Pottery Barn Backtracks On Gender-Specific Backpack DesignationsPottery Barn is backtracking on a policy that prevented shoppers from ordering "boy" patches on "girl" backpacks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Startups Challenge Traditional Flower Delivery Services For Valentine's DayValentine’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.
Mountain View Software Maker Intuit Resumes Processing TurboTax State Returns After Suspension Due To Reports Of FraudTurboTax, the country's most popular do-it-yourself tax preparation software, halted processing state tax returns for about 24 hours because of a spike in fraudulent filings.
ConsumerWatch: Seniors Get Help From Virtual Animated Pets Backed By Human CaregiversA Bay Area startup has developed an elder-care computer system that features an adorable animated avatar masking a real live human caretaker.
Is Pizza As Bad For Kids As Sugary Drinks?A new study finds kids and teens are getting more calories from pizza than anything else they eat -- besides dessert.
New Laws In 2015 Could Fix Issues Facing Covered CaliforniaFrom too few doctors, to state regulators who weren't enforcing the law, the set backs and successes of the state's health care exchange have been the topic of many ConsumerWatch reports this year. Now, the new laws in the New Year could fix some of the most significant issues facing Covered California. Julie Watts reports.
ConsumerWatch: Big Box Stores May Not Cover Shipping Damage -- Even When They DeliverWhen you buy an appliance and the store offers to deliver it, you might expect they'll take responsibility for any damage. But, as Julie Watts found out, it's not always that simple.
Holiday Gift Ideas For The Foodie On Your ListEveryone has a food fan or two to buy gifts for this holiday season, but if you’re not a foodie, than these folks can be some of the hardest people to shop for. So…we compiled a list of a few foodie favorites, some for the serious cook and some just for fun.
Car Dealers Jump On Black Friday BandwagonMore and more, car dealers and manufacturers are getting into the Black Friday sales game, offering consumers thousands in trade-ins and cash-back deals.