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Is It Time for Last Call?

Is It Time for Last Call?

Is It Time for Last Call?

California lawmakers have recently passed a bill that if signed by Governor Jerry Brown, would allow certain cities to extend how late alcohol could be served. The bill in question is Senate Bill (SB) 905. The bill was passed at the end of August 2018, and now awaits either the Governor’s veto or signature.

The new law proposed by SB 905 would allow cities to decide when bars and other alcohol serving establishments should stop serving alcohol. Currently, bars and restaurants in California are required to have their last call at 2AM. Under this new law, 9 cities would be able to extend their last call for a few more hours starting in 2021.

The 9 cities included in this bill are:

  • Cathedral City
  • Coachella
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles
  • Oakland
  • Palm Springs
  • Sacramento
  • San Francisco
  • West Hollywood

The idea behind doing this is to allow these cities, and California as a whole, to compete with neighboring states, such as Nevada, that allow drinking into the early morning hours. By extending last call by just a few hours, these cities could end up seeing increased revenue.

However, even with the Governor’s signature, the bill would also need to be approved by California’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. If that were achieved, the law would go into effect in 2021 and last for 5 years where politicians would then get to decide if they wanted to keep the law or get rid of it.


Protect Yourself Against Online Scammers

Protect Yourself Against Online Scammers

Protect Yourself Against Online Scammers

With school back in session, emotions are high at the thought of a new year with new friends and new opportunities. There’s one lesson that won’t be taught in the classroom, but it’s an important one to keep in mind how to protect yourself against online scammers. If you think scammers only target old individuals with “money,” think again.

There are hundreds of scammers out there that utilize the start of a new school year as an opportunity to take your money. According to FRAUD!ORG, there are three main scams to looks out for.

  1. The Diploma Scam – If you didn’t receive your high school diploma in the traditional sense, there are some websites that claim to give you your high school equivalent diploma simply by paying a small fee and taking an online test. If someone offers this to you, run. It’s a scam.
  2. The “Student Tax” Scam – If you receive a phone call “from the IRS” about owed taxes on a student loan, it’s a scam. The IRS will always reach out by mail before any phone call is ever made.
  3. Scholarship Scams – If a company asks that you cover any fees or taxes associated with a scholarship, they are scamming you out of money. If it’s a third-party scholarship, you should always check to make sure the company is legitimate.

There are simple ways to combat online scammers. The first is to know they exist – don’t be naive and think that everyone is friendly and no one wants to steal your money. You should also always check the credibility of the site you are making a purchase from. If you have any hesitations, check with the Better Business Bureau and see if the site or company has any complaints. When browsing the internet, don’t click on pop-up ads or suspicious links that are embedded in emails, even if you know the person – they might have had their account hacked.

These are just few tips and tricks to keep your personal information safe. Be careful and don’t get scammed.


Don’t Cross While Distracted

Don’t Cross While Distracted

Don’t Cross While Distracted

We all know that using a cellphone while driving is a bad idea. It distracts the drivers and makes it much more likely for individuals to cause an accident. While this is a big deal, there is another time involving cars when it is not a good idea to be on the phone. That is when a person is crossing the street.

Crossing a street can be dangerous if not done at a proper time, or if either the pedestrian or driver are not fully paying attention. In the city of Montclair, around 15% of all vehicle related fatalities occur in pedestrian involved traffic collisions. The city looks to reduce that number with their new city-wide ordinance.

This new ordinance makes it illegal for a person to cross a road while distracted by their cellphone or any other electronic device. Specifically, the law states that…

a person cannot be engaged in a phone call, looking at a mobile electronic device, or have an earphone in both ears while crossing any roadway.

A first time offense will earn a person a $100 fine. A second offense within the same year will earn a person a $200 fine. Anymore offenses within that year will cost the person $500. As you can see, this can add up very quickly.

This new city ordinance actually went into effect back in January, but police were only issuing verbal warning up until now. Starting in August, they will begin fining any pedestrian they see breaking this law. This will all be done in an attempt to help reduce pedestrian involved traffic accidents and keep people safe.

What do you think of this new law? Is it too much or do more cities need to follow suit? Let us know in the comments down below.


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