Author: Joyia Emard

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…

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…

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…

Man Arrested for Impersonating Pharmacist

More victims are being sought after a Whittier man was arrested on charges of identity theft, forgery and counterfeiting for impersonating a pharmacist. Click HERE to view the news release.

Getting Your Move On

You’ve experienced the excitement of purchasing a new house or renting a new apartment; now comes the reality of the actual move. Carting all of your stuff from one place to another is where the real work—and the real stress—begins, but a little before-the-move planning and organizing can help make the day a little easier to…

Do Your Homework When Choosing Career Training

As you think about your future, you may be considering options other than attending a traditional four-year college or you may be looking at changing careers. You could be planning for a vocation or employment that instead requires special training, a certificate or a two-year degree. If so, you will need to do some homework…

Don’t Let Dangerous Diseases Ruin Your Trip Abroad

Planning a trip out of the country? Be sure to check in advance for any needed vaccinations or medications because far-off and exotic travel destinations may harbor dangerous diseases. Malaria, measles, chicken pox, yellow fever, hepatitis A and B, rabies, dengue fever, flu and typhoid are just some of the serious illnesses found throughout the…

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