Oakland, California - A Northern California real estate investor has agreed to plead guilty for his role in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced.

Guinda, California - Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are proud to announce Full Belly Farm as the recipient of the prestigious 2014 California Leopold Conservation Award®. The award honors private landowner achievement in the voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.

Huntington Beach, California - MailPix, the photo-printing and gifting site, has acquired Winkflash, a 12-year-old photo-printing site based in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Terms weren't disclosed.

Sacramento, California - The State Board of Education (SBE) is currently seeking applications for appointments to serve on the Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC).

Los Angeles, California - Cooperative platform of sustainability partnerships has launched a unique pay it forward crowdfunding that includes recruitment, marketing, public relations and full support to help people raise funds for sustainability projects, and is hosting a conference call Dec 3rd, 7 pm PST about how to fund projects through pay it forward crowdfunding.

Fresno, California - A Reno, Nevada, man was sentenced Monday to eight years and one month in prison for traveling to Fresno to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl he originally met on line.