Month: August 2016

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education Orders ITT to Stop Accepting New Students in California

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) has issued an Emergency Decision requiring ITT Educational Services, Inc. (ITT) to stop accepting new students at its 15 California locations. To read the full release, click here.

Don’t Kick That Recall Notice to the Curb

In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalled 51.3 million automobiles in the United States.  That’s an all-time record and almost three times the number of cars that were sold during the year. These recalls included everything from defective ignition switches and steering wheels, to acceleration issues and worn out suspension parts. Auto…

Be an Informed Patient:  Check up on Your Doctor’s License

The Medical Board of California urges consumers to take a minute or two to check up on their doctor’s license. A license checkup is simple and helps consumers make informed choices when choosing a doctor. To check a doctor’s license, go to the Medical Board’s website at www.mbc.ca.gov. If you don’t have access to a…

Cal Fire Cracks Down on Drones

When working to stop a wildfire, time is of the essence. Firefighters have minutes to hold back a blaze, and any disruptions can cost property and lives. During the recent Trailhead Fire, firefighting operations were disrupted by a hobby drone flown above the fire to take personal videos and photos. The drone operator was arrested…

Students Counseled After Beauty School Owner Arrested

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education advises attendees of San Diego Area cosmetology school of their student rights. SACRAMENTO – Tramy Van, 41, owner of Tramy Beauty School with facilities in Escondido and San Diego, was arrested Thursday, August 11, 2016, for felony grand theft and theft under false pretenses. To read the full release, click…

Bureau of Automotive Repair’s Consumer Assistance Program (CAP)

With some of the strictest vehicle emissions standards in the Nation, many motorists in California are aware that sooner or later, their vehicle will be required to have a biennial (every other year) Smog Check inspection. Let’s say your registration renewal notice indicated that your car needed a Smog Check, you took your vehicle to…

August 15, 2016 is National Check the Chip Day! 

Established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), National Check the Chip Day was created as an awareness vehicle to remind pet owners to check and update the contact information on their microchipped pets.  Not just for dogs or cats—ferrets, birds and other companion pets can be microchipped…

Get it While it’s Hot: Check out the Summer Issue of Consumer Connection

Summer’s not over yet. There’s still time to take a road trip to one of California’s many state parks. From beaches and deserts to redwood forests and mountain summits, California parks offer a variety of amazing and beautiful sites to explore. The Consumer Connection article “Time for a Road Trip!” details 10 state parks—including Angel Island,…

Using an Ancient Technique at the Modern-Day Olympics

On Sunday, August 7, a spotted Michael Phelps swam his way to his 19th gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Phelps wasn’t the only swimmer sporting spots—which, by the way, are nearly the size of an Olympic medal. There are a number of swimmers—and other athletes—sporting them at the Olympics…

Physician Assistant Board Appoints New Executive Officer

The California Physician Assistant Board (PAB) announces the appointment of Maureen Lynn Forsyth as its new Executive Officer, effective September 1, 2016. Read the news release here.

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