Roadside Surveys Help Improve California’s Smog Check Program

If you’ve ever driven by what appears to be a daytime DUI checkpoint but isn’t, you may have asked yourself, “What is going on here?” Orange cones line the street, you see a California Highway Patrol officer flagging drivers to stop and pull over to the side of the road. Then you see a few people in orange vests standing next to computers on roll-away carts and a mobile metal contraption that seems to belong at smog check station.

Wonder no more. These are Roadside Emission Surveys conducted by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). BAR staff, the folks in the orange vests, are inspecting vehicles to gather vehicle emission data for California. The survey is completely voluntary and is really quick. The data collected is used to help improve the state’s Smog Check program.

Click on the video link above to watch a roadside survey in action. For more information, visit BAR’s website.

DCA Releases New Publications

Check out these three newly released newsletters from the California Department of Consumer Affairs! Learn how to:

  • Access “Consumer Alerts” about industry scam warnings in this issue of the Real Estate Bulletin from the Bureau of Real Estate.

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  • Avoid and recognize financial abuse of the elderly in UPDATE, the newsletter from the Board of Accountancy.

    UPDATE 74 Winter 2014 - California Board of Accountancy

  • Order the new pet lover’s license plate in News & Views from the Veterinary Medical Board.

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CSAC Executive Officer Andy Foster Issues Statement Regarding Nevada’s Elimination of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

SACRAMENTO – California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Andy Foster today released the following statement regarding Nevada’s elimination of Testosterone Replacement Therapy:  

“The California State Athletic Commission fully supports the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision to eliminate Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in boxing and mixed martial arts. California is a strong supporter of anti-doping efforts. As part of California’s anti-doping efforts, the Commission recently began the rulemaking process to require meeting World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards as the only way to obtain a TUE for TRT. This standard is so high that it is an effective ban except under the most extreme circumstances. Until the rulemaking process is complete and the regulations are fully adopted, the Commission has a total ban on TRT. California remains committed to protecting the health and safety of athletes and having strict anti-doping standards is one of the ways this is accomplished.”

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The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) regulates professional and amateur boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts throughout the State by licensing all participants and supervising the events. The Commission is dedicated to the health, safety and welfare of participants in regulated competitive sporting events, through ethical and professional service. For more information about CSAC, visit www.dca.ca.gov/csac.

Exam Subversion Investigation Leads To Two Arrests

SACRAMENTO – Two people have been arrested on felony charges of helping people cheat on state licensing exams following an investigation by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation.

Larry Charles Holmes, Jr. and Persilla Marie Ulloa were arrested in January in southern California following an investigation into their business, ACEAPP Training. Investigators determined the two illegally obtained exam material for 12 different state-administered exams.

The investigation began at the request of the Structural Pest Control Board, whose staff noticed certain irregularities. It quickly expanded to other state licensing entities, including the Department of Pesticide Regulation, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Industrial Relations, the California Secretary of State and other departments.

“Exam subversion is a serious matter,” said Susan Saylor, the Executive Officer of the Structural Pest Control Board, who originally requested the investigation. “Licensure examinations are developed to protect consumers by ensuring applicants meet an acceptable level of competency.”

Both Holmes and Ulloa face 24 felony charges in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Both are free on $240,000 bail. Holmes was arraigned on February 11th and Ulloa on February 14th.

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The Department of Consumer Affairs promotes and protects the interests of California Consumers. Consumers can file complaints against licensees by contacting the Department of Consumer Affairs at (800) 952-5210. Consumers can also file a complaint online at www.dca.ca.gov.