Tag: California

A Sweetheart of a Scam: Online Dating Fraud

Online dating can be complicated. It entails sifting through loads of profiles, getting a dialogue going, deciding if you want to meet, going on a date, and eventually figuring out if you’re actually compatible. Now to make the process even trickier, you also need to take precautions against online dating fraud. Online criminals use dating…

Animals in April: Monthlong Events Highlight Animal Health and Well-Being

Spring is here, meaning a bumper crop of young animals. This influx of animals makes it the ideal time to help raise awareness about how to prevent animal cruelty, as well as how to use first aid to increase the odds of your pet’s survival after an injury. Sponsored by the American Society for the…

April: Paying Tribute to Lawns and Landscapes

Green is in again. This year’s tremendous rainstorms have brought back to life lawns, trees, flowers, and the like. With yards thriving again, what better time to celebrate lawn care and landscape architecture? April is National Lawn Care Month, which emphasizes the importance of natural grass’ environmental and health benefits. According to the National Association…

Don’t Miss the Latest Issue of Consumer Connection!

In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalled 51.3 million autos in the United States. The recalls included everything from defective ignition switches and steering wheels to acceleration issues and airbag and seatbelt defects. If you receive a recall notice, don’t ignore it. The winter 2016 issue of Consumer Connection walks you through what…

Covered California Open Enrollment Ends January 31

Open enrollment for Covered California, the state’s marketplace for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ends on Tuesday, January 31. For coverage to begin on March 1, 2017, you must enroll by this deadline. Depending on different factors such as your family size and income, you can qualify for: A Covered California health…

California’s New Laws for 2017

In 2016, Governor Brown signed into law 898 pieces of legislation. Here’s a sampling of some of the new state laws: Barbering and booze: Under Assembly Bill (AB) 1322, Board of Barbering and Cosmetology-licensed beauty salons and barbershops can serve up to 12 ounces of beer or 6 ounces of wine to customers without having…

Drop! Cover! Hold on! During the Great California Shakeout

California is known as “earthquake country” and for good reason. There is an infamous 800 mile long crack otherwise known as the San Andreas Fault that travels along the state from the Salton Sea in the south, to Cape Mendocino in the north. Although earthquakes occur daily in California, many go unnoticed.  While some areas…

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH

The time to prepare for the next natural or man-made disaster is now. National Preparedness Month is an annual nationwide campaign that encourages Americans, including the young, old, people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, to plan ahead because a disaster can strike at any time without warning. Spearheaded by the Federal…

Considering a Private College? Do Your Homework

When choosing a postsecondary school, basic factors such as location, areas of study, and cost are all important to consider. However, in light of last week’s nationwide shutdown of ITT Technical Institute schools, as well as the high-profile collapse of Corinthian Colleges in 2014, other crucial factors should be considered before making a commitment. If…

Cal Fire Cracks Down on Drones

When working to stop a wildfire, time is of the essence. Firefighters have minutes to hold back a blaze, and any disruptions can cost property and lives. During the recent Trailhead Fire, firefighting operations were disrupted by a hobby drone flown above the fire to take personal videos and photos. The drone operator was arrested…

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