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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.
Calif. Governor Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for Nov. 8, 2012 to District Agricultural Associations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments: First, Meredith Biasca, 54, of Loleta, has been appointed to the 9th District Agricultural Association, Redwood Acres Fair Board. Biasca has been manager at Don’s Rent-All since 2005. She was manager at the Party Place from 1990 to 2005.

Alegria Farmacy Keeps Its Clients Young and Healthy including Francis Lingel, a 90-year-young Veteran

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- 'This food will keep you alive and vital, and I am living proof,' says Francis Lingel, a 90-year young veteran who has joined Alegria Farm's team to assist with farm tours. 'Fresh greens are the secret to longevity,' he adds.

J McLeish Public Relations honored at PRSA Polaris Awards: San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Annual Report wins Capella Award

CORONA DEL MAR, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- J. McLeish Public Relations, a public relations company that handles work for the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board, was honored at the Inland Empire Public Relations Society's Polaris Awards on October 24, 2012. The Polaris Awards, signifying the highest standards of performance in the Inland Empire, celebrate outstanding public relations tactics and programs.

Huntington Beach Surf City Nights: Bonne Foi Beauty Showcases Anti-Aging Products in Downtown Autumn Open House Event

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Bonne Foi Beauty Products, an anti-aging skin care line, is proud to host its first Autumn Open House event in downtown Huntington Beach on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Bonne Foi will feature its full line of anti-aging skin care and hair care products for guests to try at its Open House.

LendingQB, a provider of end-to-end loan origination software, has hired David Colwell as vice president of corporate strategy

COSTA MESA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- LendingQB, a provider of end-to-end loan origination software, announced that it hired David Colwell as vice president of corporate strategy. The position is a newly created role that will focus heavily on developing the company's long-term business strategy and providing strategic guidance through its current growth mode.

Solo Exhibition: John Waguespack 'New Works' comes to San Francisco's 111 Minna Gallery

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Having just been selected as one of nine artists nationwide to be showcased at Art Basel Miami in December 2012, in conjunction with Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, John Waguespack will exhibit his 'New Works' at 111 Minna Gallery November 16, 2012 through January 26, 2013.
California Gov. Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Hails Clear Victory for Children, Schools and Colleges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Delivering on his pledge to ask the people of California to vote on the best path forward, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today hailed the passage of Proposition 30 as a clear and resounding victory for children, schools and the California dream.

MCT Trading COO and Head Trader to Speak on Secondary Marketing Panel at Independent Mortgage Bankers Conference

SAN DIEGO, Calif., /California Newswire/ -- MCT Trading, Inc. (MCT), a recognized leader in mortgage pipeline hedging and risk management services, announced that its COO and Head Trader, Phil Rasori, will present on a panel session at the Independent Mortgage Bankers Conference on November 8 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
Orange County Great Park

OC Great Park and Arts OC present 'The Dig' a new One-woman Play performed by Stacie Chaiken

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Orange County Great Park and Arts Orange County are pleased to present a new Arts Happening featuring the premier of a new one-woman play: The Dig. Written by and starring Los Angeles-based actress Stacie Chaiken, The Dig recounts the dramatic tale of a world-renowned American archeologist who uncovers the identity of a remarkable find in the Middle East that has the potential for explosive consequences.

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center continues to attract top professionals to its construction practice, adds Neil Willian in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, has added Neil Willian as an account executive to their San Francisco construction practice. Willian brings 15 years of experience to EPIC in construction risk, specializing in legal, claims, and insurance risk management.

Study to Identify County's Demand Employment Sectors launched by San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board conducted a study to identify the top demand sectors for employment in San Bernardino County. The results showed that manufacturing, health care, transportation and logistics, energy and utilities, and construction are the top five industries that will be seeking a skilled workforce in San Bernardino County to fill available jobs.

East End Job Fair Offers Hundreds of Jobs for San Bernardino Area – Workforce Investment Board Connects Businesses with Job Seekers

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- At a time when good local jobs are in high demand, the Inland Empire East End Job Fair hosted by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will offer local job seekers the chance to meet with dozens of employers and access hundreds of job opportunities.

Quandis, Inc. client Specialized Loan Servicing named a Top 25 Tech-Savvy Servicer

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Quandis, Inc., a leading provider of default management technology solutions, today announced that its client, Specialized Loan Servicing (SLS), a servicer of residential mortgage loans, has been designated a 2012 Top 25 Tech-Savvy Servicer by Mortgage Technology magazine.

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center adds Reagan Peralta as senior account manager in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, has added Reagan Peralta as a senior account manager in its San Francisco office. Peralta brings more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, working for national insurance carriers as well as Bay Area-based benefits consulting firms.

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center honored as a 'Best Place to Work in Insurance' for a Third Year

SAN MATEO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, has again been recognized as a 2012 'Best Place to Work in Insurance' by Business Insurance Magazine and survey co-sponsor Best Companies Group.
Calif. Governor Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Announces Assistance During Hurricane Sandy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Monday directed the California Emergency Management Agency and California National Guard to send specialized assistance to the east coast to help in responding to Hurricane Sandy.

Bringing Balance to this Year's Candy-Oriented Holiday Frenzy, ArteQuesta Presents a Health-Conscious Halloween for Kids

MILL VALLEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- ArteQuesta has decided to give kids a choice with what they fill their Halloween buckets this year. Over this holiday weekend, ArteQuesta put together a Halloween party filled with outrageous costumes by kids and adults alike, music and games, and, best of all, delicious festive treats. The delightful range of goodies included not only the candy corn and tootsie rolls we all love but also a range of tasty, healthy, homemade and homegrown Halloween sweets.

High-Efficiency Hydroponic Vertical Farming: Sustainable Teachers Delegation from Sweden tours Alegria Farm to learn about Disease-Preventing Foods

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A Swedish delegation of Sustainable Teachers toured Alegria Farm to learn about its new high efficiency farming process and find out about the disease fighting food being grown and delivered by Alegria Fresh. Alegria's innovative new farming method employs the Verti-Gro System.

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center adds Cris Nunez as principal in Los Angeles for Commercial Insurance and Risk Management

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, announced today the addition of Cris Nunez as principal in EPIC's Los Angeles office. Nunez brings more than 20 years of experience in commercial insurance and risk management, with a focus on workers' compensation.

The Central Valley Tea Party will host a massive phone banking event for their monthly Action Night Nov. 1

FRESNO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Central Valley Tea Party will host a massive phone banking event for their monthly Action Night meeting on Nov. 1, 2012. Several candidates will be in attendance to rally participants.
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

SF Mayor Lee Unveils Violence Prevention Service Center in Sunnydale Hope SF Public Housing

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee on Thursday opened the new Visitacion Valley Family Resource Center annex at the Sunnydale HOPE SF public housing site as part of the Mayor’s IPO (Interrupt, Predict and Organize for a Safer San Francisco) violence prevention strategy.
Calif. Governor Brown

California Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Oct. 25, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Thursday announced the following appointments: First, Paul Helliker, 55, of Berkeley, has been appointed deputy director at the California Department of Water Resources. Helliker has been executive advisor at the Marin Municipal Water District since 2012 and general manager there from 2004 to 2012
California Gov. Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for Oct. 24, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Wednesday announced the following appointments: First, Bobbie Jean Anderson, 73, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Anderson served as a field representative for Assemblymember Mike Davis from 2006 to 2009, supervising legal office assistant at the Los Angeles County Office of the Public Defender from 1978 to 2003 and a typist clerk for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services from 1957 to 1968.

Sandy Harmsen Appointed to Chair California Workforce Association

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board announced that Executive Director Sandy Harmsen was appointed to Chair of the California Workforce Association's Executive Committee. The committee facilitates the direction and management of the Association.
The Nature Conservancy

Nature Conservancy of Calif. announces Study and Website for Drinking Water Source Information

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, The Nature Conservancy of California announced that their one-stop website on the sources and protection levels of drinking water across the state now provides such information for an estimated 26.5 million Californians residing in more than 500 cities and towns.

San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board Offers Employer and Job-Seeker Services to Victorville and Surrounding Community

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board announced it opened a new Employment Resource Center in Victorville. The Employment Resource Centers help county residents re-enter the workforce or transfer their skills from shrinking industries to expanding industries.

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center adds Benefits Consultant Adam Medeiros – California's fastest growing brokerage continues to expand in Central Valley

FRESNO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, has added Adam Medeiros as an employee benefits consultant in its Fresno office. Medeiros brings his extensive knowledge of group health and welfare benefits, including ERISA, COBRA and HIPAA, to EPIC's rapidly expanding Fresno team.

PCM of California to manage Traditions Homeowners Association in Rancho Santa Margarita, a 125-home Community in Orange County

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- PCM of California, Inc. (PCM), an Associa company, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to manage the Traditions Homeowners' Association located in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. The 125-home community is the second to be recently added to PCM's management portfolio from this southeastern Orange County community of nearly 48,000 residents.

For the first time since 2008, kitchens have become the number one remodeling project for homeowners, according to the Fall 2012...

SUNNYVALE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- For the first time since 2008, kitchens have become the number one remodeling project for homeowners, according to the 'Fall 2012 U.S. Remodeling Sentiment Report' from RemodelorMove. But before you join the rush to remodel your kitchen, you should carefully consider whether the project is a good idea for your finances and family.
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

SF Mayor Lee Launches TechSF Workforce Training Initiative to Train, Place 2,500 San Francisco Residents in High Tech Jobs

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Joined by dozens of high tech student trainees and representatives of San Francisco’s major technology companies, Mayor Edwin M. Lee launched TechSF – a citywide workforce initiative that aims to train and place 2,500 San Francisco residents from diverse backgrounds in high technology jobs over the next five years.

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.

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