Category: California Department of Consumer Affairs

Your Hairdresser or Barber Can Save Your Life!

Your hair professional really can save your life—and we’re not talking about making you look younger or being able to squeeze you in for that last minute emergency ‘do. He or she can spot a potential and very dangerous health risk: Melanoma. Why? Because when they cut your hair every 4–6 weeks or so, they…

DCA Director Grafilo, Governor Brown Kick Off Public Service Recognition Week

May 6-12 is Public Service Recognition Week, honoring the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees, day in and day out, with little notice or fanfare. Dean Grafilo, Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs, kicked off the week with a message to employees thanking them for…

Stan Lee Needs a Superhero!

For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, today is a banner day: it’s the day when the long-awaited Avengers: Infinity War, makes its debut in theaters across the U.S. And, just like in all of the previous Marvel films, legendary comic creator Stan Lee will make a cameo in the movie—something that fans always look forward…

DCA’s Cannabis Enforcement Unit is Hiring

Division of Investigation offers law enforcement careers focused on consumer protection If you or someone you know is interested in a career investigating unlawful cannabis activities, we might have a job for you! The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI) is a law enforcement agency that protects California consumers and licensees by investigating violations…

World Immunization Week is April 24-30

Immunization can save millions of lives each year. That’s the most important message the World Health Organization (WHO) wants you to know during World Immunization Week, which is observed April 24-30. World Immunization Week grew from a local and international grassroots effort. The goal of the public health campaign is to raise awareness and increase…

Outsmarting Disaster BEFORE “The Big One” Hits

For years, people who live in inland California say that one day they’ll have beachfront property when the “Big One” hits. Is that so far from the truth? The problem is, no matter how much equipment and advanced technology geologists and seismologists use to track plate activity, they can only keep an eye on it—nobody…

The Crack of the Bat, the Roar of the Crowd, and Ways to Stay in the Game

Yesterday was Opening Day 2018 for Major League Baseball (MLB), and the list of MLB players on the injured list is already long—25 for the Oakland A’s, L.A. Dodgers, L.A. Angels, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants combined. How can there be so many injured players on the list on the first day of…

Mattresses Made Simple

There have never been more options available to consumers in the market for a new mattress, but wading through so much information can make buying a mattress confusing and overwhelming. Prices range from surprisingly cheap to hard-to-believe expensive. There are different styles of construction, different thicknesses, different densities—foams and springs and air levels. And industry…

Understanding Senate Bill 2: The Building Homes And Jobs Act

The Building Homes and Jobs Act, also known as Senate Bill 2 (Atkins) became effective on Jan. 1 and will impact consumers who refinance their homes. Although the Department of Consumer Affairs’ California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) monitored the bill prior to it becoming law, the program falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of…

Go Red for Women: Take Charge of Heart Health

Some may be surprised to learn that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S. and that 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). A lack of knowledge, as well as the common misconception that cardiovascular disease is mainly a “man’s…

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