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People Do What Before Getting Into Public Pools?

People Do What Before Getting Into Public Pools?

People Do What Before Getting Into Public Pools?

With the weather quickly heating up, many people are starting to pull their swimsuits out from their winter hiding spots. With California’s thousands of miles of coastline, there are plenty of places to go to the beach. However, the beach isn’t for everyone. Some people prefer to cool off without having to worry about sand getting everywhere. That is why some people prefer going to a pool.

In addition to the lack of sand at pools, they are often cleaner as well. The water is maintained by humans, instead of being left alone. However, despite the chemicals, mostly chlorine, put into pool water to keep it clean, one recent survey found that pools aren’t always as clean as one would hope.

Public Pools May Not Be As Clean As You Think

The clear blue water of pools often looks a heck of a lot cleaner than the ocean, lake, or river water. Those waters typically have all kinds of debris floating beneath the surface, making them hazy. Pools lack this haze due to the chemicals put into them to kill bacteria, and the filtration systems in them to pick out the bigger particles like bugs and leaves.

However, despite all of that, pools can still contain bits of harmful bacteria, bacteria that is typically brought in by swimmers. A recent survey conducted by Water Quality and Health Council found that 51% of Americans used pools as a way to rinse off after performing sweat inducing activities.

The survey, which polled 3,100 American adults and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7%, also found the following information:

  • 24% of people would go within a pool within an hour of having diarrhea.
  • 40% of adults peed in pools.
  • 48% admitted to not showering before entering a pool.
  • 53% didn’t know makeup affected the chemistry of the pool.
  • 55% didn’t know deodorant affected the chemistry of the pool.
  • 64% acknowledge the fact that pools don’t eliminate the need to shower, but use pools as a reason not to shower anyways.

While chlorine does help keep pools cleaner, it isn’t an infinite source of cleanliness. Think of the chlorine in a pool like a bar of soap. Every time it is used to clean something, it becomes smaller and less effective until it is all used up. However, chlorine is not a replacement for soap.

Chlorine keeps pools clean by causing chemical reactions in the water that kill microorganisms and bacteria. By adding other chemicals to the mix, bodily fluids, makeup, and deodorant, a person reduces the strength of the chlorine in the water, thereby reducing its effectiveness.

Help Keep Public Pools Clean

Some of the findings in this survey are more than a bit disgusting. Hopefully, they will serve as a reminder to everyone that there are times when they should not go swimming, and more than that, they should shower before getting into a pool. Doing so can help keep the water cleaner, longer.

Pools are a great way to beat the summer heat, and most are likely maintained on a regular basis. So long as a pool owners keep up with the maintenance of the pool, its filter system, and the chemical makeup, there is no reason to not go swimming in it. All public pools in California are required by law to be kept at safe and sanitary levels at all times. If a person suspects that this isn’t being done at a local public pool, they can report the problem to their local health officials.

As things begin to heat up this summer, be sure to help keep pools clean by not using them as bath time and showering before getting into the water. This will help keep the pool water clean for everyone.

 

Putting Chalk On Tires Deemed Unconstitutional

Putting Chalk On Tires Deemed Unconstitutional

Putting Chalk On Tires Deemed Unconstitutional

One of the great things about our government is how laws can change. As our country grows and beliefs and ideas changes, our laws can adapt with the times. This has been done countless times over the course of America’s history and it continues to happen to this very day. In fact, an interesting change has recently taken place in regards to parking violations.

Most cities have pretty strict guidelines on when, where, and how residents can park their cars. These rules can change from city to city, and even street to street. However, the results are always pretty much the same: a small fine and/or the possibility of being towed.

Different cities and law enforcement agencies have different methods for how they monitor parking on city streets. However, thanks to a new court ruling, one method will have to be dropped, in some states anyways, since a court decided it threatens a person’s constitutional rights.

Why Do The Rules Exist?

When it comes to why these strict rules exist for parking, it boils down either to safety or fairness. For instance, parking in front of a fire hydrant can pose a danger in the event that a fire breaks out nearby and fire fighters need access to the hydrant. Similarly, double parking, the act of parking a car parallel to a car that is parked along a curb, can be dangerous since it often places a car in the way of traffic.

Since parking spots are such a rare commodity in cities, many areas often pose time limits for how long vehicles can be parked there. The idea here is to keep cars moving out of the way in order to allow new drivers to park their own vehicles.

Most of the time, cities enforce their parking laws via parking meters. These devices keep drivers on a time limit, and charge them accordingly if they exceed that limit. As helpful as these devices can be for cities, not every city out there has parking meters installed. After all, they can be very expensive to install. This leads to cities using older methods to monitor parking, such as using parking enforcement officers.

Chalking Tires Is Deemed Unconstitutional

One method used to monitor parking is to mark tires of vehicles with chalk. Parking enforcement officers use the chalk to signal how long cars have been parked. This helps them determine when a vehicle has been stationary for too long. However, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that this method of parking enforcement is unconstitutional.

The court determined that the method invaded a person’s constitutional rights since the marking of the chalk was similar to a warrantless search of a citizen’s possessions. The search is unwarranted since there is no clear proof that the driver of the vehicle will break the law, there is only and assumption that the driver might break the law. This decision was reached largely due to the fact that this sort of enforcement seemed to be more focused on raising revenue for the city rather than enforcing safety.

This decision means that in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, parking enforcement officers will no longer legally be allowed to chalk vehicles tires as a way to determine if a car has overstayed its welcome in that particular spot.

How Will This Ruling Affect California?

While this recent court ruling does not directly affect the state of California, one can safely assume that other states will be taking notice of this event. The state of California is well known for being forward thinking, and this could very well become a law in the state in future. If that were the case, law enforcement agencies would have to rely on parking meters to determine if a car has been parked in a spot for too long.

What do think of this court ruling, is chalking a vehicles tire to monitor how long it has been parked unconstitutional?

Should California and other states adopt a similar ruling? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Are Nanny Cams Legal In California?

Are Nanny Cams Legal In California?

Are Nanny Cams Legal In California?

There is no denying that most parents only want what is best for their children. They want their children to be happy and successful. Unfortunately, in today’s fast moving and expensive world, it can be hard for parents to always be there for their child. Typically, people try to get trusted friends or family members to look after their children, but that isn’t an option for everyone. This leads to many parents hiring caregivers to watch over their children while they are away.

As much as parents should be able to trust the person that is watching over their child when they are gone, there is reason to be wary. There have been far too many cases where children were abused by the very people hired to take care of them.

As horrible as this is, advancements in technology have granted parents the ability to keep an eye on their nannies, even when they are at work. Nanny cams are simple pieces of tech that allow parents to monitor how a caregiver acts when no one else is around. However, given how California is about recording people, are these cameras even legal within the state?

California And Recordings

When it comes to recording conversations, California is known as a two-party consent state. This means that in order for a person to legally record a private conversation between themselves and another person, both people have to agree to the recording. Any audio recordings that are acquired without consent from both parties means that they cannot be used as evidence in cases.

However, when it comes to recording people on video, people can record others without consent so long as the video subject is not in an area where they could reasonably expect privacy. In other words, if someone is in a public place, like a city sidewalk, they could not reasonably expect privacy and therefore can be recorded.

Some examples of where people could privacy include:

  • Public restrooms
  • Changing rooms
  • Locker rooms
  • Their home
  • Their backyard
  • Private property that they have permission to be on

If a person is in any of the areas or areas similar to this, then they have a right to privacy and cannot be recorded.

California And Nanny Cams

When this law gets applied to nanny cams, some people might assume that this means these kinds of cameras cannot be used in the state of California. However, that is not the case. Parents can use nanny cams here in California, they just have to be mindful of where they place the cameras.

Basically, the rule of privacy still applies for the caregiver, meaning that cameras cannot be placed in any area where a person might expect privacy. This includes bathrooms and the caregiver’s room, if they are a live-in nanny. However, since the nanny is working in someone else’s home, they cannot reasonably expect privacy in that place. This also works inversely in that since the nanny is not the owner of the home, they cannot install cameras within it.

However, if the camera also records audio as well as visual, then they parents may need to alert the nanny of this fact. This is due to the fact that with audio recordings, the devices could pick up what is supposed to be a private conversation. This is best done in writing so that there is proof of this warning. If a parent fails to do this, then any audio from the recording could not be used in a court of law.

Nanny Cams Are Meant To Keep Kids Safe

Parents just want to ensure that their children are safe and sound, even when the parent isn’t there in person. Nanny cams allow them to do this. Some nanny cams are even advanced enough to let a parent view the camera from their place of work. If a parent does have a camera like this, they should be sure that it is password protected so that some unknown person can’t hack into it.

What do you think of nanny cams and California’s laws about recording people?

Should parents have to warn nannies about being recorded, or should they be allowed to do it in secret? Maybe parents shouldn’t be able to record nannies at all. Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Don’t Waste Time In Jail, Bail Out Today!

Don’t Waste Time In Jail, Bail Out Today!

Don’t Waste Time In Jail, Bail Out Today!

Time is precious, and no one likes to have their time wasted. They have important things they want to do, and anything that distracts or takes away from that can be frustrating. This is one of the biggest reasons why people hate getting arrested. They do not want to be stuck in a jail cell when they could be out living life.

If you know someone who was recently arrested, you can bet that he or she is struggling with being locked behind bars. You can lend a hand by posting their bail. While this may sound like a daunting task, it is actually incredibly easy with David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia. We make bailing someone out of jail both easy and affordable for all of our clients.

Our bail agents know everything there is to know about bail. They will do everything in their power to help you out. This means answering your questions, walking you through the bail bond process, and providing personalized payment plans. You will get nothing from the best when you come to David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia.

Since an arrest can occur at any time, a bail agent needs to be ready to go at a moment’s notice. That is why our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The moment you decide to bail someone out of jail, one of our agents will be there to work with you. You can contact them at any time of the day no matter where you are in the state of California.

Our agents can provide all of the following for you:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
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  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Se habla Español

No one likes having their times wasted, especially when that means sitting in a jail cell. Luckily, bailing someone out of jail can be a piece of cake with help from David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia. Our bail agents are always ready and waiting to help. All you need to do is get in touch with them, and they will get started with rescuing your loved one from jail.

What are you waiting for? You can talk to one of our agents for FREE simply by calling David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or clicking Chat With Us now.

 

What Are Your Rights Regarding Police Searches Of Property?

What Are Your Rights Regarding Police Searches Of Property?

What Are Your Rights Regarding Police Searches Of Property?

When it comes to performing investigations, law enforcement officers have to follow certain rules and laws just like everyone else.

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects all US citizens from unreasonable search and seizures.

This means that law enforcement officers can only search a person’s property provided they have a good reason that has been approved by a court, the owner of the property allows it, or the officer has probable cause to do so.

This applies to all of a person’s property, including:

If a person does not give their consent to let an officer search through their personal possessions, then the officer will need to get a warrant. The warrant will have to be approved by a judge, and it will list exactly what the officers are allowed to look through. If something is not listed on the warrant, than the person has the right to deny the officer from searching or seizing the item in question.

Here in the US, citizens are protected from the government overstepping its boundaries. This includes searching and seizing of someone’s personal property without their consent. It is important that every citizen know and understand their rights. If they do not want to let a police officer search through their stuff, they have the right to turn the officer away unless he or she has a warrant.

 

Could Your Texts Be Taxed In The Future?

Could Your Texts Be Taxed In The Future?

Could Your Texts Be Taxed In The Future?

Californians pay a lot of different and expensive taxes. According to a recent report from Mercury News, the state’s Public Utilities Commission will be considering a new tax. This wouldn’t be just a new tax for California, it would likely be the first tax of its kind. The tax would also be one that a large majority of the population would probably be very upset over.

California regulators are currently looking into the idea of taxing text messages.

This is not a joke, the Public Utilities Commission is seriously looking into the matter. They are looking for ways to help provide funds for programs that make phone services accessible for poor people.

As anyone could imagine, this news has create quite a bit of uproar against the idea. The tax would drastically increase a person’s wireless bills and be applied if a person sent even just one text that billing period.

Aside from upsetting consumers, this proposed tax has also upset wireless providers who say it would create an unfair environment. The tax would push customers away from using their messaging apps in favor of untaxed internet messaging apps.

The commission is set to vote on the measure in early January.

How much the tax will cost is unknown at this time, but does it really matter? Texting has become a part of many peoples’ daily lives as they use this to communicate with their friends and loved ones. Should something like this truly be taxed? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Drivers Have To Stop

Drivers Have To Stop

Drivers Have To Stop

California is notorious for having drivers who like to play by their own rules. Drivers in the state seem to follow the mentality that if everyone does it, it must be okay. However, this is not the case. After all, if other drivers drove off of a bridge, you wouldn’t follow them. Besides, a driver can still get into trouble for breaking a law, even if other drivers broke it too.

A perfect example of this is when drivers approach stop signs. A driver is supposed to come to a full stop at the limit line, the white line in the road, when they approach a stop sign. This is required by law. However, many drivers prefer to do a rolling stop, also known as a California stop.

A rolling stop occurs when a vehicle does not stop. Instead, it slows to an almost stop, then continues on without truly coming to a stop. This common practice is actually illegal and can earn a person a traffic ticket. A ticket for this offense can cost around $140.

As with all traffic violations in California, acquiring too many tickets for rolling stops can cause a person to lose their license.

When a driver approaches a stop sign, they need to stop at the limit line, or the edge of the crosswalk. The vehicle needs to come to a full stop, meaning the wheels aren’t moving and the speedometer needle is at 0. After stopping for 3 seconds, the driver can then proceed through the intersection if it is clear.

Drivers in a hurry tend to not stop, preferring to simply slow down instead, in order to save time. This can be dangerous and cause an accident, which is why it is against the law. If a law enforcement officer sees a driver do this, they will pull that driver over and give him or her a ticket.

 

Where Is Your Food Prepared?

Where Is Your Food Prepared?

Where Is Your Food Prepared?

Everybody is a fan of good food, and most people would argue that the best food out there isn’t found in restaurants. The best food is found in family kitchens. Over the past few years, there has been a growing trend of people selling food that they made in their own homes. While this often provides people with some of the best food they have ever tasted, it does pose a few health concerns. That is why the practice was illegal in the state of California.

The key word there is was.

Starting January of 2019, entrepreneurs will be able to sell food they prepared in their home kitchens.

This change came about thanks to Assembly Bill 626, which was authored by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia. The hope was that this bill would allow people who couldn’t afford to get into the restaurant business to still get into it.

Before the aspiring new chef can get started selling their meals, they will need to get a permit to do so first. This permit will allow a person to become what is called a microenterprise home kitchen (MHK). An MHK would have to sell less than 60 meals a week, deal directly with their customers, and consent to inspections by local health officials if a complaint has been received.

A benefit to this bill, is that it exempts MHKs from certain rules that apply to restaurants, but don’t really make sense for home kitchens. A couple examples would be the rule that kitchens can’t have openings that lead directly to living spaces, and that kitchens have to have a 3-compartment sink. MHKs would not have meet these standards.

What do you think of this new law? Is it a great step forward for those looking to make a living selling their home cooking, or does it pose too much of a health risk?

Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Safe Winter Driving Tips

Safe Winter Driving Tips

Safe Winter Driving Tips

While it may feel like fall just started, winter has arrived in parts of California. Soon enough, the entire state will be dealing with a chill in the air and storm clouds gathering on the horizon. Rains, snow, and ice will begin to affect the roads, creating dangerous driving conditions. When this happens, drivers need to proceed with caution, or risk being in a fender bender.

As road conditions worsen, drivers are supposed to adjust their driving accordingly. By doing so, they decrease the chances of themselves being in an accident.

Driving In Rainy Weather

Drivers should slow down. Sometimes in bad rain, even going the posted speed limit can be dangerous. On wet roads, cars can lose traction with the road and begin to hydroplane across the water, causing them to careen out of control. If a driver ever feels that their car is beginning to hydroplane, they need to let of the gas and let the car slow down naturally. Do not slam on the breaks or swerve. Once the car has slowed enough, the wheels will gain traction once again and the driver can proceed as normal.

Driving In Snowy And Icy Conditions

The road is always slippery no matter how fast the car may be traveling. This means that drivers need to not only slow down, but slow down everything that they do. In these kinds of conditions, cars cannot respond as quickly. The steering wheel might get turned to the left, but the car’s momentum on the slick surface will keep it moving forward. To avoid this, drivers in these conditions need to:

  • Driver slower
  • Apply breaks in a controlled manner
  • Apply gas from complete stops in a slower manner
  • Plan turns way in advance

If a driver simply takes their time in these conditions, they can reduce the likelihood of being in an accident.

Most experts recommend that the best way to be safe in inclement weather is not to drive in it. However, things like work and school don’t always make staying home possible. If a person does need to drive in bad weather this winter, they should do it with the necessary caution, or they could wind up in a very undesirable accident.

 

Sometimes Even The Police Need Help

Sometimes Even The Police Need Help

Sometimes Even The Police Need Help

When it comes to solving crimes, everyone trusts that the local law enforcement agencies will take care of it. After all, that is their job. They find the clues to track down the criminals and keep everyone safe. They do this on a daily basis. In fact, they do their jobs so well that many people often forget that sometimes police officers need help.

Even with all of the tools and training at their disposal, sometimes police officers miss something. This is usually due to the fact that they simply weren’t there to witness it. This is when they turn to the general public for help.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who are uncomfortable with the idea of giving information to police officers. There are a number of reasons why people might not want to give tips or information to an officer, and most of them are things that don’t need to be worried about. Despite what some people may think, law enforcement officers can be trusted. After all, their job is to help people.

Why People Don’t Report Crimes

There are all kinds of reasons why a person may not want to report a crime or give tips to a police officer. Some of the reasons include:

  • They assume someone else will help. They figure that with so many people out there, that someone else will help and that they will not need to. The problem is, a lot of people think like this which can lead to nobody giving the information to local law enforcement.
  • They don’t want to get involved. Some people would rather stay out of things and avoid any unnecessary struggles.
  • They don’t want to make themselves look guilty. Some people incorrectly assume that by reporting a crime to the police they may make themselves look guilty. However, this is not the case.
  • They don’t want to make a loved one look guilty. Sometimes a person may suspect that someone they care about committed a crime, and they try to help that loved one out by not reporting the crime.
  • They are afraid that the accused criminal may come after them. This is something that is shown a lot on television and in movies. The accused goes after whoever “wronged” them by reporting the crime to the authorities. This rarely happens in real life and the police will do everything they can to help protect people from criminals.
  • They don’t trust the police. Some people just have a mistrust of the police created by any number of things that have happened in the past. The important thing to remember is that for every story of a bad police officer, there are thousands upon thousands of untold stories of good officers following and enforcing the law every single day.

Why People Should Report Crime

The truth is, when it comes to crimes, sometimes police officers can’t always be there to get every detail. This is especially true the moment a crime happen. Unless officers knew the crime was going to occur, which is rare, the chances of them being there to see everything is slim to none.

In these instances, they need the public’s help to collect information about the crime in question, so that they can track down the culprit. They want to hear from people who witnessed the crime and might be able to offer a new perspective that could lead to an arrest. They need everyone’s help.

How To Report Crimes

If a person wants to report a crime or provide a tip, they can usually contact their local law enforcement agency over the phone or online. Some agencies can even accept tips through text messages. While this makes reporting tips and crimes easy, they do often require a person to provide their name contact information to the officers.

If a person wishes to report a tip anonymously, they can do so through Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers is an organization that works with law enforcement agencies all over the United States. What many people love about this organization is that it allows people to give tips about crimes anonymously, thus removing many of the concerns that people have about giving tips.

Crime Stoppers makes giving tips anonymously very easy by allowing people to give tips to local law enforcement agencies in the following ways:

  • Online at the Crime Stoppers’ website.
  • Over the phone with a toll free phone number on their website.
  • With the P3 Tips mobile app.

This makes reporting tips about crimes easy.

Give The Police A Helping Hand

While Police officers have a lot of tools at their disposal, and years of training, they cannot always solve cases alone. Sometimes they need the public’s help. Unlike what some TV shows and movies would have people believe, reporting a crime or tip is not a big, scary deal. Often times it is as simple as giving some just a little bit of information.

If a person is still hesitant, then they can always give tips anonymously through Crime Stoppers. This way the person can still help out without the fear that someone may be looking for them. They can do a good deed and help local law enforcement agencies track down the culprit of the crime in question.

 

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