Cycling In Los Angeles: Rules Of The Road

Cycling In Los Angeles: Rules Of The Road

Not only does using a bicycle mean decrease the carbon footprint you leave during your daily commute, most people find that riding a bike is often an easier and faster way to commute in Los Angeles. As a cyclist, there are a few rules you should be aware of before you jump on your bike and start pedaling to work.

1. Drivers have to respect your right to be on the road

You have just as much right to bike to work as motorist have to drive to work. According to the AB-1371-California Statutes, which was passed into law n September 2013, drivers are required to maintain a safe distance between their car and a bicyclist when they pass the person on a bicycle. The distance must be a minimum of 3 feet between the bike and the car...

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2018: What Happened So Far

2018: What Happened So Far

We are halfway through the year and we’ve already had an eventful year. It feels like it was just yesterday we were ushering in the new year. We had hopes and dreams that 2018 would be better than the previous year. We had New Year’s resolutions that were supposed to transform ourselves for the better. Yet here we are, halfway through the year, and we’re all pretty much the same.

We may have changed differently than how we expected. We set forth goals at the beginning of the year, but plans might have changed. We may have thought we’d go to the gym more, do more acts of kindness, and eat a few more salads. If we’re being honest we probably went to the nearest In-N-Out Burger the third week of January. Work, school, or drama dragged us into projects...

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The Bully Epidemic

The Bully Epidemic

W.D. Ross was a man who believed that we as humans had a duty to do the morally right thing. He created the seven prima facie duties that we could use to help determine if we were on the “right path”. For some of us, the right path can be unclear. While others may see the world as black and white, some see the world in many varying shades of gray.

One of Ross’ prima facie duties is of beneficence. This particular duty is about doing well to others. It’s about bettering the human condition in which we are all affected by. The prima facie duty of beneficence is about harm prevention. In order to live by Ross’ prima facie duties, one must go down the morally right path. This means we must acknowledge that we shouldn’t harm others.

Bullying has been an issue throughout the ages, b...

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Wine About It

Wine About It

Life is stressful and a wise meme once said that a glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away. Of course if you’re drinking wine, you should definitely be 21 or older and you should not be operating any kind of vehicle. Wine is a blessing at the end of the day. It’s almost like a warm cup of milk, except its fruitiness sings you to sleep. It’s also a super familiar beverage here in California because of the Wine Country that we have.

Wine Country in California goes hand in hand like champagne and France do. You can expect amazing wine tours in California like in Malibu, or go wine tasting in Napa Valley. Sipping fine wine is easy to do in California because of all the places that create their own wines. Creating a fine wine is a process and takes time...

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A Strawberry Catch

A Strawberry Catch

California has plenty of amazing qualities. Some may focus on the beaches and Hollywood, others may be sitting by a roadside stand enjoying a bit of fresh produce. California has a huge agriculture industry within its fertile state lines. Between the oranges, artichokes, walnuts, kiwis, plums, celery, and garlic, California produces a lot of the Nation’s produce. However, if you want to bite into something sweet and delicious, try a California picked strawberry.

California strawberries are locally grown and sold.

California strawberries are so special, that there is actually a California Strawberry Commission (CSC) state agency that conducts the sale of strawberries in the state. They also do research on ways to support the growth of California’s strawberries.

The CSC has strict stan...

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California’s Eviction Process

California’s Eviction Process

While a landlord has the right to evict a tenant from a rental problem if that person is doing a great deal of property damage or has stopped paying their rent, California does expect that landlord to obey the letter of the law. Failing to do so can result in the police showing up and arresting the landlord.

California has clear rules about the eviction process. The first thing landlord have to do is provide the tenant with written notice that their tenancy is terminated. If possible, this termination should be done in person and with a witness nearby. At this point, most landlords give their tenants an opportunity to correct whatever behavior prompted the behavior, such as having a pet where they’re not allowed, disrupting other tenants, or failing to stay on top of monthly rent checks...

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As A Tenant, Can You Legally Withhold Rent?

As A Tenant, Can You Legally Withhold Rent?

The relationship between tenants and their landlords can be complicated. Often what one person in the relationship thinks of as fair, the other considers the short end of the stick. It’s not unusual for tenants to get so fed up with a landlord, that they decide to force the landlord into taking action by withholding rent. While withholding rent until repairs have been made is allowed, in California, the laws surrounding the decision are complicated.

When Can A Tenant Withhold Rent?

H&S §17920.3 which is also called California’s State Housing Law, is a law that has been adapted by nearly all of California’s cities as well as the state’s legislators. The law clearly stipulates the minimum requirements the landlords must do with regards to things like:

  • Overall condition of the st...
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Are Minors Allowed To Have Alcohol Under Parents Supervision?

Are Minors Allowed To Have Alcohol Under Parents Supervision?

Some parents out there who are dealing with minors and drinking tend to take a different approach to the matter. Many parents would flat out ban their children from drinking until they are of legal age to do so. However, some parents prefer to allow their underage children to drink, but only under their supervision. The idea is that this way, the child can learn about alcohol and its effects under the watchful eye of the parent.

In many states around the country, this is a common practice. The problem with this method, is that it is actually illegal within the state of California.

Here in California, minors are not allowed to possess alcohol, and they definitely are not allowed to consume it.

An adult allowing any minor to consume alcohol in their home is against the law under Business an...

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Rules On The Beaches In California

Rules On The Beaches In California

California is known for its coastline. Famous beaches line Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu, and Big Sur are iconic to the rest of the nation. People travel from all over the world to see the golden coast. Musicians write songs about the west coast all the time. California is continuously engraved in to the books for its beaches.

The beaches are a great place to spend time with family and friends. Here in California, it’s easy to load up the car for the day and spend hours looking out over the ocean. Going to the beach is free, and you can pack your own lunches and save money. You can always explore the local beaches for a food stand or even check out a nearby restaurant...

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Think Twice Before Throwing That Frisbee

Think Twice Before Throwing That Frisbee

If you’re in Los Angeles County, you might want to reconsider playing frisbee with your best friend or dog. The county has a law that clearly states that before you can throw a frisbee, permission needs to be granted by a lifeguard.

Yep, this sounds like one of those ridiculous laws that are just plain silly. After all, if you’re in your own yard or a public park, it’s unlikely that you’ll even be able to track down a lifeguard. And even when you’re on the beach, no one seeks a lifeguard out just to ask if they can throw a frisbee back and forth. Yet, it does exist, and when you dig just a little deeper, you’ll start to realize that there’s actually a pretty sound basis for the law.

Basically, what the law means is that if you’re on a public beach and your playing with a fri...

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