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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. Gov. Jerry Brown

California Governor Brown Announces Appointments for April 17, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments. First: Catherine Kuhlman, 59, of Oakland, has been appointed assistant deputy secretary for oceans and coastal matters at the California Natural Resources Agency.

LEAN Manufacturing Program with California Manufacturing Technology Consulting helps Bishamon Industries

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- When Robert Stone, vice president of Engineering and Manufacturing at Bishamon Industries Corporation, received a letter from the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board about the LEAN Manufacturing Program with California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), it couldn't have come at a better time.

San Francisco-based mobile payments start-up, OpenCuro, today announced release of its payment module for Zen Cart

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- OpenCuro Inc., a San Francisco-based mobile payments start-up, today announced the release of its payment module for Zen Cart, a popular open source shopping cart.

SecuGen Corporation and Suprema Inc. announced today that the companies reached an agreement to settle lawsuits filed against each other

SANTA CLARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- SecuGen Corporation and Suprema Inc. today announced that the two companies reached an agreement to settle lawsuits filed against each other in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division. SecuGen and Suprema resolved those disputes on confidential terms and have dismissed the pending lawsuits against each other.

Teen social network JACKIE FAME teams with The Weinstein Company to promote the movie 'BULLY'

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Jackie Fame, Inc. (FAME), the leading kid/teen social network www.JFame.com, is joining forces with The Weinstein Company to promote the movie 'Bully.' After much debate over the rating, the PG-13 version of the anti-bullying documentary will open in 115 theaters.
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for April 12, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments: First, Shanda Chaudhry, 36, of West Sacramento, has been appointed assistant deputy director of legislation at the California Technology Agency. She has served as senior legislative aide to Senator Curren Price since 2008.

SecuGen Corp issues statement clarifying prior press release, Permanent Injunction Against Suprema Distributors and OEM Partners in Patent Infringement Lawsuit

SANTA CLARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- SecuGen Corporation, a worldwide leader in the area of fingerprint sensor technology, which is located in Silicon Valley, issued a statement today clarifying a prior press release entitled: 'SecuGen Obtains Permanent Injunction Against Suprema Distributors and OEM Partners in Patent Infringement Lawsuit.'
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

San Francisco Mayor Lee's Statement on California High-Speed Rail

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mayor Edwin M. Lee today made the following statement as the California High-Speed Rail Authority approves and signs the MOU for Caltrain electrification, an early investment in high-speed rail in California.

GCA California Real Estate Fund announced for Calif. 'Boomers' by GCA Equity Partners, LLC

CAMPBELL, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- GCA Equity Partners, LLC today announced that it has opened the GCA California Real Estate Fund, LLC - a new investment offering available to qualified California residents. The fund's 8 percent preferred annual return rate and real-estate secured investment portfolio can help meet the retirement planning needs of those residents born between 1946 and 1964, collectively known as the 'baby boom' generation.

LendingQB SaaS helps iServe Residential Lending cut technology costs in half

COSTA MESA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- LendingQB, a seamless mortgage lending platform provider, announced that iServe Residential Lending, LLC, a retail mortgage banker, has reported a dramatic increase in employee productivity, slashed technology costs, and reduced costs per loan since implementing LendingQB. iServe selected LendingQB approximately a year ago because it eliminated having to use multiple platforms, databases and integrations.

Yodot File Recovery Software launched to solve common Windows PC problems

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Yodot Software, known for software that are designed to be result oriented and fast, has recently launched Yodot File Recovery Software, which helps in recovering lost, deleted files on Windows. Yodot software can also perform file recovery from recycle bin after it is emptied. The software is now available for purchase from its official web site.

Geocoded Address Batch Processing Service for New Congressional District Matching announced by Online Image

SAN JOSE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Online Image, a GIS software and technology company, today announced the Geocoded Address Batch Processing Service for New Congressional District Matching. This service is the first to match addresses to newly redrawn districts, enabling organizations to update their member address files and direct their members to support the candidates they endorse for the 2012 elections.

Los Angeles Publicity Firm, G-Man Marketing, Celebrates 10 Years of Broadcast and Internet Branding

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Whether you call it publicity, media relations or hype, everybody needs it and John Scott G has been providing it for a decade. 'Just by visiting the Internet, you have been influenced by our work,' states the head of G-Man Marketing. 'We create and publish media announcements, press alerts, video messaging, social networking communication, and what I call ghost marketing.'

The Pacific Pinball Museum chosen as recipient of a grant from the Neotrope 2012 Non-Profit PR Grants Program

ALAMEDA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) of Alameda, California is pleased to announce that PPM has been chosen as a recipient of a grant from the Neotrope(R) 2012 Non-Profit PR Grants Program. With this commitment, Neotrope aligns itself with the PPM in educating and entertaining children and adults through the preservation of pinball, while making eight decades of games available to be played by everyone.

New Mortgage Technology Cloud Solution Connecting Lenders and Real Estate Vendors announced by Quandis, Inc.

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Quandis, Inc., a leading provider of default management mortgage technology solutions, announced it launched a solution that connects mortgage service companies with a nationwide network of real estate vendors. The module provides a centralized Web portal that creates a medium for vendors to list the services and expertise they provide, and for mortgage companies to locate vendors based on their business needs.

Urban Hydroponic Vertical Farming: Dr. Dave Williams and Dr. Steven Dreyer Join EnviroIngenuity

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EnviroIngenuity today added two health experts to its urban hydroponic vertical farming division. Dr. Dave Williams and Dr. Steven Dreyer join EnviroIngenuity.

Studio Find It, Inc. launches portal to help locals make money renting gear to the Hollywood Entertainment Industry

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In an economy where people are working hard just to stay current with their bills, why not look toward the thriving Hollywood industry for extra income? Studio Find It, Inc. offers a way for home, business, land, vehicle, heavy equipment, watercraft and aircraft owners to turn their assets into income by renting their items for cash to motion picture studios by simply registering with them online.

Jonathan Goodwin announces new book for those who want a career in teaching English abroad

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Goodwin Publishing, LLC announced today the release of its new audio and e-book, 'Teaching English Abroad: A Financial Prayer Answered' (ISBN: 987-1-937860-20-2), by Jonathan Goodwin.

World Savvy Students Launch Projects to Improve Community and World After Participating in Educational Program, Studying Climate Change in Bangladesh

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Thirty youth leaders from the San Francisco, New York and Minnesota areas are implementing social action projects designed to help their communities in particular and the planet in general, says nonprofit World Savvy. The projects are the students' way of sharing the knowledge they gained after participation in an innovative one-month immersion trip to Bangladesh to study climate change.

Tickets now available for World Savvy 10-Year Anniversary Celebration April 26, 2012 at the Terra Gallery, San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Tickets are now available for the World Savvy 10-Year Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco. With the mission to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, World Savvy is a nonprofit organization serving youth and educators nationally from offices in San Francisco, New York, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Actor Zak Lee Guarnaccia to attempt 24HX Extreme Step-A-Thon fitness challenge in Santa Monica for charity

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Former International Martial Arts champion Zak Lee Guarnaccia, of LightRow Pictures, with his strong will, is going to attempt a staggering endurance-fundraising challenge in Hollywood. On April 28, 2012 at 7 a.m., for the benefit of Homeless Not Toothless, Zak will endure the 24HX Extreme Step-A-Thon fitness challenge climbing for 24 hours up and down the popular Santa Monica stairs.

Jon Tinsley is the latest addition to 360 Mortgage Group's growing unit of California-based account executives

AUSTIN, Texas /California Newswire/ -- 360 Mortgage Group, a privately owned wholesale mortgage bank, welcomes Jon Tinsley, the latest addition to 360's growing unit of California-based account executives. In his 27 years of mortgage sales, management and operations experience, Tinsley has demonstrated an acute ability to listen, analyze, and respond with solid solutions to brokers', loan officers' and borrowers' needs.

PCM selected to manage Tuscany Hills, a master-planned community located in Lake Elsinore

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Professional Community Management of California, Inc. (PCM) was selected by the home owners association board of directors to manage Tuscany Hills, a master-planned community located in Lake Elsinore, California. The master-planned community is comprised of 1,148 single-family homes, pools, clubhouse, playgrounds and sports fields as well as Tuscany Hills Elementary School.

Calif. Mortgage Compliance Services Provider, The Compliance Group Inc., in 2011 saw its business grow by 120 percent over 2010

SAN MARCOS, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Leading mortgage compliance services provider, The Compliance Group, Inc. (TCG), in 2011 saw its business grow by 120 percent over 2010, marking its highest year-over-year growth since its founding by industry veteran Annemaria Allen in 2000. The metro San Diego-based residential lending compliance services firm's 2011 highest growth business units included Quality Control (87 percent) and Compliance and Licensing (55 percent).

Stan Sanchez joins EPIC to manage Historic Motor Sport Association Program and risk management needs of high net worth clients

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, announced today the addition of Stan Sanchez as principal in their San Francisco office. A veteran of more than 10 years in the insurance industry, Sanchez will focus on providing risk management and insurance solutions to successful individuals with a high asset base and significant property and liability exposures.

Southern California Swimmers and Divers now Have Their Own Social Network: Lane Mates

ENCINO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- With over 1,000 swimmers on the master's swim team located throughout the Los Angeles area - that Lane Mates founder Sharon Hollander swims with - 'It's amazing that we had no discounts or coupons available for swimwear or gear,' says Hollander. So she took it upon herself to contact many of the more popular online swim suppliers to discuss group pricing, volume discounts and obtain the best prices on the net.

San Diego Attorney Stanley D. Prowse again expands legal information articles online for Q2/2012

CARLSBAD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Attorney Stanley D. Prowse has announced the addition to his full feature web site of numerous new articles, continuing his efforts to demystify the law and the legal process for those with little or no knowledge of either. The new articles, like those previously posted, are written in plain English instead of legalese, and avoid arcane terminology.

USC Latino Alumni Association's 38th Annual Scholarship Dinner raised an estimated $900,000 for USC Latino students

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A sold-out crowd of more than 750 Trojans, USC trustees, faculty and administrators, honored guests, alumni and students gathered at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel to celebrate the 38th Annual USC Latino Alumni Scholarship Gala on March 2. Executive Director Domenika Lynch announced that the dinner raised an estimated $300,000, which through USC's two-to-one matching program will add a total $900,000 to USC Latino Alumni Association's scholarship fund.

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center adds Lou Razzano as Principal in San Ramon, Calif.

SAN RAMON, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, announces the addition of Lou Razzano as Principal and Business Development Executive. Razzano will be based in the company's San Ramon, California office and report to managing principal, Brian Quinn.

SecuGen and BridgePoint Systems are collaborating to introduce the new TrustPoint 3-Factor Biometric Reader

SANTA CLARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- SecuGen and BridgePoint Systems are collaborating to introduce the new TrustPoint 3-Factor Biometric Reader, BridgePoint's flexible solution. The new Reader offers a variety of security options including biometric, PIN and optional PKI challenge-response authentication for increasing or decreasing the level of security, depending on the user's requirements.

San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board's Successful Collaborations with Local Employers Used as Best Practice for Congress

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of San Bernardino County was recognized by the nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) for innovative business-friendly programs. The WIB was asked to present to congress how it used Workforce Investment Act funds to encourage job retention and hiring.

Hill PHOENIX Collaborates with Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Market on GreenChill Platinum Store in Folsom

FOLSOM, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Hill PHOENIX, a designer and manufacturer of commercial refrigeration equipment, and Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Market are pleased to announce the grand opening of a new GreenChill Platinum Award-winning Fresh & Easy store in Folsom, California.

International Surf Lifesaving Association Hosts Fundraiser in Long Beach to Benefit Lifeguard Training Initiatives

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Wed., March 14 and Thurs., March 15, 2012, International Surf Lifesaving Association (ISLA) will be hosting a special fundraiser at the Original Roadhouse Grill in Long Beach, located at 7391 Carson St. The purpose of the fundraiser is to raise critical funds and awareness for ISLA's training initiatives in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua later this month.

The artist, XVALA, Dumpster Dives Kim Kardashian, Reveals Her Trash at Upcoming Los Angeles Event

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA) announces that 'Fear Google' artist XVALA will be revealing the recent dumpster dived trash of Kim Kardashian, featuring the celebrity's collapsed basketball at a roof top event in Los Angeles this weekend.

Singles Party at San Ramon Marriott to Benefit the Seva Foundation

SAN RAMON, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Professionals Guild announced today it is co-sponsoring a charity ball for singles from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the San Ramon Marriott Hotel. This singles dance party is hosted by the Society of Single Professionals.

PowerGuard PowerClip extended warranty solution chosen by China Sunergy Co. Ltd.

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- PowerGuard Specialty Insurance Services announced today that China Sunergy Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ:CSUN), a specialized solar cell and module manufacturer, has joined the growing number of solar energy providers globally to adopt PowerGuard's unique PowerClip(TM) extended warranty protection.

Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms, Southern California's first commercial hydroponic urban vertical farm, partners with EnviroIngenuity

TEMECULA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms, Southern California's first commercial hydroponic urban vertical farm, partners with EnviroIngenuity to promote new production techniques. On Saturday, March 17, 2012, the public will experience the future of farming at the grand opening of Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms, Southern California's first hydroponic vertical strawberry farm.

PowerGuard Specialty Insurance Services names Hilton Brown VP of Claims Management

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- PowerGuard Specialty Insurance Services announced today the addition of Hilton Brown as Vice President of Claims Management. Specializing in claims management and client advocacy, Brown brings 22 years of experience to the PowerGuard team.

Platinum Studios, Inc. and Virtual Pitch Fest team-up to find new entertainment industry talents

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Platinum Studios, Inc. (OTC:PDOS) announced today that the production company and studio is teaming up with VirtualPitchFest.com, a popular website screenwriters use to pitch their feature screenplays directly to Hollywood decision-makers.

VLP Law Group LLP announces Stephen Wright and Patrick Valentino have joined its Real Estate practice in San Francisco

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP Law Group LLP is very pleased to announce that Stephen Wright and Patrick Valentino have joined its Real Estate practice as partners based in San Francisco. Mr. Wright joins VLP from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP based in San Francisco. Mr. Valentino was previously a partner of the San Francisco office of Corporate Counsel Group LLP.

Free Moving Quote continues to innovate with web portal helping movers get moved

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The moving facilitator, Free Moving Quote (FreeMovingQuote.com), has not only weathered the recession, they have found ways to thrive in this difficult environment. FreeMovingQuote.com strives to be a one-stop shop for movers looking to find moving companies both at their departure locale and their destination.

Strata 2012 Conference: NGDATA to Showcase Big Data Management Platform

SANTA CLARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- NGDATA (www.ngdata.com) today announced that the company will showcase Lily, its big data management platform at the Strata 2012 Conference in Santa Clara, California. The O'Reilly Strata Conference is the leading event for the people and technology driving the data revolution.

Non-Profit PR Grant Recipients for 2012 announced by Neotrope

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Neotrope(R), a public relations, advertising and marketing firm established in 1983, today announced the recipients of the Non-Profit PR Grants Program for 2012. This year's 10 recipients, selected from over 300 applicants, will receive approximately $50,000 total in pro bono services. Originally launched in 2000, the Neotrope PR Grant program has helped raise awareness for worthwhile causes all over the U.S. by providing public relations, news dissemination and online marketing, donated by Neotrope's accredited staff.

Treadstone 71 LLC announced at the RSA Conference two new certification tracks in Cyber Intelligence and Counterintelligence

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., /California Newswire/ -- Treadstone 71 announced at the RSA Conference two new certification tracks. The Cyber Intelligence Analyst and the Cyber Counterintelligence (CI) Analyst Certifications focus upon real world, practical activities coupled with theory. The certifications enhance the overall cybersecurity posture of the United States by accelerating the availability of educational and training resources.

EPIC announced today that Allen Amos has been recognized by Risk and Insurance Magazine

SAN RAMON, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, announced today that Allen Amos has been recognized by Risk and Insurance Magazine as one of 2012's property and casualty insurance 'Power Brokers.' This is the second consecutive year Amos has been so recognized.

Edupoint Educational Systems selected as the student information system solutions provider by the Oregon Student Information System Consortium

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edupoint(TM) Educational Systems, a leading student information system (SIS) solutions vendor to the national K-12 market, has been exclusively selected as the student information system solutions provider by the Oregon Student Information System Consortium (OSIS).

National Association of Record Industry Professionals leads new delegation of music execs from NY to London for Ad Industry Events

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP.com) president Tess Taylor leads a delegation of creative music executives from New York to London this week for meetings to create new opportunities for music whose uses contribute to the national economies of the United States, the United Kingdom and world culture.

Workforce Investment Board partners with Roadtrip Nation to help more than 1,300 of the County's unemployed and at-risk youth

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Continuing its support of young people facing obstacles to employment, the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County partnered with the Roadtrip Nation Experience to provide an intensive curriculum to the Year-round Workforce Investment Act youth program.

San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Grant Expanded to Fund Job Training for Laid-Off Census Workers

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board announced that a $1.5 million Workforce Investment Act, Multi-Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant has been expanded to include laid-off census workers. This grant has nearly 200 spaces available to fill by the close of June 30, 2012. Census workers who were laid off between September 21, 2010, and September 27, 2011 are eligible to apply at one of San Bernardino County's Employment Resource Centers.

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts' 20th annual Fresh Start for Kids Celebrity Golf Classic joins together Hollywood actors, athletes and supporters

CARLSBAD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Fresh Start Surgical Gifts' (freshstart.org) annual Fresh Start for Kids Celebrity Golf Classic joins together Hollywood actors, professional athletes, and Fresh Start supporters to tee off in support of transforming the lives of children with physical deformities.

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