Julie Watts

Aerial view of collapsed balcony in Berkeley that killed 5. (CBS)

Building Inspectors Extra Busy After Deadly Berkeley Deck Collapse

Building inspectors are extra busy following a deadly deck collapse in Berkeley that sent 13 people plunging to the ground.

06/18/2015

Why I Declared Our Bedroom A Wireless-Free Zone #NewsMom

Why I Declared Our Bedroom A Wireless-Free Zone

While covering a story on cell phone radiation, reporter Julie Watts asks a personal aside: “How dangerous is it that I keep two cellphones and a wireless baby monitor in our bedroom where my child sleeps? ” The response prompted her to declare her bedroom wireless-free.

05/20/2015

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California Man’s Tax Refund Garnished Over Parking Ticket For Someone Else’s Car

A California man’s state tax refund was heavily garnished over a parking ticket from a city he’s never been to, for a car he’s never owned.

05/14/2015

An Xfinity home router interface. (CBS)

Internet Users Unknowingly Connect To Xfinity Public Wi-Fi, Become Vulnerable To Hackers

KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch reporter Julie Watts discovered that Xfinity public WiFi may automatically connect you to its public network without your knowledge, even at home.

05/11/2015

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Do I Really Need To Buy Organic Every Time?

We’d all love to feed our little angels an all-organic diet, but who can afford it when organic produce can cost almost 50% more? This is a great resource to help parents narrow down when you should go out of your way to buy organic, and when you can get away with running by the corner store to grab an avocado on the way home from work.

04/30/2015

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

Water Heater. (CBS)

New Federal Water Heater Regulations Present Tough Choices For Consumers

New federal regulations for water heaters will go into effect in a few weeks. They are designed to make them more efficient but many people are running out to buy the older remaining water heaters.

04/02/2015

TSA Screen Check

4 Steps to Navigating TSA Rules With A Toddler

In exchange for a little extra testing/searching, TSA allows parents traveling with small children to carry on liquids in excess of the 3-1-1 rule (i.e. more than 3.4 oz of water, formula, food, etc.)

04/01/2015

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Startups Challenge Traditional Flower Delivery Services For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and there’s a new crop of flower companies vying for your order. Each say they offer better service and better prices than the big online flower delivery companies by cutting out the middlemen.

02/11/2015

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Is There Arsenic In That Rice Cereal You’re Feeding Your Baby?

Generations of moms in my family have sworn by mixing a tablespoon of rice cereal into a baby’s breast milk before bed to…

02/11/2015

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