Author: Ryan Jones

Cemeteries Adhere to Drought Water Restrictions

Governor Brown’s Executive Order in April calling for a mandatory a 25 percent cut in potable water use through February 2016 means belt-tightening not only for residents and municipalities, but for commercial and industrial properties as well. That directive includes California’s cemeteries. The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Cemetery and Funeral Bureau (Bureau) wants to alert consumers that…

Warning on Dangers of Cutting Weight, Dehydration

The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) and Association of Ringside Physicians are warning boxers and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters about the risks of unhealthy weight loss—known as cutting weight—and dehydrating. A recent study found that 39 percent of MMA fighters were entering competition in a dehydrated state, according to CSAC. Heat illness and death…

Do Your Part During Wildfire Season

As the heart of wildfire season approaches, state fire agencies are asking for the public’s help to prevent wildfires—95 percent of which in California are caused by human activity, according to Cal Fire. As part of the One Less Spark—One Less Wildfire campaign, Cal Fire highlights four major areas of concern that can cause a…

Have Your Vehicle Ready for Rising Temperatures

Hot weather can be rough on cars. Higher temperatures break down fluids and lubricants more quickly, which leads to more wear and tear on an engine. Following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule for your car or truck (see your owner’s manual) and using these precautionary tips from the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Automotive…

Know Your Hearing Aid Warranty Rights

The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board (Board) wants to remind California consumers of new hearing aid warranty provisions that went into effect January 1. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act provides a 45-day warranty on all new and used hearing aids, although dispensers of hearing aids can provide a longer period than…

Consejos De Ultimo Minuto Para Preparar Su Declaración De Impuestos

Se acerca el 15 de abril y si todavía no ha seleccionado un preparador de impuestos, aquí hay algunos consejos: 1. Obtenga recomendaciones de familiares y amigos 2. Revise la historia del preparador de impuestos con la autoridad apropiada: La Junta California de Contabilidad para contadores públicos certificados y contadores públicos. http://www.cba.ca.gov 3. Es buena…

Why Hiring the Right Fiduciary is Critical

The importance of finding the right Professional Fiduciary was brought to light with the unfortunate, cautionary case of a Bay Area fiduciary whose license was recently revoked after dozens of clients were bilked of more than $16 million. Christine Backhouse was stripped of her State license after a yearlong investigation found she was partially to…

Water Conservation Never Out of Season

California’s Water Year 2014 as defined by the Department of Water Resources (Oct. 1–Sept. 30) was the third-driest on record in the past 119 years. The 2013 calendar year was the driest ever, and that followed two years of below-average precipitation. It has been taxing on State reservoirs and groundwater supplies. Even as a significant…

Stress Less During the Holidays

The many joys of the holiday season—giving (and receiving) gifts, cheery decorations and sharing time with those you care about—always come with some level of stress. For some, loads of added stress. There are worries over busting your spending budget at the mall; traveling itineraries, possibly with costly air travel involved; or perhaps hosting a…