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Skip the Zoot Suit While in Los Angeles

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Zoot suits first became popular when they were donned by some of the biggest jazz musicians in the 1940’s. Once the performers started taking the stage in the bilious suits, people all over the country, including those that lived in Los Angeles, started looking for one of their very own. There was a brief period during the 1990’s when the suits made a comeback.

While you will occasionally catch sight of someone wearing a zoot suit, normally because they’re going to some fancy, throwback dance or party, if this person happens to be in Los Angeles, they’re breaking the law. That’s right, wearing a zoot suit in LA is illegal. Why? Because the city considers zoot suits to be unpatriotic.

While the idea of barring the wearing of any type of clothing on the grounds of patriotism might seem strange, if you dig into LA’s history, you’ll find that there is a historical reason for town officials deciding that zoot suits weren’t a good idea.

In early 1940’s, when zoot suits were considered the height of fashion, things got ugly between Los Angeles’s service personal and the Mexican-American population that called the city home.

In August of 1942, a group of youth who habitually wore zoot suits and were actually referred to as zoot-suiters, got into a fight which resulted in the death of Jose Diaz. People were furious and they turned their frustration and anger on the local youth who were easily identified by their clothing. This resulted in the local law enforcement arresting more than 600 zoot suiters, most of whom Mexican-American. Several were charged with Diaz’s murder, though those convictions were later reversed.

The overturning of the convictions didn’t stop the media from continuing to state that individuals wearing zoot suits were dangerous, that they were gang members. Tensions continued to grow in LA. Things got so bad that several violent altercations, which the media called the Zoot Suit Riots, broke out.

When WWII broke out, rationing quickly became a way of life, everything, including the wool used to make zoot suits became limited. Finally, law makers had the excuse they’d been desperately looking for. Because there was so much material in each zoot suit, the design was declared a waste of resources and therefore buying a new one, was unpatriotic. As for the zoot suits that had been made before the USA got involved in the war, those it was determined should be torn apart so the wool could be repurposed.

Even though all the bad feelings about zoot suits have almost been forgotten, the law forbidding the wearing of one while in LA still stands.

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Privacy Line, Where is it? There’s Something Precious that You’re Giving Up

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When you’re younger, you have zero privacy. Your parents bathed you and you more than likely ran around naked in front of family a few times. When you hit puberty, your teenage-self tried closing doors to gain a little bit more seclusion. However, your parents never let you close the door the whole way, or always interrupted at the inopportune times.

When you’re in high school, you had very limited privacy. Between P.E. class and sports practice, you become used to undressing in front of strangers. Then somewhere along the way social media evolved and you grew accustomed to sharing every aspect of your life with your online friends.

Privacy is something we all seem to crave, yet give up every single day. It seems like we are always compromising our security. Social media doesn’t help with controlling our privacy either.

Even with ability to change privacy settings on your social media accounts, you still feel exposed. It’s a weird thing, feeling the need to share your whole life on social media. If you begin dating someone it’s not “official” until you post it on social media. The responsibility we feel to post about the exciting things in life on social media limits our privacy. Most of the time, we do not even realize we’re giving up our privacy.

Every time you go on vacation, or make a big investment, you post about. You’re presenting yourself in a way that you think will best represent yourself. The time you spend posting and perfecting your image on social media, can take away from your true self.

Ever noticed when you run into old friends and they already know all about your current life? Have you ever talked about an old high school friend with your current friend and judged all of their life choices you’ve seen them make through their social media? Everyone talks about everyone, and you open yourself up to that kind of scrutiny when you post on social media.

Even through you’re not young anymore, and you don’t have worry about your parents intruding on you, you still have to control yourself when it comes to your privacy. Being aware of what you’re putting out into the Internet world will help you control the amount of privacy you have in your life. Draw the line for your privacy and limit what you share.

Earthquake Preparation Before During and After

Earthquake Preparation: Before, During, and After

Earthquake Preparation Before During and After

If there were anything California is famous for besides Hollywood, it would probably be earthquakes. Californians are used to the impending doom of earthquakes and knowing how to properly seek shelter in any room. Even though we know that the “Big One” will hit us any moment, how prepared are we really?

It may seem like a broken record to talk about earthquakes, but the bottom line is they are a part of California. The best source for disaster readiness would be Ready.gov. It’s a government website that was put into place to help people plan for any natural disaster. They break down the process by separating each disaster into three phases: before, during, and after.

Before an earthquake:

  • Have an emergency kit.
  • Form a plan.
  • Prepare your home.
  • Mount large furniture to the walls.
  • Practice drills.

During an earthquake:

  • Get down on your knees.
  • Cover your neck and head with your hands.
  • Crawl to safety away from possible falling debris.
  • Stay where you are until shaking stops.

After an earthquake:

  • Once shaking has stopped assess the damage and possible dangers around you.
  • Remove yourself from dangerous environment if possible.
  • If you’re stuck, stay put and call for help if possible.
  • If you’re near the coast be prepared for tsunamis.
  • Prepare for aftershocks.

No one can be fully prepared for any natural disaster, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. By taking the time today to go over these safety precautions, you could be saving someone’s life. Don’t just wait for the “Big One” to hit, be prepared.

The Most Hated Word of 2017

The Most Hated Word of 2017

The Most Hated Word of 2017

Everyone has a word or two that they absolutely hate to hear in conversation. Well, every year the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College conducts a survey to determine the most hated word for the year. As of December 18th, the results are in for the year of 2017.

According to Marist Poll, the most hated word in the United States this year is “whatever” once again. This is the ninth year in a row that “whatever” took first place on this list. However, they do note that hate towards the words is gradually sinking as other words come closer and close to “whatever.”

“Whatever” came in first place 33% of Americans polled claiming it to be the worst word in English. “Fake news” took second place with 23%, and “no offense” came in third with 20%. Fourth place went to “literally” with 11%, and the phrase “you know what I mean” came in last with 10%.

In previous years, the gap between “whatever” and the second most hated word was much larger. For instance in 2016, the gap between “whatever” and “no offense, but” was whopping 18 points. The poll noted that 40% of people polled over the age of 45 felt whatever was an obnoxious word, meanwhile only 26% of people under the age of 45 found whatever to be the most annoying.


So, if you use any of these phrases or words in your day to day life, you may want to reconsider. As the numbers show, there are many Americans out there who just cannot stand hearing these words used in conversation.


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What is Shoplifting?

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Many people have heard of the term shoplifting. Some people do not have a full understanding of what it means. Others, are curious as to what the consequences for shoplifting are.

In the state of California, shoplifting is described as the act of entering an open business and intending to take items that total less than $950. In the past, what was considered shoplifting, was actually identified as burglary in the eyes of the law. This meant that prosecutors could charge it as a felony offense. Nowadays, shoplifting is its own thing and is a misdemeanor offense.

As a misdemeanor offense, a person being charged with shoplifting can face no more than 6 months in jail, a fine no larger than $1,000, or some combination of both. However, if a person has been charged with certain convictions in the past, the shoplifting offense could be charged as a felony instead of a misdemeanor. This would carry much steeper penalties.


Shoplifting is not worth the risk. A person caught shoplifting will most likely face fines that total more than the value of whatever was stolen. On top of that, the person could also face jail time, which is something that nobody wants.


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The Long History of Bail

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Bail is pretty well known of in today’s world. Most people grasp the concept of bail and how it works. It might come as a surprise to some people to learn that bail did not always work the way it does today.

The earliest evidence of bail can be traced back to Medieval England, around the 13th century. Back then, not every town had judge, which meant it could take months for a single criminal could be tried. This lead to overcrowding of jail cells. Local sheriffs soon learned that they could release criminals, and ensure their return for court, by threatening torture for no shows. This is very different than how things are handled nowadays.

Eventually, the system shifted to people paying to get out of jail with the promise of their money being returned. In 1275, British Parliament passed Statute of Westminster. This law listed what crimes were considered bailable and helped prevent sheriffs from abusing their power to grant bail in return for favors.

When the United States became its own country, it copied most of its justice system from the British system. This allowed the founding fathers to focus on creating a new country without needing to worry about how criminal activity was taken care of. Aside from the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which prevented excessive bail from being assigned, bail remained mostly the same.

Bail received a major overhaul in 1966 when Congress issued the Bail Reform Act of ’66. Before this, judges determined whether or not they felt a defendant should be granted bail. This law changed that, saying that anyone accused of a non-capital offense should be granted bail unless the judge felt the defendant was likely to flee. This was then amended in 1984 to allow judges to also consider if a defendant posed a threat to the community while out on bail.


Bail has been an important part of the justice system for nearly 800 years and it will most likely continue to be for a long time. In modern times, it allows accused individuals to avoid punishment until they are in fact proven guilty.


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Want the Best? Go to Chino Hills Bail Bond Store

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If you want a fast, affordable, and reliable bail bond company to help get your loved one out of a California jail, contact Chino Hills Bail Bond Store online, or at 866-736-6977. If you want anything less than that, you can contact another bail bond company. Good luck with that!

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Available 24/7, this company employs agents who are genuinely concerned and eager to reunite families. Other companies take on agents who could care less about their work and this reflects on their performance.

These other companies also try and trick you into paying them more money. At Chino Hills Bail Bond Store, we have the most dedicated, passionate agents. And likewise, these positive qualities manifest in their work for each client. We are an honest company and our primary goal is to get your loved one bailed out of jail at a price and schedule you can afford.

Learn more about Chino Hills Bail Bond Store and see exactly how they can help you in a time of need.

Consultations are free so when you are ready, chat with an agent online or at 866-736-6977. We will not let you down, you can trust us.

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They Lean On You, You Lean on Chino Hills Bail Bond Store

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You know that maintaining close relationships with friends and family is important. You get a heck of a lot of fun memories out of this. At the same time, you have people to lean on, people who you can trust, people to help bail you out of trouble.

If your loved one is sitting in jail, wouldn’t it pain you to see, or even think of, them in that situation? Well, there is something you can do to help, and that starts by helping them post bail.

Now, bail can be pretty expensive, but if you go the bail bond route, you get a payment plan and pay only 10% of the full bail amount. Granted the 10% you pay is not refundable like cash bail, but bail bonds offer more flexibility, professional guidance, and ease.

Talk to an Chino Hills Bail Bond Store representative to learn more about bail bonds and how we can help you. Our bail agents are available to offer you their assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Let’s work together to get your loved one back home.

Get a free consultation when you call 866-736-6977 , or chat with a team member online.

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New Laws For 2017

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Every January 1st, a whole bunch of new laws go into effect in California. The new laws this year include the following:

  • Minimum wage: any business that employs 26 or more people will be raising their minimum wages to $10.50, up $0.50 per hour. By 2022, it will be $15.
  • Gun laws: anyone who previously owned magazines that hold more than 10 rounds are required to surrender them. Anyone who wishes to purchase ammunition must pass a background check each time. Just like civilians, law enforcement officers are required to securely store their handguns in a lockbox out of plain view.
  • Cell phone use while driving: any app usage on a cell phone is prohibited while driving. The current law references texting only, but the new law expands to include GPS mapping, and social media.
  • Epipens: Epipens may be stocked at businesses, colleges, and other private venues that have a plan in place to use them for individuals who need them at a moment’s notice.

There are many other laws that have gone into effect January 1, 2017, not just those above.

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Top Notch Bail Bond Work with Chino Hills Bail Bond Store

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Rated one of California’s most trusted and reliable bail bond companies, Chino Hills Bail Bond Store works magic when it comes to posting bail with bail bonds for anyone who needs their services.

  • 24/7 statewide availability
  • Affordable bail bonds and customized payment plans
  • Fast, confidential service
  • Zero interest
  • No hidden fees
  • Discounts available
  • Cash, credit, debit, and checks accepted
  • Convenient, secure online payment portal
  • Phone approvals
  • Free consultations
  • Free, anonymous warrant checks
  • Friendly, genuinely reliable agents

Chino Hills Bail Bond Store is proud to be in the service of helping others in rough situations by reuniting with loved ones.

If you need a bail bond for yourself or a loved one, please contact Chino Hills Bail Bond Store online, or at 866-736-6977.