Month: June 2016

PSYCHOLOGIST ORDERED NOT TO PRACTICE DUE TO FELONY COUNTS

SACRAMENTO – The California Board of Psychology moved to protect the citizens of California last week by exercising its right to obtain an order in criminal court, against psychologist Michael Dane Ward, preventing him from practicing psychology during the pendency of his criminal case. Read the entire news release here.

DCA Complaint Resolution Program Comes to an End

After processing more than 201,395 complaints and recovering $32.4 million for consumers, DCA’s Complaint Resolution Program (CRP) will close its doors on June 30, 2016. Established in 1994 and originally called the Complaint Mediation Division, CRP was created to consolidate and streamline consumer complaint processing. CRP staff review complaints and act as a neutral third…

DCA’s Communications Division Wins Nine Awards!

The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Communications Division brought home three gold, three silver, and one honorable mention at this year’s State Information Officers Council (SiOC) Awards held on June 8, 2016, in downtown Sacramento. The yearly awards recognize the best of the best in State service in the arena of communications. The awards received were as…

Board Appoints New Executive Officer

The California State Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) announces the appointment of Dr. Joseph Morris as its new Executive Officer, effective July 11, 2016. Read the news release here.

‘Fight the Bite’: Doing Our Part to Control Spread of Mosquito-Borne Viruses

The Zika virus may be all over the news, but don’t forget that West Nile virus is still a real threat. “While a lot of attention has been given to Zika virus, West Nile virus killed more Californians in 2015 than any other year before,” said Senator Bob Wieckowski, chair of the Environmental Quality committee…

Uber Settlement Addresses Service Animal Lawsuit

Ride-hailing company Uber has asked a District Court in Northern California to approve a proposed settlement to a lawsuit by the National Federation of the Blind’s California chapter over refusing rides to passengers with service animals such as guide dogs. The National Federation of the Blind’s lawsuit, filed in 2014, stated that Uber was in…

CalBRE Warns Against Falsely Using ‘Short-Term’ Rental Exemption

The California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) is warning against unlicensed individuals performing property management services under the guise of the “short-term” residential rental exemption and is inviting the public to file complaints. In a strongly worded alert sent to licensees, Wayne Bell, California Real Estate Commissioner with CalBRE, said it has come to the…

NATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE PROFESSIONALS WEEK June 8 – 14, 2016

Since 2001, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has declared one week in June as National Automotive Service Professionals Week. This year, June 8 – 14, is the designated week for consumers to show their appreciation to the men and women who repair and help maintain the myriad of vehicles we depend on for…

June: Child Vision Awareness Month and Cataract Awareness Month

This month—and every month—the State Board of Optometry (Board) reminds consumers about the importance of children receiving early eye care, and how critical regular comprehensive eye exams are for Californians of all ages. Nearly 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems that can cause them to struggle in school. Undetected and untreated vision problems can also…

California State Athletic Commission Speaks Out Against Professional Boxing in 2016 Summer Olympics

California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) chairman, John Carvelli, expressed disappointment over the decision to allow professional boxers to compete against amateurs in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Read the entire news release here.

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