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Fight Droughts Save Water

Fight Droughts Save Water

Fight Droughts Save Water

If you live in the state of California then you know that rain is an uncommon act of Mother Nature. This lack of precipitation in the state results in what is commonly known as a drought. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a drought is a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall that results in a shortage of water. While small droughts around the state are common, statewide multi-year droughts are pretty infrequent.

According to the National Integrated Drought Information System, the current drought in California impacts about 34,564,000 people; this accounts for almost 93% of the state’s population. With such a large impact on the number of people a drought effects, you may be wondering what some of the repercussions of a drought are – take a peek below to learn more about how ...

Rules of the Beach

Rules of the Beach

Rules of the Beach

Nobody wants to think about rules once summer rolls around,the season is about freedom after all. However, the rules still need to be followed. If someone decides to ignore them,they can end up facing some serious fines or even jail time. California law doesn’t care what season it is. If a law is broken, a person will get into trouble.

Beaches are the go to place to hang out in the summer when you live in California. Unfortunately, beaches are also the go to spot for tourist as well. Locals often find their favorite surf spots littered with tourist and trash. This can make for a bad relationship between locals and tourists. If you’re a local, try to be patient with the tourist this summer. They may not know that they’re on a private beach, or that it’s a popular surf spot...

The Ins and Outs of Employment Discrimination

The Ins and Outs of Employment Discrimination

The Ins and Outs of Employment Discrimination

If someone you either employ or who you decide not to hire believes that you’re discriminating against them based on race, gender, religion, or some other characteristic, you will find yourself in some serious legal trouble.

In the state of California, you’re not allowed to hold these characteristics against any of your current or prospective employees:

  • Advancing age
  • Birth country
  • Disability
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Genetic traits
  • Religion
  • Ancestry
  • Medical conditions
  • If they’ve been a victim of a crime such as domestic abuse, stalking, assault
  • Political affiliations
  • Sexual orientation
  • Veteran status
  • AIDS/HIV
  • Marital status

It’s important to understand that it’s not unusual for a city like San Francisco, where you can’t use a person’s height or weight against them when they’re empl...

What to Know About A DUI In California

The Ins and Outs of Aggravated DUI

The Ins and Outs of Aggravated DUI

We all know that driving after drinking is something that can cost us our driver’s license and land us in jail. What many of us don’t realize is that California has something called aggravated DUI which is even more serious than your standard DUI charge.

Any time you get behind the wheel of your vehicle and your blood alcohol level is .08% or higher, you’re breaking the law. When this happens, you’re sent before a judge who has a list of guidelines they’ll use to determine how severely you’ll be punished for your crime. Factors the judge takes into consideration include what your driving record looks like, why you were pulled over, how high your BAC was, etc.

Mitigated DUI Charges

If you find yourself on the defending side of a DUI case, you want the judge to consider all th...

Can Police Officers Search Your Electronics?

Can Police Officers Search Your Electronics?

Can Police Officers Search Your Electronics?

In the modern age, so much of our lives revolve around electronic devices. How many of us would be able to go a day without our cellphone in hand? Probably not many of us. It’s no wonder that since electronic devices like this have become so commonplace that law enforcement officers may need to see them during criminal investigations.

A very common question that most people have is when can a police officer search through my phone or other digital devices? The answer is the same for when can an officer search your home or house: they either need your consent to do so, a warrant that specifically lists the item in question, or when they have reason to believe that the searching of the device will prevent a crime.

This right is protected under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution...

Never Try to Race a Train

Never Try to Race a Train

Never Try to Race a Train

Running across railroads is pretty common in day to day life. You may walk alongside one on your morning jog, or cross one when driving to work. They are a part of everyday life, and for the most part they do not interfere. However, every once in a while you get stuck at a crossing waiting for a freight train to roll through.

If you are like most people, you find this sort of annoying. You have places to be. Others have felt the same way, and attempted to race the train through the crossing. Unfortunately for that person, that was the wrong choice. Trains, especially freight trains, can be very dangerous. It is never a good idea to race them through a crossing.

On average, a freight train can weigh anywhere from 12 to 20 million pounds...

Can You Leave Your Child Home Alone?

Can You Leave Your Child Home Alone?

Can You Leave Your Child Home Alone?

Summer is here, and for a lot of parents, it means their children are home for the summer. While kids love this time of year, it can be particularly stressful on the parents. This is due to the fact that, unfortunately for adults, they don’t get a summer break. Adults still have to go to work to earn enough money to provide for their families.

The decision to leave kids alone is a big one. It is not something that should be done lightly. Some kids can handle the freedom and responsibility of being home alone, while others cannot. It is up to the parent to determine if their child can handle being on their own for extended periods of time.

The parents will constantly be worried that something might go wrong...

Are You Aware of These New CA Driving Laws?

Are You Aware of These New CA Driving Laws?

Are You Aware of These New CA Driving Laws?

All Californians know that the state has some pretty strict driving laws. What many may not be aware of is the fact that some new driving laws just went into effect July 1st. These new laws seek to keep up with the ever changing modern world and help keep everyone on the road safe. That is something that everybody wants, because even though the law may not directly affect you, it can affect the other drivers around you, which can be beneficial.

First, there is SB 20, which is a law that applies to buses. This law basically states that anyone riding on a bus that has seat belts has to use the seatbelts. It is no longer optional. Furthermore, anyone between the ages of 8 and 16 must wear a seatbelt while riding on a bus. Anyone who breaks this law will face a fine...

Is Leaving Parking Tickets Unpaid a Good Idea?

Is Leaving Parking Tickets Unpaid a Good Idea?

Is Leaving Parking Tickets Unpaid a Good Idea?

Tickets are never fun to deal with. Nobody wants to get them, because not only does it mean we did something wrong, it means we are going to have to pay a fine. Nowadays, fines are pretty expensive. Here in California, the average cost of parking ticket is anywhere from $40 to $60. The price of the fine depends on the severity of the infraction.

Luckily, the majority of traffic violations are only infraction level offenses. This means that the worst a person can face is a small fine. A person rarely receives any jail time for an infraction. However, knowing this doesn’t make getting an infraction any easier. It can still bruise our ego, and hurt our wallets.

This is why some people will sometimes choose not to pay for a parking ticket, which is never a good idea...

Keeping Kids Safe in Water

Keeping Kids Safe in Water

Keeping Kids Safe in Water

Summer is here, and that means families are looking for the best ways to keep cool during the hottest of days. One of the favorite pastimes is going swimming, whether it is in a pool, river, or lake. Swimming is a great way to beat the heat, however not everyone is always up to the task. Young kids in particular can be at serious risk of drowning in large amounts of water.

When taking kids to bodies of water, it is important for parents to keep a close eye on their kids. Failing to do so risks their safety, which is something that nobody wants. All children should be actively supervised when near bodies of water. Infants and toddlers should always be within an arm’s reach from an adult. It only takes a few minutes for something bad to happen...