Julie Watts

You Too May Soon Be Able To Freeze Your Child's CreditCiting a series of KPIX reports and NewsMom blogs where I chronicled my struggle to freeze my daughter’s credit, Assemblyman Mike Gatto has now introduced child credit freeze legislation that should soon allow any parent in the state to freeze their kid’s credit and utilize one of the best tools to prevent financial id theft.
Experts Warn, Babies Should Not Sleep In Car SeatsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission, the American Academy of Pediatrics and many, many others warn you should never let a baby sleep in a car seat outside of the car—especially with lose or unbuckled straps.
California's Lemon Law Applies To More Than Just CarsWhen you hear the term Lemon Law, you likely think this cars, but California’s law extends to TV’s and other big ticket items as well.
High-End Orbit Baby Car Seat Found To Contain Concerning Flame RetardantA high-end child car seat that for years has been marketed as the only car seat without hazardous flame retardants has been found to contain them after all.
Formerly Obese Still Plagued By Loose Skin As Insurers Look AwayShe exercised, dieted and lost 150 pounds. Now a woman is fighting to get rid of something else -- the folds of loose skin that hang from her body.
SF Residents Battle Wireless Firms Over Super Bowl Building BoomSuper Bowl 50 is expected to draw a million cellphone-packing visitors to San Francisco. Wireless providers are racing to beef up service and that's coming at the expense of some unhappy residents.
Pottery Barn Backtracks On Gender-Specific Backpack DesignationsPottery Barn is backtracking on a policy that prevented shoppers from ordering "boy" patches on "girl" backpacks.
How To Freeze Your Kid's Credit - From A Mom Who Wouldn't Accept "No"Parenting paranoia is a job hazard of the investigative reporter. Case in point: My years of reporting on ID theft has me terrified of the threat, especially for my daughter. Children are particularly attractive targets because crooks know that kids' social security numbers are a blank slate and they likely won't be applying for credit for 18+ years. That leaves plenty of time for crooks to target and destroy their credit before anyone figures it out.
Foreign Call Center Workers Ask For Social Security Numbers Without Giving Their Own IdentitiesAs advised by the countless ID theft experts I've interviewed, I hesitate to reveal my SSN to anyone unless it's absolutely necessary, even to my doctor.
California Lawmakers Demand Change To EDD Practice Of Putting Social Security Numbers On DocumentsLawmakers from both sides of the aisle are coming together following a report that revealed the state is putting millions at risk for identity theft by printing full social security numbers on documents being mailed.
Avoid Harmful Chemicals In Your Kids' Sunscreens - What To Look ForI must have looked like That Mom. You know the one in the store aisle, face buried in her iPhone while the 6-month old chews a teether in the stroller and the dog-child rests in the basket underneath. Except in my case, rather than “liking” a photo or working my way to the next level of Candy Crush, I was caught in a moment of #NewsMom stress, furiously cross checking the ingredients on the backs of baby sunscreen bottles.
Building Inspectors Extra Busy After Deadly Berkeley Deck CollapseBuilding inspectors are extra busy following a deadly deck collapse in Berkeley that sent 13 people plunging to the ground.

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