Month: September 2015

Midwives Move to Medi-Cal

Affordable access to midwives’ services—and, consequently, home births and birth center deliveries—will soon get easier. Last week, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 407 (Morrell) into law, allowing licensed midwives to provide comprehensive services to Medi-Cal patients. The new law means a greater number of low-income women can choose to use a midwife and, as a…

BEWARE OF UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS

If you’re considering doing renovations on your home, it pays to do some research on the company you plan to hire. We’ve all heard the horror stories about people who have had bad contractor experiences, whether it’s sloppy workmanship, cost overruns or even worse, a contractor who takes your money upfront and doesn’t return to…

Going for Gold: Statewide Golden Lawn Contest

Letting your lawn go gold not only helps conserve water during our historic drought—you may have a chance to win a substantial credit toward your water bill if you enter the Golden Lawn Contest sponsored by Golden State Water Company and California’s Statewide conservation education program, Save Our Water. “The majority of California’s residential water use…

DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back is Saturday

This Saturday, get rid of unused, expired and unwanted drugs at the 10th Annual DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. On September 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., hundreds of locations throughout the state will accept unneeded and expired prescription drugs, including controlled substances, for safe and legal disposal. The Take-Back event aims to…

National Preparedness Month: Don’t Wait. Communicate.

The recent Northern California wildfires may have you thinking about what you would do in case of an emergency. Are you prepared to evacuate if necessary? Do you have a plan for you, your family and your pets? September is National Preparedness Month and it’s the perfect time to plan for an emergency situation. The…

Gel Manicures: How Safe Are They?

The durability of a gel manicure is stuff of a manicure-junkie’s dream. Although more costly than a regular manicure, a gel manicure is relished for its high-gloss polish that can last for weeks. After application, you need to “cure” the gel polish by putting your nails—and hands—under an ultraviolet (UV) lamp. We frequently hear about…

Contractors State License Board Offers Resources for Northern California Wildfire Victims

CSLB sweeps burn areas, provides information to help protect against scams SACRAMENTO – The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) has activated its disaster response support for residents of Amador, Calaveras, and Lake counties whose homes have either been destroyed or damaged in recent days by the devastating Butte and Valley Fires. Property owners can access…

Check Out the New Consumer Guide to Locksmith Companies Brochure from the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services

Did you know that California locksmith companies and locksmiths must carry a Bureau-issued registration card and a California-issued driver’s license that consumers should ask to see before allowing them to conduct business? Or did you know that your auto insurance company may offer locksmith benefits or recommend a locksmith if you get locked out of…

Check Out the New Consumer Guide to Alarm Companies Brochure

The California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services wants consumers to know the ins and outs of purchasing a home security alarm system. This new brochure tells who at alarm companies must be licensed, what should be included in the contract, how to choose a reputable company and how to file a complaint against an alarm…

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