Author: Joyia Emard

Real Estate Commissioner Warns Against Rent Price Gouging of Wildfire Victims

The California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) today issued a warning against price gouging for rental housing for wildfire victims. California Real Estate Commissioner Wayne Bell said the practice is a criminal offense in counties where a state of emergency has been declared. To read more, click here.

The Holidays Can be Hazardous for Your Pets

Help your pets have a healthy and happy holiday season and avoid an unexpected trip to the vet by pet-proofing your home during the holidays. Poisonous plants, toxic treats and damaging decorations can all pose health threats to your pets. But a little pre-planning on your part can make December safe for your furry friends.…

An Attitude of Gratitude Can Help You Physically and Mentally

Taking time to give thanks every day – not just on Thanksgiving – may improve your physical and mental health. While life’s challenges can sometimes seem overwhelming, finding things to be grateful for every day can improve your mood, sleep, self-esteem, patience, mental strength, resilience and empathy. You’ll also decrease your feelings of aggression, envy,…

Don’t let Halloween Become a Horror for Your Pets

Kids and adults love celebrating Halloween with costumes, candy, trick-or-treating and parties, but your pets may not enjoy it as much. In fact, it could end up being harmful to their health. All those fun things we associate with the holiday can end up becoming a horror for your pets. Colorful decorations and tasty candy…

REMINDER: Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 28

Help fight prescription drug abuse by safely getting rid of your unwanted, unused and expired medications at the 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), drug take-back days provide consumers with an opportunity to clean out medications…

Rent Price Gouging in Wildfire Areas: Don’t Do It

The California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) issued a warning against price gouging on rental housing for wildfire victims, after receiving a complaint and opening an investigation. California Real Estate Commissioner Wayne Bell said rent gouging and price gouging of any kind is illegal in counties where a state of emergency has been proclaimed. Click…

Nurse Practitioner Arrested for Illegally Issuing Prescriptions

Jasmine Hill, of Bakersfield, was arrested and charged with nine felonies and one misdemeanor after it was discovered that she allegedly wrote prescriptions for herself for controlled substances. Kern County Superior Court issued an arrest warrant and Hill was taken into custody on Oct. 6, 2017, by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation…

Hepatitis A Outbreak: Should You Get Vaccinated?

A hepatitis A outbreak that started in San Diego and Santa Cruz counties has now spread to Los Angeles County. So far, 16 people have died and 400 people have been sickened with 300 of those being hospitalized. In a normal year, there are only about 200 cases reported in the entire state. San Diego…

Home Sweet Home – Should You Buy or Rent in the Golden State?

The high cost of homes in parts of California has many consumers asking if now is a better time to buy or rent. The short answer is, “It depends.” One thing it depends on is your reasons for wanting to buy a home. Home ownership, besides being a financial investment, gives you a place where…

Are you Afraid of Going to the Dentist?

For some people, a trip to the dentist can prompt a lot of uncomfortable feelings that may keep them from getting regular dental care. Just the thought of scheduling an appointment can bring up feelings of fear, nervousness, embarrassment or anxiety. First of all, know that you are not alone. According to Columbia University College…

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