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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. marketing and PR expert Joe Bowerbank of Profundity Communications named in 'Top 25 Most Connected Mortgage Professionals'

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Profundity Communications, Inc., a marketing strategy, public relations and branding firm, announced that its president, Joe Bowerbank, has been named to National Mortgage Professional magazine's 'Top 25 Most Connected Mortgage Professionals' list.

Sacramento Singles Expo, Trade Show and Party coming to the Hilton Hotel Arden West, hosted by Professionals Guild

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Professionals Guild announced today it is hosting a Singles Expo, Trade Show and Dance Party at the Hilton Hotel Arden West, 2200 Harvard St., Sacramento 95815, on Sept. 14, 2012.

Workforce Development Month celebrated in San Bernardino County

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors declared September 2012 to be Workforce Development Month. The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will be recognized for its programs that assist job seekers and businesses when they have nowhere else to turn.

Quandis and KMCIS Named Joint Finalists for 'Synergy Award' due to integration of Quandis' military search service with KMCIS' case management...

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Quandis, Inc., a leading provider of default management technology solutions, and KMC Information Systems, L.C. (KMCIS), a leading provider of software solutions for default law firms, announced that the two companies have been named finalists for Mortgage Technology magazine's annual 'Synergy Award.'

LendingQB to Hold Webinars for Lenders on How to Make Sound Technology Decisions

COSTA MESA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- LendingQB, a provider of seamless mortgage lending technology, announced it will be holding two educational webinars that address how lenders should develop an analytical approach to identify hidden problems in their lending processes and technology weaknesses, helping them make informed decisions on which technologies will have the biggest impact on profitability.
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Canessa Gallery announces the second annual 'Nature in the City' arts exhibit

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The non-profit Canessa Gallery has announced the second annual "Nature in the City" exhibit, opening on September 3, 2012, with a mix of photography, painting, sculptures and other media from more than a dozen successful San Francisco Bay Area artists.

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center adds Jessica Bentson as Senior Account Manager – Continues to Attract Top Employee Benefits Consulting Professionals

FOLSOM, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, has added Jessica Bentson as a senior account manager in its Folsom office. Bentson brings eight years of experience in the healthcare and wellness insurance sector.

San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Partnership with Kaiser Permanente Helps LVNs Graduate

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) has stepped in to fill the need for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) by partnering with Kaiser Permanente Fontana and Ontario Medical Centers. Ten employees comprised the third class of graduates from the Pathways to LVN Program in May 2012. The training was provided by Chaffey College.

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center adds Sarah Ledbetter in Fresno office

FRESNO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, has added Sarah Ledbetter as a property and casualty insurance account manager in its Fresno office. Ledbetter brings extensive experience in customer service and the management of commercial insurance and risk management programs to EPIC.

Author and Remodeling Expert Dan Fritschen shares 7 Questions Homeowners Should Ask Before Starting Construction

SUNNYVALE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- 'Remodeling isn't for everyone, and many times it could be a downright bad decision,' says author and expert Dan Fritschen, founder of Remodelormove.com. 'It's well worth your time to pause and consider what your proposed project entails, and whether the it's worth the time, energy, and money you'll end up pouring into it.'

Ventura County Credit Union Implements LendingQB's SaaS Loan Origination System

COSTA MESA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- LendingQB, a provider of seamless mortgage lending technology, announced that California-based Ventura County Credit Union (VCCU) has successfully implemented its end-to-end browser-based loan origination system (LOS). VCCU is using LendingQB's LOS platform to effectively manage growth, ensure excellence in member service and cut originations costs.

LendingQB selected as Finalist for Mortgage Technology Release of the Year Award, for Loan Origination System SaaS

COSTA MESA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- LendingQB, a provider of seamless Web-based mortgage lending technology, has been selected by SourceMedia's Mortgage Technology magazine as a finalist for its 'Release of the Year' award. LendingQB's innovative engineering of its SaaS end-to-end loan origination system (LOS) - and what it has accomplished for lenders - resulted in the company being named one of the three finalists for the award.

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center adds Benefits Consultant Kate Crouch in Folsom, Calif.

FOLSOM, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, has added Kate Crouch as an employee benefits consultant in its Folsom office. Crouch brings 18 years of experience in group health and welfare benefits as well as insurance negotiations to EPIC's growing benefits consulting team.

The Pacific Pinball Museum announces recent delivery of the Visible Pinball Mark III to the Exploratorium of San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) proudly announces the recent purchase and delivery of the Visible Pinball Mark III to the Exploratorium of San Francisco. The Exploratorium's acquisition marks the first such exhibit to sell from PPM's unparalleled collection of pinball-related science, art and history exhibits.

Alegria Farm in Laguna Canyon is Orange County's First Hydroponic Vertical Farm – employs Verti-Gro Systems

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Local entrepreneur Erik Cutter has bought the farm - literally. EnviroIngenuity today announced the phase one completion of Alegria Farm, Orange County's first hydroponic vertical farm. Engaged in the promotion of sustainable technologies, EnviroIngenuity has brought a new farming system to the west coast.

Romney Campaign Expands Latino Focus: Names Josh Valdez, DBA, Chairman of Campaign's Health Care Insurance Industry Group

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Latino Consultants, LLC today announced that Josh Valdez, DBA, the former Regional Director for the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), has been named the Chair of Health Care Insurance Industry Group by the Romney for President campaign.

Josh Valdez Championship Boxing Set to Revolutionize the Boxing Industry

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Josh Valdez Championship Boxing, a business enterprise led by health business executive Josh Valdez and superstar trainer and former IBF Lightweight champion Roberto Garcia, has launched in order to stabilize fighter futures in and out of the ring.

Quality Content Publisher, Neotrope, Re-launches freeNewsArticles.com with Resources for Deadline-focused Print, Broadcast and Web Media Outlets

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Neotrope(R), a U.S.-based entertainment publishing company, today announced the re-launch of freeNewsArticles(TM), a quality content resource providing hundreds of current, ready-to-use free news articles in a wide variety of popular topics including business, entertainment and technology. After filling out a simple license agreement, editors may freely use the content in print, online, or on-air.

SB Workforce Investment Board prepared to help California businesses and job seekers through economic recovery

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) surveyed 2,220 local businesses regarding growth, employment trends and quality of workforce for the region and industry sector. The top three industries in the County - healthcare, transportation and logistics and manufacturing - indicate hiring and business growth is expected.

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center adds Joe Costamagna as a Principal in Petaluma, Calif.

PETALUMA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, announced today the addition of Joe Costamagna as a principal in their Petaluma office. Costamagna brings 10 years of experience in insurance and risk management, working with a wide range of businesses and specializing in the construction industry.

The future of the Armenians lies in their unity, says Grigor Manoyan, founder of Virtual Hayastan online portal

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- When the idea of creating Virtual Hayastan (VirtualHayastan.com) was born to Grigor Manoyan, he immediately started working on creating something extraordinary for the Armenians all over the world.

Palm Springs Villas II added to Professional Community Management of California property management portfolio

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Professional Community Management of California, Inc. (PCM) announced they are managing Palm Springs Villas II Homeowners Association. The community of 476 condominiums offers six large pools, eight spas, tennis courts and a practice putting green.

Remo Software has announced the launch of Remo Repair AVI

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Remo Software has announced the launch of Remo Repair AVI, a newly designed tool for repairing unplayable avi, xvid and divx file formats. This launch comes as another major breakthrough for the company, which has established its credentials as a trusted and reliable software company.

LendingQB Announces SaaS Solution for Ginnie Mae Issuers that Utilize its PriceMyLoan AUS

COSTA MESA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- LendingQB, a provider is seamless mortgage lending technology, announced today that its PriceMyLoan automated underwriting systems (AUS) interface with the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) TOTAL Scorecard platform can be utilized to decision and sell loans direct to Ginnie Mae.

Silicon Valley Cabdriver Helps Cabbies Get Connected Nationwide with Social Network for Cab Drivers

SAN JOSE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, cabdriver Yohannes Taye announced the formation of For Cabdrivers(TM) a website dedicated to getting cabdrivers connected from coast-to-coast. According to Taye, the site will act as a central location and gathering place for all information and ideas out there in "cab land" - a website for cabdrivers by cabdrivers.

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center adds Ryan Yoo, Senior VP, and Ricky Choi, VP, in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, announced today the additions of Ryan Yoo and Ricky Choi in EPIC's Los Angeles office. Yoo and Choi are focused on growing EPIC's presence in the Korean business community and bring a combined 40 years of industry experience to this division.

Lost Spirits Distillery, a New California Malt Whiskey Distillery Launches with Leviathan I, a 110 ppm Peat Monster

MONTEREY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Lost Spirits Distillery - a tiny California distillery manned by just its two founders - announces the unveiling of their dedicated single malt distillery. The project, which has been under wraps for some years, is an American mom and pop distillery unlike any other. And their first release - Leviathan I - is peated to a staggering 110ppm. Attaining phenol levels only accomplished by two distilleries in the past.

Kevin Toney California Concerts include a reunion of '70s Soul-Jazz Pioneers The Blackbyrds

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Keyboard wizard Kevin Toney is about to kick the temperature up in August several more degrees with a series of exciting 'California Concerts.' With the July 24 release of his classical jazz concept album 'New American Suite' by his new trio, The Kevin Toney 3, the acclaimed pianist will be showcased at The Ultimate Jazz Festival in Ontario, Calif. on August 5, followed at the end of the month by the official CD launch party/concert at Vitello's in Studio City.

Hoag Hospital Foundation 552 Club announces Allen Diabetes Center's Herbert Family Program makes generous donation to 2012 Movie Screening

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Hoag Hospital Foundation 552 Club announced today that The Allen Diabetes Center's Herbert Family Program made a generous donation to the 2012 Movie Screening. The Herbert Family's gift will allow young adults with Type 1 Diabetes the opportunity to attend this special evening as VIPs on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.

Bagatelle, Pachinko, and Peggle Exhibition Comes to San Francisco with Early Pins-in-a-Board Games on Display

ALAMEDA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) proudly announces the opening of "Bagatelle, Pachinko, and Peggle," an exhibition of early pins-in-a-board games, and the digital extension of these games, Peggle.

Author D.L. Carroll's Children's Book 'Sir Licksalot & The Island Fools' Wins Gold Award

SANTA CLARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Just released children's chapter book, "Sir Licksalot & The Island Fools" (ISBN: 978-1462680924), makes a summer debut and wins the Gold! According to Author D.L. Carroll, "This is the second book in the Sir Licksalot series. 'Sir Licksalot & The Island Fools,' submitted to Family Review Center for a review, resulted in inclusion to their awards program. I was pleasantly surprised and honored to receive their prestigious 2012 Gold Award."

MCT Trading Inc. Named One of the 2012 'Best Places to Work in San Diego'

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- MCT Trading, Inc. (MCT), a recognized leader in mortgage pipeline hedging and risk management services, announced that is has been named as one of the 2012 Best Places to Work in San Diego, California by the San Diego Business Journal (SDBJ).

Quandis, Inc. announces Release of SCRA Plug-In Tool, Adding to its Military Search Offering

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Quandis, Inc., a leading provider of default management technology solutions, announced today that it released a plug-in tool that allows default servicing law firms to adhere to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The plug-in was designed specifically for law firms that do not have the necessary IT resources to configure Quandis' military search platform to interface with their internal legal applications.

EnviroIngenuity Urban Hydroponic Vertical Farming Division announces completion of Laguna Beach's First Solar-Powered, Hydroponic Vertical Farm

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, EnviroIngenuity's Urban Hydroponic Vertical Farming Division announced the completion of Laguna Beach's first solar-powered, hydroponic vertical farm. It is located on the private Bluebird Canyon Family Farm property, the first urban organic farm in Laguna Beach with a view of the Pacific.

AutoTap Hands-Free Faucet Control Systems Help Reduce Water and Energy Waste

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- By studying consumers faucet use and washing habits, AutoTap, a San Diego based company, has concluded that all across the U.S., each day in the process of brushing teeth, washing hands, and washing dishes or rinsing them for a dish washer, millions of gallons of heated water is being wasted as run-offs.

Mortgage Technology SaaS Firm, LendingQB, Signs 12 New Enterprise Clients in Q2 for Loan Origination System

COSTA MESA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- LendingQB, a provider of seamless Web-based mortgage lending technology, announced that it had a banner second quarter, signing 12 new clients, which are either already in production or in the midst of implementation. New clients include mortgage bankers, community banks and credit unions, illustrating the platform's ability to serve all types of mortgage lending institutions

Green Planet Productions Documentary on Sustainable Living to feature EnviroIngenuity Hydroponic Vertical Farming

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EnviroIngenuity's Hydroponic Vertical Farming Division today announced its participation in a Green Planet Productions special feature on sustainable living. A film crew from Green Planet visited two of EnviroIngenuity's hydroponic vertical farms on July 3.

Professional Community Management of California and Aliso Viejo Community Association Team Up for annual 'Relay for Life'

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Professional Community Management of California, Inc. (PCM) announced today that staff and members of the Aliso Viejo Community Association (AVCA) will take part in the annual Aliso Viejo Relay for Life.

California Released Time (CaRT) Christian Education State Conference comes to Costa Mesa

ANAHEIM, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- You can be involved by attending the Annual California Released Time State Conference on August 4, 2012 at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. with closing banquet to follow at 5:30 p.m. The event is co-Hosted by Santa Ana and Fullerton Released Time Programs.

Remo Software has announced the launch of Remo Recover for Android

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Remo Software has announced the launch of Remo Recover for Android, a new application built to recover deleted files for smart phones running on Android. With this launch, the company has achieved another milestone, in its long and distinguished career as a utility management developer.

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center adds Patrick McCaleb and Phil Grove as Principals in Fresno, expands into Central Valley

FRESNO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, announced today the additions of Patrick McCaleb and Phil Grove as principals in EPIC's newest office located in Fresno.

Helping a California Family in Need: PCM Field Services and Lake Forest Community Assoc. to Help with Home Repairs

LAKE FOREST, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Professional Community Management of California, Inc. (PCM) announced today that its Field Services Division will assist the Lake Forest Community Association's Community Spirit Team to conduct free home repairs for a family that has experienced tragedy and is in need of help to stay in compliance with HOA rules.

The Pacific Pinball Exposition 2012, Museum Fundraiser, and World's Largest Pinball Show Comes to San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) and Novato's Pinball Revival Company announce The Sixth Annual Pacific Pinball Exposition (PPE) to be held at the Marin County Civic Center Exhibition Hall in San Rafael, Calif., September 21-23, 2012.

Sacramento Attorney Myrlys Stockdale Earns Bar Certification – One of Only Seven Certified Family Law Specialists in El Dorado County

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization has just certified local attorney Myrlys Stockdale as a legal specialist in family law. Ms. Stockdale, 47, is the managing attorney of the marriage and family law firm Stockdale Law Firm, Inc., located in El Dorado Hills and serving clients for the past nearly 10 years.

Destination Earth announces New Eco 'Glamping' Mobile Travel Adventures

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Destination Earth, Inc. has announced the launch of an all-inclusive luxury camping experience. This concept is the brain-child of Jud Yaski and Steve Juba, co-founders. Unlike traditional 'glamping' companies that are stationary, Destination Earth has created a resort that travels to the best destinations in California.

SmartStops and TradeKing Team to Facilitate Risk Management

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- SmartStops, an online service that helps investors of all levels manage investment risk, announced today that the SmartStops BrokerLink service is now available for clients of online broker-dealer, TradeKing.

Calif. Senate Committee 'Sides Against California Manufacturers' says Mag Instrument Inc

ONTARIO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- According to Mag Instrument Inc., the Calif. State Senate Judiciary Committee last week voted against a bill that would have made it easier for American manufacturers - and California manufacturers in particular - to claim their products are made in the United States, dealing a major blow to the state's already weak business climate.

Professional Community Management of California, Inc. Receives 7 Vision Award Nominations for Excellence in Community Management

LAKE FOREST, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Professional Community Management of California, Inc. (PCM) today announced that seven of its employees received Vision Award nominations from the California Association of Community Managers (CACM).

Kids Artistic Revue announces KARtv Dance Awards and Benefit, Joins the Fight Against Cancer

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Kids Artistic Revue - KAR, America's Favorite National Dance Competition, wraps up the 30th Anniversary 2012 season with a benefit awards show to give back to the community. Music Saves Lives and Keep A Breast Foundation join KARtv on July 6 at the MGM Grand Las Vegas to be part of the first annual Awards Show Benefit. KARtv will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from this event to these organizations.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers CEO Pilar Montoya is Honored for Advancing STEM Awareness

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Inc (SHPE) Chief Executive Officer, Pilar Montoya, has been nationally recognized...

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