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McDonald Hearing Aid Centers Settlement Agreements Reached

Company to pay civil penalties and restitution to consumers; owner and others surrender licenses SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Department of Consumers Affairs’ (DCA) Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board has announced a settlement in a civil complaint filed against McDonald Hearing Aid Center Inc., its owners, and eight other defendants. “The settlement…

Governor’s Office Launches Immigrant Guide Web Portal

Site addresses Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, offers links to services To help assimilate immigrants into the fabric and culture of our state, the Governor’s Office has launched a new website portal—the California Immigrant Guide—where immigrants looking for help with job training, English language skills, legal assistance and more can find information on…

Department of Consumer Affairs Announces Appointments to Cannabis Advisory Committee

The Department of Consumer Affairs has announced the members of the state’s new Cannabis Advisory Committee under the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC). The committee will advise BCC and the other licensing authorities – the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Public Health – on the development of regulations that…

Is Your Salon Safe?

Many of us visit barbershops and salons for pampering and grooming services without realizing there could be risks. In reality, our health depends on the safety and infection control procedures used by the barbers, cosmetologists and other salon service professionals to whom we entrust the care of our hair, skin and nails. The Board of…

Copy That: Your Eye Prescription Belongs to You

Did you know that if you have an eye exam or a fitting for contact lenses, the eye doctor must give you a copy of your prescription—without you having to ask for it—free of charge? It’s your right—and it’s enforced by the Federal Trade Commission via the Eyeglass Rule and the Contact Lens Rule. Having…

Governor’s Budget Bill Brings Changes to California’s Cannabis Regulatory Framework

Trailer bill melds previous legislation with Proposition 64; creates Bureau of Cannabis Control Earlier this spring, the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Public Health and Department of Food and Agriculture released proposed regulations for the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. These licensing authorities held public hearings and accepted written…

New Laws for California

The beginning of a new fiscal year often brings with it new laws. Here is a sampling of some notable California laws that went into effect July 1, 2017: AB 2025-barbering and cosmetology labor law education requirements: This bill requires that the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology make all written materials provided to licensees and…

New Budget for California

On June 27, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the 2017-18 California State Budget. Here’s a look at some of the highlights:  Cannabis Regulation The Budget integrates the existing Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act with the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64), which voters approved in November 2016, and provides a single regulatory…

DCA Sounds the Alarm on Fraudulent Alarm System Company Practices

They are out there, and they may be knocking on your door soon. During this time of year there is usually an upswing in alarm companies sending out their employees to canvass neighborhoods, trying to sell alarm systems. While selling alarm systems door-to-door is legal if required permits and licenses are in place, there are…

Celebrating Diversity and Showing the Path to Licensure in Two New Videos From DCA

Did you know that the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC) offers assistance and materials to consumers and licensees in Korean, English, Spanish, and Vietnamese? Did you know there are four easy steps on the path to obtaining professional licensure with the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG)? You can learn about one—or…

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