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LA’s Escalade-ing Car Problem

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In the continuing saga of illegal car club takeovers in Los Angeles, yet another recently took place outside a West Covina mall. Unlike previous takeovers that have blocked street intersections and crowded parking lots, this latest one ended in violence.

The takeover was orchestrated as a tribute to the late Paul Walker. For those unaware, Paul Walker was one of the stars from The Fast and the Furious movie franchise. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 40 as the result of a car crash. The takeover in questions took place on the late actor’s birthday.

The takeover began in the Plaza West Covina Mall at 11 PM. Footage found on social media shows participants attacking two mall security officers and vandalizing a mall security vehicle. Both officers have been reported to be okay, while the vehicle received thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

West Covina Police issued dozens of citations and towed around 50 vehicles, however no arrests have been made as of yet. The officers are looking into the video footage found on social media sites to try and find those responsible for the damage. The police are asking for any information about the event or people in question be shared by calling 626-939-8688.

It is important to remember that assemblies like these are often illegal, and just being an observer can get a person in trouble. Drivers at such events can face reckless driving charges or even assault with a deadly weapon if they hurt someone with their vehicle.

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Drink Responsibly on Halloween

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Summer came and went and we are now headed into fall. This means that Halloween is almost here! For kids, this means trick-or-treating to get as much candy as they can possibly carry. For adults, it means going out to parties to have a good time. If there is alcohol at these parties, than a person needs to drink responsibly.

Around most holidays where drinking is involved, people are bound to see an increase in DUI checkpoints around town. This is due to the fact that officers know that people will be drinking more and therefore they will put more effort into keeping those who have consumed alcohol off of the road.

A similar thing happens around holidays such as Memorial Day and Labor. However, it is infinitely more important on Halloween. On this particular holiday, kids are out roaming the dark streets in search of candy. In this instance, a drunk driver is far more likely to hit a child, or group of kids. That is something that no one wants to deal with.

DUI checkpoints may seem intimidating, but they are nothing to worry about. A driver just needs to wait for an officer to wave them forward, answer a few quick questions, and so long as the officer doesn’t suspect that the driver has been drinking, they will be cleared to proceed on to their destination.

If you are planning on going out and drinking for Halloween, be sure to do so responsibly. This means having a designated driver, or using some sort of rideshare service such as a taxi, Uber, or Lyft. Doing this will not only keep you safe from getting a ticket or in an accident, it will also help keep trick-or-treaters safe as well.

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Rules of the Beach

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Nobody wants to think about rules once summer rolls around, the season is about freedom after all. However, the rules still need to be followed. If someone decides to ignore them, they can end up facing some serious fines or even jail time. California law doesn’t care what season it is. If a law is broken, a person will get into trouble.

Beaches are the go to place to hang out in the summer when you live in California. Unfortunately, beaches are also the go to spot for tourist as well. Locals often find their favorite surf spots littered with tourist and trash. This can make for a bad relationship between locals and tourists. If you’re a local, try to be patient with the tourist this summer. They may not know that they’re on a private beach, or that it’s a popular surf spot. If you’re a tourist on the beach this summer, please remember to pick up after yourself. California already has enough problems with water population, we don’t need an extra hand.

Aside from littering, beaches have several other rules as well. You can’t just do whatever you’d like on a beach. Most beaches have set aside areas that are designated for certain activities that are banned elsewhere on the beach. It’s always a good idea to see what rules that a beach might have since they change from place to place. For example according to the LA County website, all beaches in LA County have the following rules:

  • No animals allowed on the beach (no cats, dogs, horses, etc.)
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No smoking
  • No tents, or overnight camping
  • No fires or barbeques allowed, except in the fire pits at Dockweiler Beach
  • No fireworks
  • No glass containers
  • No loitering between midnight and 6am
  • No amplified music
  • No nudity
  • No diving in shallow water
  • No soliciting or selling merchandise
  • No littering
  • No driving or parking on sand or bike path
  • No disturbances
  • No swimming, wading, surfing, skin dive, scuba dive, or recreation in the ocean after sundown

Like most rules, these rules are designed with your safety in mind. They don’t want glass bottle on the beach because people tend to litter, and broken glass could easily slice someone’s foot open. Loud music may be okay with you and your group of friends when it’s your playlist, but your neighbors on the beach may be offended by your choice of songs.

Rules exist for a reason. Although you may not always agree with that reason, the rule needs to be followed in order for you have the best beach experience. Don’t let the rules get you down. You can always look for beaches that have designated areas for you to have a fire, or a place that allows pets. There are several beaches in California, you just have to find the right one for you.

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Road Trip 101 – How to Prepare

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Summer is for lazy pool days, family vacations, and road trips! If you’re like the 80% of Americans who ventured out on a road trip in 2017 then you know that road trips can be a lot of fun. However, they can also be a little nerve-wracking if you’ve never taken one before. That’s why we’re here to give you a few “rules of the road” for your summer trips. Read below for a list of our top 5 tips for road trips.

    Have a “check-up” completed – It sounds unnecessary but we can’t express how important it is to take your car to a trusted mechanic and have them complete a total body inspection of your car. They will inspect all the hoses, tires, brakes, windshield wipers, and top off your fluids. The initial price of the inspection is only about $50 but can fluctuate depending on if the shop finds any problems. It’s a hassle and just adds to the never-ending list of things you need to do before you embark on your journey, but the peace of mind as you drive is well worth it.

    Submit travel plans to your bank – Can you imagine stopping to grab a bite to eat after a long day of driving and having your debit or credit card declined? Before you leave your home state, be sure to log onto your mobile banking app and submit your travel plans. This alerts your bank that any abnormal purchases in strange states are actually you and not a random credit card thief taking a joyride.

    Keep snacks at a minimum – If you’re like the rest of us then you get excited at the thought of all the snacks you can consume on your trip. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the $50 you just spent on snacks at Walmart wasn’t really worth it. Now, it is a good idea to get a few healthy options, maybe some pretzels or peanuts to munch on when you get tired, but don’t go crazy – it might just leave you feeling bloated and sluggish from the lack of activity and influx of snacks.

    Pack a case of water – We suggest taking the extra money you allotted for snacks and putting it toward a case of water. We know that some people prefer a reusable water bottle, but you never know if the truck stop is going to have a water fountain to fill up your reusable water bottle. So rather than spending $4 for 2 bottles of water at each pit stop, pack a case of water from the start and you don’t have to worry about it.

    Create a music playlist on your phone – In the age of Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora do people really create playlists anymore? Maybe not, but when you are in the middle of the desert, no matter what carrier your phone has, you’re going to lose reception and there aren’t going to be any radio stations. You’re going to be thankful you were prepared and have something to listen to.

Road trips are a great way to see the country, and they are a great bonding activity for your family. We are by no means experts in the field, but based on our experience we think these five tips and tricks will help make your trips much more enjoyable!

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What Happens When You Post Bad Things on Social Media

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Another day, another story about someone posting incriminating content on social media.

A few weeks ago, two Massachusetts teenage girls put an 8 month old baby, whom they were babysitting, in a refrigerator, closed the door, and laughed. The girls recorded their actions and posted the video on Snapchat, a popular social media app that allows users to share images and video instantly with friends and the community where it lives for 24 hours before it disappears automatically. In the video, the baby could be heard screaming from behind the closed refrigerator doors.

The police got wind of the incident, viewed the footage, and subsequently arrested the two minors. The girls are now charged with child endangerment, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. After appearing in juvenile court, they were released back to their parents.

Social media is not a place to post content like this. Not only is it disturbing for others to look at, but it also displays the illegal actions people are taking. It shows other lives being put in danger while incriminating those who are behind the crimes. Disturbing content like this is flagged and taken down by the social media company as soon as they possibly can. However, within a few minutes, something on social media can go viral, especially something as disturbing as this.


The teenage girls are minors and prosecutors decided not to try them as adults in court. So, the girls stood in juvenile court and were then released to their parents’ custody. If it was an adult who was being tried in court, they would not be released back to their parents’ custody after one court hearing.


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The Dangers of Hot Water and Online Stunts

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Once again, another shocking trend is making its way across the internet and it has very serious results. The Hot Water Challenge, as it has been dubbed, involves pouring boiling water on an unsuspecting person. It is very dangerous and has led to the death of an eight year old. This is a reminder for parents that they need to warn their children about replicating dangerous stunts they see online.

As most adults know, boiling water is extremely hot, and should never be touched. After all, water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. When our skin is exposed to temperatures like that, we receive second-degree burns. This is a type of burn that partially penetrates through the skin and into some of the underlying tissues. These kinds of burns can take roughly 2 to 3 weeks to heal, if not longer.

No one should ever come into contact with boiling water. Throwing it onto an unsuspecting victim is dangerous, and can be considered a criminal act. In one Hot Water Challenge incident, a 12 year old girl is being charged with felony assault for pouring boiling water on a “friend” at a sleepover. The victim of this attack, an 11 year old girl, suffered second-degree burns to her face, neck, shoulders, and chest.

In another instance, an 8 year old died months after being dared to drink boiling water through a straw. The event left her with severe burns in her throat and mouth. The girl received a tracheotomy, which is when an incision is made in the trachea to create a direct airway, and struggled to breathe for the next few months leading to her death.


It should be obvious to most people that they shouldn’t touch anything that is incredibly hot, let alone throw it at someone else. However, parents are better off being safe and having a conversation with their children about the dangers of touching hot surfaces. Be sure that they understand that replicating stunts they see online is incredibly dangerous.


Stunts preformed online are, hopefully but not always, performed by trained professionals. The performer has researched and practiced the stunt multiple times to ensure that everything goes perfectly and that he or she will be safe. These kinds of stunts should never be performed by someone with no experience or understanding, especially not children.

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Spend Labor Day Weekend Drinking Alcohol on the Beach

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If you are looking to spend the last extended weekend of Summer at a beach sipping a cocktail, but you cannot afford a quick getaway to the tropics, you do not have to worry. You can run in the sand, swim in the water, and lay back under the warm sun with a boozy drink in your hand at these California beaches! That is right, although the majority of California beaches do not allow alcohol, these ones do, and it is a secret that a smaller percentage of Californians know about, so they will not be as crowded as other beaches!

    Doheny State Beach
    This Orange County beach allows alcohol at its picnic sites and campground areas. Visitors will just need to fill out a waiver and pay a small fee before popping open their brew.

    Kehoe Beach
    After walking a half mile along picturesque marshes and dunes at the northern end of Great Beach in Point Reyes, visitors will find themselves at Kehoe Beach, an alcohol friendly stretch of sand and Pacific Ocean.

    Malibu Paradise Cove
    This public and alcohol-friendly beach will cost you a bit extra, unless you choose to park along PCH and walk a little ways. The parking lot is a bit steep, though if you dine at Paradise Beach Cafe which sits right on the beach, your parking ticket will be validated.

    Carmel Beach
    As if the beautiful, quaint town of Carmel-by-the-Sea could not get any better, its beach welcomes those who are 21 and over to open up a drink of their choice to enjoy, as long as it is not out of a keg. An extra plus is that the beach is also dog-friendly, meaning man’s best friend can run around leash-free!

    Descanso Beach Club
    Take a boat or a helicopter to reach Descanso Beach Club at Catalina Island, then enjoy all the margaritas and piña coladas you want. Visitors can get there and back to the mainland within a day, with plenty of time to spend on the beach, but if they can spare extra time and money, it is advisable to spend the night at Catalina Island. There is so much to do there!


Be mindful of other beachgoers and keep the drinking under control so as to not cause a scene and end up with your day cut short. Remember to also drink responsibly and plan ahead of time how you and your friends will get home safely, at the end of the day.


You May Know Someone Who has Once Been Arrested

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Getting arrested could easily make you think that your life, as you know it, is over. However, take a few minutes to think about the people you know. Friends, family, coworkers, other acquaintances, and even strangers you see regularly at the grocery store or gym; how well do you know all of these people? Someone in your larger circle may have once been in this exact situation, getting arrested, but look at where they are now. They are obviously no longer in jail. They have a successful job. They have a beautiful family. They are happy.

Take this thought and use it as inspiration and hope. This will be you once again, and hopefully soon. Until then, you will have to deal with the current situation and any consequences. It is not going to be the easiest thing to handle, but you can handle it. Your loved ones will support you.

Bailing out of jail is a critical beginning step to taking control of the larger situation. A bail bond will get you out of jail fast and affordably. Once you are bailed out of jail, you can return to live at home, go to work, and spend time with loved ones.

For the all-around best bail bond experience, contact Yorba Linda Bail Bond Store online or at 866-736-6977 .

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DUI Checkpoint Happenings

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If you are driving at night and you come upon a section of a street that is coned off, has extra lights, and more police officers than normal, and they are not responding to a situation, it is likely a DUI checkpoint. Unless you are actually driving while intoxicated at the moment you will not have anything to worry about when you are motioned to pull over to their coned off area.

The officer will ask where you are going, if you have been drinking, and if so, how much. If everything checks out, you will be free to keep going to your destination. Those who are found under the influence will have to sit at their on-site Drunk Tank to sober up. Worst case scenario is that the driver would be arrested, but that is usually under the more extreme circumstances.

If that extreme circumstance happens to you or a loved one, you can post bail with a bail bond from Yorba Linda Bail Bond Store. We bail people out of jail all over California, for all sorts of reasons. If you find yourself in need of a bail bond, do not hesitate to talk to one of our amazing bail agents.

Our agents are available 24/7, and can chat with you, either online, or at 866-736-6977.

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How Do I Choose a Bail Agent?

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Choosing the right bail agent is a very important task, your loved one’s freedom hangs in the balance. So, how do you do it? It is not like they teach you how to do this in school. Luckily, San Bernardino Bail Bond Store is here to help you.

When looking at a bail agent, you need to consider how much experience he or she has. The longer someone has been in the business, the better that bail agent probably is. The more time you spend bailing people out of jails, the more you learn about the bail process. Bail agents who have been working at their job for years, have learned hundreds of little tricks that help speed up the bail bond process, or make it easier for you.

You also want to find a bail agent that can actually help you in your area. This can be difficult, if you are trying to bail a loved one out of jail on the other side of the state. In instances like that, you will want to work with a statewide bail bond company like San Bernardino Bail Bond Store. One of our bail agents will be able to work with you locally, while another works with the jail.

Most importantly, you want to find a bail agent that you can trust. The best way to decide if you can trust a bail agent, is to ask for his or her license number. Ours is 1841120. If the bail agent will not share their license number with you, then something is wrong and you need to find another bail agent. Having the bail agent’s license number allows you to look him or her up and see how good of a bail agent he or she is in the eyes of the state of California. A trustworthy bail agent will have no problem sharing that information with you.

If you need to bail someone out of jail, trust that the experienced bail agents at San Bernardino Bail Bond Store will be more than happy to help you. We are a statewide bail bond company that has been helping Californians for 30 years now.

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