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The Truth About Criminal Threats

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Threats are a part of life, a knee jerk reaction to anger, hurt feelings, and fear. Most people make threats without any intention of ever carrying them out. However, in this current world where school shootings and other heinous acts seem to be a weekly occurrence, people and members of the law enforcement community are taking threats more seriously than ever before.

Threats made on school grounds or that include a school system tend to be the first ones that law enforcement crack down on. In these instances, law enforcement act first and ask questions later. A perfect example of this is a recent situation where a few students had a conversation about their desire to shoot up at their school in Los Angeles was overheard. The students had barely finished their conversation when police arrived on the scene and arrested both students. The charge was making criminal threats.

This type of thing is happening all over the country.

There aren’t any statistics outlining how many of the students who are charged with making criminal threats are actually doing nothing more than blowing off steam, but if the police and media are to be believed, for the most part, this is a situation of where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Police report that in many instances, after arresting a student for making criminal threats, they discover that the student was in possession of an alarming amount of firepower. An example of this is the arrest of a 17-year-old L.A. student who was arrested. When the police investigated the student’s home they not only found 90-high-capacity magazines, but also 2 assault weapons as well as some handguns.

In California, the law is clear when it comes to making criminal threats. California Penal Code Section 422 clearly states that making any type of verbal or written threat of death or bodily injury to another person is against the law. Comments posted on social media sites count as a written threat.

One interesting loophole In Penal Code Section 422 is that there’s no mention of gestures. At this point, this means that gestures that are symbolic to a gang or pointing a finger gun at someone doesn’t break the law. Whether or not gestures should constitute as a criminal threat was discussed in front of the California Supreme Court during the 2017 case, People v. Gonzalez. The court agreed with the defendant that gestures weren’t admissible in court. So far, the Penal Code hasn’t been amended to include the use of hand gestures as a criminal threat.

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LASD Active Shooter Preparedness

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Sadly, it is no secret that active shooter situations are occurring more frequently across the country. There have already been several instances this year and many people have been injured or killed. While these events are still very rare, there recent frequency is causing many people to consider what they would need to do if an event occurred near them.

In an effort to help people stay alert and safe, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has created a new site and page to help teach people what they should and shouldn’t do in an active shooter situation. The goal is of course to help educate people and prepare them for a worst case situation.

The site features a 9 and a half minute video depicting different situations and what should be done during them. The video covers the three options that a person has in these kinds of situations:

  • Get out
  • Secure
  • Defend

The video does contain graphic content, so viewer discretion is advised. However, it does offer several important tips that everyone should know, just in case. Hopefully you will never need to use any of the information in the video, but it is best to have this handy and never need it.

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Keeping Kids Safe in Water

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Summer is here, and that means families are looking for the best ways to keep cool during the hottest of days. One of the favorite pastimes is going swimming, whether it is in a pool, river, or lake. Swimming is a great way to beat the heat, however not everyone is always up to the task. Young kids in particular can be at serious risk of drowning in large amounts of water.

When taking kids to bodies of water, it is important for parents to keep a close eye on their kids. Failing to do so risks their safety, which is something that nobody wants. All children should be actively supervised when near bodies of water. Infants and toddlers should always be within an arm’s reach from an adult. It only takes a few minutes for something bad to happen. It is also important to not rely on pool toys such as noodles and water wings to keep a child safe as they are not true safety devices.

Teaching kids to swim is a big and important step. If a kid knows how to tread water, they are that much safer. However, figuring out when to teach a child how to swim is dependent on the child and parent. Only start teaching a child to swim when they are ready, and don’t stop at just swimming. Teach your child how to float and to stay close to the shore in open water. Also teach them that swimming in open water is very different than swimming in a pool.

If you have a pool in your own backyard, be sure that you take the proper precautions. Backyard pools should have a four foot fence around them and a self-closing, self-latching gate. This should help keep kids from accessing the pool while unsupervised. Also consider putting some sort of alarm on the gate that could alert you to someone accessing the pool.

Swimming is a great way to beat the heat during the peak of summer. However it can be dangerous for little kids if they are not properly supervised. If you plan on taking your family swimming this summer, be sure to keep a watchful eye on your younger kids. Doing so will help ensure that your summer stays happy and fun.

California Liquor Laws You May Not Know

Liquor Laws: Californians Don’t Realize How Great They’ve Got It Here

California Liquor Laws You May Not Know

If you have been born and raised in California, and you’re 21 years of age, you know that getting ahold of alcohol is fairly simple. You don’t have to worry about what time it is, or what day it is. You can even get it at your local grocery store. These are little things about California Liquor laws that we take for granted.

The rest of the states don’t have the same laws as California, especially when it comes to alcohol sales. States like Oklahoma have stricter sales of liquor. There, you can’t buy liquor from a grocery store or on Sundays. Beer that is sold at grocery stores has a lower percentage of alcohol. Liquor stores can sell beer, but it can’t be sold cold. Lastly, all liquor stores must close by 9 p.m. every day. The only exception to this is Sundays because all liquor stores must be closed that day. Oklahoma isn’t the only state with strict liquor laws like this.

States like Texas, Kentucky, and a majority of the southern states still have dry counties, meaning that in certain counties it is illegal to sell or buy liquor. This may be shocking to some to find out that there are still limits on alcohol, but it shouldn’t be. Most states still allow counties or districts to decide whether or not they want to allow the sale of alcohol. Only a few states, like Arizona, and Hawaii, do not allow local districts or counties to decide on alcohol laws.

California tends be very free from restrictions when it comes to alcohol sales. According to the California’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) there are a few laws that we need to be aware of.

Minors, under the age of 21, cannot be bartenders. Being under 21 limits what you can do in a lot of areas, but especially when it comes to drinking. Even through being a bartender doesn’t require you to drink alcohol, you’re classified as too young to recognize drunken behaviors. A bartender is responsible for everyone that they serve alcohol to, including the patrons in the restaurant that you don’t directly serve mixed drinks to. Even though the server is delivering the drinks to restaurant patrons, the bartender is ultimately responsible for them.

Selling alcohol to a minor or a known alcoholic is illegal. Selling alcohol to a minor can land you in serious trouble. That is why it is always wise to check for proper identification. Not only is it illegal to sell to minors, for obvious reasons, it’s also illegal to sell to drunks. If a person is heavily intoxicated and is trying to buy alcohol, no one should sell him any. If anything, vendor should take the intoxicated person’s keys away and/or call the police. The same goes for alcoholics in California.

The reason why California has so many laws in regards to alcohol is to keep the general populace safe. Without laws in place, public intoxication, drunk driving accidents, and many other unfavorable things would increase in popularity. With leniency comes responsibility. So drink responsibly and be glad you can find your favorite six pack of beer on a Sunday night.

We Care about Animals in California

We Care about Animals in California, and This New Law Proves It

We Care about Animals in California

We love cute, furry creatures. No one can resist the soft innocent, helpless puppies, bunnies, or kittens. Animals appeal to us because of how we can connect with them. It’s that connection that we feel with animals that drives us to try to protect them. Plus, as Americans it’s instilled in us to also fight for the underdogs.

Unfortunately, we have a problem with some animals, specifically with cats and dogs. There’s a problem with too many animals stuck in the shelter. Overcrowding happens within the shelters, which leaves them with no choice but to humanely euthanize the animals. This problem has many animal lovers up in arms and working to help fix the problem. Websites like No Kill Now call for action by asking people to shop for their family pets at the kill shelters in the hopes of saving as many pets as possible.

Animals at the shelter are usually picked up by animal control, or have been surrendered by their previous owners. The animals in the local shelters don’t always get photographed and posted on the shelter’s website either. Therefore, it is encouraged to go to the shelter in person. Not all shelter animals get their picture taken, and this limits their chances of being seen.

Here is California, we care a lot about the world around us, including the cute animals that inhabit it. It’s really no surprise that this past year, a new law was signed to soon go into effect in order to help protect animals. The law is meant to help with the overcrowding of at animal shelters and will go into effect January 2019.

The law will prohibit pet stores from selling animals that are not from the shelter. This law will promote adopting shelter pets and means that only shelter animals will be up for adoption in California. Breeders in California will not be able to sell to pet stores. Pet store owners that fail to comply will face criminal charges.

We care about animals, and more specifically we care about our pets. We care about our current pets and our future pets. Hopefully this law will help with the overcrowding, but more importantly, this law will help pets find their forever homes.

How Do You Avoid Unnecessary Stress

How Do You Avoid Unnecessary Stress?

How Do You Avoid Unnecessary Stress

Having an open mind is vital in the world today. There are so many opinions, facts, and attitudes out there. Even in family settings we may feel like we have to tread carefully because we don’t want to offend anyone. Some people get so offended over another’s opinions that you may feel as if you can’t say anything. You might feel trapped with your own thoughts. However, it’s not the end of the world.

Having an open mind is beneficial to you in the following ways:

  • Less stress
  • More information
  • Better Research
  • More friends

Having an open mind about a lot of things can benefit you greatly. You won’t stress as much because you’re not worrying about what is the right answer. You’ll be able to provide an objective point of view because you’re not looking for the yes or no kind of answer.

Having this open perspective will benefit you in any research you need to do in your daily life. You won’t be looking for biased answers to your questions. You’ll find yourself discovering facts and information about a topic that you may have never noticed before. Being opened minded will also help you identify sources that are biased. You’ll begin to see sources pushing their points of view rather than giving actual facts. Being open minded will also help you connect with people.

People will flock to you for information because they realize that they can come and talk to you without feeling judged. Far too often, people feel lonely or isolated from friends and family because they feel like they can’t talk to them. If you have an open mind about things, then people will start to see that. They’ll feel comfortable talking with you because they know you won’t be judging them.

Having an open mind will only benefit you. It will help release any tension you may have been holding on to. Being open minded will improve your relationships with friends and family. By having an open mind, you will find yourself getting less offended by what people say.

Things that Actually Make You Happy

Things that Actually Make You Happy

Things that Actually Make You Happy

Unfortunately life doesn’t come with manual or guide. In life we often get dragged down by the mundane. Routines become our way of life, and leave little time for having fun. The challenge many of us face is how to be happy. This simple question plagues many people’s minds on a day to day basis.

Endorphins, oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine are all chemicals that contribute to your happiness. When we feel good, it’s usually because our brains have released one of those chemicals. These chemicals, also referred to as hormones, can be released for many different reasons. Exercising, stretching, laughing, and smiling can all help activate the release of these hormones.

When you exercise, your body releases oxytocin and endorphins. These hormones increase your happiness. Even through exercising may seem like a daunting task at first, it can actually improve your mood. The best part about exercising to feel happier is that the more of a regular routine you have, the more hormones will be released.

Laughing is an excellent source of happiness, but you’re probably thinking that you can’t control when you laugh. However you would be wrong. Studies have shown that if you fake laugh for over a minute, you will actually start laughing naturally. Yes, faking it till you make it works. Fake laughing relaxes your body, and releases just enough dopamine to trigger a real response. Also when you make a fool of yourself, you can begin to naturally laugh about it.

Smiling is similar to laughing when it comes to making you happy. If you force yourself to fake a smile for a certain amount of time, you’ll eventually trick your brain into releasing the happy chemicals. Fake smiling is more effective if you can see yourself smiling in the mirror.

Another great way to improve your happiness is dancing. Taking a moment of your day to let go, and dance around like a fool, can help relax your body. A relaxed body is more likely to release the hormones that improve your happiness and overall mood.

When you break down what makes you happy, there can be many factors. However there are scientific explanations for why you are feeling like you do. There may be physical factors, as well as mental ones. Just know that if you’re searching for a way to improve your happiness, trying these simple gestures can help you out.

Do You Know What to Do in the Springtime

Do You Know What to Do in the Springtime?

Do You Know What to Do in the Springtime

Spring has officially arrived and that means it is finally warm enough to start venturing outside once again. Winter weather can be fun, but it can wear a person down. There is nothing quite like sitting outside on a warm spring day and enjoying the fresh air. If you have kids, then now is the perfect time to take them outside to have some good old fashioned fun.

As the weather warms, there are all sorts of things kids can do outside. There are classics such as going to the park to play hide and seek, tag, or draw with chalk. However, if you want to be a bit more adventurous, there are other options. For instance, you can:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to a museum.
  • Go to a zoo.
  • Go to a local nature conservatory.
  • Go on a road trip.
  • Go to an amusement park.

Children love it when spring rolls around again because it is warm enough to have adventures again. The best adventures are ones that families take together. It is one these adventures that memories are made. The child may not remember everything you do with them growing up, but they will always remember their favorite moments, and as a parent, you want to be a part of those moments.

Whatever you do together, be sure to take lots of pictures. This way you will all be able to look back on those moments as the years pass. So, as spring begins again, go out and have an adventure with your kids. They won’t be young forever, and you definitely don’t want to miss this amazing time in their lives.

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How Helpful Are Reviews

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In today’s modern age, we are able to research anything thanks to the internet. We can even research a company before we give them our business. This have given consumers a better way to learn about a company, and hopefully prevent them from being scammed by said company.

However, even with all of this knowledge of reviews, there are still some people out there that do not think reviews play that big of a roll in business. These people would be wrong. Reviews are very important to businesses. A large percentage of people like to look up the reviews of different businesses before deciding which one to use. Just think how many times you have used reviews to determine where to have lunch in a new city.

Often times, the problem with reviews, is that most people do not take the time to leave one unless they feel they were wronged in some way. This leads to a surplus of negative reviews out there for some companies. Even one bad review can have large consequences for a company. It can be hard to recover from, especially since good reviews are hard to get.


This has led to a surplus of negative reviews out there, which causes many people to choose the company with the least amount of negative reviews.


While these bad reviews can be very bad for most companies, some have learned to turn it into an advantage. There are actually many companies out there that will put negative reviews on their competitors. This lowers their competitor’s scores, and makes it harder for them to get clients, which in turn makes things easier for the bad company.

Reviews are very important to companies, and that is why the good ones try so hard to take care of their clients. If you have found a company that you like, and you want it to continue to do well, leave a positive review for it online. Doing so will help other people find the same kind of amazing help that you found, which will help the business stay around.

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Working a Shorter Work Week

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Just about every adult out there is currently enjoying the fun of the average five day work week. You can pretty much guarantee that no matter what day of the week it is, all of the employees are waiting for the weekend. This is because the weekend is when we all get to be in control of our lives, not our employers.

The weekend allows everyone to catch their breaths and relax after a long and tiring work week. Most people would argue that the weekend is not long enough. That they do not feel like they have had enough of a chance to recuperate. Many people are excited to learn, that this may be true.


There have been numerous studies over the years by researchers and companies alike. One thing that seems to be consistent, is that when the work week is shortened to 4 days, productivity actually goes up.


By reducing the work week by just one day, many researchers and companies have found that employee happiness goes up, and so does work productivity. A shorter work week actually helps employees stay healthy, by preventing them from getting too stressed. This also helps employees be more focused and motivated at work, which in turn allows them get their jobs done sooner. Companies who adopted a shorter work week also found that employees were less likely to call in sick.

It can sound a little weird, reduce the amount of time working, and work productivity goes up, but it appears to be true. Most people would assume the opposite. Perhaps this has something to do with keeping employees happy. By keeping employees happy, they are more willing to work efficiently. This is definitely something that many employees would recommend their bosses look further into, because who wouldn’t enjoy a shorter work week?