Pedicures: There’s Infection Risk Afoot

SafeSandalseason2014_twitter_profilePedicures can be a great way to pamper yourself. But they can also lead to serious health problems unless salons follow the sanitation procedures required by law.

Lurking in the depths of a foot spa basin may be bacteria, fungal strains, and other dangerous microorganisms that thrive in warm, moist environments. Any break in the skin – like insect bites, scratches, scabs, razor cuts – are gateways for those for those microorganisms to cause infections. Sometimes serious infections.

That’s why we want you to know what to do before you get a pedicure:

  • Don’t shave or wax your legs 24 hours before a pedicure. If you have broken skin or lesions on your lower legs, don’t get a pedicure until they have healed.
  • Check to see if your salon or cosmetologist has been disciplined for rules violations.
  • Ask how the salon cleans and disinfects its pedicure equipment―the response should match the instructions on the health and safety poster provided by the Board and required by law to be displayed on the premises. You also have the right to see the pedicure cleaning and disinfection log.

Wiping out the tub between clients isn’t enough. For example, in the case of whirlpool foot spas and air-jet basins, special disinfectant must circulate through the equipment for 10 minutes between patrons.

If you want to know more about how salons should be cleaning their pedicure equipment, watch the video below.


To learn more about salon safety or to file a complaint, visit the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology’s website.

Seven Plead Guilty to Forging Transcripts in Order to Become Nurses


SACRAMENTO – Seven people have pleaded guilty to charges of forgery for using fake transcripts to become licensed as Registered Nurses. All were arrested as a result of a multi-agency probe involving the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Juan Malaluan Tenorio, Jr. and Glyn Cordova Villegas of Kern County, James Quijano Leoncio of Orange County, Philip Tolentino Sarmiento, Laurence Viernes, German Zagada and Jude Dagza Leoncio of Los Angeles County applied for licenses to practice as Registered Nurses in California using false and forged nursing school transcripts from the Philippines. They now face up to three years in prison.

“Protecting patient safety is the Board’s top priority,” said Louise Bailey, Executive Officer of the Board of Registered Nursing. “A nurse without the proper education could be dangerous to a patient.”

The Division of Investigation worked with HSI, the Internal Revenue Services’ Criminal Investigation Division and the California Board of Registered Nursing to investigate and arrest the seven. An eighth individual Joanne Keeney, the suspected-ringleader, currently resides in the Philippines.  There is a warrant for her arrest.

“We are happy we were able to crack this ring of forgers and keep them from possibly harming patients,” said Division of Investigation Chief Michael Gomez. “We would not have been able to do that without the cooperation from all of those working on the case at the Division of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security and the IRS.”

“IRS-Criminal Investigation (CI) is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the American public both domestically and internationally,”  said José M. Martínez, Special Agent in Charge, Oakland Field Office.  “These crimes touched the lives of many unsuspecting citizens and the public should know that we will hold accountable those individuals who put personal financial gain through deceit above the safety and well-being of the public that we serve.”

“The diligent efforts by HSI special agents here in the Bay Area and the Philippines were instrumental in exposing this potentially dangerous scheme and eliminating a significant threat to public safety,” said Tatum King, acting special agent in charge for HSI San Francisco. “Without HSI’s global reach and its partnership with Philippine authorities, it would have been difficult to develop the evidence overseas needed to bring the charges in this case. This investigation illustrates yet again how communities benefit from HSI’s working relationships with local, state and foreign agencies.”

At the request of the Board of Registered Nursing, a Sacramento County Superior Court Judge has ordered Juan Malaluan Tenorio, Jr., Glyn Cordova Villegas, Philip Tolentino Sarmiento, Jude Dagza Leoncio, and James Quijano Leoncio not to practice as registered nurses.

The Board filed and served accusations against Juan Malaluan Tenorio Jr., Glyn Cordova Villegas, Philip Tolentino Sarmiento, Jude Dagza Leoncio and James Quijano Leoncio on May 16, 2014, and German Zagada on May 22, 2014 seeking revocation of their RN licenses.

All seven people are expected to be sentenced June 27, 2014.

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The Department of Consumer Affairs promotes and protects the interests of California Consumers. Consumers who wish to file a complaint against an auto repair facility can contact the Department of Consumer at (800) 952-5210. Consumers can also file a complaint online at

The Board of Registered Nursing regulates the practice of registered nursing and certified advanced practice nurses in order to protect the public. The Board exists to protect the health and safety of consumers and promote quality registered nursing care in California. 

Cemetery and Funeral Bureau Revokes Licenses For Beloved Care Funeral Service


SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Cemetery and Funeral Bureau has revoked the licenses associated with the Beloved Care Funeral Service in Bakersfield.

An investigation into Beloved Care and its owner James Otis Gamble, Jr., uncovered fraud, misrepresentation and unprofessional conduct. As a result, the funeral establishment license, funeral director license and embalmer license were revoked effective today. Consumers should be aware neither the funeral home nor Mr. Gamble may operate legally in California.

Consumers who have questions or concerns about Beloved Care Funeral Service should contact the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau at (800) 952-5210.

Consumers should always verify the license of a funeral establishment before doing business with it. To verify a license or to file a complaint, visit or call us toll free at (800) 952-5210.

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The Cemetery and Funeral Bureau advocates consumer protection and licensee compliance through proactive education and enforcement of laws and regulations of the death care industry.

DCA Wins Big at the SiOC Awards


L-R Cristina Valdivia Aguilar, June Vargas, Monica Vargas, Laura Kujubu

The Department of Consumer Affairs Communications team took home 10 awards at the Annual State Information Officers Council’s (SiOC) Excellence in Government Communications Awards.

SiOC holds an annual awards contest to highlight the “best of the best” in state public information. Awards are presented for work done in the previous calendar year. This year’s awards were presented at a luncheon today in Sacramento. Members of the Department’s Office of Publications, Design & Editing and Office of Public Affairs were on hand to accept the following awards:


Category: Brand Identity Project/Program
Carol Stover
Veterinary Medical Board Identity Project

Category: 3C Brochure or Pamphlet
Hazel Alig, Jean Bricarello
Success Starts Here (BPPE)


Category 1C—Feature (2 silver awards)
Jean Bricarello
Battle of the Bulbs: Spotlight is on Saving Energy
Consumer Connection, Spring 2013

Monica Vargas
Time Out on Youth Pankration
Consumer Connection, Fall 2013

Category 3B, Magazine
Carol Stover, Jean Bricarello, Cristina Valdivia Aguilar, June Vargas, Monica Vargas
Consumer Connection, Summer 2013

Category: Best Bang for Your Buck
Carol Stover
BPPE Welcome to California Postcard

Category 2, Special Report
Aris Bajar, Jean Bricarello
Division of Investigation: DCA’s Law Enforcement Arm

Category 4A, Video: Training or Education
Bryce Penney, Monica Vargas
Guide Dog Etiquette for Restaurants


Category 3A, Newsletter
Aris Bajar, Jean Bricarello

Category 3D, Publication: Other
Aris Bajar
The Department of Consumer Affairs: Who We Are and What We Do


Fresh look, fresh news: California Board of Psychology’s website

Psych PageThe California Board of Psychology’s website has a fresh new look!

Now, consumers and licensees have more user-friendly access to the latest Board news, meeting schedules, as well as links to professional associations, mental health information, and State entities. A link to DCA’s BreEZe system allows site visitors to renew or verify licenses, or file complaints against a licensees or registrants. Check out the site, then keep up with the Board on Facebook and Twitter @BdofPsychology.


#safesandalseason Is Back!!


The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer. That means it is once again #SafeSandalSeason! The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology wants to make sure Californians know the dos and don’ts of safe pedicures.

Here are few things to keep in mind the next time you head out to your next pedicure appointment:

  • Make sure your nail technicians are licensed by the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.
  • Don’t shave your legs before your appointment. Shaving makes you more susceptible to nicks and cuts, which are gateways for bacteria.
  • Make sure the foot spas are cleaned and disinfected for at least 10 minutes prior to each use.

Check out more tips from the Board to help ensure you have a safe pedicure experience.

Attention Nursing Students: You Can Now Apply Online



Good news for California nursing students!

You can now fill out your Board of Registered Nursing’s Application for Licensure by Examination online! It’s quick and easy. Simply follow the instructions found here or go directly to BreEZe to get started. You will also be able to pay your fees online, shaving several days or more off the processing time and getting you a step closer to getting your license. So don’t wait – apply online!

Note: If you’ve already submitted a paper application, please do not submit an online application.