Turning Off the Power Due to High Winds

Turning Off the Power Due to High Winds

Turning Off the Power Due to High Winds

Fall has finally arrived, and for Californian, that means it is time to brace yourselves against the strong winds that come with the season. These strong winds can topple trees and powerlines, which when combined with dry brush, can spark out of control wildfires. This means that not only do residents have to brace themselves against the breeze, they have to be on the lookout for wildfires.

This is exactly what happened last year in Yuba County with the Cascade Fire that burned roughly 10,000 acres and killed 4 people. After the fire, it was determined that sagging powerlines from Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) sparked the blaze. With the company now facing billions of dollars in damages owed, it is taken preemptive measures to make sure what happened in 2017, doesn’t happen again.

As the winds began to increase, and high wind warnings and advisories were issued, the company began alerting its customers that it would be shutting off power to high risk areas. This amounted to roughly 60,000 customers being left without power.

As one would expect, this caused a great deal of problems for everyone. Food spoiled in warming refrigerators, traffic became a nightmare without working signals, jobs were unable to be done, and schools were closed across six Northern California counties. Many disgruntled customers took to Twitter to complain about the incident and the problems it caused.

While PG&E’s move did prevent any new wildfires from sparking up, it left thousands of people in very unpleasant situations. PG&E was not the only California utility company to do this, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric also cut off power to customers, though on a smaller scale.

What do you think about the practice of shutting off power to prevent wildfires? Should California utility companies do it more often? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.


A Boring Solution to a Big California Problem

A Boring Solution to a Big California Problem

A Boring Solution to a Big California Problem

The city of Los Angeles is known for a lot of different things. Unfortunately one of the more prominent things in LA is its traffic. Trying to get anywhere in Los Angeles, or the Surrounding LA and Orange Counties can be a real nightmare. At peak times, it can take hours to drive just a few miles. However, that could soon change.

Businessman and Investor Elon Musk has a plan to change that. After being stuck in terrible LA traffic one day, Musk creating a boring machine to start digging. This lead to the creation of the Boring Company. The plan is to create high-speed tunnels to carry cars from one end of the tunnel to the other. The first test tunnel in Hawthorne is expected to be finished on December 10th, 2018.

The tunnel is expected to work as follows:

  • A car will drive onto a platform at street level.
  • The platform will hold the car in place on top of it.
  • The platform will lower into the tunnel, then travel through the tunnel at speeds of 150 mph.
  • The platform will rise back to street level at the other end of the tunnel.
  • The car will be released and be able to continue on its way.

This all sounds like something out of a sci-fi world, but looks like it may be a very real thing in the near future. The Boring Company already has other deals in place to construct similar tunnels in Chicago, Illinois and Baltimore, Maryland. There is even a serious proposal to create a tunnel loop to take vehicles to and from Dodger Stadium called the Dugout Loop. If these tunnels do well, they could begin popping up all over California and the rest of the United States.

What are your thoughts on these Boring Company tunnels? Are they the solution LA needs to reduce traffic, or are they just a pipe dream? Let us know in the comments down below.


Areas Where You Don’t Want to Settle in California

Areas Where You Don’t Want to Settle in California

Areas Where You Don’t Want to Settle in California

When it comes to the state of California, there are so many different choices when it comes to finding a place to settle down. A person can settle down in a city by the open desert, or in a small, forested mountain town. California has so many options that finding the right place to live here can be a bit intimidating.

Recently Bail Bonds in Lynwood, in an effort to help people keep themselves and their families safe, took a look at what cities were considered to be the safest in the state of California. Some of the cities ranked in the top ten safest included Danville, Irvine, Chino Hills, and Mission Viejo. This provided people with a lot of information about what areas they might want to consider settling down in someday. However it also got a lot of people wondering, what cities are the most dangerous in the state of California?

What Do Crime Rates Mean?

Anyone looking to move to a new area has probably come across the term crime rates or statistics in their research. For those unaware of what those are, they are simply bits of data that has been collected by various organizations in order to get an idea of what crime is like in that area. These statistics are like a sort of crime grade for the area.

This information usually comes from local law enforcement agencies and then is studied and analyzed by different groups. The groups then give their grade for the area. Depending on the group in question, the grade can vary drastically. This is due to the fact that some groups weigh certain types of crimes differently than other organizations.

When it comes to studying crime rates, all crimes tend to fall into two categories:

  • Violent crimes – These are crimes that are directed at people and involve threats of violence. This includes crimes such as assault and murder.
  • Property crimes – These are crimes that are directed at possessions and property. This includes crimes such as theft and vandalism.

Typically, organizations looking at crime data weigh violent crimes more heavily than property crimes since they tend to be the more dangerous crimes. However, each group is different and so crime rates can vary slightly from one study to another.

Some lists even take things a step further and look at more than just crimes committed in the area in the last year. They can also look at things such as poverty levels and local law enforcement funding.

The Top 5 Most Dangerous Cities in California
According to data collected by The Sacramento Bee in 2017, the following cities are ranked as the worst in the state of California. This list looks at murder rates for cities with populations greater than 50,000.

  1. Compton: 35.4 murders for every 100,000 residents.
  2. San Bernardino: 28.5 murders for every 100,000 residents.
  3. Salinas: 22.1 Murders for every 100,000 residents.
  4. Oakland: 20 murders for every 100,000 residents.
  5. Richmond: 18.9 murders for every 100,000 residents.

As mentioned above, each group that looks at crime rates analyzes the data differently. This particular list focuses solely on the violent crime of murder. Another list may look at a broader spectrum of information.

Using the Data Effectively

When it comes to looking up crime data before moving, doing research is important. Since different organizations will weigh different aspects of data more or less than other groups, the chances of two lists being the same are slim to none.

If a person is feeling truly ambitious, they can look-up the most recent information on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) page. The FBI monitors crime statistics from all over the country and compiles the numbers annually for citizens to see. Of course, navigating a government run website isn’t always the easiest thing to do if a person doesn’t know what they are looking for.

However, a person doing their own research in this matter is important. This will allow him, or her, to find a list that weighs the data in a way that feels right to them.

From there, the person will be able to make an informed decision on which California cities they do not want to live in next.


Using a Phone While Driving Is Illegal in California

Using a Phone While Driving Is Illegal in California

Using a Phone While Driving Is Illegal in California

In today’s world, pretty much every adult has a smart phone. These incredible little devices give people access to everything important in their lives. They allow people to stay in touch with loved ones even though they may be miles apart. Unfortunately, these devices can be incredibly addicting.

Just like everything out there in the world, there is a time and place to use smart phones. One of the worst times for a person to use their phone is while driving. Driving while distracted is very dangerous. The driver takes their eyes off the road to look at a tiny little screen. They are no longer paying attention to what they are doing, which can easily cause accidents.

A first time offense of using a cellphone while driving can start at around $50 dollars. Repeat offenses can cost around $250 dollars. That is a lot of money to pay just for answering a text message. This is another reason why a driver should never pick up their phone while driving. It just isn’t worth it.

While using a cellphone when your driving may seem like it is not that big of a deal, it is still very dangerous and illegal. In most instances, people who are pulled over for breaking this law claim to be law abiding citizens.

They don’t seem to realize that by picking up their phone while behind the wheel of a vehicle, they are breaking the law and risking their live plus the lives of everyone around them.


Don’t Pay for a Thief’s Holiday Fun

Don’t Pay for a Thief’s Holiday Fun

Don’t Pay for a Thief’s Holiday Fun

There is no denying that credit cards are very powerful tools. They allow people to pay for things online, or in person, without actually handing over cash. This helps make wallets lighter and slimmer. Unfortunately, they can be very easy to steal. Some criminals don’t even need to steal the card itself, just get the information from the card.

As the holiday season rolls around, people begin to make more purchases with their cards. Sadly, this means thieves become more active as well. A tactic used by some thieves is to tamper with machines that accept credit and debit cards. They install card readers and cameras onto the machines in order to get the information they need to use the card themselves.

If this is something that you want to avoid happening to yourself this holiday season, then you need to learn to identify signs of tampering.

Some things to look out for include:

  • When going to use a machine, such as a gas pump, make sure that there are no signs of tampering. You should not be able to open up the machine. In fact, there should be a security seal over the hatch. If that seal is broken, notify the gas station, or owner of the machine, and use a different one.
  • Check the card reader slot. If the slot feels lose, like it could be pulled off, notify the owner of the machine. A thieve could have placed their own card reader over the machine’s.
  • Another thing to look for with the reader, is to make sure the device is tucked in under the rest of the machine. In other words, the machine would have to be opened to change the reader. If that is not the case, then a thief probably slipped a reader onto the machine.

Lastly, a person should keep an eye on their bank statements during the holiday season. This way if someone does have credit card information, it will be noticed quickly and the card can be replaced before too much damage is done.

Don’t let thieves have a good holiday season at your expense. Be careful of where you use your card and keep an eye on your bank statements this winter.


Tips for Keeping Everyone Safe This Halloween

Tips for Keeping Everyone Safe This Halloween

Tips for Keeping Everyone Safe This Halloween

Halloween is almost here. It is a night kids dream about all year, filled with costumes and bags full of candy. Kids love this holiday. However, it can be a bit scary for parents, and not in the good way. With the way information spreads nowadays, many people have realized that kids aren’t always as safe as they should be on Halloween.

Parents need to take precautions in order to ensure the safety of their children while out trick-or-treating. Luckily, since information spreads easily nowadays, finding helpful tips and tricks to keep Halloween safe is a piece of cake. We here at Bail Bonds in Lynwood have taken the extra steps to gather some of this information and put it in a single place in order to help people keep their families safe and sound this Halloween.

A good way to get started with Halloween, is to plan ahead. A parent should plan a route for trick-or-treating in advance and go over that route with their kids. This can help keep everyone on the same page, and reduce the likelihood of someone getting lost.

Additionally, if a parent is feeling brave, they can lookup registered sex offenders online. There are several sites that allow a person to see if there are any registered sex offenders in their neighborhood. A parent can use this information to make sure they don’t try trick-or-treating at, or near, any houses where the occupants could be deemed unsafe for kids.

A parent looking to monitor their kid’s candy haul can also take into account houses or streets that offer more, or less, candy. We have several parents here at Bail Bonds in Lynwood, we know how chaotic some of those sugar rushes can get. That is why we don’t judge parents who are looking to downsize the inevitable sugar high they will have to deal with after Halloween.

For families who live in areas that may not have a lot of options for trick-or-treating, parents can look for special events to take their kids to. Places like parks and malls sometimes offer trick-or-treat options.

While Out and About

While the family is out trick-or-treating, make sure to stay in well-lit areas, or that every person has a flashlight on them. Giving kids glow sticks is another option to help keep them visible. Not only does this help prevent people from stumbling in the dark, it also keeps everyone visible once night falls. It is also important to try and avoid dark areas since anything can be lurking in the shadows.

Another good rule is to keep everyone on sidewalks where available. If there are no sidewalks, stick to the side of the road. Try to only cross streets at crosswalks, but if that isn’t possible, cross when the road is clear. Make sure kids know to never try to cross a road next to a vehicle that is parked on the side of the road. The vehicle can hide pedestrians from drivers, and increase the chances of an accident occurring.

Lastly, beware of drunk drivers. For Kids, Halloween is all about getting candy. For many adults, Halloween is about going to parties, which often involve heavy amounts of drinking. Despite the many campaigns against it, thousands of people still drink and drive. These numbers go up around holidays as people go to and from parties. Be aware of this fact make sure kids give cars plenty of space on Halloween night.

Lastly, and most importantly, parents should just keep their eyes on kids, especially when they are younger. They can get very excited on Halloween, and who can blame them. However, because of this, they may not always make the best decisions. They need an adult with a level head to keep them in check and make sure they stay safe.

Remember the Law

For the more adventurous out there, Halloween is a time to enjoy spooky activities, such as ghost hunting. The thought of entering an abandoned house, or other derelict building may seem exciting to some, but it can be dangerous. Not only do abandoned building pose various safety threats, they are also usually owned by someone.

If a person does not own a particular piece of property, or have permission from the owner to be on said property, then they are trespassing. This can get a person into legal trouble for trespassing. This is a misdemeanor offense which can earn a person up to 6 months in jail and/or a $1,000 dollar fine.

Another thing to avoid on Halloween are any pranks that could be considered vandalism. Halloween is a known time from pranks, and so law enforcement officers are out and about, ready to stop any and all criminal activity. It is not a night to test their patience.

Keeping Halloween Safe

All any parent wants to do is keep their child safe, no matter their age. By following the tips here, a parent can help keep their kid out of harm’s way this Halloween. After all, Halloween is meant to be a fun holiday and a chance for kids to get out and have some fun. Nothing ruins that spooky holiday fun faster than something going horribly wrong.

From all of us here at Bail Bonds in Lynwood, we hope you and your family have a safe and spook-tacular Halloween this year.


Keep Your Mail, and Yourself, Safe

Keep Your Mail, and Yourself, Safe

Keep Your Mail, and Yourself, Safe

Mail theft is far more common than people realize. Crooks are regularly breaking into other people’s mail boxes to steal their letters. While it may seem like it is no big deal at first, upon further thought, people begin to realize how bad it can truly be. While many people receive more junk mail than actual mail, everyone occasionally receives some very important things through the mail.

People receive bank and credit card statements, medical documents, and personal information through the mail. If a crook is able to steal some of these things from the mail, they can steal that person’s identity and use it to their advantage while destroying the victim’s financial stability. In order to prevent this from happening, people are encouraged to check their mail box daily to reduce the likelihood of something personal being stolen.

Recently, the United States Postal Service (USPS) started a new program to help alert a person to possible theft. This new program is called Informed Delivery and it is free to join. Through this service, USPS will send you an email containing pictures of what will be delivered to your mailbox each day. These pictures of the letters are taken at USPS facilities before the mail is shipped out to be delivered to the intended recipient.

By doing this, a person will know what they should be getting that day. If something is missing, then they have a very early warning sign to watch their credit cards and bank statements. This can help a person prevent identity theft before the thief has a chance to cause any major damage.

You can learn more about Informed Delivery by visiting USPS’s website.


The Penalties of Dogfighting in California

The Penalties of Dogfighting in California

The Penalties of Dogfighting in California

When it comes to owning animals, people are supposed to treat the animal with the same respect that they would a human. If a person does not take care of an animal, then they can face animal abuse charges. Animal abuse on its own is pretty bad, but forcing an animal to fight another animal for personal amusement is another thing entirely.

Here in California, the state has its own separate law regarding dogfights. California Penal Code 597.5 for a person to own a dog with the intent of having it engage in a fight. This law also makes it illegal to be a spectator of a dog fight.

The penalties for California’s dogfighting laws vary between misdemeanor and felony depending on the actual crime the person is accused of. If a person is caught in a place where they know a dogfight is being prepared, then they will only face misdemeanor charges. This will get them up to 1 year in county jail and/or a max fine of $5,000.

Most other forms of violation of this law will result in felony charges. This can earn a person anywhere from 16 months to 3 years in prison with a max fine of $50,000. This proves just how seriously the state of California takes this offense.

If a person suspects that a dog is being trained for dogfights, or that these kinds of fights are being held in their area, they need to report it to local authorities.

The police will handle things and help save the abused animals.


Drivers Have to Stop

What is a California Rolling Stop

Drivers Have to Stop

California is notorious for having drivers who like to play by their own rules. Drivers in the state seem to follow the mentality that if everyone does it, it must be okay. However, this is not the case. After all, if other drivers drove off of a bridge, you wouldn’t follow them. Besides, a driver can still get into trouble for breaking a law, even if other drivers broke it too.

A perfect example of this is when drivers approach stop signs. A driver is supposed to come to a full stop at the limit line, the white line in the road, when they approach a stop sign. This is required by law. However, many drivers prefer to do a rolling stop, also known as a California stop.

A rolling stop occurs when a vehicle does not stop. Instead, it slows to an almost stop, then continues on without truly coming to a stop. This common practice is actually illegal and can earn a person a traffic ticket. A ticket for this offense can cost around $140. As with all traffic violations in California, acquiring too many tickets for rolling stops can cause a person to lose their license.

When a driver approaches a stop sign, they need to stop at the limit line, or the edge of the crosswalk. The vehicle needs to come to a full stop, meaning the wheels aren’t moving and the speedometer needle is at 0. After stopping for 3 seconds, the driver can then proceed through the intersection if it is clear.

Drivers in a hurry tend to not stop, preferring to simply slow instead, in order to save time. This can be dangerous and cause an accident, which is why it is against the law.

If a law enforcement officer sees a driver do this, they will pull that driver over and give him or her a ticket.


The Consequences of Starting a Fight

The Consequences of Starting a Fight

The Consequences of Starting a Fight

For the most part, people understand that starting fight with someone is a bad idea, especially in public. However, sometimes tempers flare, and a person doesn’t always make the best decisions. If a person gets into a fight in a public area, they can face legal consequences. Fighting, or disturbing the peace, is illegal in most states, including California.

California Penal Code 415 is more commonly referred to as disturbing the peace. Just about everyone has heard about this law. It is referenced all of the time in movies and television. Penal Code 415 is a broad law that covers everything from starting fights to, well, disturbing the peace.

Some examples of behavior that violates this law include:

  • Starting fights in public areas such as bars or sporting arenas.
  • Pointing outdoor speakers at neighboring property and turning the volume up in order to annoy the neighbor.
  • Using derogatory terms or threatening language against another person to provoke them into fighting.

If a person does any of these things, then they can face legal consequences.

Breaking Penal Code 415 is a misdemeanor offense and can earn a person any of the following penalties:

  • Up to 90 days in jail.
  • A max fine of $400.
  • Some combination of fines and jail time.

Fighting in public, can earn a person additional charges as well, such as assault and battery. A person can assault another person when they threaten violence in a way that the victim would naturally feel afraid. Battery occurs when the threat of assault is followed through. Once that occurs, a person can be charged with Penal Code 242. Battery is a wobbler offense in California, which means it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

The misdemeanor penalties for breaking Penal Code 242 include:

  • Up to 6 months in jail.
  • A max fine of $2,000.
  • Some combination of jail time and a fine.

The penalties for battery could be added onto the disturbing the peace charges, making them much worse.

Basically, this all adds up to the fact that it isn’t worth it to start a fight with anyone. It is often in everyone’s best interest to just walk away when tempers start to flare up.

Once everyone has gone their separate ways, they will be able to calm down and be thankful that they aren’t facing criminal charges for disturbing the peace.