Have a Safe Fourth of July

Have a Safe Fourth of July

Everyone loves getting together with family and friends and having a good time. Arguably, one of the best times to do so is during the summer. The weather is nice and warm. The days are longer, and the evenings nice and refreshing. This is why most Americans see summer as barbecue weather. One of the biggest days for barbecues and parties in the summer, is the Fourth of July.

Every year, we love to celebrate our independence day by getting together with friends and family members and enjoying some good food and drink. Then in the evening, we get to watch some pretty spectacular fireworks displays.

This is all great and fun, provided everyone remains responsible. Everyone should know their limits when it comes to alcohol, and know when to call it quits...

Not Many People Realize There’s a Difference between These Terms

Not Many People Realize There’s a Difference between These Terms

There are a lot of things that aren’t taught in public schools, or at least not taught very well. For instance, who actually learned how to pay their taxes in high school? Another example would be what bail is exactly, and how it works. Most people have no idea, and that works for them. However, thousands of people are arrested every day in California, and that means that roughly thousands of people need to learn about bail on a daily basis.

One aspect of bail that confuses people, is the difference between bail and bail bonds. Most people assumes that these terms can be used interchangeably, but that is not the case. Bail and bail bonds, while related and similar, are two different solutions to the same problem.

When a person is arrested and sent to jail, they are typically assigned ...

Do You Think California Will Split Apart?

Do You Think California Will Split Apart?

Near the beginning of this year, Californians began hearing rumors that they may be able to vote on splitting the state into multiple states. The measure would break up California into three new states. The idea behind this is that California is too large and diverse to govern. By splitting it up, each region would be able to better govern itself the way it wants to.

While this was simply a rumor and idea at the beginning of this year, it has now come to fruition. Election officials have announced that the Cal-3 measure has more than enough signatures to get it placed on the November ballot this year. This means that Californians will have the opportunity to vote on whether or not to split the state up into three new ones.

This isn’t the first time that people have tried to alter Califo...

Parole v. Probation

Parole v. Probation

There are many terms out there that most people mix up. Often times, these terms are closely related and describe similar, yet different, things. The terms are often used so closely together that people begin to assume they mean the same thing. A good example of this would the difference between parole and probation.

Just about everyone knows that these two terms have something to do with getting out of jail. However, that is usually the extent of most people’s knowledge on the matter. This is due to the fact that they would rather not spend time learning about terms they will likely never need to know about. Unfortunately for some, jail has a way of sneaking up on them. This makes it important to know the difference between these two terms.

Probation is often a replacement for a jail...

California Yoga

California Yoga

Yoga seems to have taken over the state of California. Maybe it’s because the laid back nature of yoga coincides with the lifestyle of many Californians. Yoga even floods most of our social media accounts. It really has taken root and life here in the Golden State. If you’re already a yogi and enjoy the practice, you may have heard of a bunch of different places to practice. If you’re new to yoga, you’ll be interested to know that there are plenty of unique places to practice.

Instead of practicing alone in your living room, try namaste’ing outside. In Northern California, in a town called Redding, there’s an outdoor yoga studio. It’s not just outdoor, it’s actually on the water. There is a group of folks who practice yoga on paddleboards in the water...

Weird Things to Do in California Off the Beaten Coast

Weird Things to Do in California Off the Beaten Coast

California is home to the stars, and king of the west coast. If you’re ever bored, there are plenty of things to do from Hollywood Blvd. to walking through the Redwood Forest. If you want more sunshine, you can head down to San Diego and have some drinks on the beach with friends and family. There are a bunch of obvious attraction to check out in California, but what about the weird ones?

One of the lesser known spots to check out is Ostrichland in Solvang. The name of the place says it all. At Ostrichland there are hundreds of ostriches and emus. This is great place to take the family and you can even pet a few of the feathered creatures. There are bus tours and feeding areas where you get to interact with the birds as well...

How to Play with the Hand You Were Dealt

How to Play with the Hand You Were Dealt

There are a lot of things that make us sad in life. We often feel compelled to argue about, fight, and disagree with the cards that have been dealt in life. We don’t have to like what is happening in our lives, but we do have to accept it. Sure we can throw fits, and try to change what is happening in our lives, but ultimately, it is what it is. There will always be things in life that we have no control over.

A thing in our life that we can’t change and we need to learn to accept is other people’s actions. We can’t change how other people act. We are not our loved ones. We can only control our actions and emotions. So when a loved one acts in a way that results in them being arrested, we must accept that they put themselves in those positions...

The Ethics of Assisted Suicide in California

The Ethics of Assisted Suicide in California

The issues we face in today’s world are very different than what our ancestors might have faced. The older generations in our families can share millions of stories that normally start off with: “Back in my day…” Older generations grew up with less technology, while newer generations have been raised on tech. Since they have a better understanding of technology, newer generations are finding out more about the world around us. This inevitability means that we have new problems to solve.

One of latest problems that we need to figure out is more of an ethical issue. The topic of assisted suicide is a touchy one. No one wants to die, or plans on dying, yet it comes all the same. The unknown of what death holds makes this topic even more difficult to decide on...

Oh Happy Spring: Go Enjoy California!

Oh Happy Spring: Go Enjoy California!

Spring is here, and warmer weather is around the corner for us Californians. Right now we are able to bask in the sun, smell the flowers, and wear shorts. Meanwhile the rest of the nation is suffering from post-winter weather. Luckily for us, we live in California and are past that kind of weather. We live in a state that loves good vibes and great views. There’s so much culture and energy.

If you ever need a good pick me up, there are plenty places that you can check out. For starters, California has miles of coastlines waiting to be enjoyed. There are plenty of look out spots all around California that you can drive or hike to. If the coast isn’t you favorite view, don’t worry, California has several different landscapes to choose from...

Is There a Difference between Jails and Prisons?

Is There a Difference between Jails and Prisons? The Answer May Surprise You

A vast majority of people out there can go their entire lives without ever having to deal with jails or prisons. These people can consider themselves lucky. However, due to this fact, many people do not know that there is a difference between jails and prisons. The two terms do not refer to the same thing.

A person being sent to jail is very different from a person being sent to prison. In one instance, a person may be able to get bailed out, while in the other, the person is stuck until they have served out their sentence.

Jails are correctional facilities that are used as temporary holding. People who are in jail were either, recently arrested and awaiting trial, or were found guilty and are serving a sentence that is shorter than one year...