Author: Matt Woodcheke

What Are Your Options When A Pet Dies?

Losing a pet is difficult regardless of the circumstances, but the sad simple fact is that pets live shorter lives compared to their human companions. At the end of a faithful pet’s life, we may feel relief that they are no longer burdened by pain and suffering. If your pet passes away, or is euthanized,…

New Video Spotlights Who We Are And What We Do

The Department of Consumer Affairs is made up of 38 separate entities, many of which operate independently but share a common mission: to protect California consumers by providing a safe and fair marketplace through oversight, enforcement, and licensure of professions. You may not realize just how many different ways DCA touches the lives of California…

Student Relief Office Mission Evolved With Student Needs

In July 2017, the Office of Student Assistance and Relief (OSAR) opened its doors to California students in crisis with a simple mission: provide assistance to those suffering financial loss due to the closure of their for-profit educational institution. Soon, the first claims were filed, and OSAR staff hit the ground running, working to help…

Breathe Easy: Tips For Minimizing Your Exposure To Poor Air Quality Linked To Wildfire

If it feels like California is burning, it’s not your imagination. Wildfire activity exploded in the state in August, from the Natchez Fire, burning at the northern edge of the state just a few hundred feet south of the Oregon border, to the Cloverdale Fire in Escondido, which threatened animals at the San Diego Zoo…

Regulator Shines Spotlight On Damage Restoration Companies, Interstate Movers

If you’re moving within (“intrastate”) or out of state (“interstate”), or if a damage restoration company is moving or storing your goods while rebuilding your home, did you know there are laws protecting you from predatory “bandit” companies that extort money from customers while holding goods hostage? Read about how the Bureau of Electronic and…

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late: Making Your Final Arrangements Before You Need Them

Americans don’t like thinking about the end. A 2010 survey conducted by the National Funeral Directors Association found that only 25 percent of adults have made arrangements for their own funeral. However, 66 percent of adults indicated that they would choose to arrange their own funeral service. It’s a subject many are quick to avoid.…

Search Warrant Served At Smog Station In Central Los Angeles

On Thursday, July 20, the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Automotive Repair, along with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, served a search warrant at Vernon Smog Star, a licensed Smog Check station, located at 1785 E. Vernon St, in the city of Los Angeles. The warrant comes as a continuation of…

Victims Of Closed Schools May Find Debt Relief For Unforgiven Student Loans

Many students from California closed schools such as Corinthian College, Heald College and ITT Technical Institute have only received partial forgiveness of their student loans, but a Department of Consumer Affairs agency can help. The Office of Student Assistance and Relief (OSAR) works with students to help them access refunds available from the Student Tuition…

Three Cosmetology Schools Ordered To Stop Enrolling New Students In California

The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), following a joint enforcement effort with DCA’s Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC), has issued three emergency decisions ordering three cosmetology schools to cease enrolling new students. The affected schools are Queenston College of America in Los Angeles, John Ridgel’s Academy of…

What Is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy provides important health and rehabilitation services to clients who are suffering from injuries, disabilities, mental health problems, or other impairments and need specialized care to regain, develop, or build occupations – daily activities like self-care, personal hygiene, financial management, work, education, play, leisure, wellness, spirituality, social participation and other productive activities. Occupational therapists…

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