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Save the Oranges! California Legislature Takes Step to Save Iconic California Citrus Industry

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ –A tiny bug that causes huge problems is one step closer to being eradicated, says Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto. Huanglongbing (HLB), a disease spread by the Asian Citrus Psyllid, infects citrus trees and destroys them. There is no known cure. The disease has almost destroyed China’s citrus industry, and Florida has […]

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Kicking off San Francisco’s Small Business Week, SF Mayor Lee Announces New Loans to Boost Small Businesses

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced the launch of the “Emerging Business Loan Fund” which will make $12 million in affordable loans available to support small business, boost the local economy and create jobs. The Emerging Business Loan Fund (EBLF) program expands accessible financing to businesses that cannot […]

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SF Mayor Lee Launches Summer Jobs + 2013 Initiative to Create Unprecedented 6,000 Jobs

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week, Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the United Way of the Bay Area – along with City Departments and private sector employers – announced the launch of Summer Jobs+ 2013, challenging employers this summer to create 6,000 jobs and paid internships for San Francisco youth. Mayor Lee’s Summer […]

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California Bill to Require Condoms in Adult Films Approved by Assembly Labor and Employment Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, legislation by Assemblymember Isasdore Hall, III (D – Compton) to require frequent testing for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) and condom use in all adult films made in California, has cleared the state Assembly’s Labor and Employment Committee with a bipartisan five (5) to zero (0) vote; with Republican Assemblymember […]

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Calif. Environmental and Business Coalition supports Padilla Bill to Phase Out Single-Use Plastic Bags in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, at a State Capitol press conference, Calif. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) was joined by a coalition of environmental and business groups to show support for Senate Bill 405 (Padilla), which would “phase out single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores, convenience stores, liquor stores, and pharmacies.” The environmental and […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Jeff Gorell Comments on Texas Governor’s Plans to ‘Lure Jobs’ from his District

OXNARD, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assembly Member Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) released the following statement today regarding news that Governor Rick Perry of Texas will be visiting his district on February 12 in an effort to lure to Texas one of the Assembly member’s constituent companies, Haas Automation, an Oxnard-based manufacturer: “I am frustrated that […]

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S.F. Mayor Lee Announces Open Data Partnership with Yelp to Improve Public Health and Transparency

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Yelp CEO and Co-founder Jeremy Stoppelman announced at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Technology and Innovation Task Force the initial integration of city-provided restaurant health score information on Yelp, which connects people with great local businesses. San Francisco will lead the charge […]

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Announces Plans to Develop New Online Resource for L.A. Apparel Industry

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa announced the development of an online resource for the Los Angeles apparel industry. The Mayor’s Office of Economic and Business Policy will partner with the Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC) to research …

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S.F. Mayor Lee & President Chiu Introduce Measure to Reform San Francisco’s Business Tax Structure

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — SF Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Board President David Chiu on Tuesday introduced a proposal to reform the City’s current anti-job business tax structure for the November 2012 ballot. After months of thorough analysis by the City Controller, economic …

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S.F. Mayor Lee Celebrates Opening of Dropbox HQ in SoMa with Estimated Space for more than 500 New Jobs

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Dropbox CEO Drew Houston today officially opened the new office of Dropbox, a tech company that provides a sharing service for users to store photos, documents, and videos. The company’s new headquarters is located at 185 Berry Street, occupies 87,000 square feet and provides space for future growth.

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S.F. Mayor Lee and Supervisor Olague Announce Increased Investment in the Fillmore

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee and District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague today celebrated the arrival of seven new businesses in the Fillmore, announced a dramatic 21 percent decrease in the vacancy rate from 35 percent to 14 percent in the Fillmore and highlighted several City programs aimed at continuing the momentum in the Fillmore.

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Signs Development Reform Ordinance Cutting Red Tape

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed the Multiple Approvals Ordinance on Monday, cutting red tape and simplifying the development review process. Under the new ordinance development projects that require multiple approvals from the City of Los Angeles will now have one deadline rather than multiple expiration dates for individual entitlements.

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California Autonomous Vehicle Bill Moves Forward: Senator Padilla Bill would Establish Standards for Testing and Operation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — CA Senate Bill 1298, authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), passed the Senate Transportation Committee today on an 8 to 0 vote. The bill would establish safety and performance standards for the safe operation of autonomous vehicles on public roads in California.

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Releases Regional Export Plan at Inaugural Brookings and JP Morgan Chase Conference

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday announced the release of the Los Angeles Regional Export Plan and new funding for programs facilitating exports through the Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC) during a keynote speech at the Inaugural Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase Global Cities Initiative (GCI) Forum.

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Announces 2012 Minority Business Firms of the Year

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles City Council will honor five Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) during the two-day 17th Annual Minority Business Awards and Conference ‘Fostering Strategic Business Growth for Job Creation’ to be held March 23rd and 27th.

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S.F. Mayor Lee Launches TechSF Initiative to Train S.F. Residents For High Tech Jobs

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /Califonria Newswire/ — Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched TechSF to train and reskill San Francisco residents for the City’s growing number of technology and IT jobs, announcing a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Technical Skills Training Grants program to jumpstart funding for the City’s major new workforce training initiative. Continue reading

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Welcomes Lucky Brand Headquarters to Downtown Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today joined Councilmember Jose Huizar and the CEOs of Fifth and Pacific Companies and Lucky Brand for the grand opening of the new Lucky Brand Headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. Continue reading

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Calif. Governor Brown Outlines Plan for China-California Joint Task Force to Drive Investment and Collaboration

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In remarks today at a U.S./China economic forum, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced his intention to form a China-California Joint Task Force to drive more collaboration, investment and trade between California and China.

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Calif. Governor Brown to Open New Trade and Investment Office in China

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Moving to increase direct investment in California and give the state’s businesses a distinct advantage in China, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced plans to open a new trade and investment office in China.

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Calif. Governor Brown to Deliver ‘Call to Action’ in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. asks Los Angeles business leaders to stand with him on two major priorities for 2012: passing his balanced budget plan and persuading the legislature to enact his 12-point pension reform proposal.

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San Francisco Mayor Lee Celebrates Central Market Milestone

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that businesses are beginning to take advantage of the City’s Central Market/Tenderloin Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion.

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S.F. Mayor Lee Announces Initiative to Boost Small Business and Create Jobs

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Edwin M. Lee on Tuesday announced that he will make $1.5 million dollars immediately available to small businesses in San Francisco through the City’s successful Small Business Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to support business expansion and job creation.

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Mayor Villaraigosa Announces Reopening of Six Business Source Centers Across Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced on Monday that six newly improved BusinessSource Centers are reopening across Los Angeles. The BusinessSource Centers are part of the Mayor’s strategy to create a healthy environment for job creation in Los Angeles.

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S.F. Mayor Lee to Lead New Innovation and Technology Task Force of U.S. Mayors

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the formation of a Technology and Innovation Task Force at the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) that will demonstrate how cities can support growth of technology and new economy jobs and foster innovation in local governments through technology and transparency.

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S.F. Mayor Lee Announces City’s Plan to Ensure Continued Job Creation, Affordable Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Malia Cohen today introduced a resolution at the Board of Supervisors to ensure that major redevelopment projects, such as Mission Bay, the Hunters Point Shipyard, and Transbay as well as affordable housing projects under the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency can continue after the State required their elimination.

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S.F. Mayor Lee Announces Major Expansion of One of San Francisco’s Top Employers

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that Salesforce.com is again expanding and creating more jobs in San Francisco, entering into the largest long-term lease in the City in more than a decade. Salesforce will occupy 400,000 square feet of office space at 50 Fremont, which when fully occupied, will accommodate 2,000 employees.

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S.F. Mayor Lee Announces First of Its Kind Partnership With the Code for America to Bring Greater Innovation to San Francisco Government

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced today a partnership with Code for America to launch the world’s first Civic Startup Accelerator. Based in downtown San Francisco, the Code for America Accelerator will support entrepreneurs that launch companies to make City government more responsive, efficient and connected.

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Celebrates Milestone in Clean Truck Program at Port of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Delivering on his promise to reduce pollution at the Port of Los Angeles and protect public health, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today marked a major milestone in the Clean Truck Program. The program required all trucks at the Port of Los Angeles to meet the toughest environmental standards in the nation by January 1, 2012.

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Calif. Governor Brown Highlights Clean Energy Manufacturing Jobs in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Friday joined business leaders and elected officials for the dedication of Soitec’s North American headquarters in San Diego.

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S.F. Mayor Lee Announces Congressional Passage of Critical 34th America’s Cup Bill

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the America’s Cup Act to facilitate hosting the 34th America’s Cup by authorizing certain eligible vessels to participate in the events has passed the U.S. House of Representatives after passing the U.S. Senate earlier this month. The America’s Cup Act is currently on the way to President Barack Obama’s desk for signature.

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S.F. Mayor Lee’s Statement On San Francisco Unemployment Rate Drop

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Edwin M. Lee on Friday issued the following statement on San Francisco’s unemployment rate dropping to 8.1 percent in October, based on preliminary unemployment numbers released by the State Employment Development Department (EDD):

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Announces the Launch of The Los Angeles Regional Export Council

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the launch of the Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC) on Monday, a public-private partnership between government, business, and educational institutions that will coordinate export …

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Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa: 3-Year Tax Holiday On New Businesses Should Never Expire

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Speaking to the United Chamber of Commerce Annual Mayor’s Luncheon in Woodland Hills, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said for the first time on Tuesday that the three-year tax holiday on new businesses that he implemented in 2010 should never expire. The policy is currently set to expire in 2012.

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Padilla Bill to Accelerate NFL Stadium/Convention Project Development Promises Thousands of Jobs in L.A.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 292 authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The new law will accelerate the approval process for an NFL football stadium and a modernized convention center in downtown Los Angeles.

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Celebrates Major Solar Installation Project In Central Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power General Manager Ron Nichols, Dr. Walter Jayasinghe and city officials on Friday celebrated the completion of a major solar panel installation project in central Los Angeles.

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Business Leaders Respond to Governor Brown’s California Jobs First Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Following Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s proposal of a three-part California Jobs First plan this morning, business leaders expressed overwhelming support for his plan to put Californians to work.

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Calif. Governor Brown Proposes California Jobs First Package to Spur Local Job Creation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Taking action to put Californians to work, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today proposed a three-part California Jobs First plan that offers over $1 billion a year in tax relief for businesses that create jobs in the state.

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L.A. Mayor Challenges Sacramento to Take On Prop. 13 Reform To Increase Education Funding and Train California’s Future Workforce

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — With California facing a deficit of one million college degree holders in 2025, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivered a speech to the Sacramento Press Club on Tuesday about the need to invest in California’s education system to train our future workforce and keep our state globally competitive.

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California Business Leaders Endorse Governor Brown’s Efforts to Let Voters Decide How to Address Budget Crisis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Jerry Brown on Friday (Feb. 25) announced that two of Southern California’s premier business leadership groups – the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Industry & …

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Los Angeles: Unveiling Of The First Building Retrofitted Through The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilmember Herb Wesson attended today the unveiling of the first building – the Vineyard Recreation Center – to be retrofitted by workers trained …

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Calif. Governor’s Office of Economic Development Applauds Job Creation Move and Will Market New Enterprise Zones

Sacramento, Calif. /California Newswire/ — To assist in the creation of jobs and thereby improve California’s business climate, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) today announced the conditional designation for three Enterprise …

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Calif. Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Small Business Development Centers and Business Matchmaking Host Last in a Series of Small Business Events

Sacramento, Calif. /California Newswire/ — As part of a continued effort to provide resources, information and potential access to capital, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GoED), the California Small Business Development Centers and …

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Broadband Projects Awarded to California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced over $15 million in broadband project awards for infrastructure projects in California to be funded …

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Clean Tech Venture Capital Investment in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Yesterday (Tues.), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following statement after Ernst & Young LLP released an analysis on U.S. venture capital investment in clean tech companies in quarter two of …

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Celebrates California Receiving the Most Clean Tech Investment in No. America

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday (July 9) issued the following statement celebrating the latest numbers released by the Cleantech Group and Deloitte showing California’s clean tech companies received the highest …

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FREE California Board of Equalization Women Entrepreneur Seminar – Thursday, June 24

BEL AIR, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is promoting a free “Connecting Women to Power” seminar for women entrepreneurs, to be held June 24th, 2010, at the American Jewish …

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Highlights Job Creation at SKECHERS Groundbreaking

RIVERSIDE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today attended the groundbreaking of the new, state-of-the-art SKECHERS North American Operations Headquarters at the Highland Fairview Corporate Park in Riverside County. Upon completion, the SKECHERS facility …

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Highlights Job Creation at SKECHERS Groundbreaking

RIVERSIDE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today attended the groundbreaking of the new, state-of-the-art SKECHERS North American Operations Headquarters at the Highland Fairview Corporate Park in Riverside County. Upon completion, the SKECHERS facility …

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Calif. Assemblymember Pedro Nava Demands Answers from California’s Largest Banks

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), Chair of the Assembly Banking & Finance Committee, asked California’s largest financial institutions on October 23, 2009, for answers to over a dozen questions regarding their …

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Congratulates Kohl’s on Opening 30 New Stores in California, Hiring an Estimated 4,200 Workers

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the statement below following Kohl’s Corp.’s announcement of the grand opening of 30 new stores in California. According to the company, this action has resulted in …

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