Grammy Winner Lady Gaga Shows Her Support for ‘Save Our Water’

Even Lady Gaga is getting in on the act—the act to save water, that is. In support of the State’s drought-awareness program Save Our Water, international pop star Lady Gaga recently released a public service announcement (PSA) urging Californians to do their part (see her PSA at www.saveourwater.com).

“We’re thrilled Lady Gaga has joined the effort to Save Our Water,” said Mark Cowin, Director of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). “Conservation has always been a Californian value, but in this drought regular conservation isn’t enough—we must take extraordinary measures to save water.”

Lady Gaga’s PSA is part of the State’s plan to reach out to Californians with the water conservation message. Another recent effort is the launch of the Don’t Waste Summer campaign, presented by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and DWR, in conjunction with the Save Our Water program. The campaign provides daily tips and news that can help water conservation efforts at home and at work.

Sign up for the e-mails with tips and news at www.saveourwater.com. Examples of daily tips include:

  • Install a pool cover to reduce water evaporation by as much as 90 percent.
  • Use mulch to help moderate temperature: It cools soil in the summer and warms soil in the winter.
  • Water plants and foliage less frequently, but longer and closer to plant roots.
  • Collect water while rinsing fruit and vegetables and use it to water houseplants.

Also, follow the campaign on Twitter and Instagram (#SaveOurWater) and on the Save Our Water’s Facebook page. Through these social media sites, you can watch videos, view photos, and read news and tips on how Californians and State businesses and organizations are conserving water.

Lady Gaga’s got it right—stay informed and save water. Learn more about the Save Our Water program at www.saveourh2o.org and the “Don’t Waste Summer” campaign at www.saveourh2o.org/sowmonth.

Exam Subversion Defendant Pleads Guilty To Two Felonies

Will also pay $400,000 in restitution to the Department of Consumer Affairs

SACRAMENTO – A southern California man accused of subverting state licensing exams has pled guilty to two felony burglary counts and will pay $400,000 in restitution to the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Larry Holmes, Jr., and a business associate were arrested in January following an investigation by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Division of Investigation. The investigation revealed ACEAPP Training, which was operated by the pair, helped people cheat on numerous state licensing exams.

Exam materials for 12 different state-administered exams were illegally obtained affecting licensing entities including the Structural Pest Control Board, the Department of Pesticide Regulation, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Industrial Relations, the California Secretary of State and other departments.

“We are pleased with the outcome of this case,” said Susan Saylor, the Executive Officer of the Structural Pest Control Board, who originally requested the investigation. “Exam subversion is not only illegal, but it can put consumers at risk and will not be tolerated.”

As a result of the guilty plea, Holmes was sentenced to 30 days in county jail, 30 days of Caltrans work projects, placed on three years formal probation and ordered to pay $400,000 to the Department. He has already paid $200,000 and the rest will be paid over two years. A Superior Court Order was also issued against Holmes which suspends his Pest Control Operator’s license pending final resolution of his administrative case.

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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.