This Is Something You Hope To Never Need

This Is Something You Hope To Never Need

This Is Something You Hope To Never Need

It’s a bright sunny day outside. You’re strolling around your favorite mall. You’ve decided to take a moment to yourself to indulge in a little bit of shopping. The birds are chirping and you feel completely at ease. That is until a person approaches you and asks for all your money. They didn’t ask nicely, and they appeared out of nowhere. In situations like this, what do you do?

If you’ve had the proper training, it would be wise to use it in a situation like this.

Self-defense is something we should all know.

Self-defense can range from many practices or options such as a taser, knife, gun, or pepper spray. Whatever you choose for your self-defense weapon, learn to use it properly.

Your body could be considered a self-defense weapon, if you engage in the proper training. If you’re looking for self-defense techniques, there are plenty of practices you can chose to follow:

  • Kickboxing
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Muay Thai
  • Krav Maga
  • Taekwondo
  • Karate
  • Boxing

If you choose to own a gun, you must do so legally. California currently has some of the strictest laws in regards to gun ownership. If you choose to a use a gun as your self-defense you need to aware of the laws. California has a Castle Doctrine that allows you to use deadly force within your home if you have a reasonable fear of peril. If an event happens outside your house, California law states you must have justifiable reason to use deadly force.

Don’t wait for an incident to happen, be prepared. Whether it’s taking karate classes or a self-defense seminar, it’s important that you are prepared. Not only should you be prepared, you should practice using you self-defense weapon of choice. Don’t just take one karate lesson and never practice it. Take classes periodically to practice, that way if an incident ever occurs, you’ll be ready.

No one ever wants to use their self-defense skills. Using them means that you’re in harm’s way or you can be seriously injured or worse. You can be hanging out with a group of friends, going to concert, or just shopping on your own and run into a bad person. Don’t let someone ruin your day of relaxation. Be prepared for the worst case scenario, but also hope for the best outcome.

 

Abuse, Threats, and Stalking Are Not Cute

Abuse, Threats, and Stalking Are Not Cute

Abuse, Threats, and Stalking Are Not Cute

Certain things in life are cute, like baby animals. Giving someone a sentimental, thinking of you, gift or complimenting someone’s outfit or attitude is cute. You know what isn’t cute? Abuse, threats and stalking. These acts are harassment. To be more precise, those actions fall under civil harassment.

Civil harassment goes beyond just being rude to someone.

Civil harassment is defined as abuse, threats of abuse, stalking, sexual assault, or serious harassment committed by someone who you have not dated and do not have a close relationship with.

If you have a close relationship with the person who is harassing you, it would be considered a domestic case.

If someone is harassing you, don’t wait to get help. Waiting for a situation to change or get better on its own risks your wellness. The more time you allow to pass, the more abuse you will have to endure. Civil harassment can be caused by aunts, uncles, cousins, and other distant relatives. Being harassed by family can make coming forward difficult because of the fear of the rest of the family becoming upset.

After reporting the harassment to the police, you can apply for a restraining order. You can ask for a civil harassment restraining order if a person has abused or threatened to abuse you and if you’re seriously scared or annoyed. Getting a restraining order is fairly simple to do in California. Some courts may charge a small fee, but the price of your safety is always worth it.

Abuse, threats of abuse, stalking, sexual assault, and serious harassment, is not normal.

Don’t allow a person who has these not-so-cute habits into your life. Only allow cute things in your like funny cat or puppy videos. Harassment should not be ignored, but dealt with in a safe manner so that you can continue living your life admiring cute things.

 

California’s Attitude Towards Illegally Obtained Evidence

California’s Attitude Towards Illegally Obtained Evidence

California’s Attitude Towards Illegally Obtained Evidence

Most of us assume that the laws about what is and what isn’t legally obtained evidence to be black and white; however, there are actually quite a few gray areas when it comes to illegally obtained evidence in California.

One example of the murkiness surrounding how evidence is obtained is a police officer who happened to notice what looked an awful lot like a drug-related transaction. Unable to ignore the situation, the officer approached the car and after a brief skirmish, the officer found that the car was full of drugs, ammo, and an alarming number of weapons. The question is, since the officer didn’t have a warrant, could the evidence be used as proof of guilt.

The Fourth Amendment was created to protect citizens from illegal search and seizures, and to make it nearly impossible for the United States to become a “police state/country.” The problem is that a lot of time has passed since the Fourth Amendment was drafted and the world has changed a great deal. In an attempt to keep up with the increasing challenges law enforcement faces and to also honor the Fourth Amendment, courts all over the country, including California, have tweaked and even created some laws about what is and isn’t illegally obtained evidence.


In the case of the evidence collected by the officer who witnessed a crime in progress, the prosecution can claim that since the officer did witness an actual crime, the evidence can be used during the trial despite the fact that the officer didn’t have a warrant allowing them to inspect the car. However, if the defense can prove that the officer was staking out the driver or didn’t actually witness a crime taking place, it’s likely that judge will rule that the evidence was in fact obtained illegally and throw out the entire case.


Whenever there’s a case involving a car and evidence, things always get complicated. Technically, an officer can’t go through your car looking for proof of illegal activities; however, if they pull you over for speeding and there’s a bag full of drugs on your backseat, they can arrest you and use the baggie of drugs as evidence.

If you’re involved in a case and don’t think the evidence was obtained with a legal search warrant, it is in your best interest to hire a good defense lawyer who has a strong understanding of the Fourth Amendment.

 

Smoking Marijuana While Driving

Smoking Marijuana While Driving

Smoking Marijuana While Driving

While the rest of the country may be debating what to do about cannabis, Californians have already decided. California recently legalized marijuana for recreational use. We followed several other states like Oregon, Washington, and Colorado. While we weren’t the first ones to legalize weed recreationally, we are still one of the eight states that allows it recreationally. However, like with alcohol and cigarettes, there are laws that have to be followed.

Arguably the most important place to follow the law is behind the wheel. When a person steps behind the wheel of a vehicle they greatly increase the chances of causing harm to someone. Vehicle related deaths are some of the highest in the nation.

Before California allowed the sale of recreational marijuana, they passed several laws in anticipation. In particular they passed a law in regards to driving while smoking. According to this law, written by Sen. Jerry Hill, if a person is caught smoking marijuana while operating a vehicle or while riding in a vehicle, they can be subjected to a violation. The violation will include a fine of $70.

This really isn’t a new law for us. It’s already illegal to drive while intoxicated. Obtaining a DUI isn’t because you were drunk, it just means you were under the influence of some kind of substance. Along with not being intoxicated while driving, you cannot have an open container of cannabis in your vehicle. This is similar to you not being allowed to have an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

Since we are one of the few states that have legalized the use of marijuana recreationally, we have to be the role model for other states in the future. As time continues, more studies will be released in regards to the use of marijuana, which will broaden our understanding of the subject as a whole. Until then, exercise caution, and just follow the law.

 

Can They Really Tax Soda?

Can They Really Tax Soda?

Can They Really Tax Soda?

In recent years, cities across the country have begun to add an additional tax on sodas and other sugary drinks in an effort to reduce their sales. The hope with these taxes is that it will discourage people from buying the drink, and therefore help lower peoples risk of obesity and diabetes. Naturally, this is a very touchy subject for many people who dislike it when the government adds additional taxes onto things.

This all began back in 2014 when Berkeley, California became the first city in the US to put a tax on sugary drinks. The tax was 1 cent for every ounce of the drink. Since then, other cities have followed suite across the nation, which has the soda industry concerned. In fact, within California, the beverage industry is currently working on creating an initiative for the November ballot that would prevent cities from enacting taxes like this.

In order to prevent that, California lawmakers are currently working on bill AB 1838. This bill would prevent any local government from putting taxes on sugary drinks until 2031. The bill passed through the senate, and went on to be approved by Governor Jerry Brown, who signed it into law.

This means that local city governments will not be able to add taxes to sugary drinks for several years. On one hand, this means we won’t have to pay more for a soda at the store. On the other hand, it means local city governments will not be able to use this as an additional source of income. At least Californians will not have to worry about any new soda taxes for a very long time.

 

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. Anyone who understands momentum will know that stopping that much weight in a hurry is a very big undertaking. In fact, it can take over a mile for a 12 million pound train to come to a complete stop. Long story short, a train will never be able to stop for someone or something on the tracks.

Over half of all car and train accidents occur at crossings that are equipped with automatic signals. This is due largely in part to the fact that drivers will ignore the signals and try to make it through the crossing without regard for the train. Once the signals start to flash and the arms begin to lower, wait for the train to pass.

It is not worth risking your life.

Another surprising fact, is that a quarter of all train and car collisions occur when a car drives into the side of a train. This happens to drivers who are not exercising the proper cautions for the weather conditions. They are driving too fast in wet or dark conditions, and are then unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the train. This can easily be avoided by adjusting driving habits to match current weather conditions.

If your car ever stalls or gets stuck on the tracks, get everyone out of the car and to a safe distance right away. Then call 911 and alert them to the vehicle on the tracks. They will then contact the railroad, which will halt train operations on the line in question until the car has been moved. If a train is approaching when the car is stuck, get out as quickly as possible and run away from the tracks at an angle. You want to move away from the tracks, but in the direction of the oncoming train. This will keep you safe from the debris that will be caused by the train hitting the vehicle, which will be shot out and away in the direction that the train is traveling.

For many people, crossing train tracks has become a part of their everyday life. This, unfortunately, has led to them forgetting how dangerous these crossings can be for anyone who isn’t paying enough attention. Always be aware of your surroundings near train tracks, and never try to race a train.

 

Back To School Basics

Back To School Basics

Back To School Basics

It’s been one amazing summer! We hope that you and your family have enjoyed quality time together, family vacations, playing outside, and sleeping in. As July comes to a close and we flip the page to August, there is only one thing looming in the minds of children and teens; it’s already time to gear up and head back to school. For parents, this may come as a welcome change but for their school-aged children, this may come as a time of dread.

If your family is like most others around the state of California, then the summer break has meant big changes in your daily routine. This is a welcome surprise for the summer months and allows for a lot for free time for children. However, difficulties and problems may arise when it’s time to go back to school and resume your school-year routine.

We understand that the adjustment to a school schedule can be difficult for every family and we want to help make sure that your family’s transition is as seamless as possible. We’ve scoured the internet to find a few suggestions to assist with this transition.


  • Take your child back to school shopping – You can help build excitement about returning to school by having your child participate in picking out and purchasing his or her school supplies.
  • Enforce bedtimes and wake up times a week before school begins – By starting to enforce a set sleeping schedule, your routine will be easier to start back again when the time comes.
  • Read with your child – Gear up for the school year, and inevitable homework, by setting aside 30 minutes each day to read a book with your child. This will help to get back into an educational-based routine and refresh their mind on reading skills lost in the summer months.
  • Plan after-school activities – Sit down with your child and select a few school organized or community organized after-school activities. This will give your child something to look forward to throughout the week and incentivize going to school.
  • Schedule out family meals – The first few weeks of school can be very hectic. Rather than scramble at the last minute to prepare dinner or ultimately just give in and head to fast food restaurant, plan a meal calendar for your family and purchase items in advance from the grocery store. This will help stay on track with healthy eating habits and save you some money.

There are dozens of other helpful back to school readiness tips floating around from parents like you. Do you have other suggestions about how to help prepare your children for the start of a new school year? Drop us a comment below and help out other parents. We wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and educational year!

 

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.