Department of Consumer Affairs Appoints New Chief to Cemetery and Funeral Bureau

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) announces the appointment of Gina Chiaverini Sanchez as the new bureau chief for the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau, effective February 20, 2019. Ms. Sanchez replaces former bureau chief, Lisa Moore who retired last year. Ms. Sanchez has 11 years of experience working for DCA in various capacities. Most recently,…

Is Acupuncture The New Wave Of Healthcare?

Acupuncture is a system of integrative medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles. It’s not as spooky as it sounds. It’s actually an ancient Chinese tradition and practice that’s been around for almost 2,500 years. Now, acupuncture is finally gaining mainstream recognition and being utilized within the western healthcare industry. President Nixon’s…

Coming Soon To California Courts: Voice Written Transcripts

A technique for creating legal transcripts that’s newly recognized by the Court Reporters Board of California will have to abide by the same high standards as more traditional methods. Voice writing differs from those traditional forms of stenography in that a court reporter can speak their notes into a sound-dampening mask. The verbal notes are…

Want Somebody to Love? How About Yourself?

A little self love improves both mental and physical health We all do it: Put everyone else’s needs before our own. Have a hard time telling someone “no.” Worry about what everyone thinks of you. Stop. On the day when messages of love—from little cards to candy hearts to more extravagant gestures—are being sent out,…

Mental Health Plays Costly Role in Workplace

Nearly one in five U.S. adults lives with a mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. In fact, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Recently, a nationally representative poll conducted for global business news website Quartz revealed that 18 percent of respondents said they experience anxiety or depression to the…

So Cute You Wanna Squish It!

Words like “grandma” and “aggression” don’t seem to go together. But when grandma reaches out and pinches your cheek so hard it brings tears to your eyes, it can make you think they may not be so far apart after all. Plus, why does she always do that? These days, psychologists may say that grandma may…

BEARHFTI becomes BHGS – New Name, Same Great Consumer Protection

After years of successful regulation of the thermal insulation and electronic and appliance repair industries, the California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI) became the regulator of the home moving and storage industry, taking the reins from the California Public Utilities Commission in July of 2018. Rather than attempt…

Osteopathic Medical Board Appoints New Executive Officer

Logo for the Osteopathic Medical Board of California

The Osteopathic Medical Board of California announces the appointment of Mark Ito as its new executive officer, effective January 31, 2019. Mr. Ito replaces former executive officer Angie Burton who retired. Mr. Ito has 19 years of experience working for the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) in various capacities. Most recently he served as a…

DCA Launches Open Data Portal To Public

Have you ever wondered how many physicians and surgeons are licensed to practice by the Medical Board of California? It’s 140,748. How about the number of civil engineers licensed by the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists? 57,513. How about a harder one: maybe you’d like to see the year-over-year increase in licenses…

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…

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