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Conserving Electricity This Summer

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Since May, various people have expressed concern that the power grid won’t be able to provide enough electricity to meet everyone’s needs. According to a May 6, 2022 article that was posted by CBS Sacramento, the California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO) was already seriously concerned about whether supply would meet demand. At the time, it was predicted that the state’s power grid would be approximately 1,700 megawatts short.

There are a few different reasons why electricity is becoming increasingly difficult for Californians to use. The leading reasons that electricity is in short supply include wildfires that not only destroy many electrical resources but often put an additional strain on the grid. The drought makes it harder to find the water needed to create electricity. Last is the sheer demand people are placing on the state’s electrical system. As the days get hotter, people are using their air conditioning more frequently which drains electrical resources.

While you may not be able to completely spare the state from rolling black and brownouts this summer, there are a few things you can do that will limit the strain you place on the overtaxed system and also lower your monthly electricity bill.

Use Window Covering/Treatments

You will be amazed by the amount of money upgrading your window coverings/treatments saves you. Good quality window coverings/treatments are designed to significantly reduce the amount of heat that’s let into your house. The less heat that enters your home, the less you’ll pay to keep the interior air conditioning.

Consider Using a Fan

Switching the air conditioning off and turning a fan on is always a great way to conserve electricity, especially when you’re the only person home. Fans create a wind-chill effect as they circulate air around the room. Occasionally using a damp towel to moisten your skin will enhance the fan’s cooling properties.

Since the fan doesn’t actually cool your home but simply moves air around, you’ll want to shut it off whenever you leave the room. Continuing to allow it to run will simply drain your electrical supply for no good reason.

Invest in a New Thermostat

Believe it or not, the thermostat you’re using can have a major impact on your monthly utility bills. All you have to do is replace your traditional thermostat with an automated one that you can program to accommodate your family’s routine. Why is this important? It means that during the times when no one is home, the system will turn off your air conditioning and allow the internal temp of your home to raise a bit while you conserve energy by not running the A/C. Just before you’re scheduled to get home, the automated thermostat will turn the A/C on so you return to a cool and comfortable environment.

What steps have you taken to decrease your electricity use this summer?


Most Dangerous Cities to Live in California 2022

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Like most parts of the world, California has some places that are great areas to raise a family. These areas have good schools, solid sources of income, and a low crime rate. The flip side of the coin is that there are also some extremely sketchy parts of California. A quick look at crime in California makes it easy to see which are the most dangerous cities in California in 2022.

Oakland, California

Oakland hasn’t had a good reputation in years. The bad reputation is a direct result of the city’s insanely high crime rate, which is 150% higher than the national average. While the city has more than its share of petty crimes, violent crimes are the real concern. Not only does the city have the fifth highest property crime rate in California, based on the numbers, but there’s also a murder every five days.

Emeryville, California

Emeryville and Oakland tend to go back and forth between which one is California’s most dangerous city. Right now they are basically running neck and neck. Emery is home to only 12,000 people, all of whom are aware of how dangerous their zip code is. The interesting thing about Emeryville is that while 1 out of 8 people has recently been the victim of a property crime, the city’s violent crime, and gang-related crime isn’t as high as some other California cities. In Emeryville, there is only a 1 in 72 percent chance of you getting caught in a violent crime. The fact that the violent crime rate is low, indicates that many of Emeryville’s crimes are economically driven.

Commerce, California

While Commerce still earns a spot on the most dangerous cities in California in 2022 list, there’s no denying that as the years have passed, Commerce’s violent crime rate has been steadily decreasing. While it’s getting better, there is still a high rate of property crime, with 1 in 11 residents reporting that they were the victim of a property crime. Commerce isn’t a stranger to violent crime either, during 2020, Commerce was ranked #11 on California’s list of cities with the most reported violent crimes.

Crescent City, California

It’s the same that Crescent City has such a high crime rate because this is a pretty city that provides residents with an excellent climate, easy access to Oregon, plenty of outdoor activities, and close proximity to the Pacific Ocean.

The problem is the crime rate. It’s so bad that Crescent City has landed near the top of the list of California’s most dangerous cities in 2022. What’s truly alarming is that the city has an extremely high sex crime rate. There have already been 10 sexual assaults reported this year as well as 77 additional violent crimes.

What do you consider an acceptable crime rate when you’re weighing the pros and cons of moving to a new California city?


Ignoring and Disobeying California Traffic Signals

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Believe it or not, the State of California didn’t put up traffic signs, signals, and lights simply to make your commute more difficult. Despite what it may feel like some days, the traffic signals weren’t created as some sort of vendetta against you. The truth is that they exist because the state’s traffic experts noticed that when an intersection didn’t have a traffic signal, there were many nasty accidents. The real reason the traffic signals were erected was to make the roads safer for everyone.

When the state agreed to provide you with a driver’s license, you entered into a metaphorical contract with them. Even though you didn’t receive a copy of this contract, rest assured that one of the line items on it was an agreement to obey all traffic signals, no matter what.

While the DMV didn’t provide you with an actual contract that outlined the various rules about traffic signals in the state, you can find the information by reading the California Vehicle Code 21461a VC. It clearly states that:

“(a) It is unlawful for a driver of a vehicle to fail to obey a sign or signal defined as regulatory in the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, or a Department of Transportation approved supplement to that manual of a regulatory nature erected or maintained to enhance traffic safety and operations or to indicate and carry out the provisions of this code or a local traffic ordinance or resolution adopted pursuant to a local traffic ordinance, or to fail to obey a device erected or maintained by the lawful authority of a public body or official.

(b) Subdivision (a) does not apply to acts constituting violations under Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 22500) of this division or to acts constituting violations of a local traffic ordinance adopted pursuant to Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 22500).”

It’s worth noting that the vehicle code is legally binding both for permanent traffic signals and for signals that have been temporarily erected to accommodate things like road construction.

The good news is that if you do fail to obey a California traffic signal, you won’t be hauled to jail where you’ll learn that you’re facing criminal charges, at least you won’t be provided there’s not a bench warrant for your arrest or that you’re not driving on a suspended license.

In California, failing to obey a traffic signal will net you an infraction ticket which comes with a fine. The exact amount the fine you’ll owe depends on what type of traffic signal you ignored and if disobeying the traffic signal was the only driving law you broke. You should expect that the infraction will cost at least a few hundred dollars and that it will add points to your driving record. While it’s likely that you’ll be more upset about the fine, you can’t afford to ignore the points. If you accumulate more than twelve points in 12 months, the state could suspend your driving privileges.


Illegally Carrying a Loaded Firearm in California

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Just because you’re legally allowed to own a firearm in California, it doesn’t mean you have an instant right to do whatever you want with it. For example, while you’re allowed to own a firearm and even carry it with you if that same firearm is loaded, you could find yourself in serious legal trouble.

The topic of carrying a loaded firearm in California is covered in Penal Code 25850 PC. When you read through the law, you’ll find that even though you have an ownership license for the firearm, if that firearm is loaded, you’re not allowed to have it:

  • While on a public street
  • While in a public place
  • While cruising the streets in your car

When you read through Penal Code 25850, you’ll discover that this is a very complex law. It states that:

    “(a) A person is guilty of carrying a loaded firearm when the person carries a loaded firearm on the person or in a vehicle while in any public place or on any public street in an incorporated city or in any public place or on any public street in a prohibited area of unincorporated territory.

    (b) In order to determine whether or not a firearm is loaded for the purpose of enforcing this section, peace officers are authorized to examine any firearm carried by anyone on the person or in a vehicle while in any public place or on any public street in an incorporated city or prohibited area of an unincorporated territory. Refusal to allow a peace officer to inspect a firearm pursuant to this section constitutes probable cause for arrest for violation of this section.”

The other thing that is very confusing is how this impacts the right to carry a concealed weapon in California. What many don’t realize is that you’re not allowed to carry a concealed weapon in California. Getting caught with a loaded concealed weapon can result in yet more criminal charges.

The thing you have to understand is that while California lawmakers are willing to allow you to have a gun that you can use to defend yourself and your property from criminal elements, they want you to leave that firearm at home. If you feel that you must have the firearm with you, you must:

  • Make sure the firearm isn’t loaded
  • Must make sure it’s securely locked away, preferably in a locked case, though locked in your trunk will also suffice.

It’s straight-up illegal to carry a concealed firearm in California, just like it’s illegal to have a loaded firearm on you while you’re out and about.

Getting caught with a loaded firearm in California is illegal, but it’s also one of the state’s wobbler offenses. Factors that determine whether you’re charged with a misdemeanor include:

If you’re convicted of the misdemeanor of having a loaded weapon in a public space, you could be sentenced to a year in county jail and/or required to pay a $1,000 fine. Certain prior convictions on your record could mean a mandatory three months in county jail.

If you’re convicted of a felony of having a loaded weapon in California, the maximum sentence is up to three years of incarceration and/or a $1,000 fine.

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California Bail Bonds Improves Your Defense

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Most people don’t think about how difficult it is to prepare a solid defense while you’re sitting in a jail cell. There’s very little privacy. You have to hope that your lawyer is willing and able to arrange their schedule so that they can routinely meet with you. Most importantly, you can’t gain access to any important documents or pieces of evidence that could be used to help you make your case and have to rely on others to find them and give them to your lawyer.

Any way you look at it, being released on a bail bond that you’ve gotten from Carl’s Bail Bonds in Tulare County makes preparing a solid defense for your case considerably easier. Not only can you go to your lawyer’s office and actually provide them with everything they need, but you’re also able to continue working which may make it possible for you to hire a slightly better lawyer to handle your case rather than having to rely on a court-appointed defense attorney.

The ability to prepare a solid defense for your case is just one of the reasons you should consider getting a bail bond rather than sitting in a jail cell. Being out of jail allows you to work, to spend time with your family, and to enjoy what you have while you wait for the courts to deal with your case. You’ll find that being out on a bail bond is considerably more relaxing than sitting in a cell.

Getting a California bail bond from Carl’s Bail Bonds in Tulare County is more affordable than you might think. The process starts with a phone or online chat with one of our highly experienced bail bond experts. This consultation is completely free of both cost and pressure. If you think we’re a good match, we’ll have you fill out a bail bond contract and pay a fee. The fee is 10% of the bail the judge set for you. In some cases, we require a co-signer or collateral, but those are determined on a case-by-case basis. Once we have everything we need, we sign the bail bond and take it to the jail. The entire process usually takes very little time. Unless there is a hold-up getting a co-signer/collateral or the jail is moving slow, you should be out of jail within a few hours of contacting us.

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Quick Bail Bond Approval in California

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Here at Carl’s Bail Bonds in Tulare County, it’s our belief that no one should have to sit in a jail cell for a moment longer than necessary. We understand that each minute you’re in a cell, the bleaker your situation feels. We want you to be as comfortable as possible as soon as possible which is why offer quick bail bond approval in California.

The first step in getting quick bail bond approval in California is through a free consultation. This consultation can take place over the phone lines or via live chat. The person you speak to will always have a great deal of experience and know the answers to all of your questions. They are also the person who will start the quick bail bond approval process.

The purpose of our bail bonds consultation is two-fold. We want you to use the consultation to really educate yourself on the bail bonds process and Carl’s Bail Bonds in Tulare County and make sure that you’re really comfortable with what you’re about to get into.

The second reason for the consultation is to provide us with an opportunity to get to know you and decide how to best offer you quick approval for a bail bond.

If you decide that you’re happy with our terms and business policy, we immediately start the process of approving you for a bail bond. All you have to do is sign the contract and pay the 10% fee. If it’s determined that you need a co-signer, collateral, or a payment plan, the process takes a little longer, but as soon as you have whatever it is we need, we’re ready to sign the bail bond. Depending on what we need from you, the entire process can be done in less than an hour.

Once everything is signed and arranged, we head directly to the jail with the signed bail bond and bail you out. Most of the time, this process hardly takes any time at all, but sometimes there is a delay on the jail’s end that will slow things down a bit. There’s nothing we can do about that.

Our quick bail bond approval is just one of the reasons you should turn to Carl’s Bail Bonds in Tulare County when you or a loved one need to be bailed out. Additional reasons you should contact us include:

We’re your best source for quick bail bond approval in California.

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Riding Your Bike While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol in California

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The rising fuel costs are causing many of us to take a second look at our bikes. Now they not only seem like a pleasant way to stay in shape but also a viable way to ease transportation costs. Not only can you use your bike to get from your home to your workplace, but you can also use it to go out at night. Not paying for gas means you’ll have more money in your pocket for drinks, and since you’re cycling rather than driving you don’t have to worry about watching how much you drink.

It turns out, you do. California law prohibits you from driving and cycling while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

California is so serious about making sure that you don’t bike while under the influence that they created an entire law that deals with anyone who is under the influence when they mount their bike.

The law is California Vehicle Code 21200.5 VC and it states that:

“Notwithstanding Section 21200, it is unlawful for any person to ride a bicycle upon a highway while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or any drug, or under the combined influence of an alcoholic beverage and any drug. Any person arrested for a violation of this section may request to have a chemical test made of the person’s blood, breath, or urine for the purpose of determining the alcoholic or drug content of that person’s blood pursuant to Section 23612, and, if so requested, the arresting officer shall have the test performed.”

The good news is that while the law prohibits you from cycling while under the influence (CUI) the fallout from doing so is nowhere near as life-altering as getting a DUI.

When you’re charged with a CUI you will only face misdemeanor charges. If you’re convicted of CUI in California you won’t spend any time in jail and the maximum fine you’ll face is $250.

While the potential fallout from a CUI isn’t as severe as what you’d get if you were convicted of a DUI, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the situation seriously. The first issue is that you will have a criminal record that shows an alcohol-related offense.

The second thing to consider is that if you’re cycling under the influence and accidentally hurt someone you will face additional legal and civil penalties that could have a long-term negative impact on your life.

While it’s okay to go out and have a good time, when all is said and done, it’s better to have a designated driver than to cycle home after an evening of fun and drinks.


Smash n Grab Robberies

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A type of robbery that has been dubbed smash n grab has started to plaque the United States, but it has become especially common in California.

In November 2021 witnesses became alarmed when they noticed a large group of about 40 to 50 people swarm into a Bay Area mall. Members of the mob were armed with a variety of tools, including hammers which they used to break cases and threaten bystanders and mall employees. This was not an isolated incident.

Also in November, a San Francisco shopping center was hit by about 80 smash n grab robbers who swarmed into the plaza, quickly destroyed the interior, and took whatever merchandise caught their eye.

The alarming thing about the wave of smash n grab robberies that’s been plaguing California is how difficult it’s been for the police to do anything about the crimes. It’s not that local law enforcement agencies don’t want to put a stop to the smash n grab robberies, it’s just that they are overwhelmed. According to CNN, police statistics, there has been an alarming increase in crime rates since the start of 2020. In San Francisco, cases involving larceny and theft have increased by a staggering 88% while the overall crime rate has risen 52%. Local law enforcement agencies simply don’t have the resources available to handle the surge in criminal activity.

The big problem with the current string of smash n grab robberies is that they happen fast. It’s amazing how quickly a large group of people can swarm into a building, completely loot it, and disappear. They are usually able to accomplish their mission before the police have an opportunity to arrive on the scene. The sheer number of people involved in the robberies makes it dangerous for both bystanders and the police to interfere.

While the smash n grab robberies are a problem for the police, it’s important to note that not everyone walks away from the scene. When a Nordstrom was hit by a group of smash n dash robbers, the police were able to apprehend 14 suspects. It’s possible that as time passes and the suspects arrange plea deals they will implicate more people which will lead to additional arrests.

Anyone who is considering becoming involved in a smash n grab robbery should note that if they are caught, they could face some extremely serious charges which include armed robbery, intimidation, and possibly even organizing a robbery.


California’s Most Unusual Driving Laws

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Every state has a few strange laws that cause people to scratch their heads. California is not an exception.

There are three very strange driving laws that could impact you no matter where you are in California.

The first odd California driving law is that you aren’t allowed to go faster than 60 miles per hour in an autonomous vehicle. It’s unclear what prompted this law, though I suspect it might have been created to prevent children from driving remote-controlled cars on the highway. At the time the California driving law was created, it’s unlikely that the group of lawmakers who passed it had any idea that Teslas and other autonomous vehicles would soon be a common sight in California. As the popularity of autonomous vehicles increases, it’s highly likely that lawmakers will move to strike this particular law from California’s books.

The second strange driving law that carries throughout the entire state is that women can’t drive while wearing housecoats. Housecoats is an old-fashioned term that means night attire. When you stop and think about it, it’s pretty funny that there was a time when men were worried about women driving while wearing a dressing gown and today it’s common to see people still wearing pajamas while choosing produce at the supermarket.

If you’re pulled over while wearing night attire and the officer decides to enforce this strange law, the ticket you’re issued will include some steep fines.

The third California driving law that is enforceable throughout the entire state is that you’re not allowed to hunt from your car unless you’re hunting whales. It’s unclear why lawmakers felt it was permissible to hunt whales while you were driving. While the law states that you can whale hunt from your car, you should know that it’s a bad idea. California passed a law prohibiting whale hunting in 1971.

While these are the state laws that impact drivers no matter where you are in California, you should know that many California cities also have their own strange driving laws. For example, in Glendale, you’re not allowed to jump out of a car that’s traveling 65 miles per hour.

The good news is that provided you drive sensibly, you shouldn’t have any trouble traveling in California. Patrol officers are less concerned about whether you’re wearing pajamas while driving and more worried about you texting while behind the wheel, driving recklessly, and driving while intoxicated.

What is the strangest driving law you’ve encountered?


California Cracking Down on Emotional Support Dogs

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Emotional support dogs were never intended to take the place of service animals. When the idea of emotional support dogs (and other pets) was first introduced, it was to provide people who suffered from anxiety and loneliness with a companion at home. The term was first coined to help people who needed a pet to improve their quality of life to work around housing restrictions.

Emotional support pets started out as a really good idea. The problem is that people have taken it too far. Rather than simply using them at home, they have started bringing them to stores, doctor’s appointments, and on airplanes. If anyone questions whether they can bring the dog into the facility, the person simply states that the animal is a service animal and allowed to go anywhere.

Things are changing in California.

The law went into effect at the start of January 2022. It’s designed to create a bigger distinction between service animals and emotional support animals. Not only will it impact pet owners who are trying to pass their emotional support pet off as a service animal, but it also takes a swipe at the business that fraudulently sells ESA-related certifications and merchandise.

One of the good things about the law is that it provides a specific definition of what an emotional support animal is. As of 2022, in California, an emotional support pet is:

    “a dog or animal that is not trained to do any specific action related to one’s disability. Instead, the owner derives therapeutic benefits simply through the animal’s companionship. An individual emanates calmness, safety, and an improved sense of well-being through the animal’s presence.”

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