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Employee Benefits Professional Sama Hershey Davis joins Edgewood Partners Insurance Center in North Bay

PETALUMA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, has added Sama Hershey Davis in their North Bay employee benefits consulting practice. Hershey Davis brings 15 years of experience in healthcare, benefits consulting, human resources, compliance, wellness and client relationship management to EPIC.

SecuGen announces its Hamster Pro 20, a FAP 20 PIV Fingerprint Reader compatible with Windows Biometric Framework

SANTA CLARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- SecuGen Corporation today announced the immediate availability of its Hamster Pro 20, a FAP 20 Mobile ID and PIV certified optical fingerprint reader. The Hamster Pro 20 is an ultra-compact, rugged fingerprint reader that captures very high quality images and yet is truly affordable.

SoulDirection1 Helps Homeless through Contemporary Christian Music and Street Ministry

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Zaricor Jackson, Jr. and Lillie Jackson of SoulDirection1 announced this week the release of their new contemporary Christian album, 'To the Least of These,' a compilation of 13 songs they have written to inspire and uplift most anyone who is experiencing a difficult time in their lives or for the simple enjoyment of listening to good music.
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New California Laws from Assemblyman Mike Gatto will take effect January 1, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Californians across the state will benefit from new laws authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) that will take...

Interpreters Unlimited Inc. Doubles Revenue with Acquisition of Albors and Alnet, a Translation and Medical Transportation Company

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Interpreters Unlimited, Inc. today announced that it has recently acquired Albors and Alnet, a language and medical transportation company. And, the Bank of Southern California was instrumental in providing the financing for the acquisition. As a result of this acquisition, Interpreters Unlimited has doubled its number of employees; can now offer medical transportation services; and has a presence on the east coast.

CandyLipz LLC Xtreme Lip-Shaper System Wins GOOD DESIGN Award from Chicago Athenaeum

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- CandyLipz LLC today announced that it is the recipient of the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies GOOD DESIGN award. Since the product launch, the Xtreme Lip-Shaper System has received many positive reviews, and now its design is getting noticed too.

DrivenBI and Return on Efficiency LLC help Insurers tap into the power of social and mobile cloud analytics

PASADENA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- DrivenBI and Return on Efficiency today announced their partnership, empowering customers to achieve operational insights in entirely new ways. SRK simply replaces spreadsheets for analysis, delivering self-service capability for reporting and Operational Dashboards demanded by the insurance industry.

At CES 2014 SecuGen Corp. to Showcase Hamster Pro 20 and U20 OEM Fingerprint Readers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- CES 2014 -- SecuGen Corporation today announced that it will be showcasing its new, ultra-compact fingerprint reader at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show January 7-10. The new Hamster Pro 20 and its OEM sensor version are both FAP 20 Mobile ID and PIV certified by the FBI and have been added to the FIPS 201/PIV Approved Products List (APL) by the General Services Administration (GSA).

Exhibition from photographer Kathy Curtis Cahill, 'Night Echoes' at The Calumet Gallery

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calumet Gallery today announced the upcoming opening of a new fine art photography exhibit, 'Night Echoes' (January 3 - February 3, 2014, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. M-S), a thematic exhibition from photographer Kathy Curtis Cahill. Calumet will host an 'Open to the Public' wine and cheese Artists Reception on January 9, from 6 - 8:30 p.m., with an artist talk at 7 p.m.

DrivenBI Cloud-based Analytics Platform SRK Accelerates Reporting and Collaboration for United SheetMetal, Inc.

PASADENA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- When the top management of United SheetMetal, Inc. had been seeking ways to reduce inventory, maximize gross profit, improve product quality and optimize the supply chain, they selected SRK, DrivenBI's cloud-based analytics platform. SRK replaced their spreadsheet-based analysis system. SRK enables businesses to carry out holistic analysis across different aspects of operations.

California's EPIC Insurance named 2013 Healthiest Company in North Bay

PETALUMA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, today announced that the North Bay Business Journal has recognized EPIC as a '2013 Healthiest Company in North Bay.' The North Bay office of EPIC participates in a companywide wellness program, led by a volunteer committee that has garnered impressive results over the last four years.

Cyber Intelligence Services from Treadstone 71 LLC Expanded to Collect, Organize and Analyze Sensitive Data

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Treadstone 71 LLC today announced expansion of its pioneering cyber intelligence services used to methodically and systematically collect, organize and analyze data. Treadstone 71 integrates, evaluates, and interprets information from all data sources delivering a range of opportunities and recommendations key to decision making.

New Children's Book 'Surprising Silhouettes 2' Visualizes How People View the World

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Connie Tamaddon, author of 'Surprising Silhouettes' (ISBN: 978-0977801831) today announced release of 'Surprising Silhouettes 2' for Apple iPad. Tamaddon, a respected photographer, has a repeat performance with her unique use of light properties and shadows to create a clever read-out-loud guessing game that illustrates that not everything is as it first seems.

TeamF1 Inc. again named one of the Top Ten Enterprise Security Companies for 2013 by SiliconIndia

FREMONT, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Silicon Valley-based TeamF1, Inc., the leader in embedded networking and security software solutions for wired and wireless applications, has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Enterprise Security Companies founded and managed by Indian technology professionals for 2013, marking the company's third year placing in the top ten.
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First San Francisco Entrepreneurship-in-Residence Program in Collaboration with The White House Announces Finalists for 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Inspired by President Obama's call, "We've got to have the brightest minds to help solve our biggest challenges,"...

The Pacific Pinball Museum signs Letter of Intent with Alameda to restore the vacant Carnegie Library as its new home

ALAMEDA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- After more than a decade of preserving and promoting the game of pinball, the Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) is excited to announce it has signed a Letter of Intent with the City of Alameda to restore the vacant Carnegie Library as their new home. This magnificent 1902 building has sat vacant since 1998. This location will more than triple the museum's display capacity. The facility will also provide space for community events, classrooms, exhibits and many other expansions.

The Carlyle Group to acquire a controlling equity stake in Edgewood Partners Insurance Center

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a leading retail insurance broker headquartered in California, announced today that funds managed by global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group ( NASDAQ:CG ) have agreed to acquire a controlling equity stake in the company. Carlyle's investment will enable EPIC to continue to execute its organic growth strategy and support strategic acquisitions of complementary insurance distribution platforms throughout the U.S.

SignatuRx Test Shown to Reduce Early Cancer Deaths is Now Available to CLL Patients

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- SignatureCLL today announced that the first laboratory test ever shown in a clinical trial to improve one year survival rates in cancer is now available to patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The U.S. cancer physician who invented the test and the British scientist who used it to make discoveries in leukemia will offer the test under the trade name SignatuRx through their own, newly-formed laboratory company.

Bilingual Mobile Healthcare Resource Launched to Leverage Calif. Latino Mobile Behaviors in Hyperlocal Capacity Building Initiative

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Latino Consultants, LLC, a leading social-cause marketing firm for 18 years, today launched the first bilingual mobile health resource 'web-app' as part of a hyper-local capacity building initiative in Contra Costa County, Calif. The tools are evidence-based and leverage the mobile health behaviors of low-income communities to engage in accessing enrollment and local health resources.
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Calif. Gov. Brown Joins Oregon, Washington, British Columbia Leaders to Combat Climate Change

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Building on international agreements with China and Quebec to combat climate change, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr....
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Calif. State Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee and Women's Caucus Review How Military Sexual Trauma Impacts California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee, and Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), Chair of...

EPIC Insurance named to 2013 Silicon Valley Business Journal 'Fastest Growing Private Companies' list for the fourth year

SAN MATEO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Silicon Valley Business Journal recently highlighted the region's fastest growing companies, proving that for innovators, there is always opportunity to grow. EPIC Insurance, a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage was one of 52 companies to receive this recognition. This is the fourth consecutive year that EPIC has made the Fastest Growing Private Companies list.

EPIC Insurance recognized as a 'Best Place to Work in Insurance' for 2013 – fourth year honored

SAN MATEO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance, a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, has been recognized for a fourth year as a Best Place to Work in Insurance by Business Insurance Magazine and survey co-sponsor Best Companies Group.

Josh C. Kline, DAX Co-founder, earns EMMY® for his Invention of Digital Dailies

CULVER CITY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Digital Dailies, the patented technology at the heart of DAX, the leading provider of production workflow and media asset management solutions to the entertainment industry, along with its inventor and DAX, LLC co-founder Josh C. Kline, have been honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a Primetime Emmy Engineering Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development.

Artist John Waguespack's 'Uplifting' to Represent San Francisco at Art Basel, Miami 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Artist John Waguespack is the San Francisco winner of the 4th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series for 'Uplifting,' a portrait of Kate Moss, one of the most influential models of our time. John was a Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series representative for San Francisco in 2012, this is his second year representing San Francisco at Art Basel, Miami 2013.

DrivenBI LLC Launches SRK on Salesforce AppExchange

PASADENA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- DrivenBI, LLC today announced it has launched SRK on Salesforce's AppExchange, empowering businesses to connect with customers, partners and employees in entirely new ways. SRK is a one-stop shop that extends the reporting and analytical capabilities of Salesforce CRM, by unifying, analyzing and presenting data from both Salesforce reports and non-Salesforce sources in dynamic user views, shareable report snapshots and a real-time intuitive dashboard interface.
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Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Act Signed by Calif. Governor Brown – AB 639

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today Calif. Governor Brown signed AB 639 by Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) which will repurpose funds...

Report: Homeowners across the country are now willing to spend 30 percent of the value of their home when they remodel

SUNNYVALE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Planese, Inc. today announced that homeowners across the U.S. are now willing to spend 30 percent of the value of their home when they remodel; remodeling expense as a percentage of home value has been trending upward since 2007. Consumers also plan to use materials that are more expensive and spend an average of $102,000 to improve their homes.

Paraphrase, LLC donates book sales during October to fight hunger with the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Paraphrase, LLC and author Arnold Rudnick have pledged all net profits from sales of the children's book 'Little Green' (ISBN: 9780981587974) for the month of October 2013 to Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, which supports the hungry, homeless and hurting of the San Fernando Valley. They're also donating 100+ copies of the book to the first grade of Roscoe Elementary School.

Adopt a Charity Program Incentivizes Agencies and Solo PR Firms to Help Promote Local Causes

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Neotrope, a California-based 30-year old innovative marketing and technology firm, has announced a new program to help public relations agencies and solo PR firms adopt a local 501(c)3 charity and promote it for free.
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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Continue Implementation of Affordable Care Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Monday, as the state launched its health benefit exchange, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a package...

Quandis Inc introduces new Web Interfaces to Reach Additional Entities and Process More Mortgage Valuation Transactions

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Quandis, Inc., a leading provider of default management technology and Web-based solutions, today announced that it has developed a number of different new integrations between its clients and the technology platforms that are used to place and securely transmit data on completed valuation orders.

Orange County Produce, LLC and the Orange County Great Park Partner to Glean Food for Local Food Banks

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Orange County Produce, LLC and the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif., continues its 'Parks without Borders' program by offering fresh food to Orange County's local food banks and soup kitchens. Orange County Produce is growing food on the four-acre VALOR Field at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, to support this effort.
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Calif. Gov. Brown and Attorney General Harris Honor 14 with Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Awards

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Thursday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. was joined by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris to present the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to 14 law enforcement officials who went above and beyond the call of duty.
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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Bill to Increase Minimum Wage in California

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Acting to help California’s working families, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed AB 10 by Assemblymember...
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San Francisco's EIR program offers opportunities for government and Calif. startups to collaborate

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- According to an announcement from the S.F. Mayor's Office of Civic Participation today, San Francisco’s first entrepreneurship-in-residence (EIR)...
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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Bill to Protect and Preserve California Coastline – AB 754

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- As tens of thousands gathered across the state for the 2013 California Coastal Cleanup Day, on Saturday, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he signed AB 754 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), which gives taxpayers the opportunity to support coastal conservation efforts with the check of a box on their state income tax return.

Neurotech Leaders Forum 2013 in S.F. Highlights Emerging Medical Technology Firms

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Neurotech Reports announced today that several startup and early stage neurotechnology companies will be presenting at the 2013 Neurotech Leaders Forum, to be held in San Francisco October 14-15. Danny Sachs, M.D., a serial entrepreneur who has founded several neurotech and medical technology firms, will keynote the event.

The Compliance Group Inc offers third-party services management for mortgage bankers

CARLSBAD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage compliance services provider The Compliance Group, Inc. announces third party services management, including management of appraisal management companies (AMCs) for mortgage bankers, and the mortgage lending operations of community banks and credit unions.

Envy Corner announces Top Ten Hottest Halloween Costumes for 2013

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California-based Envy Corner, a company selling sexy Halloween costumes and women's lingerie, announced today their list of the 'Top Ten Sexiest Halloween Costumes of 2013.' They surveyed over 1,500 users on social media, and ten costumes were selected to be the ultimate and most popular Halloween costumes of 2013.

Bank of Southern California welcomes Kevin McGuire, appointed to lead the bank's Coachella Valley region

PALM DESERT, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Bank of Southern California, N.A. announces that former Palm Desert National Bank CEO and Chairman, Kevin McGuire has been appointed to lead the bank's Coachella Valley region. Mr. McGuire currently serves as Special Assistant to the Chancellor at UC Riverside, Palm Desert Campus.
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Gov. Brown, Senate President pro Tempore and Assembly Speaker Support Raising California Minimum Wage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez...

Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition recognizes VLP Law Group for Excellence in Maternal Health and Equity

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce that it has received an Award for Excellence in Maternal Health and Equity from the Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition. VLP was honored at the September 9, 2013 awards ceremony in San Francisco for promoting a mother-friendly workplace.

Bubbles Baking issues Allergen Alert for undeclared Milk and Soy in First Street brand blueberry muffins

VAN NUYS, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Van Nuys based Bubbles Baking Co. is voluntarily recalling 9,229 cases of Blueberry Muffin 14 oz. and Blueberry Loaf Cake 16 oz. due to undeclared milk and soy allergen, sold in California and Arizona. People who have allergies to milk and soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume these products.

Planese Releases 2013 Remodeling Sentiment Report for Northern California: Homeowners Again Excited About Remodeling

SUNNYVALE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Planese, Inc. has announced its Northern California findings from its Fall 2013 'U.S. Remodeling Sentiment Report.' This release will coincide with the 3-day Home and Garden Show at the Santa Clara Convention Center that starts on Sept. 13. This forward-looking report, based on data from Planese's survey of 2,000 homeowners nationwide, has documented trends in the home improvement industry since 2005.

SecuGen has developed a remarkably compact USB fingerprint sensor less than half the height of its previous USB sensors

SANTA CLARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- SecuGen Corporation will be showing a completely new, smaller fingerprint reader at the 2013 Biometrics Consortium Conference in Tampa, Fla. from September 17-19. The new SecuGen fingerprint reader and its OEM sensor version are both FAP 20 Mobile ID and PIV certified by the FBI.
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California Teacher Accountability Bill is Signed into Law – AB 449

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Friday, California Assembly Bill 449 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) was signed into law by Governor Jerry...
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Calif. Assemblymember Hall Statement on Second HIV Transmission of Adult Film Actor

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement following the announcement today that a...

HTCIA challenges attendees to solve a Network Forensics Murder Mystery at the 21st Annual International Conference

ROSEVILLE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The HTCIA (High Technology Crime Investigation Association) challenges attendees to solve a Network Forensics Murder Mystery at the 21st Annual International Conference and Training Expo on Sept. 8-11, 2013 at the J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa - Las Vegas.

Food Finders announces its third annual Viva Las Vegas Casino Night fundraiser to fight hunger in Southern California

SIGNAL HILL, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- For the third year in a row, Food Finders is betting that its Viva Las Vegas Casino Night will be another fundraising success, sure to offer something for everyone. On September 21, 2013, the 24-year young nonprofit will celebrate its 100 millionth pound of food rescued by hosting the event at the Alpert Jewish Community Center in Long Beach. Proceeds will support its Food Rescue Program.