Tag: consumer protection

New Video Spotlights Who We Are And What We Do

The Department of Consumer Affairs is made up of 38 separate entities, many of which operate independently but share a common mission: to protect California consumers by providing a safe and fair marketplace through oversight, enforcement, and licensure of professions. You may not realize just how many different ways DCA touches the lives of California…

New Video Spotlights Critical Contributions of Geologists

If you’ve ever wondered why hospitals aren’t accidentally built on fault lines, how we ensure our drinking water is clean, or how we have access to materials that power items like our cellphones, you can thank a geologist or a geophysicist. A new informative and entertaining video—“50 Years of Protecting the Public: The California Professional…

Visitantes que no invitamos en el verano: qué se debe saber sobre las arañas viuda negra

Esta es la época del año en que podemos encontrar un mayor número de arañas viudas negras en nuestros hogares y sus alrededores. Aunque hay varias especies que se encuentran en las regiones templadas de todo el mundo, las viudas negras generalmente se identifican con la marca coloreada en forma de reloj de arena en…

Summer’s Uninvited Visitors: What to Know About Black Widow Spiders

This is the time of year when we may come upon increased numbers of black widow spiders in and around our homes. Although there are several species found in temperate regions around the world, black widows are usually identified by the colored, hourglass-shaped mark on their abdomens. They are active when the temperature is 70 degrees or higher,…

Southern California Audiologist Ordered to Cease and Desist Practice

Thousand Oaks audiologist is accused of murder SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Audiologist Bryn Spejcher was ordered by a Ventura County Superior Court judge to cease and desist practicing audiology after the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board filed a request pursuant to California Penal Code section 23. This provision of the law allows…

Southern California Men Face Felony Charges in Huge Engineering Fraud Case

Case reinforces importance of using licensed professionals and verifying credentials SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two men were charged with 487 felony counts including identity theft, grand theft and forgery after allegedly preparing fraudulent engineering documents using the name and logo of their former employer, Palo Verdes Engineering, a legitimate Rolling Hills Estates-based company, in one of…

New Shop Posting Requirements Simplify Consumer Message, Save Costs

Salon patrons may remember walking into their favorite establishments and seeing a long, text-heavy poster detailing the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology’s health and safety regulations hanging in the lobby. Not ringing a bell? You’re not alone. Turns out customers weren’t really reading it if they noticed it at all. That meant that the “Message to…

Tarzana Audiologist Ordered to Cease and Desist Practice

Southern California audiologist arrested for indecent exposure at a theme park; more victims sought as additional charges are brought SACRAMENTO, CA – Audiologist Hershel Korngut was ordered by the Los Angeles Superior Court to cease and desist practicing audiology upon request of the Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board pursuant to California Penal…

New Video Explains How Salons and Barber Shops Can Avoid Fines

The inspection of barbering and beauty establishments by California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology inspectors is part of the board’s mission to ensure the health and safety of California’s consumers. Board licensees should be aware that at some time in their career, they are likely to be visited by an inspector, as board inspectors have…

McDonald Hearing Aid Centers Settlement Agreements Reached

Company to pay civil penalties and restitution to consumers; owner and others surrender licenses SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Department of Consumers Affairs’ (DCA) Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board has announced a settlement in a civil complaint filed against McDonald Hearing Aid Center Inc., its owners, and eight other defendants. “The settlement…

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