Julie Watts

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"When I first began covering credit freezes, I was shocked that the bureaus would not let me freeze my child’s credit, widely believed to be the single best tool to prevent financial ID theft.
Foreign Call Center Workers Ask For Social Security Numbers Without Giving Their Own IdentitiesBy now, most people know that their social security number is the key to their identity, so they need to be very judicious about who they share it with. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that the credit bureaus required me to give my number to an unidentified foreign call center rep.
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 ForThere are chemicals in many sunscreens that can be harmful to kids' developing bodies.
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.
Why I Declared Our Bedroom A Wireless-Free ZoneWhile 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.
California Man's Tax Refund Garnished Over Parking Ticket For Someone Else's CarA 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.
Internet Users Unknowingly Connect To Xfinity Public Wi-Fi, Become Vulnerable To HackersKPIX 5 ConsumerWatch reporter Julie Watts discovered that Xfinity public WiFi may automatically connect you to its public network without your knowledge, even at home.
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.
Bay Area Startup MeterHero Makes Saving Water Pay; Firm Offers Rebates For ConservingA Bay Area based company is trying to convince Californians to get serious about saving water by handing out cash.
New Federal Water Heater Regulations Present Tough Choices For ConsumersNew 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.