Archive | September, 2015

The Dangers of Drugged Driving

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Three out of ten fatalities on our California roads are caused by or are related to drugged driving. Drunk driving occupies the major portion of the media surrounding traffic accidents, so the issue of drugged driving is often swept under the DUI rug. Like drunk drivers, drugged drivers often have slowed reaction time, impaired judgement of time and distance, and are more likely to weave between lanes. As legalization of cannabis spreads, concerns regarding drugged driving become more prevalent. However, drugged driving does not only revolve around marijuana, but the misuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs as well. Continue Reading →

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Water, Fire and Mold Damage: When to Call the Professionals

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It’s something we all dread hearing—the sound of water running when you haven’t turned anything on. No one’s taking a shower. There’s no laundry load in the wash. So what is making that noise? And your worst fears are confirmed—you have a slab leak, a burst pipe or a overenthusiastic diswasher that has flooded your kitchen.

A water leak or flood can be devastating to the contents of your home or business. But sadly, the damage doesn’t end there. If you don’t get the property cleaned properly, you’re likely to have mold. And mold remediation is usually three times more expensive than water damage clean up. And, with all the wildfires in California right now, fire damage is a very real and terrifying possibility. Continue Reading →

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Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Your Airbnb Rental?

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The last thing a parent with a child abroad wants is to be powerless and ineffective if that son or daughter is in danger. Madrid was another check off the bucket list for 19 year-old Jacob Lopez, whose home for the duration of his visit was an Airbnb rental. Innocuous enough, the posting gave no hint that his host would lock him in a room and sexually assault him. Jacob frantically sent messages to his mother as he attempted to find an escape route. His mother, an ocean away, contacted Airbnb, who refused to provide her with the address or information of the Madrid host, told her to have the Madrid police call Airbnb for the information. Phone calls to the police were repeatedly disconnected, and Airbnb was no longer picking up the phone. Jacob, fearing for his life, was eventually was able to persuade his captor to release him—but not before the damage was already done. Continue Reading →

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Replace Your Lawn and Reduce Your Water Bill

Kangaroo paw is an Australian plant that is as beautiful as it is water-wise.

Kangaroo paw is an Australian plant that is as beautiful as it is water-wise.

California has given new meaning to the word “drought”. The worst drought in the state’s recorded history has California residents scrambling to actively conserve water, and water suppliers working to align with Governor Jerry Brown’s orders to cut usage 25%. From dropping shade balls into the Los Angeles Reservoir, to passive campaigns for conservation throughout restrooms and public spaces, the state is stretching its resources into every corner in an attempt to curb the devastating effects of the drought.

A major percentage of these efforts funnel into residential landscaping: Landscape irrigation accounts for one-third of residential water use nationwide (about nine billion gallons per day!). Over the years, we have seen the once immaculate and water-greedy green lawns wither to a crisp brown, or artificial grass fill in the empty spaces. Homeowners now are turning more and more to alternative landscaping. Continue Reading →

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