What To Know About California & Its Strict Gun Laws

What To Know About California & Its Strict Gun Laws

What To Know About California & Its Strict Gun Laws

California is known for a lot of things. Shiny cars, hundreds of stars, and wild beaches, just to name a few of things. Recently, California has become known for one other thing that is catching the rest of the nation’s eye: gun control. Not just gun control, but for strict gun laws.

Recent changes in the laws regarding guns in California specifically target rifles. They particularly target assault style rifles that have been used in recent mass shootings. These laws require Californians to register their rifles or downgrade them by June 30th, 2018. When you down grade the rifle, you take out the modifications that make it “assault style”.

Beginning January 1st of this year, all assault style rifles were removed from store shelves in California.

Ammunition for guns in California is becoming a very big deal as well. You can no longer walk into a store and buy ammo. You also can no longer rely on your cousins to bring you some from neighboring states. Californians are no longer allowed to order ammo online or have it delivered to their house under Prop 63. If someone breaks this law, they will be looking at a misdemeanor with a fine and/or a year in jail.

Californians will also have to pass a background check in order to purchase ammo starting July 2019.

The reason why we have so many gun laws in California is to hopefully prevent another tragedy. The Las Vegas shooting in 2017 sent many Californians searching for a change to gun laws. California already has some of the strictest laws surrounding guns in the nation. There has been too many shootings involving mass causalities to simply ignore and do nothing. These laws are California’s way in trying to prevent another disaster.

Guns laws shouldn’t infringe on your Second Amendment right, they’re meant to protect you. If you go by the book, and play by the rules, these guns laws may be a hassle, but they shouldn’t be a problem. Law abiding citizens will still be able to have guns and get ammo. They will just have to jump through a few extra hoops to do so.

 

Vaping In California: What You Need To Know

Vaping In California: What You Need To Know

Vaping In California: What You Need To Know

Smoking tobacco has always been a pretty big hobby. Lately, however, it has been facing unexpected competition. This has come in the form of electronic cigarettes. When a person uses an e-cig, they are inhaling water vapor with different additives, rather than inhaling tobacco smoke. While vaping is a slightly healthier option than smoking, it still faces restrictions just like tobacco products.

Even though e-cigs and other vaping products contain no tobacco, the state of California still classifies them as tobacco products.

This means that the use of e-cigs faces many of the same restrictions of as regular cigarettes. This means that a person does need to be wary of some laws when using e-cigs.

In California, a person now has to be 21 or older in order to purchase any tobacco products. This includes vaporizers and other e-cigs. Members of the military are excluded from this law, meaning that an 18-year-old can purchase tobacco products provided they have a military ID. Interestingly, the law only prevents the selling or giving of tobacco products to minors, it does not make underage possession illegal.

The last things for e-cig users to be aware of is where they are allowed to use vape products. While second-hand smoke is not a major concern with these products, there usage has been restricted in certain areas such as:

  • School grounds
  • Public areas
  • Workplaces

The trend of vaping is still relatively new, and that means lawmakers are still working out how to deal with it. This leads to them constantly making new laws and adjusting old ones. It is important for anyone who uses these products to keep up to date on all of the laws regarding this hobby.

 

Did You Think California’s Water Problems Were Over?

Did You Think California’s Water Problems Were Over?

Did You Think California’s Water Problems Were Over?

Californians love their water. They love their coasts and their rolling green mountains. They love the wildlife and wildflowers that come out in the spring. When the weather starts warming up, the moisture starts evaporating. Plants die out, and the green turns to brown. It’s at this point we start wondering, are we in a drought? Are we supposed to be this dry?

We just survived a very devastating drought, and for once we can move past it. The last few years in California we have watched lakes dry up, and desert color tones become more prominent. We’ve survived many bans on our water usage, and watched green lawns wither away. We’ve all prayed for rain and finally got some. For once we’re not in a crisis mode over water in California. However, we’re not out of the desert just yet.

Currently we’re not in a serve drought, but that doesn’t mean all of our water problems are gone.

Parts of California may not have any drought warnings, but some do. Most of the Central and Northern parts of the state are abnormally dry. When you look at Southern California, this is where you’ll find some extreme drought areas. However, most of the Southern parts of the state are just moderately in a drought. This means that even through some of us are wetter than we were, we still have a ways to go to be completely drought free.

The California climate is always changing. California has a long history of unpredictable weather. In some parts of the state you have a brisk cold mornings followed by triple digits heat by noon. The overall climate of California plays a large role in the drought. California’s climate usually has a dry season from mid-May to late September. Then the dry season is followed by the wet season. The different typography in California diversifies the climate and weather patterns making it more complicated to predict.

We love our water, so we should take care of it.

Californians have done well when it comes to preparing for the dry seasons. Through reservoirs and conversation we are able to survive the dry times. We are also able to survive extreme drought conditions. Even though we’re finally breaking free from the drought conditions, we still need to be mindful of our water usage and conserve as much as we can.

 

Using GPS In California Could Result In Legal Trouble

Using GPS In California Could Result In Legal Trouble

Using GPS In California Could Result In Legal Trouble

Very few of us even carry a map in the car with us. Why would we when GPS is so much more accurate and gives us directions while we actually drive. As wonderful as GPS devices are, if you’re driving in California and using one, you need to be careful.

Like most states, California has clear rules about doing things like calling a friend up while you’re driving or sending text messages. Getting caught doing either of those things can result in a hefty ticket. Until January 2017, GPS’s devices were different. You were free to key in all sorts of information into them even while you were zipping down the highway. That’s no longer the case.

In January 2017, laws about the legal use of GPS devices went into effect. The good news is that you’re still allowed to use you GPS unit, you just have to be careful.

Keep it Out of Your Hands

If an officer catches you holding a GPS device while you’re driving, they can and will pull you over and issue a ticket. Having it in your hands, whether it’s because you’re trying to read something on the screen or because you’re trying to enter an address into it is considered distracted driving. If you have to pick up the GPS device for some reason, pull off the road to do so.

Make Sure It’s Swipeable

The one time you are allowed to touch your GPS is when you’re turning the unit on or off, provided you can do so in one smooth motion while still keeping your eyes on the road and one hand on the road, which basically means you’re limited to swipeable devices.

Voice Activated is Perfect

If you don’t like the idea of having to pull off the road each time you want to enter a new location into your GPS devices, you’d better exchange your current unit with one that is voice activated.

As of yet, there aren’t any laws regulating the way you use a GPS unit that comes pre-installed in your vehicle.

Penalties for Getting Stopped While Handling a GPS Unit

The most obvious side effect of getting pulled over while using a portable GPS unit while driving is that you’ll get ticketed for distracted driving. Not only does this mean a fine, but can also lead to significantly higher insurance premiums. If there’s a bench warrant for your arrest or if you do something to irritate the traffic patrol officer, you may be arrested.

 

Motorcycle Laws: Two Wheels Of Freedom, Right?

Motorcycle Laws: Two Wheels Of Freedom, Right?

Motorcycle Laws: Two Wheels Of Freedom, Right?

The warmer weather seems to be intoxicating for Californians. There’s something about feeling the wind through your hair as you cruise down back roads and take in the views. While some are satisfied with a hand out the window or the top down, others may prefer two wheels. A beautiful day in California will bring out motorcyclist. It may be super relaxing, but it can be dangerous if you’re not careful.

Motorcyclists have to obey the same laws that other drivers need to and then some.

They have to be extra careful when riding a motorcycle because they are not protected by anything other than the clothes on their backs. When they get into an accident, they don’t have an airbags or seat belts to keep them safe.

Motorcyclists need to drive as if no one can see them.

Motorcycles are smaller than cars, which makes them easy to miss. Riders need to be aware of blind spots on other cars and semis. They also need to be aware of their own blind spots. Being aware of this allows motorcyclists to successfully lane split, which is where a motorcyclist shares the lane with another vehicle. Typically lane splitting happens when there is heavy traffic. Lane splitting isn’t allowed nationwide, but it is allowed in California as long as it is executed safely.

If you’re driving around at night you need to be cautious in general, but if you’re a motorcyclist, you need to be extra cautious. Motorcycles don’t have big lights, and they aren’t very visible at night. Motorcycles are required by California law to have brake lights and turn signals as well as a headlight. However, they still aren’t very noticeable. Motorcyclists should be aware of this, and exercise safe riding behaviors such as flashing their brake light when they are coming to a stop.

While getting your regular driver’s license is easy, obtaining your motorcycle license is a bit more complicated. California law requires everyone to participate in several motorcycle safety classes in order to get their motorcycle license. This is meant to make the roads safer for all motorists.

The California air flying through your hair is extremely freeing and relaxing. However, we still need to aware of the laws around us.

 

Children's Right And Child Protection

Children’s Right And Child Protection

Children's Right And Child Protection

There is something about a child’s innocence that makes us all want to instinctively protect them. Some argue that it’s the fact that they are so helpless that we feel the need to protect them. Unfortunately, not everyone feels this way about children. There are people out in the world that wish to cause children harm. Whether they knowingly are hurting children or that is not up to a judge to decide.

Children are human too. That means that they also have rights, and deserve a chance in the world.

Unfortunately, some people still choose to abuse their kids. Recently in California, a house full of children who had been severely neglected and abused by their parents was discovered. The only reason we know about these 13 kids is because one lucky 17-year-old girl escaped from her parents and called 911. The 13 siblings all ranged from ages 2 to 29 years old. This begs the question of how did this go unnoticed?

Reports of child abuse come in by the thousands. In 2015, there were four million reported cases of maltreatment involving seven million children. Approximately 683,000 of those children were considered victims of maltreatment. Looking at these numbers from 2015, it is clear to see that we have an issue when it comes to raising the next generation. Child Protective Services (CPS) visited only 12% of the reported cases where the child eventually died.

Child Protective Services is supposed to save children. They’re goal is to protect children from hostile living situations and remove them from abusive homes. When kids suffer from their living situation and can’t remain with their family, CPS steps in and rehomes the kids. The 13 kids in California somehow flew under CPS’s radar, and suffered greatly for it. To help prevent a situation like this from happening again, you can look out for signs of child abuse.

This is what CPS considers child abuse:

  • A physical injury inflicted on a child by another person other than by accidental means.
  • The sexual abuse, assault, or exploitation of a child.
  • The negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child by a person responsible for the child’s welfare under circumstances indicating harm or threatened harm to the child’s health or welfare. This is whether the harm or threatened harm is from acts or omissions on the part of the responsible person.
  • The willful harming or endangerment of the person or health of a child, any cruel or inhumane corporal punishment, or any injury resulting in a traumatic condition.

The children we raise depend on us to help them make it to adulthood. We don’t live in prehistoric times where we have to actively fight off predators to protect our young anymore. Unfortunately, in this day and age, we have to protect the young from a different kind of harm. We have to safeguard them from predators disguised as regular people. As a society, we must guard our children because they will be the ones taking care of us in the future.

 

Summer Is Heating Up

Summer Is Heating Up

Summer Is Heating Up

Spring is over and summer is definitely here to heat up the party in California. The early cool mornings are slowly turning to scorching hot heat. Less and less people will be out walking about because of the high temperatures. Nobody wants to sweat or burn up under the Sun. Everyone will be sporting their sun kissed skin and smothering on the sunscreen.

The weather last year in 2017 was a bit extreme. 2017 brought hurricanes, and some of the hottest temperatures across the world. California had a sizzling summer with extreme triple digit temperatures. Even at night, there was barely any relief. It’s not surprising that last summer was hottest on record for the state. This year will more than likely follow suite. The Weather Network is expecting the summer of 2018 to be very hot, especially in the months of June, July, and August.

The climate in California is generally perfect, at least that’s what we like to believe.

California is classified as a Mediterranean-like climate according to Visit California. The Climate is typically dry with warm summers and mild winters. The problem with trying to classify all of California is the state is so big. The Northern California climate is completely different than the one in Southern California.

The heat is not something to be taken lightly. It can be dangerous to our furry companions and ourselves. When California heats up, we need to be prepared. In Northern California, temperatures can rise anywhere between 72 – 98 degrees Fahrenheit. In Southern California, temperatures can be anywhere between 71-107 degrees Fahrenheit. Those are just a range of average temperatures, which means they could be higher in some instances.

In order to survive the heat, we need to learn to avoid it as much as possible.

California may heat up in the summer months but there is plenty to do to keep cool. To avoid heat stroke or heat exhaustion, drinking plenty of water. Staying hydrated is half the battle. Be aware of your sun exposure, and lessen it to help keep yourself feeling fresh. While you’re trying to stay cool this summer, don’t forget about your furry friends. If you can’t handle the heat, they definitely can’t as well.

 

Horseback Riding Laws: Even Horses Have Laws

Horseback Riding Laws: Even Horses Have Laws

Horseback Riding Laws: Even Horses Have Laws

Horses can be wild creatures. Somehow we’re able to tame them, and teach them to do tricks and how to be ridden. We form bonds with these creatures. Unlike cats and dogs, horses cannot be pushed around so easily. You don’t tell a horse to do anything, you ask it. After all, a thousand pound creature doesn’t need your permission. A horse and rider share a bond that only they can really understand. A horse depends on the rider to take care of it. The rider in return gets to have partner. It’s a fun relationship between a horse and rider. However what about the relationship between the horse, rider, and California state law?

If you plan on riding your horse on highways and roads you need to be prepared. Even though you are on your horse you still need to obey the rules of the road. Meaning you have to stop at stop signs, and you have to go the speed limit. Obeying speed limits is where you realize its best to avoid highways and roads. If the speed limit if 55 miles per hour, you must also be going 55 miles per hour. You also cannot ride in reckless manner that could harm you, your horse, or others.

Drinking while riding your horse can also get you into trouble. It may seem like a good alternative to drinking and driving, but drinking and riding will get you into trouble. You can still get cited with a DUI or public intoxication. This is due to the fact that you can still cause serious injuries to yourself and those around you.

Just like a car, all horses must be licensed. That is, as long as you live in the City of Los Angeles. There is municipal code in Los Angeles that requires all horses to be registered with the city. The fee to register your horse is small, and is used to maintain horse trails in the city area. Different cities in California may have different requirements.

If you think that you’ll be riding horses and enjoying the feeling of the wind through your hair, think again. Just like horse registration, cities may require you to wear a helmet when riding your horse. If a city doesn’t have a law regarding wearing a helmet, the barn that you stay at might. Barns or boarding places for horse generally have a rule in regards to helmets. They typically require all those under the age 18 to wear a helmet.

Riding a horse can be a fun adventure. Together, the horse and rider can see places that you probably wouldn’t have been able to see in a vehicle. Horses can get you closer to nature and the world around you. If you plan on tacking up soon, just be aware of the laws in your area. Most importantly, saddle up and ride this summer.

 

Are Air Conditioners Required By Law In Rentals?

Are Air Conditioners Required By Law In Rentals?

Are Air Conditioners Required By Law In Rentals?

Summer is here, and many of us have been dealing with the heat for almost a month now. For many, this kind of heat means hiding out indoors with the air conditioning running. However, for some people, this isn’t always an option. For instance, people living in rentals may not have access to an air conditioner.

Here in the state of California, landlords have to provide their tenants with a habitable living environment. This means that a landlord has to provide functioning electrical, plumbing, and gas systems, as well as heating. Unfortunately, this does not include providing any sort of air conditioning since the state views this as an amenity.

While it is not required by law for a landlord to provide an AC unit for a house, many will do so regardless in areas that deal with high heat. This is done because it makes the property more desirable. While the AC unit itself isn’t required by law, if it was provided and operable when the tenant moved in the landlord is responsible for keeping it running. However, this only rings true so long as the unit broke through no fault of the tenant. If the tenant broke it, then he or she has to pay for the repairs.

If your rental came with a functioning air conditioner that has stopped working, contact your landlord about getting it fixed. A simple phone call, followed by a written statement saying that the unit is broken an in need of repairs should be enough. After receiving both of these, the land lord has anywhere from two weeks to a month to fix the unit.

Dealing with the summer heat, especially at home, is not fun. If you can’t escape the heat at home, try going out. California has several options for keeping cool. You could go to a beach or water park. If neither of those are really your thing, you can go see a movie or go to the mall. Locations like that typically provide AC during the hottest of days.

 

The Hidden Dangers Of Keyless Cars

The Hidden Dangers Of Keyless Cars

The Hidden Dangers Of Keyless Cars

We sometimes here stories that seem so crazy they must not be true. Then, once we look into the story more, we find out it is really true. Some things that you think are common sense, might only be common to you. It’s important to remember that not everyone goes through the same life experiences. Some generations seem to be more intuitive with technology than others. The most recent technology that seems to be difficult to master is push to start cars.

We’re not talking about pushing a car to start it like in the Flintstones; we’re talking about keyless cars. These are cars that don’t need a key to start them, and automatically start and shut off when the key is gone. This new feature is supposed to save the driver the hassle of placing a key in the keyhole.

It’s a convenience for the driver that has turned deadly in some instances.

Unfortunately, there has been an issue with carbon monoxide leaking into houses from the garage. High dosages of carbon monoxide are poisonous to us. When people forget to press the button and turn off the car, the car stays running and producing carbon monoxide in the garage. The toxic gas then seeps into the house from the garage through vents or a crack in the door.

More than two dozen people have fallen victim to this tragedy this year. An older gentleman thought that his car would just turn off, but unfortunately it didn’t. His car continued to run, and in the morning the older gentleman was be found dead in his house. The carbon monoxide produced by his car leaked into his house from his attached garage. The older man’s lack of knowledge about this technology cost him his life.

Car companies are looking to fix the problem. As technology advances, keyless cars aren’t going anywhere. If anything we’ll start to see more push to start cars. This feature, which was once a luxury, will soon be in all new vehicles. Car companies are considering creating a warning noise, and a failsafe to help prevent any more deaths related to the push to start button. Time will tell if putting in a warning system to notify users that their car is on will pay off.