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Joyia Emard
Public Information Officer
California State Board of Pharmacy

Get unused and unwanted drugs out of your homes where they may end up in the wrong hands and be abused.

The family medicine cabinet is where many teens get prescription medications that they use to get high. Prescription drug abuse is a national epidemic and more people are dying from it than from car accidents.

Saturday, April 26, marks the eighth DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The twice-yearly event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Hundreds of locations throughout the state will accept unneeded and expired prescription drugs, including controlled substances, for safe and legal disposal.

The collection of these drugs helps prevent diversion, misuse and abuse and ensures the safe destruction of unwanted prescription drugs. To date more than 1,733 tons of unneeded medications have been collected and disposed of nationally. For a drug take back location near you, go to http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.


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The California Bureau of Automotive Repair will appear on ABC7/ KGO-TV, San Francisco, on Tuesday, April 22 during the 6pm newscast in a segment about the Bureau’s No-Cost Auto Body Inspection Program.

KGO Auto Body Inspection- consumer by trunk

KGO Auto Body Inspection- under car inspector

KGO Auto Body Inspection- BAR rep


Consumers who have had collision repairs done to their vehicles can take advantage of the Bureau’s No-Cost Auto Body Inspection Program, which provides consumers with no-cost vehicle inspections to ensure all collision repairs listed on their repair invoice were done correctly.

For more information about the Bureau’s Auto Body Inspection Program, visit www.autorepair.ca.gov.

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SACRAMENTO – The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Automotive Repair has revoked the license of a Stockton automotive repair dealer, effective April 7, 2014, for fraud.

Following complaints filed by two consumers, Bureau investigators found that Lalo’s Collision Repair (2246 East Weber Avenue, Unit 23, Stockton, CA 95205) charged them more than $5,500 for repairs that were never completed and for other repairs that were not done to industry standards.

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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 idea conocer en persona o por el teléfono al profesional de impuestos antes de preparar tus impuestos.

4. Otros Servicios
Muchas veces la primera relación del contribuyente con los contadores públicos certificados es a través del trabajo de preparar impuestos. Servicios adicionales pueden tener requisitos adicionales, tales como: revisión por pares y autoridad para firmar.

Consejos Finales:

  • Nunca firme una declaración en blanco.
  • No use un preparador de impuestos que se niega a firmar su declaración de impuestos o completar la información de preparador de impuestos requeridos.
  • Asegúrese de obtener una copia de su declaración de impuestos completa.
  • E-file (presentar su declaración de impuestos electrónicamente) y solicite un reembolso de depósito directo. Generalmente recibirá su reembolso más rápido y reduce la posibilidad de robo de identidad.
  • Su declaración federal de impuestos debe ser presentada antes de la medianoche el 15 de abril. Sin embargo, si necesita tiempo extra puede presentar IRS formulario 4868 antes del 15 de abril y retrasar la presentación de su declaración federal hasta el 15 de octubre. La extensión automática no demora el requisito que paga sus impuestos antes del 15 de abril y las sanciones podrían imponerse y pueden cobrar interés.



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VMBSACRAMENTO – A Riverside County man has been convicted of one misdemeanor count of unlicensed practice of Veterinary Medicine as the result of an investigation by the Veterinary Medical Board.

Linden Richard Clark was prosecuted by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office after the investigation determined he was offering and performing anesthesia-free dental cleanings on animals without a license – which is illegal.

“Practicing veterinary medicine without a license is a serious violation and exposes the public to incompetent and potentially harmful services,” said Veterinary Medical Board Executive Officer Annemarie DelMugnaio. “It is important for consumers to verify a license to make sure they are dealing with licensed veterinary professionals. Consumers should also consult with licensed veterinarians regarding acceptable animal dental cleaning methods before they take their pet in.”

Clark violated Business and Professions Code Section 4825 and was placed on Summary Probation for 36 months, ordered to pay a $140 restitution fee and serve 150 days of work release. He was also ordered to personally inform all customers that he is not licensed or hold a registration, and have no professional contact with any animals unless under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian and must have a supervising veterinarian review his work for the first 60 days.

For more information about the Veterinary Medical Board, visit www.vmb.ca.gov.

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The mission of the Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) is to protect consumers and animals through development and maintenance of professional standards, licensing of veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and premises, and diligent enforcement of the California Veterinary Medicine Practice Act.

 The Department of Consumer Affairs promotes and protects the interests of California Consumers. Consumers can file complaints against licensees by contacting the Department of Consumer Affairs at (800) 952-5210. Consumers can also file a complaint online at www.dca.ca.gov.

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Photo courtesy of CAFLM Facebook page

Since 2001, April has been designated as California Financial Literacy Month (CAFLM). As part of  California Financial Literacy Month, this year’s Resource Fair is taking place on Wednesday, April 2nd from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the North Steps of the State Capitol.

This effort is designed to educate and encourage consumers to improve their financial literacy and decision making power. Stop by for resources and materials to better manage money, credit, investments, debt, and learn to avoid identity theft, protect privacy and avoid scams and fraud. Among the government agencies, financial institutions and non-profit community organizations participating are:

  • California Department of Business Oversight
  • Bank On California
  • Bank On Sacramento
  • Assemblyman Roger Dickinson’s Office
  • California Contractors Licensing Board
  • California Board of Equalization
  • State Controller’s Office
  • Schools Financial Credit Union
  • Keep Your Home California
  • Scholarshare
  • Bank of the West
  • EverFi
  • SAFE Credit Union
  • Golden 1 Credit Union

For more information, visit the CAFLM Blog.

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Tax Time Tips

by Amy Dhillon


Tax Time Tips

April 15 is approaching and if you haven’t yet selected a tax preparer, here are some helpful tips to assist in making this very important hire.

1. Get recommendations from family and friends
Ask for recommendations from those who you trust and may have had similar tax preparation needs. Here are some considerations:

• In California, the only individuals allowed to charge a fee for preparing taxes are
Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), Public Accountants (PAs), Enrolled Agents (EAs), attorneys, and California Registered Tax Preparers (CRTPs).

• Only CPAs, EAs and attorneys have unlimited representation rights before the IRS and may represent their clients on any matters including audits, payment/collection issues, and appeals.

• In addition to tax preparation, are you looking for an accountant to assist with financial planning, estate issues, IRS issues or business planning?

2. Review the tax preparer’s history with the appropriate licensing authority:

• The California Board of Accountancy for CPAs and PAs, which provides the public the ability to check the status of a CPA license with License Lookup on its website, http://www.cba.ca.gov

• The California Tax Education Council (CTEC) for California Registered Tax Preparers

• The U.S. Department of the Treasury for Enrolled Agents

• The California Bar Association for attorneys

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If you’ve ever driven by what appears to be a daytime DUI checkpoint but isn’t, you may have asked yourself, “What is going on here?” Orange cones line the street, you see a California Highway Patrol officer flagging drivers to stop and pull over to the side of the road. Then you see a few people in orange vests standing next to computers on roll-away carts and a mobile metal contraption that seems to belong at smog check station.

Wonder no more. These are Roadside Emission Surveys conducted by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). BAR staff, the folks in the orange vests, are inspecting vehicles to gather vehicle emission data for California. The survey is completely voluntary and is really quick. The data collected is used to help improve the state’s Smog Check program.

Click on the video link above to watch a roadside survey in action. For more information, visit BAR’s website.

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Check out these three newly released newsletters from the California Department of Consumer Affairs! Learn how to:

  • Access “Consumer Alerts” about industry scam warnings in this issue of the Real Estate Bulletin from the Bureau of Real Estate.

    BRE Cover

  • Avoid and recognize financial abuse of the elderly in UPDATE, the newsletter from the Board of Accountancy.

    UPDATE 74 Winter 2014 - California Board of Accountancy

  • Order the new pet lover’s license plate in News & Views from the Veterinary Medical Board.

    VMB cover


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