engagements with clients and prospects, which is a workflow evaluation model designed that helps lenders make objective decisions on their technology initiatives.

Bynoskia Sams' Resort Collection was featured at Jon Gheri's Afternoon of Elegance fashion show in L.A.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Bynoskia Sams' Resort Collection was featured at Jon Gheri's Afternoon of Elegance fashion show which was held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif. on October 14. More than 260 guests enjoyed the late afternoon meal that was given as a part of a fundraiser for the 'A Love Beyond Me' Foundation.

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center names Joe Dunn Vice President of Workers Compensation Claims in Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, has added Joe Dunn as Vice President, Workers Compensation Claims in its Fresno office. Dunn brings eleven years of experience in workers compensation, settlement negotiation, and Medicare sectors to EPIC.

Carmel Valley Village olive oil tasting room The Quail & Olive hosted grand opening

CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Quail and Olive celebrated its grand opening with nearly 250 new friends last Saturday at 3 Pilot Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924. The olive oil fustis had to be refilled as customers walked out with California-grown varieties of extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegars, olives and other fine gourmet gifts.
California Gov. Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Mervyn M. Dymally Day – State's first African-American Senator

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Governor Brown issued a Proclamation Declaring October 17, 2012 as Mervyn M. Dymally Day. Text follows:

Qvole Collective announces Premiere of Chicano Batman's Video for 'Joven Navegante'

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Qvole Collective, an independent artist management and development company, announces today West Coast photographer, filmmaker, hip-hop scholar and Mochilla founder, Brian (B+) Cross shot and directed the new video 'Joven Navegante' for L.A.'s psych/tropical/soul act Chicano Batman. The video was premiered two separate times at 8:45 and 10:15 on Friday, October 12 at Highland Park's newly opened 'record gallery' Strictly Grooves.

HVS Capital Corp announces Hotel Near Humboldt State University to be Sold, former Days Inn in Arcata

ARCATA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- HVS Capital Corp (www.hvscapital.com) has been exclusively appointed to sell the former Days Inn in Arcata, Calif. The 78-room property was built in 1975 and operated as an unflagged hotel under the name 'North Coast Inn.' The hotel was purchased for $5 million in January 2007 and underwent a refurbishment at that time.

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series at Art Basel: John Waguespack to Represent San Francisco with 'Deconstructing Dandridge'

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- John Waguespack is the winner of the San Francisco portion of the 3rd Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series for 'Deconstructing Dandridge,' a compelling portrait of the first African-American woman to be nominated for Best Actress in the Academy Awards.
Calif. Governor Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for October 16, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments: First, Margaret Abe-Koga, 42, of Mountain View, has been appointed to the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board. Abe-Koga has served as a councilmember for the city of Mountain View since 2007. She has been corporate and foundation relations manager for Asian Americans for Community Involvement in San Jose since 2012 and was a self-employed consultant from 2005 until 2012.
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

SF Mayor Lee and President Chiu Announce New Open Data Legislation for San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday S.F. Mayor Lee and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu announced introduction of new Open Data legislation to strengthen San Francisco’s landmark Open Data initiatives, including the creation of a Chief Data Officer and encouraging the use of information for more efficient government services.
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

SF Mayor Lee Announces Moscone Center Achieves LEED Gold

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mayor Edwin M. Lee on Monday announced that the Moscone Center has received LEED Gold certification, the first convention center on the West Coast to attain the green building honor. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

United Global Media Group's Hybrid Television Network is Making Waves: Beauty TV operates as the world's first Beauty TV channel

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- United Global Media Group, Inc. (UGMedia) first conceptualized Beauty TV(R) in 2006 after founder, Rob Angelino, sold his brainchild, the Salon-TV Network. Today, Beauty TV ('BeautyTV') is making waves.

Jennifer French, who recently medaled at the 2012 Paralympics Games in London, will release her new book, 'On My Feet Again'...

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Jennifer French, a quadriplegic and competitive sailing athlete who recently medaled at the 2012 Paralympics Games in London, will release her new book, 'On My Feet Again: My Journey Out of the Wheelchair Using Neurotechnology' (ISBN: 9780988234208; Neurotech Press), Oct. 23, 2012 at the Neurotech Leaders Forum in San Francisco.
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

SF Mayor Lee Honors Community Leaders & Organizations with Latino Heritage Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mayor Edwin M. Lee on Wednesday joined by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi honored community leaders and organizations in celebration of Latino Heritage Month for their important social, cultural, and economic contributions to the Latino community and to the entire City of San Francisco.
Calif. Governor Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for October 11, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments: First, Suzanne Chan, 51, of Sacramento, has been appointed operations and accountability officer in the Administrative Services Division at the California Department of Rehabilitation.
California Gov. Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Statewide Day of Awareness for Domestic Violence

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. issued a Proclamation Declaring Statewide Day of Awareness for Domestic Violence. Text follows:

LendingQB president Binh Dang Named to 'Top Five Industry Lending Leaders' List

COSTA MESA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- LendingQB, a provider of end-to-end loan origination software, announced that its president, Binh Dang, has been named to The MReport magazine's 'Top Five Industry Lending Leaders' list.

The 'Green Across America' Campaign Launches The Biggest Alternative Fuel Vehicle Road Trip In History

SANTA MONICA, Calif., /California Newswire/ -- Media Center Entertainment announced today that two dozen of the U.S. Department of Energy supported Clean Cities Coalitions have pledged to hold public alternative fuels events and press conferences to support the GreenAcrossAmerica.com 2012 CNG Road Trip.

SecuGen Corp's Hamster IV Fingerprint Reader Certified by STQC for India Unique Identification Project

SANTA CLARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- SecuGen Corporation is pleased to announce that its Hamster(TM) IV fingerprint reader has been certified by the Standardization Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) Directorate, an office of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) of India. This certification was obtained in cooperation with and through the determined efforts of Tutis Technology Ltd., SecuGen's longtime partner in India.

New Olive Oil Tasting Room in the Carmel Valley Village Specializes in California Varieties

CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Quail & Olive will host a grand opening event from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 at 3 Pilot Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924. The event will feature olive oil and balsamic vinegar tastings, skin health product demonstrations and local a capella act, The Valley Boys. Gourmet food catered by Paradise Catering and local wines as well as non-alcoholic beverages will be served. This is a no-cost celebration open to the community.

Sister City Association gathers knowledge of sustainable farming practices in Laguna Beach to bring back to Japan

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Huntington Beach Sister City Association and its delegation of 25 adults from sister city Anjo, Japan, toured Alegria Farm on Sunday October 7, it was announced by Erik Cutter, Managing Director of Alegria Fresh. Learning about Alegria's innovative new farming method that employs the Verti-Gro(R) System provided the delegation with nutrition-rich knowledge to bring back to Japan.

Telecom exec Ron McNab named CEO at Connexum, LLC in Irvine

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Connexum, LLC, an emerging leader in network, voice and data services for the telecommunication industry, announced it has hired industry veteran Ron McNab as president and CEO. Mr. McNab is responsible for defining Connexum's strategic direction, providing leadership and executing on the company's goal of expanding its business and growing its product line.

Envy Corner scares up spooky sexy women's lingerie and Cosplay Halloween costumes, with their new oniline retail site

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Envy Corner, a company selling women's lingerie and Halloween costumes, has just launched their new website and are giving away a Halloween Costume! Just like them on Facebook and be entered to win the sexy and adorable French Maid Costume.

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center honored as 'Best Place to Work in Orange County' second year in a row

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in the Orange County. Led by managing principals, Dan Ryan and Tony D'Asaro, EPIC's Irvine team has received this honor for the second consecutive year.

Ghost Stories for Halloween Reading – Paranormal Mysteries from the Whaley House in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- DKeeley Press announces publication of the first book in the new Paranormal Mystery series, 'Having a Whaley of a Time' (ISBN: 978-0578104836) by author and publisher Donna Keeley. By using the history and "documented ghosts" from the Whaley House in San Diego, Calif., the book weaves an enjoyable, fictional mystery with real facts.

PersonaGrip 'Steering Wheel Guy' Ed Dellis Announces Pre-Orders for Steering Wheel Grip Kits for Motorsports and Economic Stimulus

COSTA MESA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- PersonaGrip's Steering Wheel Guy, Ed Dellis, inventor of the custom-moldable handgrips used in auto racing and manufacturing, announces crowd-funding for his steering wheel grips.

San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board's job fair is attended by more than 1,500 job seekers

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- At six o'clock in the morning, Sean Lunsford was the second person in line for the Inland Empire West End Job Fair hosted by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board at the L.A./Ontario International Airport. A few hours later, he walked out with an appointment for a job interview.

Bay Area Halloween Party 2012 announced by the Professionals Guild

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Professionals Guild announced today it is hosting Halloween dance parties in both Sacramento and the Bay Area. Singles are especially invited. Couples are also welcome. The Sacramento Halloween is at the Hilton Hotel Arden West, 2200 Harvard St. on Friday, October 26, 2012. The Bay Area Halloween party will take place at the San Ramon Marriott Hotel, 2600 Bishop Ranch Dr, San Ramon, Calif.

Research Refutes Accepted Age of Exploration History in New Book 'The Chinese Origin of the Age of Discovery'

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Diogenes Research, an independent history research group, today announced the publication of two new books on the previously rarely examined history of the Age of Discovery, providing resolutions to several contentious issues.

Artist XVALA wants Apple to 'Think Different' with new Steve Jobs Action Figure Sculpture

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In wake of the recent Foxconn riot, Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA) announces that Post PC artist XVALA will debut his latest sculpture of the Apple-banned Steve Jobs action figure in an upcoming gallery show at AIS Editions in the Los Angeles Brewery Arts Complex.

Remodel or Move Fall 2012 Remodeling Sentiment Report indicates that Luxury is Back for Home Remodeling

SUNNYVALE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The RemodelOrMove.com Fall 2012 Remodeling Sentiment Report documents a continuing increase in the scale of planned remodels for homeowners.Multi-year highs in the stock market, home prices that are inching up, record low interest rates and pent-up demand for home maintenance are fueling this increase.

ArteQuesta's Museum of Fine Art will provide fresh produce to 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic in Bayview Hunters Point

MILL VALLEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The unique organic farm located on the grounds of ArteQuesta's Museum of Fine Art will provide fresh produce to 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic in Bayview Hunters Point, it was announced today by Rayah Levy and Jessica Jacobson, co-founders of ArteQuesta.

California Opportunities Knocking Career and Entrepreneur Fair, October 4, 2012

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Sponsored by the City of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board, the Opportunities Knocking Career and Entrepreneur Fair will be held at the National Orange Show Events Center on Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Remo Software today announced the launch of an updated version of Remo Recover for Windows OS

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Remo Software today announced the launch of an updated version of Remo Recover (Windows) - a highly rated and widely acclaimed recovery application. The new version comes equipped with an advanced intelligent scanner to recover graphics files like Adobe Indesign; video files such as Divx, Xvid, MTS and M2TS; SWF flash file; zip file; and email personal storage archives of Microsoft Outlook PST and OST.

LendingQB completes a seamless interface with DocMagic's document production and compliance mortgage technology

COSTA MESA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- LendingQB, a provider of end-to-end loan origination software, announced that they completed a seamless interface with DocMagic's document production and compliance technology. The integrated solution provides users working in LendingQB's loan origination system (LOS) with seamless access to DocMagic's document preparation functionality. The companies partnered to make the process of ordering, sending, signing and receiving compliant mortgage documents as effortless as possible.

Same-day harvested greens from Alegria Farm now served exclusively at popular Olamendi's Express in Mission Viejo

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Alegria Fresh has joined leading local restaurateur Carlos Olamendi in a groundbreaking new partnership to feature Alegria Farm's same-day harvested salad greens at Olamendi's Express in Mission Viejo, it was announced today by Erik Cutter, Managing Director of Alegria Farm.

California's fastest growing insurance broker opens motorsports division, EPIC Motorsports

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, announced today the formation of a new division, EPIC Motorsports. Operated by EPIC's own collectors and racers, this division provides customers with both the highest level of insurance expertise and extensive knowledge of collector cars, racing, and associated industry vendors.

Latest 'Books to Bookmark' List of 13 Interesting New Book Titles from 2012 compiled by Publishers Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- For the first half of 2012, Publishers Newswire (PNW), an online resource established in 2004 for small publishers, as well as lesser known and first-time book authors, has today announced its latest semi-annual 'Books to Bookmark' list. This is a round-up of 13 new and recent books which may have been missed due to not originating from major New York book publishing houses, or 'big name' authors.

Mortgage Industry Veteran Steve Ribultan named a 'Top 25 Most Connected Mortgage Professional'

TEMECULA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Steve Ribultan, a veteran of the mortgage banking industry, has been named to National Mortgage Professional magazine's 'Top 25 Most Connected Mortgage Professionals' list.

Audrey Magazine presented 'Audrey's Night Out 2012' at the historic Barker Hangar on Sept. 15, with Boo Boo Stewart, Clinton Sparks,...

SANTA MONICA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The iconic Barker Hangar was the site, Saturday Sept. 15, 2012 for an evening of Music and Fashion. Audrey Magazine presented 'Audrey's Night Out 2012' sponsored by 360 Jets, at the historic Barker Hangar, located inside the Santa Monica airport.

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