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A PG&E utility truck.  (CBS)

California Consumers Can Collect Up To $600 If Repair Person Doesn’t Show

It’s a huge pain to wait hours for a repair person who doesn’t show up. But California consumers can get paid, in the case of a no-show.

24 hours ago

telephone

Consumer Group Calls on Phone Companies to Stop Robocallers

There’s a new effort to stop robocallers from harassing people. Consumers Union has started a grassroots campaign, calling on the phone companies to do more to stop auto-generated calls that go out to thousands of people at a time.

04/20/2015

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Consumer Advocates Fighting Bill That Discloses Recalled Cars At Used Dealerships

A bill meant to protect you from driving off the used car lot in a recalled car is one step closer to becoming law, but consumer groups are not happy.

04/14/2015

toilet, flush, water

California Imposes Tough New Rules For Efficient Toilets, Faucets

State officials took emergency action on the drought Wednesday, imposing tough new standards for toilets, urinals and faucets sold in California starting January 1st.

04/08/2015

Water meter

Bay Area Startup MeterHero Makes Saving Water Pay; Firm Offers Rebates For Conserving

A Bay Area based company is trying to convince Californians to get serious about saving water by handing out cash.

04/03/2015

soda, soft drinks

Confusion Among Berkeley Retailers On Who Is Supposed To Pay New Tax On Sodas

They knew it was coming, but that doesn’t make Berkeley’s new soda tax any easier to swallow. Among retailers and restaurants, there is confusion about who is supposed to pay new 1 cent per ounce tax on sugary beverages.

04/01/2015

Nail Salon

Bay Area Customers Applaud Healthy Nail Salons

A growing number of nail salons in the Bay Area are adopting healthier products and practices intended to protect customers and workers.

03/19/2015

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Tax Forms For 4,500 Covered California Enrollees Still Missing, Weeks Before Deadline

Last month, KPIX 5 reported on the problems Covered California has had issuing tax forms to people who bought insurance on the state-run exchange. Now, tax forms for thousands of customers are still missing.

03/06/2015

Makenzie Vasquez, a former Everest College student, is among the "Corinthian 15" refusing to pay student loans. (CBS)

Corinthian College Student With $30,000 In Loans Refuses To Pay, Takes Part In Debt Strike

Makenzie Vasquez never thought she would still be wearing a waitress uniform, two years after she enrolled to become a medical assistant.

03/03/2015

Medicine

Consumers Paying More For Prescription Drugs As More Insurers Drop Copays

The price of prescription drugs has been skyrocketing, but until now most people haven’t noticed because they were only responsible for the copay. Consumers could soon pay the difference, as copays become a thing of the past.

02/18/2015

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