Taking An Ancestry Test Could Make It Harder To Buy Life InsuranceDNA testing kits promise insights into your ancestry, but regulators and consumer advocates warn it may make buying life insurance harder. Julie Watts reports. (1/17/18)
PG&E Urged To Refund Ratepayers Following Tax Law OverhaulState regulators are calling on utility companies to pay it forward by passing on their tax cut savings to customers. But Andrea Nakano reports PG&E is pushing back. (1/16/18)
California Legislators Propose Greater Wildfire Insurance ProtectionCalifornia lawmakers are taking steps to protect Californians from the suffering that follows a wildfire. Emily Turner reports. (1/16/18)
CVS To Stop Photoshopping Models In Cosmetics Ads By 2019Retail giant CVS will no longer alter marketing materials for its makeup ads. Andrea Nakano tells us why.
Tenants Complain S.F. Affordable Rental Program Lets Landlords Play FavoritesThere are numerous complaints about San Francisco's affordable rental program and they're coming from both tenants and landlords. Susie Steimle reports. (1-11-18)
PG&E Tests Plan To Charge Higher Prices During Peak Evening HoursOpponents to PG&E's "time of use" payments are calling it “punishment pricing” and want you to know you can opt out. Susie Steimle reports. (1/101/18)
Amazon Echo 'Drop In' Feature Prompts Fears of Easy EavesdroppingAs voice-based "personal assistants" are becoming ubiquitous in modern, connected American homes, so is the feeling they might be listening in on people when they least expect it or want it. Julie Watts reports. (1-5-18)
California Homeowners Say Fire Insurance Is Getting Hard To Find In High Risk CountiesHomeowners report steep rates for fire insurance and in some cases, reduced availability. Julie Watts reports. (1/4/18)
Apple Apologizes For Making Older iPhone Battery SlowApple publicly apologized to customers for the battery performance of older iPhone models. Maria Medina tells us what the company is doing to make things right.
Long Lines At Assessor's Office As Homeowners Rush To Pay 2017 Property TaxesA lot of homeowners are rushing to pay their 2018 property taxes before the end of the year before the new Trump tax code kicks in, but Melissa Caen reports, Californians won't have that luxury.
FDA Investigation: Recalled Foods Remain In Stores Days After RecallAn investigation has yielded some troubling results concerning the way the FDA handles recalls. Anna Werner reports that some recalled foods aren't immediately pulled from store shelves, leaving you at risk.
Eve Of Christmas Eve Bay Area Streets Full Of Last Minute ShoppersThe day before Christmas Eve has been dubbed Super Saturday. Andria Borba talked to shoppers to see what they were buying, and not buying.
Christmas Shopping Procrastinators Head to the Malls126 million consumers plan to hit the malls on "Super Saturday." Maria Medina asked a few of them at Valley Fair mall in San Jose, "why so late?" (12-22-17)
California Homeowners in Fire-Prone Areas Face Uphill Battle to Get InsuranceAdding insult to injury for California fire victims, KPIX has learned it could soon be a lot harder for people in high-danger areas to insure their homes. Emily Turner reports. (12-14-17)
Dozens Of KB Homes Marked For Re-Do's By Tile InspectorsAfter KPIX uncovered serious problems with a KB Homes subdivision in San Jose, tiles are still falling off some of the million dollar houses. Len Ramirez talked to an unhappy homeowner during the tile inspection.
Support On Small Business Saturday Badly Needed After Sonoma WildfiresSmall businesses in Sonoma County are desperately in need of a boost in sales after the devastating wildfires. Kenny Choi tells us how the community the is rallying together to make it a big deal.
Bay Area Shoppers Spending More as Black Friday Kicks Into GearShoppers are hitting the stores on this Black Friday and they're ready to shell out some serious cash. Sharon Chin reports. (11-24-17)
Black Friday Deals Expand to Become 'Black November'Black Friday is just the start of a month-long marathon of deals and sales. Anne Makovec reports. (11-24-17)
Bay Area Shoppers Swarm to Malls on Thanksgiving to Get Jump on Black FridayKatie Nielsen reports from the San Francisco premium outlet center in Livermore where shoppers were lining up Thursday afternoon and parking was at a premium. (11-23-17)
Laidley Street Home Prices Soar as Tech Execs Converge on S.F.'s Glen ParkCentury-old architecture and cottage homes meet enormous, modern construction on the hottest street in San Francisco for high-roller tech executives. Betty Yu reports.(11-23-17)
ConsumerWatch: Wine Country Wildfires Take Toll on Wedding IndustryConsumer reporter Julie Watts looks at how couples who planned to get married in Wine Country are recovering from the recent wildfires. (11-23-17)
Change-Of-Address Fraud A Growing Form Of Identity TheftChange-of-address fraud is a growing form of identity theft. Consumerwatch reporter Julie Watts tell us why it is so simple for criminals to pull off.
ConsumerWatch: Western Union SettlementIt's payback time for millions of scam victims -- many of them elderly -- who were tricked into wiring money to criminals via Western Union. The FTC and several states' attorneys general have reached a settlement with Western Union that requires the company to refund $586 million to victims. Julie Watts reports. (11-17-17)
Cell Phone EMF-Blocking Products – A Real World TestFrom cell phone cases to blankets, ConsumerWatch Reporter Julie Watts put some of the most popular EMF-blocking products to the test. (11/14/17)