The Selfie: A Risk to the Wrist?

Sure, your new haircut is on point. The lighting is just perfect. And the location? It’s a spot guaranteed to garner tons of likes and comments from your crew on social media. But before you tap that button to flip your phone’s camera front to back, and frame yourself up for that perfect snap, there’s…

Latest Issue of Consumer Connection is Out

The latest issue of Consumer Connection, the Department of Consumer Affairs’ quarterly magazine, is now available! In the cover story of the spring issue, we look at the state’s battle against wildfires and how homeowners can be a part of the solution. Also, we cover the growing problem of preschoolers being expelled, the nuts and…

Considering For-Profit College? Look Out For These Red Flags

In March, Argosy University became the latest chain of for-profit colleges to announce a sudden and unexpected closure after the United States Department of Education ended their ability to access federally-backed student loan funding, known as Title IV funds. In response, the California Office of Student Assistance and Relief (OSAR) has begun the process of…

Department of Consumer Affairs Launches Open Data Portal

New portal offers licensing, enforcement, and application data, sortable by board or bureau It’s no secret that the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issues licenses in more than 280 professional categories to 3.9 million Californians. But until now, the statistical information hasn’t been easy for everyday consumers to access. That’s changed with the launch of…

Climate Change, Cost, Convenience Fuel Switch From Burial To Cremation

Losing a loved one is a devastating experience. For many, planning a funeral often compounds the grieving process because there are so many arrangements to make in a short amount of time. The biggest—and most final—decision is whether to have a traditional burial or direct cremation. Cremation is increasingly gaining in popularity in the United States. …

Moving? Don’t Get Taken For A Ride – Watch Out For These Red Flags

With moving season right around the corner, predatory moving companies will be out looking to make a fast buck – or a few thousand bucks – off unsuspecting California consumers. The California Bureau of Household Goods and Services (BHGS) regulates household movers performing moves of household goods and personal effects over any public highway in…

Before Tossing Your Old Electronic Device, Wipe It Clean of Personal Data

What’s nearly as inevitable as death and taxes? Electronic device upgrades. And one precaution that is critical before moving on from a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer is wiping your data from the device. Whether donating, selling, or simply passing a device to a family member or friend, a factory reset is the minimum…

Treating Hearing Loss Could Help Avoid a Path to Dementia

It’s been said that when a family member is hard of hearing, the whole family has a hearing problem. That thought can be taken to another level when people are caring for loved ones who have a multitude of other health concerns caused by hearing loss. People who live with untreated hearing loss have an…

Brain Food: Bicycle Helmets are Good for Your Noggin

Alternative means of transportation in the forms of a bicycle, scooter–motorized and non motorized–skateboard, or in-line or roller skates, are great for recreation and they can be enjoyed alone or with others. They also provide an added benefit to your overall health, the environment–especially the people powered options–and they can aid in avoiding heavy commuter…

New Solar Power Laws Established To Protect Consumers

Solar power is all the rage these days.  And while many people are taking the plunge to purchase solar panels for their homes, they’re also discovering that there are several solar providers on the market. Choosing one can sometimes be a daunting process. So, how can you ensure you get what’s right for you and…

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