Month: March 2016

Sierra Survey Boosts Drought Outlook

What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, on April 1, 2015, Governor Brown stood at the site of the State Department of Water Resources (DWR) annual early spring snow survey in the Sierra Nevada—Phillips Station, 90 miles east of Sacramento—but there was no snow to survey. The Governor stood on dirt that day…

Pharmacists Can Help You Quit Smoking

It just got a lot easier to kick the nicotine habit now that products to help you quit smoking are available from your local pharmacy without a prescription. “Quitting smoking is difficult to do, but important to patient health. Pharmacists can now offer greater assistance to individuals who have decided to quit smoking,” said Virginia…

Tax Scams Are On The Rise

For many consumers, the tax filing season is “taxing” enough without having to worry about whether they’re being scammed during the process. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), they are seeing a surge of scam artists impersonating tax agents, contacting taxpayers by phone and demanding money from them. “There are a couple of things…

Online Refractive Tests: Not the Same as Comprehensive Eye Exams

At first it sounds convenient and cost-effective—go online, get your eyes tested, and in exchange for a fee, you receive a prescription. You take that prescription wherever you want and get your glasses or contacts. No appointments, no fuss. Over and done. However, be aware that perfect vision doesn’t necessarily mean healthy eyes. Substituting an online refractive test…

DCA is Here to Help All Year Long

Looking to protect yourself from fraud, identity theft and scams? Maybe you’re wondering about the best way to use credit, shop for a used car, or maximize your security online. National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is an education campaign involving private and public organizations working together to give all consumers the skills and knowledge they…

Friendly Reminder: Check the License

For years you’ve heard our “check the license” mantra repeated over and over. Why? Because it’s one way consumers can protect themselves from unscrupulous operators. We’ve all heard the horror stories about people who have had bad contractor experiences, whether it’s sloppy workmanship, major cost overruns or even worse, a contractor who takes your money…

DCA’s In Your Corner

National Consumer Protection Week spotlights free resources, programs to help consumers The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is proud to be a partner during the 18th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions. This year, NCPW…

Psychologist Surrenders License Due to Sexual Misconduct

Southland Psychologist was accused of having sexual relations with a patient SACRAMENTO – A psychologist has agreed to surrender her license after she was accused of sexual misconduct with a patient while she was a director of two recovery centers where the patient was being treated. Read the entire news release here.

State Opposes Professional Boxing in 2016 Olympics

The California State Athletic Commission responds in opposition to International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) decision to allow professional boxers to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Read the press release here.

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