Author: Michelle Cave

Greetings! I am an Information Officer with the California Department of Consumer Affairs and I am glad that you took a moment to check out our blog.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with the Help of Trees, Plants, and Native Grasses

National Geographic defines an ecosystem as a geographic area where plants, animals, and other organisms, as well as weather and landscapes, work together to form a bubble of life.  The state of California is one huge ecosystem. As ecosystems go, California is the most ecologically diverse state in the nation and is comprised of an…

ALL PHYSICIANS ARE DOCTORS—BUT NOT ALL DOCTORS ARE PHYSICIANS

What makes a doctor a doctor? This question was asked in the fall of 2018 after Christine Blasey Ford, Ph.D., testified during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee. When covering the hearing, some news outlets did not refer to Christine Blasey Ford as Dr. Ford because she holds a doctoral degree in educational psychology…

Flame Retardants are Bad for Business Thanks to AB 2998

Some manufacturers of children’s products, including the foam interiors of mattresses and upholstered furniture, may have to reexamine their development strategies, now that Assembly Bill 2998 (Bloom) has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Citing concerns over exposure to questionable chemicals, state lawmakers found that although the chemicals were not necessary for fire safety,…

Chew on This: Pets Need Dental Care, Too

From an early age, we are taught to take care of our teeth because poor dental care can affect our overall health. But, did you know that good oral hygiene and dental care is just as important for your pet? Just like the mouth of humans, your pet’s mouth is full of bacteria and if…

Bullying Behavior Makes Everyone a Victim

‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.’  Adults of a certain age may have used this adage to deflect verbal taunts and teasing from a bully during their childhood. Bullies as antagonists have remained the same but some of their tactics have changed. The act of bullying is a…

Using Costume Contact Lenses Without a Prescription Could Turn Your Eyes into a Permanent Fright

If you are considering adding costume contact lenses to your Halloween get-up this season, make sure you don’t purchase them from a gas station, online store, or other unlicensed dealers — or you and your eyes could be in for a real scare. Costume contact lenses are also referred to by several descriptive names such…

Life Can be Complicated. DCA’s New License Search is Here to Help!

As a consumer, you are empowered to take charge of your relationship with the individuals who provide various services such as medical and dental care, or automotive repairs. Because of this, the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) Office of Information Services–developed a new, more user-friendly license search tool optimized for mobile devices and tablets.…

THE FUTURE IS NOW: FLOATING BUILDINGS MAY BE COMING TO A BODY OF WATER NEAR YOU

Over the last century, sea levels have continued to rise at an increasing rate with no sign of slowing down. Since 1993, the continuous warming of the Earth has resulted in sea levels that have risen at a rate of over one-eighth of an inch per year, due to melting glaciers and ice sheets, and thermal…

Come Join the DCA Team and Become a Champion for California Consumers!

Searching for a job can be challenging.  Searching for a job with the State of California – albeit not impossible – is challenging. The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has dedicated a page on the department’s website to assist individuals seeking employment. DCA’s careers page is a single source for job listings, examinations and…

Start Your Day Right: Keep Your Phone Out of Sight!

When you wake up in the morning, how soon do you reach for your cell phone? If the time falls within 30 minutes – you are not alone, but this habit may be bad for your health and state of mind.  Researchers assert that what you do upon waking sets the tone for the day.…

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