Archive | January, 2016

Crime on the Increase in Orange County: How to Protect Yourself

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Crime is on the rise in the O.C.? Yes, indeed it is. In fact, eight of Orange County’s cities with populations over 100,000 have seen increases in serious crime through the first half of 2015. How much of an increase? By double digits, according to the FBI.

In Costa Mesa alone, crime jumped 33 percent in 2015, which is their highest single-year increase in over a decade. The crimes that have increased the most sharply are stolen vehicles, aggravated assaults, thefts and burglaries.

How can you prevent yourself from being a victim of one of these crimes? Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid being a victim of a crime, but there are ways you can reduce your chances. Here’s a few tips: Continue Reading →

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Could You Be Missing Out on a Tax Credit?

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Sometimes it can seem like the government just takes takes takes from all the money you worked so hard earning. Wouldn’t it be great if you could spend some of that money they take for taxes on your groceries instead? Or what about toward rent?

Well, what if we told you that you may qualify for something called the California Earned Income Tax Credit? (They call it CalEITC for short.) It’s a cash-back tax credit that’s modeled on the federal tax credit that gives money back to working families…like yours. Continue Reading →

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New Regulations for Drones by FAA Annoy Owners

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You register a car. You register a gun. You even register a dog. But do you need to register a drone?

Just days before Christmas, the Federal Aviation Administration said yes, you do. And if you don’t, you’ll face a stiff fine. This goes for hobbyists all the way up to commercial operators. But why?

The FAA states that the regulation was put in place because the incidents between small drones and other aircraft have more than tripled in 2015. Sadly, in some cases, these incidents have prevented planes delivering water to wildfire sites, endangering the lives of firefighters and communities. Continue Reading →

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New Year, New Rules for California

And no, we’re not talking about Bill Maher’s New Rules, we’re talking about the new rules for California. Some of these you probably should know about, so we’re making a list for you.

Knowledge is power, and if you read this list at least once, you’ll be aware of these regulations that you may encounter in your day-to-day life. Los Angeles Times Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers talked to the good folks at KPCC to give them the DL about these new policies: Continue Reading →

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