California Franchise Tax Board tax tips

The Franchise Tax Board announced it is now accepting 2012 state tax returns, and announced the following updates on law changes and filing services...

California’s smoking age 21 in June

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation raising the legal age to smoke in California from 18 to 21 years. The exception is active-duty military personnel...

Covered Cal health insurance rates increasing for 2017: Shopping for plans can still save...

Last month, Covered California announced its rates for health insurance in 2017 with some health plans intending to expand into new areas this year....

Dueling plastic bag propositions 65 and 67: What happens if both pass?

Both propositions 65 and 67 deal with the subject of plastic bags but in opposing ways. If both pass, depending on which proposition receives...

UPDATE: Wildfire west of Pine Cove

The U.S. Forest Service is reporting a 1/4-acre fire along the Webster Trail, about 150 yards west of Red Hill Truck Trail, not far...

Hemet Hospital now has a cardiac lab

On Wednesday, April 5, the Hemet Valley Medical Center dedicated its new cardiac catheterization lab. The cath lab is a room to examine how...

EDITED: ‘Wildfire’ near Fobes Ranch Road

Cal Fire is now reporting a fire near Fobes Ranch Road in Garner Valley. EDITED 2016-11-14: The "Wildfire" turned out to be merely a...

It’s illegal to relocate rattlesnakes

When asked what someone should do if they find a rattlesnake in their yard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist Kevin Brennan said,...

Forest Service enlists White House support to change wildfire funding mechanism

The need to modify the U.S. Forest Service’s budget process so that the cost of fighting wildfires does not jeopardize funding for other programs has...

Still a chance to register and vote

There is a new option for Californians who missed the Oct. 22 deadline to register or update their voter registration for the Nov. 6...
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