Auburn, California - Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved an application by Service Corporation International (SCI) to divest a funeral home in Auburn, California, as required under the FTC’s May 2014 order settling charges that SCI’s acquisition of Stewart Enterprises, Inc. would be anticompetitive. 

Sacramento, California - Thanks to everyone for playing in CDFA’s first-ever caption contest. We had nearly 60 entries! Congratulations to our winner, Harold Hackett. His caption: “I tried barking. Maybe this is what it takes to ride on the front seat of the pickup.”

Sacramento, California - Cresencio Ochoa-Tovali, 46, of Mexico, pleaded guilty Tuesday to assaulting a federal correctional officer, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Sacramento, California - State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins announced her selection of key committee assignments for the 2015-16 Regular Session today. Coming off his recent appointment Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), Chair of Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy has now been named to serve now on the following key committees: Transportation; Appropriations; and Governmental Organization.

Sacramento, California - One of the perks of my job as Secretary of Agriculture is my annual visit to several of our department’s offices in the Sacramento area. The holidays are a traditional time of giving and my staff at the California Department of Food and Agriculture fully embrace that spirit throughout the season by dreaming up and fulfilling charitable campaigns, “adopting” local non-profit organizations, and showing their support for the annual State Employees Food Drive.

Shanghai, China - Positioning California to attract a growing share of China’s massive foreign investment pool and bolstering California-China trade, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the Bay Area Council today announced the hiring of Ken Petrilla as the new Executive Director of the California-China Office of Trade and Investment. Petrilla was previously the head of the China Desk for Wells Fargo, the largest bank in the United States by market cap.