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									MY CA How Do I . . . Education and Training
Aug. 2004
Topic                                                                                                    Agency                     URL
SCHOOLS

How can I find the web site for my school?                                                               Education-Data Partnership http://www.ed-data.k12.ca.us/welcome.asp
Find your child’s school among those compiled by the Education-Data Partnership.

You can find information on your child’s school by searching the Education-Data Partnership’s
database. You can search by the first part of the school or district name, click on the map of
California to see a regional map of the counties, or click on the name of the county you wish to view.

                                                                                                         California Department of
How can I find out more about charter schools in California?                                             Education                  http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/fa/cs/
Information about charter schools can be found on the Charter School's Home Page
sponsored by the California Department of Education

Charter schools are public schools that are exempt from most laws governing school districts. They
are required to participate in STAR testing, must be non-sectarian, must not discriminate and must
not charge tuition. Charter schools may be any grades and are usually formed by teachers, parents,
community leaders, and/or community organizations.


What are my rights as a parent in dealing with my child's school?                                                                   http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-
                                                                                                         Legislative Counsel of     bin/displaycode?section=edc&group=51001-
                                                                                                         California                 52000&file=51100-51102
You can find information from the California Department of Education about parent’s rights.

According to Chapter 864 of the California Statutes of 1998, parents have the legal right to
participate in their children’s education. They are entitled to the following: classroom observation,
conference with teachers, volunteering, notification of child’s absence, child’s performance on
standardized tests, choice of school within district, examine curriculum materials, child’s academic
progress, access to their child’s records, standards, school rules, and more.



Where can I find information about entering my child into                                                California Department of
kindergarten?                                                                                            Education                  http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/em/kinderinfo.asp
Parents can find the answer to this question and more on the California Department of
Education's Web site.
The California Department of Education receives hundreds of inquiries each year from parents
asking for information about the admission age for kindergarten. Here are answers to the most
common questions about kindergarten admission in California, with a special emphasis on issues
related to early admission. Links to pertinent state law are provided.
How can I learn more about enrollment in private schools for
kindergarten to high school?                                                                         California Department of
                                                                                                     Education                   http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/si/ps/
The Private Schools page from the California Department of Education (CDE) web site
provides information on enrollment in private schools in California.

Private schools are required by law to file an enrollment report with the Department of Education
every year. The Department then produces a statewide report on private school enrollment,
organized by county and by grade level. This report is available on the CDE web site in a database
format, which is downloadable for use in programs such as Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Access.


How do I contact the California State Board of Education?                                            California State Board of
                                                                                                     Education                   http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/
You can find contact information for the State Board of Education from the California Board
of Education web page.
The State Board of Education is responsible for setting kindergarten-12th grade academic content
standards for California public schools. These standards are the basis for statewide testing,
including the STAR tests and the high school exit exam. The Board also adopts textbooks and
advises the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Contact the Board at: State Board Office ,
721 Capitol Mall, Room 558, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 657-5478, (916) 653-7016 (fax).
Information on the Board's committees and current activities may be found at its web site.




TEACHING
                                                                 California Commission on                                        http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentialinfo/credinfo.h
Where can I find information on getting my teaching credentials? Teaching Credentials                                            tml
You can find information on getting a teaching credential from the California Commission on
Teacher Credentialing.

In order to obtain a teaching credential, you must graduate with a bachelor’s degree from an
accredited institution, take the CBEST exam, complete a teacher preparation program, and be
recommended by that college or university to the Commission. Some fields, such as reading
specialists, school nurses, counselors, and librarians, require further specialized training and
credentials. Some of the information files on this web site are in PDF format.



                                                                                                     California State University
I hear that California needs teachers - where do I find more                                         Chancellor’s Office - Teach
information?                                                                                         California                  http://207.166.53.39/
The CalTeach web site, sponsored by the California State University Chancellor’s Office,
provides all the information you need to find out how to become a teacher in California.
California will need nearly 300,000 teachers in the next 10 years, especially in urban and rural areas
in the fields of math, science, special education and bilingual education. Prospective teachers can
learn about the requirements for becoming a teacher, how to find a job, and available events and
resources that could help.

Where can I find out more about the work situation and benefits
of becoming a teacher?


The Labor Market Information Division within the California Employment Development
Department (EDD) produces a series of occupational subject guides, including ones for                    California Employment      http://www.calmis.ca.gov/htmlfile/subject/GUI
different types of teachers.                                                                             Development Department     DE.htm
The California Occupational Guides produced by the Labor Market Information Division within EDD
provide statewide information on job duties, working conditions, employment outlook, wages,
benefits, entrance requirements, and training. Guides are added and revised on a continuing basis.
Those relating to teaching occupations include: Community College Instructors; Elementary School
Teachers; Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages; Preschool Teachers; Secondary
School Teachers; Special Education Teachers; Trade and Technical Teachers; Adventure
Education Teachers (under Miscellaneous Occupations).


How do I contact the California State Board of Education?                                                See Ed & Training A20
TESTING AND EXAMS

                                                                  California Department of
                                                                  Education - Standards and
Where can I find out more about the STAR test my child is taking? Assessment Division                                               http://star.cde.ca.gov/
You can find information on the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program at the
California Department of Education web site.

The STAR test, administrated annually, was authorized by Senate Bill 376 of 1997. Its purpose is to
measure how well students are learning basic academic skills. All students in grades 2 - 11 will
have to take the following components of the STAR test: 1. Stanford Achievement Test, 9th edition;
2. California Standards Test


                                                                                                         California Department of
Where can I find out about California's High School Exit Exam?                                           Education                  http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/
You can find information about the California High School Exit Examination at the California
Department of Education.
Beginning in 2004, all high school students will have to pass a high school exit examination in order
to receive a diploma. The purpose of the exam is to improve student achievement and to
demonstrate student competency in reading, writing, and mathematics. It is important that students
take classes that include the content standards for these subjects.
Is there a list of books I can use to help my student do better at                                    2000 Follett Software       http://harcourt.fsc.follett.com/california/wx/s.e
school and with the STAR test?                                                                        Company                     xe
You can find information about the California Reading List from the 2000 Follett Software
Company.
Good reading and literacy skills help any student to improve on standardized tests and also provide
keys to lifelong learning. This reading list has been developed to assist parents and students find
appropriate reading materials based on skill level and interest.


How can I find out more about the taking of the GED test or                                           California Department of
getting GED records?                                                                                  Education                   http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/gd/
You can find information about the General Education Diploma (GED) from the California
Department of Education - State GED Office.

It is possible to receive a high school diploma as an adult by taking the GED exam. The exam is
offered in many locations throughout the state. The results are kept by the State GED Office and
transcripts are available upon request.


                                                                                                      California Department of
How can I find out how my school is performing on the State's                                         Education - Office of Policy
standardized tests?                                                                                   and Evaluation               http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap/
The California Department of Education posts the Academic Performance Index (API), a
numeric index or score reflecting a school’s performance. For more information see the
Department of Education’s API web site.

The Academic Performance Index (API) is the result of the California Public Schools Accountability
Act. It is intended to be a measure of the performance and growth of each public school compared
to others of similar size, demographics, and location. If a school meets growth criteria, it may be
eligible to receive monetary awards.


How can I find out about the California High School Proficiency
Examination (CHSPE)? I heard that it was the legal equivalent of a California Department of
high school diploma?                                               Education                                                      http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sp/
You can find information about the High School Proficiency Exam at the California
Department of Education.
California law provides that the "Certificate of Proficiency" shall be equivalent to a high school
diploma. In order to take the exam, you must be at least 16 years old and have completed the 10th
grade. Taking this exam will allow a student to pursue higher education or a career at a younger
age. The exam is monitored by the California Department of Education (CDE) and administered by
California Proficiency Testing under contract to the CDE.

Educational Programs and Policies
MY CA How Do I . . . Health and Safety
Aug. 2004
Topic                                                                                                                          Agency                         URL
SAFETY
                                                                                                                                                              http://www.oes.ca.gov/OESHom
                                                                                                                               California Governor's Office   eP.nsf/Images/SpillNotificationB
What should I do if I know about or have spilled hazardous material?                                                           of Emergency Services          ook/$file/SpillNotif2002.pdf
The law requires you to immediately report the release or threatened release of hazardous material.

First call 911. Then call the Governor's Office of Emergency Services Warning Center: 1-800-852-7550.

                                                                                                                                                              http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/ContactDt
                                                                                                                                                              sc/dofaqs.html#I%20want%20to
                                                                                                                               California Department of       %20report%20overflowing%20s
What should I do about overflowing or broken sewer pipes?                                                                      Toxic Substance Control        ewage%20or%20broken
According to the Department of Toxic Substance Control, the answer depends on the circumstances of the
situation.
   1. If the pipes are on your property, it is your problem and you should contact a plumber. 2.If the pipes are on a
   neighbor’s property, and the neighbor won’t do anything about it, call your local Environmental Health
   Department. 3. If it's from property you are renting and your landlord won't do anything, call your local
   Environmental Health Department and your local Building & Safety or Codes & Enforcement Department (or
   equivalent). 4. If it's from public property, call your local (city or county) Sanitation Department or District, or your
   local Public Works Department.

Where can I learn about boating programs, safety, and places to dock my                                                        California Department of
boat?                                                                                                                          Boating and Waterways          http://www.dbw.ca.gov/
The California Department of Boating and Waterways provides a wealth of information about boating
recreation within California.
Learn about the department's boating education programs and how you can operate your boat in a safe and
efficient manner. The site also provides a forum for finding out about new boating regulations and public information
concerning boating recreation. Included is a set of online publications and guides, as well as the department's
online newsletter.
                                                                                                                               California Department of Fish http://www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/#
Where can I find information about hunting safety in California?                                                               and Game                      PageTop
The California Department of Fish and Game conducts a hunting safety program.
In a continued effort to reduce firearm accidents, the State of California requires all first time resident hunters,
regardless of age, to complete Hunter Education training or pass a comprehensive equivalency test before
purchasing a hunting license. In addition, California requires Hunter Education training for all persons who have not
formerly held a California hunting license, who do not have a Hunter Education certificate of completion, or who do
not have a current, valid hunting license from another state or province. Information on the Hunter Education
Program and how a hunter can become an education instructor can be found at the Department's Web site or by
contacting the local Hunter Education regional coordinator. Telephone numbers for all Hunter Education regional
coordinators can be found on the Department's Web site.
HEALTH AND SAFETY LAWS AND REGULATIONS
                                                                                                                     Crime and Prevention
                                                                                                                     Center. California Office of   http://caag.state.ca.us/publicatio
Are there some state efforts to help victims of crime?                                                               the Attorney General           ns/victimshandbk/
                                                                                                                     Victims of Crime program -
                                                                                                                     California Victim
                                                                                                                     Compensation and               http://www.boc.cahwnet.gov/Victi
                                                                                                                     Government Claims Board        ms.htm
There are state efforts to help victims of crime.
You might want to begin with the Crime Victims' Handbook from the Office of the Attorney General and the Victims
of Crime program from the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board.
Is there a Megan’s Law in California to guard against sex offenders preying                                          California Office of the
on children?                                                                                                         Attorney General               http://caag.state.ca.us/megan/
California does have a Megan’s Law to protect children.

California’s Megan’s Law arms the public with certain information on the whereabouts of dangerous sex offenders
so that local communities may protect themselves and their children. The law also authorizes local law enforcement
to notify the public about high-risk and serious sex offenders who reside in, are employed in, or frequent the
community.
MY CA How Do I . . . Business
Aug. 2004
Topic                                                                                                               Agency                          URL
DOING BUSINESS IN CALIFORNIA
                                                                                                                    California Environmental
How do I identify and obtain the permits I need to start a business?                                                Protection Agency               http://www.calgold.ca.gov/
CalGOLD provides businesses with information on permits and other requirements of California
agencies at all levels of government, including addresses, telephone numbers, and links to agency
Internet web pages.
Cal/EPA is continuing to partner with local and regional agencies in the state for greater coordination of multi-
agency permitting processes on the Internet. The Centers are now collecting state, local, and regional
permitting, licensing, and other requirements for specific businesses to maximize the use and convenience of
CalGOLD.
                                                                                                                                                 http://gocalif.com/state/tourism/to
Where can I learn more about the potential for developing a tourism                                                 California Commerce and      ur_inc_navigation.jsp?PrimaryCa
business in California?                                                                                             Economic Development Program t=Travel+Industry
California's travel and tourism industry generated an estimated $75.4 billion in 2000, or 6% of the Gross
State Product.
Travel and tourism spending in California generated jobs in nine primary sectors: Jobs, restaurants,
accommodations, recreation, ground transportation, retail, air transportation, travel arrangements and groceries.

How do I get information on the labor market targeted to employers and                                              California Employment
businesses?                                                                                                         Development Department          http://www.calmis.cahwnet.gov/
To obtain publications or specific data contact Labor Market Information Division of the Employment
Development Department (EDD) at (916) 262-2162 or view their approximately 3,700 text, data, and PDF
files on the Internet.
The Employment Development Department's Labor Market Information Division regularly collects, analyzes, and
publishes information about California's labor market. This diverse market is comprised of more than one million
employers and a civilian labor force of approximately 17 million.
What are my rights as an employer in dealing with the Employment                                                    California Employment           http://www.edd.ca.gov/employer.
Development Department and with employment taxes?                                                                   Development Department          htm#et
An employer becomes subject to state employment taxes upon paying a worker(s) more than $100 in a
calendar quarter and must register with the Employment Development Department (EDD) within 15 days

There are two types of employers: those who run a business and those who hire domestic services. Employers
who run a business can be a person or a legal entity such as sole proprietors, corporations and nonprofits.
EDD's free electronic subscription allows you to stay tuned to the latest news about Employment and Payroll
Tax Information on EDD's Web site.
                                                                                                                                                 http://commerce.ca.gov/state/ttc
                                                                                                                                                 a/ttca_business_display.jsp?path
Where can I find out if my business requires a license or has jobs that                                             California Commerce and      =Permits+%2526+Licenses&chil
require licenses?                                                                                                   Economic Development Program dPath=License+Handbook
The California Professional & Business License Handbook , 6th Edition lists State licenses, permits,
registrations, or certifications required by law to do business in California.

This Handbook is a good starting point in identifying State requirements. State agencies, departments, and
offices responsible for processing and monitoring State mandated licensing requirements are included with
addresses and phone numbers. Because this Handbook is designed to assist individuals and businesses to
understand California licensing requirements, all readers are encouraged to contact your city or county offices
with regard to local licensing requirements. The information in the Handbook is constantly updated, therefore,
contact the applicable department for additional details.
                                                                                                                                                 http://commerce.ca.gov/state/ttc
How can I learn more about government grants and loans for                                                          California Commerce and      a/ttca_navigation.jsp?path=Finan
businesses?                                                                                                         Economic Development Program cial+Assistance
The California Commerce and Economic Development Program can assist you in finding financing
resources from State and Federal agencies for your business needs.
Among the targeted industries are agriculture, technology and the environment, including those among small
businesses. Communities will also find alternative sources of funding.
My company is considering moving to California. Where can I find                                                    California Employment            http://www.edd.ca.gov/eddcalbis.
information to help me with site selection?                                                                         Development Department           htm
The California Business Investment Services (CalBIS) offers a number of services to help you locate or
expand your business in the state.
You can find out more about the services offered to employers, corporate real estate executives, and site
location consultants by visiting the CalBIs’ website. The services provided include: Financial assistance and
loan programs; Military and defense reuse zones; Labor availability and education information; State and local
permit assistance; Transportation and infrastructure information; Information on tax credits and other incentive
programs; Economic and demographic data; Business advocacy

                                                                                                                                                     http://www.ca.gov/state/portal/my
                                                                                                                                                     ca_sites.jsp?EngineID=cccdadc
                                                                                                                                                     mfjljhlmcfngcfkmdffidfog.0&sCat
Where can I learn about different cities in California?                                                             California Home Page Portal      Title=City+Sites

                                                                                                                                                     http://gocalif.ca.gov/state/tourism
                                                                                                                                                     /tour_inc_navigation.jsp?Primary
                                                                                                                                                     Cat=Maps+%26+Getting+Around
                                                                                                                    California Division of Tourism   &SecondCat=Major+Cities
You can access municipal Web sites, using the California State Web site portal, and you can find out
more about cities and the areas around them from the California Division of Tourism.

Access the official Web sites of California cities and towns to learn about their governments, history, and
culture. Use the Cities and Nearby Areas link to find out more about cities and towns within the context of their
geographical areas.

                                                                                                                    California Department of
How do I find out if my securities broker-dealer or investment advisor is                                           Corporations, Securities         http://www.corp.ca.gov/srd/securi
properly licensed in California?                                                                                    Regulation Division              ty.htm
                                                                                                                                                           http://www.adviserinfo.sec.gov/IA
                                                                                                                       U.S. Securities and Exchange        PD/Content/IapdMain/iapd_Site
                                                                                                                       Commission                          Map.asp
                                                                                                                                                           http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-
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                                                                                                                       Legislative Counsel of California   p&codebody=&hits=20
The California Department of Corporations provides public disclosure information on broker-dealers,
broker-dealer agents, investment advisers or investment adviser representatives. The Department of
Corporations licenses and regulates securities broker-dealers, broker dealer agents, investment
advisers, and investment adviser representatives under the Corporate Securities Law of 1968.
1) A broker-dealer is defined as a person whose business provides assistance in securities transactions to
others. A broker-dealer also is in the regular business of issuing or guaranteeing options with regard to
securities not of his own issue. A more complete definition is found in California Corporations Code Section
25004. 2) A broker-dealer agent is employed by a broker-dealer to assist public clients in the purchase or sale
of securities. 3) An investment advisor is a person whose business is advising others, directly or indirectly
through publications or writings, the value of securities or the advisability of investing in, purchasing or selling
securities, or for compensation as a part of regular business, publishes reports regarding securities. A complete
definition can be found in the California Corporations Code Section 25009. 4) The Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC) provides information on investment advisers. Visit the Investment Advisor Public Disclosure

                                                                                                                       California Department of            http://www.corp.ca.gov/fsd/fsd.ht
How do I find whether a lender can charge a prepayment penalty?                                                        Corporations                        m
If the loan documents specifically provide for a prepayment penalty, the lender may charge you for it in
accordance with the provisions in the loan note.
1) The loan requirements are contractual between the borrower and the lender. It is important to read and
understand all loan requirements before signing loan documents. 2) The prepayment penalty requirement will be
found in the loan note normally under a provision titled "Prepayment Penalty". 3) While the Department of
Corporations is responsible for regulating the business practices and the licensing of finance lenders, contracts
between borrowers and lenders are governed separately through contract laws. Any contract disputes are
settled through litigation in a court of law.

                                                                                                                       California Department of            http://www.corp.ca.gov/pub/escro
Where can I find the the requirements for an escrow license?                                                           Corporations                        w.htm
The California Department of Corporations is responsible for issuing escrow licenses under the
California Escrow Law. The Department's web site is a good place to find out how you can obtain your
escrow license. To obtain an escrow license you must:
1) Pay an application fee to the California Department of Corporations 2) Obtain membership in Escrow Agent's
Fidelity Corporation or obtain a Fidelity bond 3) Meet minimum financial requirements 4) File a surety bond with
the Department of Corporations 5) Provide fingerprints for background checks 6) Meet minimum experience
requirements and demonstrate knowledge of escrow law 7) Attend an Escrow Management Training class.


                                                                                                                       California Department of            http://www.corp.ca.gov/fsd/fsd.ht
Do I need to be licensed to be an escrow agent in California?                                                          Corporations                        m
                                                                                                                       California Department of            http://www.corp.ca.gov/pub/escro
                                                                                                                       Corporations                        w.htm
                                                                                                                                                      http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-
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                                                                                                                  Legislative Counsel of California   &codebody=&hits=20
Anyone wishing to perform escrows or serve as an escrow agent must obtain a license prior to
processing any escrows, unless they are exempt by law from the licensing requirements. The California
Department of Corporations licenses independent escrow agents in California.

Detailed information on the steps to become licensed as an escrow agent can be found on the Department of
Corporation’s Web site under Financial Services. In addition, the Escrow Law can be found in Division 6 of the
California Financial Code, starting with Section 17000.

How do I find out the licensing requirements for mortgage bankers under California Department of                                                    http://www.corp.ca.gov/fsd/fsd.ht
the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act (CRMLA)?                Corporations                                                                m
                                                                                                                                                    http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-
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                                                                                                                  Legislative Counsel of California &codebody=&hits=20
                                                                                                                  U.S. Department of Housing and http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sf
                                                                                                                  Urban Development                 h/res/respa_hm.cfm
The California Department of Corporations licences and regulates mortgage bankers or residential
mortage lenders under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act (CRMLA). CRMLA can be found
in the California Financial Code beginning with section 50000.

To become licensed under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act, an applicant must be engaged in
the business of mortgage banking. This includes the making and/or servicing of residential mortgage loans.
Residential mortgage loans are defined as federally-related mortgage loans as defined by federal law in the
Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). That means the loans must be secured by first or junior deeds
of trust on properties of one to four family units. This also includes reverse mortgages. Mortgage banker
licensing information and applications may be obtained on the Department's Website or by calling toll-free 866-
ASK-CORP (275-2677).

                                                                                                                  California Department of            http://www.corp.ca.gov/fsd/fsd.ht
Do I have to be licensed to be a finance lender broker in California?                                             Corporations                        m
                                                                                                                                                      http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-
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                                                                                                                  Legislative Counsel of California   &codebody=&hits=20
Yes. To become a finance lender broker you must file an application with the California Department of
Corporations, which is responsible for the regulation and licensing of a broker under the Finance
Lenders Law. The Finance Lender Law begins with section 22000 of the California Financial Code.

A "broker" includes any person who negotiates or performs any act as broker in connection with loans made by
a finance lender. A broker under the Finance Lender Law may only broker loans to lenders licensed as finance
lenders. The license does not provide the broker with the authority to broker loans to and collect brokerage
commissions from other types of lenders such as credit unions and banks.

How do I find out about the requirements for a California finance lenders                                         California Department of            http://www.corp.ca.gov/forms/fsdl
license?                                                                                                          Corporations                        ist.htm
                                                                                                                                                         http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-
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                                                                                                                     Legislative Counsel of California   &codebody=&hits=20
You should contact the California Department of Corporations, which is responsible for the regulation
and licensing and regulation of a finance lender under the Finance Lenders Law. The Finance Lenders
Law begins with section 22000 of the California Financial Code

In general, an applicant/licensee must: 1) Have and maintain a $25,000 net worth. 2) Obtain and maintain a
$25,000 surety bond. 3) Have a history absent any criminal history or history of sanctions by any regulatory
agency resulting from dishonesty, fraud or deceit. 4) Have a business plan consistent with the business of
finance lender. 5) Applications are available at the Department of Corporations offices, or on the Website. 6)
Information regarding the requirements of a license also may be obtained by calling toll-free, the Department of
Corporations at 886-ASK-CORP (275-2677).

How do I find out if there is a fee for filing a limited offering exemption                                          California Department of            http://www.corp.ca.gov/srd/securi
notice to issue securities for my new business?                                                                      Corporations                        ty.htm
                                                                                                                                                         http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-
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                                                                                                                     Legislative Counsel of California   p&codebody=&hits=20
In California, the California Department of Corporations regulates the offer and sale of securities by an
issuer. A limited offering exemption notice is required by California Corporate Securities law under
section 25102(f) and must be filed with the Department. The filing fee for the limited offering exemption
notice varies depending on the value of the securities to be exempted.

The fee is based on the value of the securities in the total offering, rather than on just the value of those
securities to be offered in California. Filing fees may be paid with a personal check payable to the California
Department of Corporations. The fees range is as follows: 1) $25 for total offerings of up to $25,000, 2) $35 for
total offerings of up to $100,000, 3) $50 for total offerings of up to $500,000.
Where do I find out how to file a limited offering exemption notice in                                               California Department of            http://www.corp.ca.gov/srd/securi
California?                                                                                                          Corporations                        ty.htm
                                                                                                                     California Department of            http://www.corp.ca.gov/pdf/2510
                                                                                                                     Corporations                        2f.pdf
                                                                                                                                                         http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-
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                                                                                                                     Legislative Counsel of California   p&codebody=&hits=20
Limited Offering Exemption Notices may be filed with any of the California Department of Corporations'
four offices.
There are four requirements that are discussed in detail in a Limited Offering Exemption Notice information
package available by request from all Department of Corporations' offices or on its Web site. The full text of the
law is found in Section 25102(f) of the California Corporations Code.


MAJOR INDUSTRIES IN CALIFORNIA
                                                                                                                                               http://commerce.ca.gov/state/ttc
                                                                                                                  California Commerce and      a/ttca_navigation.jsp?path=Califo
What is California doing to promote the film industry?                                                            Economic Development Program rnia+Film+Commission
The California Film Commission (CFC) works to enhance California's position as the premier location for
all motion picture and television production.
The State of California's Film California First (FCF) Program was initiated by Governor Gray Davis, the $45
million program was approved by the Legislature in June 2000 and will commence on January 1, 2001. FCF
Program increases California's competitive edge in attracting and retaining film projects. Qualified Production
Companies will realize cost savings through the Program's various reimbursement categories when filming on
public property in California.
                                                                                                     http://commerce.ca.gov/state/ttc
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The state has a variety of incentives in place to encourage investment and reduce the cost of starting
and operating a business in California. California offers an increasingly cost-effective and pro-business
climate. Working under the banner of TeamCalifornia, the California Commerce and Economic
Development Program joins a statewide network of economic development practitioners committed to
expanding and attracting corporate investment.

Current State policies and new initiatives in the areas of education, infrastructure development and workforce
training are tailored to attract new investment and encourage job creation. TeamCalifornia seeks to build upon
these statewide benefits by providing access to the State's many resources. These professionals work
regionally and statewide to create and enhance California's business-friendly environment.
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Where can I find visitor statistics for California's tourism industry?                                            California Division of Tourism   t=Travel+Industry
California received a total of an estimated 316 million "person trips" to and through the state in 2002.
265 million trips were made by residents of California, 44 million were made by U.S. resident out-of-state
travelers, and 7 million by international travelers.
Vital visitor statistics on California's tourism industry include information by county, purpose of travel, places
visited and tourist demographics. In-depth research articles forecast the industry and discuss trends in tourism
and its economic impacts on California are available from the California Division of Tourism, California
Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency.


TAXES
How do I file my California income taxes electronically to get a fast                                                                                      http://www.ftb.ca.gov/online/inde
refund?                                                                                                                California Franchise Tax Board      x.html
Request direct deposit when you e-file - get your refund in 5 to 7 banking days!
It's the fastest, safest way to get your refund. There is no paper check to get delayed or lost in the mail and your
e-file software will guide you through the steps for requesting direct deposit.
                                                                                                                                                         http://www.taxes.ca.gov/index2.h
How do I find out about all the various taxes facing my business?                                                      California Tax Information Center tml
Your business has different tax requirements than individuals. There are several forms you may have to
file
There are several types of business taxes at both the state and federal levels. Among these are self-
employment, payroll, sales & use, property and special taxes.
                                                                                                                       California Franchise Tax Board      http://www.taxes.ca.gov/ezzzyind
How do I file my Federal income taxes electronically to get a fast refund?                                             and U.S. Internal Revenue           .html#IRS
                                                                                                                                                           http://www.irs.gov/efile/index.htm
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Request direct deposit when you e-file - get your refund in 5 to 7 banking days!
It's the fastest, safest way to get your refund. There is no paper check to get delayed or lost in the mail and your
e-file software will guide you through the steps for requesting direct deposit.
Where can I find information about the charity organizations in                                                        California Office of the Attorney
California?                                                                                                            General                             http://caag.state.ca.us/charities/
The Office of the Attorney General has a web site specifically on charitable trusts.
The Attorney General's Registry of Charitable Trusts (Registry) maintains the public files containing financial
reports (IRS Form 990) for the largest California registered charities. In addition, the Registry maintains a
current index and a computer printout of all registered California charities. By searching the charities database,
you can see if a charity is registered and reporting its activities as required by law. You also now will be able to
see if a commercial fund-raiser working for a charity is registered and what kind of fund-raising activities are
being reported by searching the commercial fund-raiser database.
                                                                                                                                                           http://www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/
Can I e-file my California tax return for free?                                                                        California Franchise Tax Board      efile/freechart.asp
                                                                                                                                                           http://www.ftb.ca.gov/online/NetF
                                                                                                                       California Franchise Tax Board      ile/qualifications.html
FTB offers a free direct e-file service, NetFile. If you qualify to use FTB's Form 5402EZ or 540A, you may
be able to use NetFile.
In addition, several commercial software providers offer free tax preparation and e-file for California returns.
Some charge a fee for preparing and/or e-filing your federal return. Check out each option carefully and choose
the one that is best for you.
                                                                                                                                                           http://www.ftb.ca.gov/online/refun
When can I e-file my 2003 California Tax Return?                                                                      California Franchise Tax Board       d/index.asp
                                                                                                                                                           http://www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/
                                                                                                                      California Franchise Tax Board       efile/index.html
You can e-file your 2003 tax return beginning January 16, 2004.
Remember: If you have a balance due on your tax return, you must pay the amount you owe by April 15, 2004 to
avoid interest and penalties. Your e-file software will guide you through completing and filing form FTB 3519.


BUSINESS LAWS AND REGULATIONS
Where can I find the regulations the agencies put out (the California Code California Office of Administrative
of Regulations)?                                                           Law                                 http://ccr.oal.ca.gov/
                                                                           California Building Standards
                                                                           Commission                          http://www.bsc.ca.gov/
The California Code of Regulations (CCR) is produced by the Office of Administrative Law.

It is available online or can be viewed at the offices of County Clerks or County Law Libraries and 100 state
depository libraries. Note that Title 24, California Building Standards Code and Bulletins, is not part of the CCRs
because it contains copyrighted materials under the ownership of several model code publishers. Information on
Title 24 is available from the California Building Standards Commission.
Where can I find out if my business requires a license or has jobs that
require licenses?                                                                                                     See Business A17
                                                                                                                                                      http://www.cslb.ca.gov/services/g
How do I get a State contractor's license?                                                                            Contractors State License Board uides.asp
                                                                                                                      California Contractors State    http://www.cslb.ca.gov/contractor
                                                                                                                      License Board                   s/default.asp
Obtain an Application for Original Contractor's License from any office of the Contractors State License
Board (CSLB), by telephone from their 24-hour automated public information line, (800) 321-CSLB (2752)
or via the CSLB website, http://www.cslb.ca.gov. Submit application with the $250 nonrefundable
application processing fee.

A contractor must be able to verify at least four years journey-level experience in his craft, pass a
comprehensive trade and license law examination, and meet operating capital, bonding, and workers'
compensation requirements.
                                                                                                                      California Department of
Where can I learn about child labor laws and work permits for minors in                                               Industrial Relations - Division of   http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/ChildL
California?                                                                                                           Labor Standards Enforcement          aborPamphlet2000.html
Except in limited circumstances defined in law, all minors under 18 years of age employed in the State of
California must have a permit to work.
In addition to being governed by the California child labor laws, most employees are governed by the federal
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA establishes 16 as the minimum age for general employment.
Minors 16 and above may work in any occupation except for occupations declared hazardous in federal
regulation for persons under 18. Fourteen and fifteen-year-olds are allowed to work only in limited occupations.
Minors under 14 may not work in firms subject to the FLSA, except in agriculture. The State of California has
adopted federal hazardous occupation standards for minors under 18 and many of the standards for 14 and 15-
year-olds.
                                                                                                                                                    http://www.dir.ca.gov/DOSH/con
Where do I get information on safe workplace practices?                                                             Cal/OSHA                        sultation.html
The Cal/OSHA Consultation Service provides assistance to employers about workplace safety and
health issues.
If you are an employer who wishes to obtain assistance from Cal/OSHA Consultation, or want to learn more
about what services are available, you can do so by calling the Toll-Free Assistance Number, 1-800-963-9424.
If you want to arrange an on-site visit or obtain technical information, you can contact the Cal/OSHA
Consultation Area Office nearest your workplace or you can email us at InfoCons@dir.ca.gov.
                                                                                                                    California Department of        http://www.corp.ca.gov/pub/tipsc
I receive a lot of telemarketing calls. How can I stop them?                                                        Corporations                    ont.htm
                                                                                                                                                    http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pu
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When you receive a telemarketing call, ask the caller to remove your name from their "call list". By law,
they must remove your name and not contact you again. Also, the California Department of Corporations
can mail you a "Remove your name from Lists" form that will remove your name from thousands of
telemarketing and junk mail lists, and it lasts for 5 years

Please keep in mind that this will not stop all telemarketers from contacting you. You must be diligent in asking
them to remove your name. For additional information please call the Department of Corporations Client
Resource Center, toll free at 866 ASK CORP (275) 2677. The Client Services Representative will be happy to
assist you. The Federal Trade Commission also has an informative web site on the federal laws that apply to
telemarketers.

How do I file a complaint for securities fraud and other violations of                                              California Department of        http://www.corp.ca.gov/comp/srdi
California securities laws?                                                                                         Corporations                    nst.htm
                                                                                                                    U.S. Securities and Exchange    http://www.sec.gov/complaint.sht
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You can file a complaint for securities fraud with the California Department of Corporations. The
complaint form can be downloaded from the Department's web site. Also, the Department is willing to
accept complaints through its Client Resource Center at 866-ASK CORP (866) 275-2677.
The Department of Corporations may be able to help investors get their money back in some cases, but there is
no guarantee. Neither can the Department represent investors in litigating complainants nor can it provide
individual legal advice. A complaint to the Department of Corporations should not be viewed as a substitute for
consulting a private attorney about your rights and remedies in securities fraud cases. While the Department of
Corporations may make an effort to recover funds for investors that have filed securities fraud complaints, this
may not always be the case. However, enforcement actions taken by the Department may be able to prevent
other investors from losing their money. The Department may also be able to bring about appropriate
punishment of persons who have committed violations of the laws it regulates, including the securities, franchise
and commodities laws.

How do I find the status of a complaint that was filed with the Department California Department of                                                   http://www.corp.ca.gov/enf/enfor
of Corporations regarding securities investment fraud?                     Corporations                                                               ce.htm
Complaints submitted to the Department, and our investigations of those complaints, are not public
unless and until they result in public enforcement action, such as court judgments, fines or court orders,
among other actions. The Department can provide information on any public enforcement action that
has been taken against entities or individuals the public complains to us about.

1)If a securities complaint has been filed with the Department of Corporations for securities fraud and there has
been no communication from the Department with the complainant regarding status, it does not mean the
complaint is not being investigated. Securities and other types of investigations can be complex, and may take
months or even years to resolve. Notices and updates will not occur on a regular basis. 2) If a complaint has
been filed with the Department of Corporations for securities fraud and the company named in the complaint is
still advertising, the company may be under investigation while it is still advertising. However, the Department of
Corporation’s investigation may not result in an enforcement action for a variety of reasons that include: a) The
matter is not within its jurisdiction, b) The action complained about is not a violation of law, c) The department
has referred the matter to another agency with primary responsibility.

How do I find out what types of illegal activities the Department of                                                  California Department of        http://www.corp.ca.gov/enf/enfor
Corporations investigates?                                                                                            Corporations                    ce.htm
                                                                                                                      California Department of        http://www.corp.ca.gov/fsd/fsd.ht
                                                                                                                      Corporations                    m
The California Department of Corporations investigates complaints of securities fraud and other
violations of the California securities, franchise, commodity, escrow and lender laws.

The Department is empowered to bring administrative or civil actions to stop such violations. Specifically, the
Department investigates violations of the following: 1)California Securities Law of 1968, 2) California Commodity
Law of 1990, 3) California Finance Lenders Law, 4) California Residential Mortgage Lenders Law, 5) Capital
Access Company Law, 6) Check Sellers, Bill Payers and Proraters Law 7) Bucket Shop Law, 8) Escrow Law, 9)
Franchise Investment Law

                                                                                                                      California Department of        http://www.corp.ca.gov/comp/co
Whom do I call if I am a victim of investment fraud?                                                                  Corporations                    mplist.htm
                                                                                                                                                      http://www.consumer.gov/sentine
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If you believe that you are a victim of investment fraud, you can file a complaint with the California
Department of Corporations. A complaint form will be mailed to you, or if you have Internet access, you
can download the form from our website and send it to the address listed.
In addition, the Department will be happy to send you information on how to protect yourself from being re-
victimized. If you believe you are a victim of telemarketing fraud, telemarketing fraud is not within the
Department’s enforcement responsibility. Depending on the type of scam, you will want to contact the
appropriate agency. Please call the Department of Corporation’s Client Resource Center toll-free, at 866 ASK
CORP (275-2677) for assistance or additional information. You can also check the Department’s Consumer
Complaint website. The Federal government also provides help online. The Consumer Sentinel page allows you
to file a complaint, learn about the latest scams, and find out how to protect yourself from future scams.
How do I find out if my securities broker-dealer or investment advisor is
properly licensed in California?                                                                                  See Business A30
How do I find whether a lender can charge a prepayment penalty?                                                   See Business A35
Where can I find the the requirements for an escrow license?                                                      See Business A38
Do I need to be licensed to be an escrow agent in California?                                                     See Business A41
How can I find out if there are any complaints against the securities
broker-dealer/investment advisor I hire to help me with my investment                                             Calfiornia Department of       http://www.corp.ca.gov/srd/securi
transactions?                                                                                                     Corporations                   ty.htm
                                                                                                                  U.S. Securities and Exchange   http://www.sec.gov/investor/brok
                                                                                                                  Commission                     ers.htm
You may check whether the securities broker-dealer or investment advisor you work with is properly
licensed or registered to do business in the State of California by calling the California Department of
Corporations' toll-free number (866) ASK-CORP (275-2677), or by checking the Department's Web site,
http://www.corp.ca.gov.
If the Department of Corporations is investigating a complaint against a company or a licensee for potential
securities law violations, the Department cannot disclose any information about the complaint until there is a
final public administrative or judicial action against a person(s) or a company. The Department of Corporations
and other securities regulators, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), National Association
of Securities Dealers (NASD) and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) provide
information and tips to consumers on how to avoid fraudulent investments and how to choose a reputable
securities broker-dealer or an investment advisor.

                                                                                                                  California Department of       http://www.corp.ca.gov/pub/tipsc
How can I find out the value of stock I have inherited?                                                           Corporations                   ont.htm
                                                                                                                  U.S. Securities and Exchange   http://www.sec.gov/investor.shtm
                                                                                                                  Commission                     l
                                                                                                                  U.S. Securities and Exchange   http://www.sec.gov/answers.sht
                                                                                                                  Commission                     ml
Determining the value of a stock can be a complicated process. If the stock is publicly traded and is
listed on a stock exchange, the current share value is listed in the business section of most
newspapers. There may, however, have been other activity since the stock you inherited was issued,
such as stock splits. It may be useful to check with a reputable securities broker/dealer. A number of
resources at the public library may be able to help you find information to determine the value of your
certificates.
An old stock certificate may still be of value even if the stock is no longer traded under the name on the
certificate. The company may have merged with another company or changed its name. Even if your certificate
has no value, you may find that the certificate itself has value as a collectible.
False statements were made to me when I bought stock in a private
company. Is there a government agency that can help me get my money                                                       California Department of       http://www.corp.ca.gov/srd/securi
back?                                                                                                                     Corporations                   ty.htm
                                                                                                                          U.S. Securities and Exchange   http://www.sec.gov/divisions/enfo
                                                                                                                          Commission                     rce.shtml
You can contact the California Department of Corporations to find out what steps you should take to
recover your money. The Department regulates the offer and sale of securities by an issuer in California
and is very interested in learning of possible violations of the Corporate Securities Law. However, it
cannot serve as a private attorney to help you recover funds you invested in a securities transaction.

A complaint can be submitted to the Department of Corporations by obtaining, completing and submitting an
Enforcement Complaint form that is available on the Web site. A complaint may also be filed over the phone by
calling the Department's toll-free number (866) ASK-CORP (275-2677). If a written complaint has been filed with
the Department of Corporations, the Department's Enforcement and Legal Services Office will evaluate the
complaint for violations of the Corporate Securities Law and the merits of any allegations of fraud under that
Law and determine whether to further investigate the securities transaction. As a result of the Department of
Corporations' investigations, there have been cases that result in the violator making full or partial restitution, but
there are no guarantees.
How can I tell if the person I am investing with is legitimate or a con                                                   U.S. Securities and Exchange   http://www.sec.gov/investor/brok
artist?                                                                                                                   Commission                     ers.htm
                                                                                                                          California Department of       http://www.corp.ca.gov/pub/tipsc
                                                                                                                          Corporations                   ont.htm
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                                                                                                                          Federal Trade Commission       tm
A good first step is to determine whether the person is a licensed broker dealer or investment advisor.
The California Department of Corporations can determine whether a securities broker dealer or
investment advisor is licensed with the State of California. Please call the Department of Corporations
Client Resource Center at 866-ASK-CORP (275-2677). The Client Services Representative will be happy
to assist you. You can also check out your broker online.

There are certain things you should know before investing your money with anyone. First, find out if they are
licensed to sell securities in their state. If they are not a financial institution and have not obtained a license or
exemption with the Department of Corporations, they are in violation of the law. To find out more, visit the
Department of Corporations' Investor Education website and the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer
Protection website.
How do I find out what government agencies maintain lists of                                                              California Department of       http://www.corp.ca.gov/pub/tipsc
shareholders in public or private corporations?                                                                           Corporations                   ont.htm
                                                                                                                          U.S. Securities and Exchange   http://www.sec.gov/answers.sht
                                                                                                                          Commission                     ml
Shareholder information is usually available to the public from the corporations themselves. The
Securities and Exchange Commission collects limited shareholder information that it will make public.
Generally, state and federal agencies do not maintain lists of shareholders in private or public
companies.
The records of the California Department of Corporations reflect exemption notices and applications for
qualification of the offer and sale of securities that may include some of the shareholders, which the Department
will make available to the public. However, there is no legal requirement that a complete list of shareholders be
submitted to the Department of Corporations.
How do I find out the licensing requirements for mortgage bankers under
the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act (CRMLA)?                                                            See Business A46
Do I have to be licensed to be a finance lender broker in California?                                               See Business A51
How do I find out about the requirements for a California finance lenders                                           See Business A55
Can a California finance lender repossess a car after one missed                                                    California Department of   http://www.corp.ca.gov/fsd/fsd.ht
payment?                                                                                                            Corporations               m
The Finance Lenders Law does not prohibit a lender from repossessing a car after a single missed
payment.
In most cases, lenders may repossess a vehicle when a payment is not made. To determine whether the
repossession of a vehicle is permissible under your loan, refer to the original loan documents that you signed
when the financing was obtained.
Can a lender add insurance to my loan without my permission and make                                                California Department of   http://www.corp.ca.gov/fsd/fsd.ht
me pay for it?                                                                                                      Corporations               m
If the loan documents require insurance on the collateral securing the loan, the lender may add
insurance to your loan if you do not have your own coverage, or you do not provide coverage when you
are requested to do so. While the Department of Corporations is responsible for regulating the business
practices and the licensing of finance lenders, contracts between borrowers and lenders are governed
separately through contract laws. Any contract disputes are settled through litigation in a court of law. It
is important to read and understand loan requirements before signing the loan documents.


Neither the California Finance Lenders Law nor the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act prohibit a
lender from requiring the borrower provide insurance on the collateral that secures the loan. Most loans secured
by real property contain a provision in the loan documents requiring insurance be maintained on the real
property and allowing the lender to add the insurance if the insurance expires or is cancelled. Most loans
secured by a moter vehicle contain a provision in the loan documents requiring that insurance is in place during
the term of the loan.

How do I find out if there is a fee for filing a limited offering exemption
notice to issue securities for my new business?                                                                     See Business A59
How do I find out whom to call if I want to discuss a specific securities                                           California Department of   http://www.corp.ca.gov/srd/securi
enforcement case?                                                                                                   Corporations               ty.htm
Generally, the California Department of Corporations doesn’t discuss specific enforcement cases, as all
our investigations are confidential until a public action is taken. You can verify receipt of a consumer
complaint by the Department of Corporations by calling 866-ASK-CORP (275-2677).

Where do I find out how to file a limited offering exemption notice in
California?                                                                                                         See Business A63
                                                                                                                    California Department of   http://www.corp.ca.gov/saif/saif.h
How do I find out how to protect seniors against investment fraud?                                                  Corporations               tm
                                                                                                                    U.S. General Services      http://www.firstgov.gov/Topics/Se
                                                                                                                    Administration             niors.shtml#consumer
The Department of Corporations, California's investment and financing authority, administers a senior
investment protection program called Seniors Against Investment Fraud (SAIF). It is an outreach
program funded by the Governor's Office to alert and teach Californians over the age of 50 how to
protect themselves from investment and telemarketing fraud schemes.

SAIF enlists and trains hundreds of senior volunteers to carry the message and teach seniors how to prevent
investment and telemarketing fraud. SAIF recruits volunteers from every area of the state. Also, we need people
to distribute educational materials within their community. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please
contact: 1) In Southern CA: Robyn Goodman at (916) 445-1349 2) In Northern CA: Dr. Alice Molina at (916) 869-
1318 or Mr. Dick Ryder at (916) 869-1295
MY CA How Do I . . . Consumers and Families
Aug. 2004
Topic                                                                                                                          Agency                      URL
ENERGY
                                                                                                                               California Energy           http://www.consumerenerg
Where can I find tips on saving energy at home?                                                                                Commission                  ycenter.org/
The California Energy Commission’s Consumer Energy Center is one source for consumer tips and energy
saving ideas for the home.
The California Energy Commission’s Consumer Energy Center provides consumer tips and energy saving ideas for the
home and office as well as for other settings (agricultural, industrial, water/waste water). Check out their tips for saving
energy inside your home, outside your home, during home construction, and with use of appliances. Information is also
available about rebates or other incentive programs.
                                                                                                                               California Energy           http://www.energy.ca.gov/ef
Does the State have a list of appliances that meet its energy guidelines?                                                      Commission                  ficiency/appliances/
                                                                                                                                                           http://www.consumerenerg
                                                                                                                               California Energy           ycenter.org/homeandwork/
                                                                                                                               Commission                  homes/index.html
                                                                                                                               US Environmental Protection
                                                                                                                               Agency                      http://www.energystar.gov/
Yes, the state does maintain a list of appliances that meet its energy efficiency standards.
The Energy Commission maintains a database of efficient appliances for use by the federal government, contractors,
building officials and others, mostly for verifying compliance with efficiency standards. Information included in the
database is obtained from more than 500 different appliance manufacturers (and their trade associations) who must use
standard test methods to prove the energy use and efficiency of their products. In addition, the California Energy
Commission provides tips for consumers on what to look for when purchasing new energy efficient appliances. From the
California Energy Commission's Web site, you can link to the Energy Star database that lists energy efficient appliances
that meet state guidelines.
                                                                                                                                                           http://www.consumerenerg
                                                                                                                                                           ycenter.org/homeandwork/
Where do I turn if I have questions about my natural gas or electric utility bill or California Energy                                                     homes/yourbill/help/questio
problems with my utilities?                                                          Commission                                                            ns.html
You should contact your utility company or energy service provider first. If you disagree with the provider, and
you are served by a municipal utility, you should contact your local elected representative for your municipal
utility. If you are served by another provider, you should contact the California Public Utilities Commission at 1-
800-649-7570.is to call your utility company or energy service provider directly. The phone number should be listed on
Your first step
your bill. If you disagree with the company or provider, and you are served by a municipal utility (such as Sacramento
Municipal Utility District - SMUD, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power - LADWP, City of Long Beach Gas
Department, etc.) or by an electricity cooperative, you should contact your local elected representative for that utility.
Each municipal and most cooperatives have an elected board of directors, whose members represent you. If you are
served by another energy service provider, you should contact the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which
regulates electricity service providers and investor-owned natural gas utilities. You may contact one of CPUC’s regional
offices around the state or call its San Francisco headquarters at (415) 703-1180, or toll free at 1-800-649-7570. Finally,
you may wish to contact a public interest advocacy group that deals with consumers’ utility issues.
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
                                                                                                                             California Department of   http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/dpr
Where can I find information about pesticides and their use around my home?                                                  Pesticide Regulation       pquest.htm
The Department of Pesticide Regulation has information about pesticide safety and use.
The Department of Pesticide Regulation has set up a website to answer pesticide questions. The site also has links to
pesticide consumer information, how to control specific pests, the Extension Toxicology Network (EXTOXNET), and the
National Pesticide Telecommunications Network (NPTN).
                                                                                                                             California Office of
Where can I find out more about Proposition 65 or Prop. 65 and a list of                                                     Environmental Health       http://www.oehha.ca.gov/pr
chemicals known to cause cancer?                                                                                             Hazard Assessment          op65.html
Proposition 65 requires the Governor to publish a list of chemicals that are known to the State of California to
cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
In November 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address growing concerns about exposures to toxic
chemicals. That initiative became The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known by its
original name: Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the Governor to publish a list of chemicals that are known to the
State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list must be updated at least once a
year.
                                                                                                                             California Department of   http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/php
What are the rules for bringing plants and animals into California?                                                          Food and Agriculture       ps/
                                                                                                                             California Department of   http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/php
                                                                                                                             Food and Agriculture       ps/pe/faq_hse_plnts.htm
                                                                                                                             California Department of   http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfs
                                                                                                                             Food and Agriculture       s/ah/permits.htm
There are several federal and state rules for bringing plants and animals into California from other states and
countries. Information is available by calling the Consumers Helpline for Pest and Animal Disease Prevention at
1-800-675-2427.
Food, plants and animals can carry pests and other diseases that could be harmful to California’s agricultural industries,
environment and citizens. The state’s pest prevention and exclusion program includes the use of inspectors at our
borders and airports, the use of specially trained dogs to "sniff out" potential pests, and public education efforts.
Information about relevant federal and state laws and regulations and tips for travelers into the state is available by
calling the Consumers Helpline for Pest and Animal Disease Prevention at 1-800-675-2427. Your state’s Department of
Food and Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) can also provide information about transporting
food, plants and animals across state and international borders.
What should I do about overflowing or broken sewer pipes?                                                                    See Health & Safety A8

AUTOMOBILES
                                                                                                                             California Air Resources   http://www.arb.ca.gov/mspr
Does the State identify the least polluting new cars, trucks or SUVs?                                                        Board                      og/ccbg/ccbg.htm
The California Air Resources Board produces a guide to cleaner cars for those in the market to buy new
automobiles, trucks or SUVs.
The California Air Resources Board produces a guide to cleaner cars for those in the market to buy new automobiles,
trucks or SUVs. When shopping for a new or used vehicle keep in mind that while all California cars have advanced
emission control systems, many newer vehicles are designed to produce even lower levels of emissions. This guide can
help quickly identify them.

                                                                                                                                                             http://www.chp.ca.gov/html/
Are studded tires on my vehicle legal in California?                                                                             California Highway Patrol   answers.html#14
Studded tires are legal in California under certain circumstances.
The California Vehicle Code [Section 27454 (e)] permits studded tires to be used on vehicles between November 1 and
April 1 of each year. The number of studs or the percentage of metal in contact with the roadway cannot exceed three
percent of the total tire area in contact with the roadway. Since there could be some confusion on this issue, you may
wish to contact the California Highway Patrol for an official response that you can carry in your vehicle.
How soon after I move to California do I need to register a vehicle from another California Department of                                                    http://www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/o
state or country?                                                                Motor Vehicles                                                              sreg.htm
New and continuing residents of California have 20 days to register their vehicles in California in order to avoid
being charged late penalties. Additional information about registration requirements can be obtained by calling 1
(800) 777-0133.
Nonresident vehicle owners (recent arrivals) must register their out-of-state vehicles in California within 20 days of
accepting employment or establishing residency in California. If a resident of California acquires a vehicle from another
state or country, fees become due the date the vehicle enters California and must be paid within 20 days to avoid late
penalties. To request a copy of the Department of Motor Vehicle’s (DMV) information packet which explains California's
registration requirements, call your local DMV at 1 (800) 777-0133.
                                                                                                                                 California Energy           http://www.energy.ca.gov/g
Why do gasoline prices differ so greatly from one place to another?                                                              Commission                  asoline/index.html
There are several factors that influence the price of gasoline from one area to another and from one gas station
to another. These factors include competition, transportation costs, volume of fuel sold, choices made by
individual stations about payment options and advertising, and state and local sales taxes.
There are three main components to the price of gasoline: the cost to make it, the cost sell it, and the taxes. Gasoline
prices can vary from one place to another for several reasons: 1)One is competition. When there is less competition in a
local market (fewer stations and fewer customers), there is less incentive to keep prices down. 2) Another factor is
transportation costs. If you live in a rural area far from the refineries, transporting fuel to your local station adds to the
cost you pay. Also stations in urban areas can keep prices lower because they sell in quantity. They make up selling at a
lower price because they sell a high volume of fuel. 3) Some stations have lower prices because they typically do not
take credit cards. Credit cards can add about two percent to the cost of the transaction, which is passed on to the
customer in higher prices at the pump. 4) Local and state sales taxes on gasoline also vary depending on the city and
county in which you live. But, on average the sales tax adds between 9 and 12 cents to a gallon of gasoline, depending
on final price.

Can a California finance lender repossess a car after one missed payment?                                                        See Business A166

INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY SERVICES
I recently lost my job. Is there a program that will provide me with financial help Employment Development                                                   http://www.edd.cahwnet.go
while I am out of work?                                                             Department                                                               v/fleclaim.htm#ui
Unemployment Insurance is a nationwide program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed
workers while they conduct an active search for new work. Unemployment Insurance is a federal-state program,
based on federal law, but executed through state law.
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program benefits the individual and the local community. Payments made directly to
the individual ensure that at least some of life's necessities such as food, shelter and clothing can be met while looking
for work. For the most part UI benefits are spent in the local community, which helps sustain the economic well being of
local businesses. In California, the Employment Development Department administers the UI program according to
guidelines established by the UI Code and the California Code of Regulations, Title 22.
I injured myself off the job. Is there a program that will provide me with financial California Employment                                                         http://www.edd.cahwnet.go
help while I am out of work?                                                         Development Department                                                        v/fleclaimdi.htm
                                                                                     California Employment                                                         http://www.edd.ca.gov/direp
                                                                                     Development Department                                                        /dirq2501.htm
To apply for State Disability Insurance (SDI) benefits, you must complete an SDI claim form, DE 2501, and have
your medical provider certify that you can no longer do your regular or customary job duties.

Disability is defined as any mental or physical illness or injury that prevents you from performing your regular or
customary work. This includes elective surgery; illness or injury resulting from pregnancy, childbirth, or related
conditions; or inability to work due to a written order of quarantine from a state or local health officer. After being disabled
at least 8 calendar days: you must file a timely claim (within 49 days from the date you become disabled); and be
employed or actively looking for employment when your disability begins; and have earned at least $300 from which SDI
taxes were withheld during a previous 12-month period.

                                                                                                                                   California State Controller's   http://www.sco.ca.gov/col/u
Where can I learn if there is any unclaimed property that belongs to me?                                                           Office                          cp/
The State of California is currently holding more than $3.2 billion in Unclaimed Property belonging to
approximately 5.2 million individuals and organizations.
You may be one of millions of Californians owed money by the State! The State of California is currently holding more
than $3.2 billion in Unclaimed Property belonging to approximately 5.2 million individuals and organizations. This
property is mostly money left inactive or dormant by the owner for more than three years.
Where can I find information about the charity organizations in California?                                                        See Business A90
How do I file my California income taxes electronically to get a fast refund?                                                      See Business A80
How do I file my Federal income taxes electronically to get a fast refund?                                                         See Business A86
Is there a Megan’s Law in California to guard against sex offenders preying on
children?                                                                                                                          See Health & Safety A22
Are there some state efforts to help victims of crime?                                                                             See Health & Safety A18
I receive a lot of telemarketing calls. How can I stop them?                                                                       See Business A117
How do I file a complaint for securities fraud and other violations of California
securities laws?                                                                                                                   See Business A122
How do I find the status of a complaint that was filed with the Department of
Corporations regarding securities investment fraud?                                                                                See Business A126
How do I find out what types of illegal activities the Department of Corporations
investigates?                                                                                                                      See Business A129
Whom do I call if I am a victim of investment fraud?                                                                               See Business A133
How do I find out if my securities broker-dealer or investment advisor is
properly licensed in California?                                                                                             See Business A30
How do I find whether a lender can charge a prepayment penalty?                                                              See Business A35
How can I find out the value of stock I have inherited?                                                                      See Business A145

False statements were made to me when I bought stock in a private company.
Is there a government agency that can help me get my money back?                                                             See Business A150
How can I tell if the person I am investing with is legitimate or a con artist?                                              See Business A154
How do I find out what government agencies maintain lists of shareholders in
public or private corporations?                                                                                              See Business A159
How do I find out the licensing requirements for mortgage bankers under the
California Residential Mortgage Lending Act (CRMLA)?                                                                         See Business A46
Can a lender add insurance to my loan without my permission and make me
pay for it?                                                                                                                  See Business A169
How do I find out whom to call if I want to discuss a specific securities
enforcement case?                                                                                                            See Business A173
How do I find out how to protect seniors against investment fraud?                                                           See Business A176
                                                                                                                             California Department of    http://www.corr.ca.gov/CDC
How can I contact an inmate?                                                                                                 Corrections                 /Inmate_Locator.asp
                                                                                                                                                         http://www.bop.gov/inmate.
                                                                                                                             Federal Bureau of Prisons   html
You can write the inmate or you can have the inmate initiate a call to you.
To ensure that your letter is received by the inmate you should include the following information on the envelope:
Inmate’s full name and California Department of Corrections number, Institution name, P.O. Box Housing, City, Zip code.
You can find the address for prisons on the California Department of Corrections web site. If you do not know where an
inmate is housed, you may contact the Department's ID Warrants unit at (916) 445-6713. A date of birth will be required if
the person you are inquiring about has a common name. To find a prisoner in a federal institution or to read the
regulations on how to contact an inmate, please visit the Federal Bureau of Prisons web site.
MY CA How Do I . . . Labor and Employment
Aug. 2004
Topic                                                                                                                   Agency                        URL
LABOR MARKET

                                                                                                                        California Employment         http://www.calmis.ca.gov/ht
What jobs have the highest demand for new workers?                                                                      Development Department        mlfile/subject/occproj.htm
Occupational projections data indicate major local occupations and which occupations are likely to offer the
greatest number of job opportunities. The California Employment Development Department provides this
information on its Labor Market Information web page.

The Labor Market Information web page provides employment projections by occupation. You can search for
information for the entire state or by county. There are three components per area: 1)Occupations with the greatest
growth; 2) Occupations with the largest openings/declines; and 3) Occupational projections. The complete projection
table is available both as an HTML document that you can view online and as a Microsoft Excel document that can
be downloaded.

                                                                                                                                                      http://www.calpers.ca.gov/i
                                                                                                                        California Public Employees   ndex.jsp?bc=eip/self-id-
How do I get retirement-related information if I am a State employee?                                                   Retirement System             member.jsp
                                                                                                                        California State Employees    http://www.calcsea.org/retir
                                                                                                                        Association                   ees/
The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) provides retirement and health benefits to
more than 1.2 million members, including active workers and retirees, their families and beneficiaries. In
addition, the Retired Division of the California State Employees Association (CSEA) is the exclusive
representative of all retired state employees.

Among the PERS website services are a service credit cost estimator, retirement planning kit, benefit formula charts
and a personalized retirement planning calculator. Since 1931 the Retired Division of CSEA has fought for benefits,
health care, pay increases and pension protection. The Retired Division follows not only legislation, but meetings of
the California Public Retirement System (CalPERS) and Regional meeting of retired and active members



                                                                                                                        California Employment         http://www.edd.ca.gov/eddj
How do I look for a job online?                                                                                         Development Department        s.htm#Find%20a%20Job
CalJOBS is Employment Development Department (EDD)'s no-fee Internet job search system, available
through any personal computer with access to the Internet.
CalJOBS provides a connection between job seekers and employers. Job seekers can enter their skills and
experience into a résumé database to match with job openings listed in CalJOBS by employers. The job seeker first
enters some basic identification data, work history, and occupational objectives. Then, following the on-screen
prompts, builds an occupational code based on skills and experience. This résumé is filed in the system and can be
updated by the job seeker at any time. Job seeker résumés are stored in a database that employers can search to
Whom do I call with questions about my paycheck, wages, working                                                         California Department of
conditions, or hours?                                                                                                   Industrial Relations          http://www.dir.ca.gov/
The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has responsibility for all issues concerning working
conditions, hours, wages, etc.
As well as its website, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has an information hotline that answers
many customer questions at (916) 323-4920 (sorry, no toll-free number is available). Other questions about
paychecks, employees, etc., can be answered by calling your local Labor Commissioner, listed in the government
pages of your local telephone directory.


WORKING SAFELY
Where do I get information on safe workplace practices?                                                                   See Business A114
                                                                                                                          California Department of        http://www.dir.ca.gov/DOS
How do I report an unsafe workplace?                                                                                      Industrial Relations            H/WorkersPage.htm
If you would like to report hazards at your workplace to Cal/OSHA, you can mail a complaint or call the
Cal/OSHA Enforcement Unit District Office nearest the place where the hazard exists.

California workers have the right to a safe workplace and a number of other more specific rights under the California
Occupational Safety and Health Act. Among these rights are training, information and a complaint process. Workers
represented by unions may also get assistance from their union field representative or steward.


LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAWS AND REGULATIONS
Where can I learn about child labor laws and work permits for minors in
California?                                                                                                               See Business A111
                                                                                                                          California Department of Fair   http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/co
Whom do I talk to about discrimination in the workplace?                                                                  Employment and Housing          mplaintEmployment.asp
                                                                                                                          California Department of Fair   http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/Co
                                                                                                                          Employment and Housing          ntact/contactdfeh.asp
The Mission of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing is to protect the people of California from
unlawful discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, and from the perpetration of
acts of hate violence.
The Department of Fair Employment and Housing maintains the authority to investigate complaints of discrimination
in the workplace. Persons with employment complaints may obtain the DFEH Contact Information and call the
appropriate telephone number listed.
                                                                                                                          U. S. Bureau of Citizenship     http://uscis.gov/graphics/fa
What are the rules for renewing a Green Card?                                                                             and Immigration Services        qsgen.htm
You can apply up to six months prior to the expiration date of your card (indicated on the front of the card).
You will be issued temporary proof of status the same day you apply in person for your new Green Card.

To renew your Green Card, you should call the INS National Customer Service Center toll-free telephone line 1-800-
375-5283 to obtain a Form I-90, "Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card" and information on how and
where to apply. (The application form is also available on the INS Web site at http://www.ins.usdoj.gov or by calling
INS' toll-free forms request line 1-800-870-3676.)
Where can I find out if my business requires a license or has jobs that
require licenses?                                                                                                         See Business A17
I injured myself off the job. Is there a program that will provide me with
financial help while I am out of work?                                       See Cons & Family A47
MY CA How Do I . . . Travel and Transportation
Aug. 2004
Topic                                                                                                                    Agency                             URL
CALIFORNIA TOURISM
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Where are the State's Welcome Centers with tourist information for that                                                                                     elcomecenters/index.ht
region?                                                                                                                  California Department of Tourism   ml
On the Web you can find out the locations of California's eight official Welcome Centers, one for each region
of the state.
Each of California's eight major regions has an official Welcome Center, to provide gateway information to tourists
and local residents. Here you can find out where these centers are located and directions for finding them, as well as
brief descriptions of each California region.
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Where can I find out about the different sports played in California?                                                    California Department of Tourism   26+Recreation
The California Division of Tourism has information on the organizations and resources in California that are
available to those interested in sports, either from a performance or from a spectator point of view.

The California Division of Tourism's web site features a listing of links to professional, college and amateur sports
enterprises and organizations, and other sports resources available to the public. The page is organized by sport and
includes information on common sports such as baseball, basketball, college sports, football, golf, hockey, skiing,
swimming and tennis, as well as sports such as cricket, cycling, fencing, footbag, lacross, scuba diving, squash,
water polo and yoga.
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Are there any Chambers of Commerce or visitors bureaus in the regions I                                                                                     and%20Visitors%20Bur
plan to visit?                                                                                                           California Department of Tourism   eaus
The California Division of Tourism publishes a list of city and county Chambers of Commerce and visitors'
bureaus located throughout the state.
Use this handy guide to find addresses and phone numbers of Chambers of Commerce and visitors' bureaus across
the length and breadth of California. You can search by keyword or phrase for a specific agency; or you can browse
for agencies by clicking on the name of a California region and then scanning a directory of agencies located within
that region.
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Where can I learn more about different regions in California to visit?                                                   California Department of Tourism   egions
The Department of Tourism can provide you with detailed sketches of California's major geographical
regions.

California's geographical regions provide the visitor with incredible diversity. Here
you can find detailed descriptions of each region in the state, along with links to
detailed attractions and points of interest. The site also provides a visitor's guide
that gives you: A list of places where you can pursue specific types of adventure,
Suggestions for free or inexpensive activities, A guidebook to state and national
parks, A compendium of facts about California, Inside tips on getting the most from
your visits to California's regions, A list of specific things to do and places to stay in
each region.
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Where can I find tourist attractions throughout the state?                                                               California Department of Tourism   26+Attractions
Browse a list of links to Web sites telling you about the major tourist attractions in California.

Explore the Web sites of California's major tourist attractions, ranging from theme and amusement parks, to historical
sites, and to state and national parks. If you know which region you are interested in visiting, you can also look for
things to do and see in that specific region.


                                                                                                                                                            http://www.californiagolf.
Where can I find a list of golf courses in California?                                                                   California Department of Tourism   com/coursesearch.asp
The California Division of Tourism has a list of golf courses in California on its California Visitors Guide web
site.
The Division of Tourism's list of golf courses is organized by region (Southern California, San Diego, Northern
California and Central Coast) and includes links to the courses' web pages and telephone numbers.

                                                                                                                                                            http://www.assembly.ca.
Where can I learn more about the California State Capitol building?                                                      California State Capitol Museum    gov/museum/
The California State Capitol Museum offers tours and information about the capitol.
The museum is open 8:30am-5pm daily (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day when the Capitol is
closed). Guided tours are available daily 9am 4pm. Call the museum to confirm public viewing hours. Advanced
arrangements are required for groups of 10 or more. The California State Capitol Museum offers tours and
information about the capitol. The museum offers three tours: Capitol Tour - The evolution of the Capitol and the
function of government are discussed while viewing three floors of the building, including the Senate and Assembly
Chambers when possible; Historical Tour - Visitors enter the recreated executive offices as they were in the turn-of-
the-century Capitol; Historic Tours are provided by State Capitol Museum Volunteers; Capitol Park Tour - Explore the
history and beauty of Capitol Park. Park Tours are offered at 10:30 most days from mid-June through Labor Day or
by advance reservation for other times
Where can I find museums, aquariums, and historical parks from around the                                                                              http://www.mcn.edu/reso
world on the web?                                                         Museum Computer Network                                                      urces/sitesonline.htm
Museums, aquariums, and historical parks from around the world can be found on the Museum Computer
Network Museum Sites Online Web site.
This site provides links to over 1,000 international museum and museum-related World Wide Web sites. The list is in
alphabetical order by name. Some sites provide versions in various languages, including English. Some sites are
only in the language of the country in which the museum is located.


Where can I learn more about California State Parks?                                                                     California State Parks        http://www.parks.ca.gov/
The California Department of Parks and Recreation has information about all of California's state parks.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation manages more than 260 park units, which contain the finest and
most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California. The
Department's Web site contains valuable information about each park, including current park events and camping
reservations.


                                                                                                                         California Environmental      http://ceres.ca.gov/tcsf/t
How deep is Lake Tahoe?                                                                                                  Resources Evaluation System   ahoe-local/question.html
Lake Tahoe's greatest depth is 1,645 feet.
Lake Tahoe's greatest depth of 1,645 feet makes it the third deepest lake in North America and the tenth deepest in
the world.



GETTING TRAVEL INFORMATION AND MAPS
                                                                                                                                                       http://www.chp.ca.gov/ht
I am in the military. Where can I find information about driving in California?                                          California Highway Patrol     ml/militarydrivers.html
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) offers driving information for military personnel in California.

Many of the rules for non-resident drivers in California apply to the military as well. This Web page explains driving
laws and rules as they apply to military personnel.
                                                                                                                                                       http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq
Where can I learn more about the mass transit options offered in the cities I                                            California Deparment of       /MassTrans/tranoper.ht
want to visit?                                                                                                           Transportation                m
The California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) Mass Transit Program has developed a web page
with links to the sites for all the community public transportation operators in California.
The CalTrans "Transit Operators" page is organized by city name and name of transportation system. Fare, schedule
and route information can be found by accessing the pages for the transportation system(s) under the city or cities of
interest.


                                                                                                                          Scripps Institution of           http://meteora.ucsd.edu/
Where can I get coastal weather information?                                                                              Oceanography                     wx_pages/coastal.html
Coastal weather information for California is available through the web resource, "California Coastal Weather
for the Boating, Sailing, and Maritime Communities," maintained by the Climate Research Division of the
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

The web resource, "California Coastal Weather for the Boating, Sailing and Maritime Communities", provides an in-
depth picture of current weather conditions all along the west coast of North America. Included are: radar and
satellite images; storms and weather warnings; surface weather maps; weather reports; and forecasts. Information
on the previous day's weather and links to the National Weather Service are also provided.
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Where can I find travel maps of California?                                                                               California Division of Tourism   nd
Download free road maps from the California Division of Tourism Web site.
The California Division of Tourism provides free maps of California's twelve major regions, as well as a map of the
entire state. This page also allows you to download city maps of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. It even
has maps showing where famous (and not so famous) movies were shot in California; this California movie database
is also searchable by the names of movies, actors, location, and keyword. In addition, this page will give you
information about how to get a copy of the latest edition of the California Travel Ideas Map, available at various
locations throughout the state.
How can I get schedules, fares, and maps for traveling by train on the West                                                                                http://www.amtrak.com/d
Coast?                                                                                                                    Amtrak                           estinations/west.html
Use Amtrak's Web site to find out how you can use the train to travel throughout the western United States.

Browse Amtrak's Web site to learn about routes, fares, and schedules for travel by Amtrak throughout the West. The
site includes maps of train routes and information about special promotional fares. You can also take a virtual tour to
get a bird's eye view of what travel by rail is like.
How can I learn more about using Amtrak to help me get around in                                                          California Department of         http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq
California?                                                                                                               Transportation                   /rail/
Use the Web to find out how you can take the train to almost any place you want to go in California.

California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) partners with Amtrak to make travel by train more convenient
and affordable within the Golden State. Use this Web site to learn about routes, fares, schedules, and special
promotions. The site includes a handy trip planner that lets you set up a travel itinerary for your next trip by rail.
How can I save time, money, and frustration during my commute across the                                                  California Department of         http://www.511.org/fastr
San Francisco Bay bridges?                                                                                                Transportation                   ak/
You can pay your toll electronically with the FasTrak system.
Learn how you can participate in California Department of Transportation's (CalTrans) FasTrak toll paying system.
FasTrak allows you to prepay your bridge tolls at a discount. Your prepaid balance is stored on a small electronic
transponder that mounts on your windshield. Then a special sensing device at bridge toll plazas recognizes your
vehicle and automatically deducts the amount of your toll from your account as you whiz through the toll plaza
without having to wait in line to pay your toll.
                                                                                                                                                            http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq
                                                                                                                           California Department of         /tpp/offices/orip/na/Tribal
Where can I find a list of Indian rancherias and reservations in California?                                               Transportation                   _Directory.pdf
CALTRANS maintains a directory of California Indian rancherias and reservations.
This CALTRANS directory lists California Indian rancherias and reservations by county. It includes the address,
telephone, and fax number for each rancheria and reservation in the state.


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How can I find out about all the festivals, fairs, parades, and other special                                                                               %26+Attractions&Secon
events in California?                                                                                                      California Division of Tourism   dCat=Special+Events
You can use the Division of Tourism's Web site to discover fascinating festivals and celebrations located all
over California.
Search a database to discover for any month or a range of months what festivals are going on across the entire
state. Browse by California's regions to get a month-by-month listing of special events held in specific regions of the
state.


FACTS AND FIGURES ON TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION
Who are the people in the orange hard hats we see picking up litter                                                        California Department of         http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq
alongside the highway?                                                                                                     Transportation                   /paffairs/faq/faq61.htm
The people in the orange hard hats picking up litter along the freeway are probationers, prison inmates or
workfare people who are working as part of their court sentences.
The California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) and the California Department of Corrections have a joint
program that provides for probationers and other non-violent offenders to work cleaning up roads and freeways in
California as part of their court sentences. This program reduces crowding in jails and provides more than $10 million
annually in service to the state. The workers are supervised at all times by CalTrans personnel (the people in the
white hard hats).
                                                                                                                           California Department of         http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq
Where can I find facts and figures on local transit issues in California?                                                  Transportation                   /MassTrans/toc.htm
The California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) has a Transit Resource Center, which has
information and statistics about local transit in California.
The Caltrans Transit Resource Center web page offers a wealth of information about local transit in California and
nationally. Topics covered include: Trip Planning; Innovative Transit Projects; Transit Research & Technologies;
Caltrans Transit Information (includes statistics on California transit passenger services); Partnerships; Publications;
Related Links (includes transit operators fares and schedules); Other (federal/state local transit legislation, US
government transportation information sites, etc.)
Where can I get statistical data on vehicle registration and licensed drivers in                                                                            http://www.dof.ca.gov/ht
the State?                                                                       California Department of Finance                                           ml/fs_data/stat-
The California Department of Finance (DOF) offers statistical tables, which can be downloaded in Microsoft
Excel format, on vehicle registration and licensed drivers in California.


The statistics offered by the DOF on vehicle registration and drivers include: Distribution of Fee-Paid Registrations
by Type and Year First Registered, California; Estimated Fee-Paid Vehicle Registrations, California and Counties;
Registration of Motor Vehicles and Trailers Which Paid Fees, by Type of Vehicle, California; Motor Vehicle Licensed
Drivers and Drivers Involved in Accidents by Age Group, California; Number of Motor Vehicle Traffic Collisions and
Persons Killed and Injured, California; and Motor Vehicle Collisions and Victims by Location of Collision, California.

Why do gasoline prices differ so greatly from one place to another?             See Cons. & Fam. A39
Does the State identify the least polluting new cars, trucks or SUVs?           See Cons. & Fam. A30
                                                                                California Office of Enviornmental http://www.oehha.ca.gov
How can I find if the fish I caught are likely free from chemical contaminants? Health Hazard Assessment           /fish.html
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has information about assessing the risks
of chemical contaminants in fish and issuing sport fish consumption advisories.

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment is responsible for assessing the risks of chemical
contaminants in fish and issuing sport fish consumption advisories. Sport fish consumption advisories provide
consumption guidance to the public for reducing exposure and potential adverse health effects from the consumption
of contaminated sport fish. These advisories are available on the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard
Assessment website.


DRIVING CONDITIONS
                                                                                                                         California Department of   http://www.dot.ca.gov/cg
Where can I get the current driving conditions for any highway in the state?                                             Transportation             i-bin/roads.cgi
California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) can give you up-to-the-minute reports on highway
conditions throughout the state.

Search the CALTRANS database to find out reports on traffic conditions, road closures, and other highway
information for every highway in the state. You can search highways individually or you can search simultaneously
for conditions on more than one highway.
                                                                                                                         California Department of   http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq
Where can I find the latest snow conditions on the highways?                                                             Transportation             /roadinfo/wo.htm
The Web site of the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) can give you up-to-the-minute
reports on winter driving conditions throughout the state.
Search this CalTrans database to find reports on winter driving conditions, road closures, and other winter highway
information for every highway in the state. You can search highways individually or you can search simultaneously
for conditions on more than one highway. The page also contains winter driving tips, gives advice on choosing the
correct chains for your vehicle, and even tells you how to install them correctly.
Where can I view live video of current traffic conditions on the State's                                                 California Department of
highways?                                                                                                                Transportation             http://video.dot.ca.gov/
On its Web site, the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) displays live streaming video of
traffic conditions.
You can view live streaming video of traffic conditions in six California metropolitan areas: Sacramento, San
Francisco-Oakland, Fresno, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Santa Ana. The images come to you from over 400
cameras that the CalTrans has installed on freeways and highways throughout the state. You will need to download
a free RealPlayer plug-in to view the videos.


DRIVERS LICENSE AND CAR REGISTRATION
                                                                                                                                                            http://www.dmv.ca.gov/p
                                                                                                                           California Department of Motor   ubs/hdbk/driver_handbo
Is the California Driver Handbook available online?                                                                        Vehicles                         ok_toc.htm
The California Driver Handbook is available online.
Reading the California Driver Handbook is essential for people who want to pass their driving tests and who want to
see the basic laws regarding safe motor vehicle operation. In addition to the laws and rules of the road, the
handbook contains: 1. information about registering your vehicles; 2. how to apply for a driver's license; where you
can find your local DMV office; and 3) a set of downloadable forms and publications, including a sample driving test,
so you can practice online before you take your test.
Where can I learn more about getting a California driver's license or                                                      California Deparment of Motor    http://www.dmv.ca.gov/d
identification?                                                                                                            Vehicles                         l/dl.htm
The Department of Motor Vehicles can tell you what you need to do to get a driver license or identification
card.
Learn how to apply for a license to operate a motor vehicle in California and how to apply for an identification card if
you don't drive a vehicle. Also learn how to change your address with the Department of Motor Vehicles, apply for
renewal cards, and obtain replacement cards. You can also find out general information about the privileges and
responsibilities involved in operating motor vehicles on the roads of California.
                                                                                                                           California Deparment of Motor    http://es.dmv.ca.gov/pub
Where can I view the California Driver Handbook in Spanish?                                                                Vehicles                         s/dl600/dl600.pdf
The California Driver Handbook is available in Spanish from the Department of Motor Vehicles web site.

The California Driver Handbook is an important tool for finding out about the state's requirements for vehicle
registration and driver licensing, and for learning state driving laws and regulations. The Handbook is available in
translation for those whose primary language is Spanish.
                                                                                                                           California Department of Motor   http://www.dmv.ca.gov/v
What do I need to do about my vehicle registration if I buy or sell a vehicle?                                             Vehicles                         r/vr.htm
When a vehicle is sold in California, both the seller and the buyer must submit documentation to the
Department of Motor Vehicles.
A seller of a vehicle in California must sign the vehicle's title over to the buyer, provide the buyer with the odometer
mileage provide the buyer with evidence of a valid smog certificate, and submit a Notice of Release of Liability form
to the DMV within 5 days of the date of sale. The buyer must visit the Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days,
to present the title, mileage and smog certification documentation provided by the seller, and to pay transfer and use
fees. This link to the DMV web page offers this and other valuable information concerning vehicle registration, and
provides online forms and appointment registration.
How soon after I move to California do I need to register a vehicle from
another state or country?                                                                                                  See Cons. & Fam. A36
Where can I learn more about getting one of those special interest or                                                      California Department of Motor   http://www.dmv.ca.gov/v
personalized license plates?                                                                                               Vehicles                         r/vr_info.htm
                                                                                                                        California Department of Motor      http://www.dmv.ca.gov/o
                                                                                                                        Vehicles                            nline/elp/elp.htm
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has information about special interest and personalized license
plates.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles processes all requests for special interest and personalized license
plates. The Special Interest License Plate Application form is available online for download.


BOATING IN CALIFORNIA
                                                                                                                        California Department of Motor      http://www.dmv.ca.gov/b
How do I register my boat?                                                                                              Vehicles                            oatsinfo/boat.htm
The California Department of Motor Vehicles is responsible for registering motor-driven vessels and larger
sailboats.
Find out which boats need to be registered in California. Learn the right way to buy and sell vessels, and how to pay
property tax on the vessels you own.
Where can I learn about boating programs, safety, and places to dock my
boat?                                                                                                                   See Health & Safety A11
                                                                                                                        California Department of Fish and   http://www.dfg.ca.gov/lic
How can I get a hunting or fishing license?                                                                             Game                                ensing/index.html
                                                                                                                        California Department of Fish and   http://www.dfg.ca.gov/lrb
                                                                                                                        Game                                web/jsp/
A hunting or fishing license can be purchased from the California Department of Fish and Game or one of its
license agents.
There are many different types of hunting and fishing licenses in California, such as big game hunting, game bird
hunting, sport fishing and short-term fishing licenses. Licenses can be purchased in a number of locations, including
some local supermarkets and all California Department of Fish and Game License and Revenue Branch offices. The
License and Revenue Branch has created an index, which can be searched, that provides the store name, address
and telephone number of a license agent virtually anywhere in California. In addition, annual sport fishing licenses
and selected stamp privileges can be purchased online from the California Department of Fish and Game E-License
web site.


CALIFORNIA TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION LAWS AND REGULATIONS
                                                                                                                                                            http://www.chp.ca.gov/ht
Where can I learn about rules and laws for recreational vehicles?                                                       California Highway Patrol           ml/recvehicles.html
The California Highway Patrol has information about laws and regulations concerning recreational vehicles.
Recreational vehicles (RVs) come in all shapes and sizes, from the smallest
camper shell mounted on a pickup truck to the very largest and most expensive
self-contained motor home. While the variety of RVs is seemingly endless, certain
common sense rules and laws are applicable to all. Recreational vehicles are
generally larger and heavier than other vehicles, and often tow or are towed by
other vehicles. The laws and rules that apply to RVs in California are designed to
ensure the safety of the passengers in the vehicle and the other drivers and
vehicles on the road. These include regulations that require RVs to carry safety
equipment, such as fire extinguishers, warning and signaling devices; and laws
governing the towing or carrying of other vehicles and other rules of the road

                                                                                                                                                    http://www.chp.ca.gov/ht
What are the most common vehicle equipment violations?                                                                  California Highway Patrol   ml/equipviolations.html
There are a number of common vehicle equipment infractions.
Common infractions include: 1. failure to carry registration papers or expired
registration; 2.inoperative horn; 3. missing rear view or side mirrors; and 4.
damaged or inoperative headlights or taillights.
                                                                                                                                                    http://www.chp.ca.gov/ht
Where can I find the rules for driving my motorcycle?                                                                   California Highway Patrol   ml/motors.html
The rules for driving motorcycles in California are available on the California Highway Patrol's Web site.

There are distinct rules for driving motorcycles, motor-driven cycles and mopeds. This site describes the differences
between these vehicles and outlines the regulations regarding permits and licensing, equipment and rules of the
road.
                                                                                                                        California Department of    http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq
Where can I learn more about chain controls and traction devices?                                                       Transportation              /roadinfo/chcontrl.htm
You can learn about chain controls and traction devices from the California Department of Transportation
(CalTrans).
CalTrans defines the different kinds of traction devices (snow tires and chains) that should be used on your car in
winter driving conditions, and the different levels of chain requirements that may be posted along the road during
snowy weather: Requirement One (R1): Chains are required, snow tires are allowed; Requirement Two (R2): Chains
are required (NOTE: Four wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas); Requirement
Three (R#): Chains are required on all vehicles, no exceptions. A chart depicting the proper placement of chains is
also available.

                                                                                                                                                    http://www.chp.ca.gov/ht
What do I do if my car is impounded?                                                                                    California Highway Patrol   ml/impound.html
If your car is impounded in California, you must wait 30 days and then pay towing and storage fees to get the
car back.
Driving without a valid license is considered a serious offense in California. When an individual is caught driving
without a legal license, the vehicle that person was driving is impounded for 30 days, even if the car is owned by
someone else (assuming no theft is involved). The owner of the vehicle is responsible for making sure that whoever
drives it is legally licensed, and is also responsible for paying the towing and storage fees at the end of the impound
period.

Where can I learn about what I need to do if I get into an automobile                                                     California Department of Motor   http://www.dmv.ca.gov/f
accident?                                                                                                                 Vehicles                         aq/genfaq.htm#BM2552
Drivers involved in any accident that causes more than $750 ($500 for accidents prior to January 1, 2003)
worth of property damage, or injures or kills any person, must report the accident to the Department of Motor
Vehicles.
Accidents are reported by submitting an Accident Report form (SR1) to the DMV within 10 days. You may also obtain
information about the other driver from the accident report that he or she submitted. To request this information,
complete a Financial Responsibility Document Request form (SR 19C) and mail it to the Department of Motor
Vehicles' Financial Responsibility Unit .
                                                                                                                                                           http://www.chp.ca.gov/ht
Where can I learn more about automobile seatbelt requirements?                                                            California Highway Patrol        ml/buckleup.html
The California Highway Patrol can inform you about the law requiring you to wear seatbelts while riding in a
motor vehicle.
Learn about the laws requiring seat belt usage and why it is so important to use them. Find out how belts must be
used to comply with the law and what you can do to make your safety belts fit more comfortably.
What are the laws and penalties for drinking and driving in California, and                                                                                http://www.chp.ca.gov/ht
what happens if I get arrested for drunk driving?                                                                         California Highway Patrol        ml/dui-en.html
                                                                                                                                                           http://www.dmv.ca.gov/d
                                                                                                                          California Department of Motor   l/driversafety/dsalcohol.h
                                                                                                                          Vehicles                         tm
You can find out from the California Highway Patrol and the Department of Motor Vehicles what will happen
to you if you drink and drive.
This summary of laws and regulations tells you what the costs and penalties are for driving under the influence in
California. The California Highway Patrol provides detailed information about what happens in a drunk driving arrest
and what the penalties are for conviction, as well as a chart that gives you an estimate of possible driving
impairment, depending on body weight and number of drinks consumed within a specified period of time. The
Department of Motor Vehicles page answers additional questions about the consequences of a drunk driving arrest.

Where can I learn about codes, laws and regulations pertaining to bicycling                                                                                http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq
as well as special California Department of Transportation bicycle                                                        California Department of Motor   /tpp/offices/bike/bicycle_
transportation programs?                                                                                                  Vehicles                         prgm.htm
The California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) has a Web site devoted to bicycling.

Learn about all aspects of bicycle transportation, including cycling laws, how to commute by bicycle, how to ride
safely, and special cycling events. The Web site includes information on CalTrans statewide planning for bicycle
transportation, contacts within CalTrans for further information, and an extensive list of national, state, and local
organizations that provide information and networking for cyclists.
                                                                                                                          California Department of         http://www.dot.ca.gov/m
How can I report a maintenance problem on California's roads?                                                             Transportation                   aintform.html
California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) provides an easy to use online form you can use to alert
maintenance crews to problems on California's state and federal highways

Use this handy online form to let CalTrans know about maintenance problems on California's state and federal
highways. The form lets you tell CalTrans where the problem is located and provides a quick means for you to tell
crews what action is needed to ensure that California's highways remain safe and attractive.
What are the rules for bringing plants and animals into California?                                                      See Cons. & Fam. A23
Are studded tires on my vehicle legal in California?                                                                     See Cons. & Fam. A33
What are the rules for renewing a Green Card?                                                                            See Labor & Employ. A29
                                                                                                                         California Department of         http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq
Who can drive in the diamond lanes, or carpool lanes, on some freeways?                                                  Transportation                   /paffairs/faq/faq79.htm
Each vehicle that travels on a High Occupancy Vehicle lane (also known as a diamond or carpool lane) must
carry the minimum number of people posted at the entrance signs.
The "High Occupancy Vehicle" (HOV) lane, or car-pool lane was created to move more people rather than more
cars. Each vehicle that travels on an HOV lane must carry the minimum number of people posted at the entrance
signs. Usually that means at least two people, or in some cases three people. Some HOV lanes are in operation only
during certain hours, which are posted. Outside of those hours, all vehicles may use them.
When is a smog inspection required? How old does a vehicle have to be to                                                 California Deparment of Motor    http://www.dmv.ca.gov/v
qualify for a smog exemption?                                                                                            Vehicles                         r/smogfaq.htm
Smog inspections are required for all vehicles except diesel powered vehicles, motorcycles, or vehicles with
a year model 30 years old or older.
Vehicles registered in areas subject to the biennial smog certification program are required to submit evidence of a
smog certification every other renewal period. Vehicles that are four model years old or less are exempt from the
biennial smog requirements for registration renewal. Evidence of a current smog certification must be provided by
the seller except when transfer occurs between a spouse, sibling, child, parent, grandparent, or grandchild. Smog
certifications are good for 90 days from the date of inspection. The inspection is not required on a transfer if a
biennial smog certification was submitted to Department of Motor Vehicles within 60 days prior to the vehicle transfer
date. 1973 and older year model vehicles are exempt from the smog certification requirements.
Where can I find information about taking my vehicle off-roading in
California?                                                                                                              California State Parks           http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/
The California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division has information about off-road
opportunities in the state.
The Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program was born in 1971 out of the critical need to better manage
growing demands for off-highway recreation, while at the same time foster respect for private property rights and
protect California's natural and cultural resources. A division of the California Department of Parks and Recreation,
the OHMVR Division provides information to off-highway enthusiasts.
                                                                                                                                                          http://www.dmv.ca.gov/p
                                                                                                                         California Department of Motor   ubs/dl655/dl665mcycle2
Is the California Motorcycle Handbook available online?                                                                  Vehicles                         003.pdf
The California Motorcycle Handbook is available online through the California Department of Motor Vehicles
Web site.
The California Motorcycle Handbook is an important tool for finding out about California's requirements for
motorcycle registration and driver licensing, and for learning state driving laws and regulations as they relate to
motorcycles and similar vehicles.
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Topic                                                                                                                Agency                           URL
HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA
Where can I learn more about the California State Capitol building?                                                  See Cons. & Fam. A23
                                                                                                                                                      http://www.governor.ca.go
                                                                                                                                                      v/govsite/govsgallery/h/in
Who was the first Governor of California?                                                                            California Governors Page        dex.html
Peter Burnett was the first Governor of California.
Peter Burnett, an Independent Democrat, was the first governor of California. He became governor prior to
California becoming a state. He served from 1849-1851. To read more about Peter Burnett and the other
governors of California, visit the Gallery of California Governors.

                                                                                                                                                      http://www.csac.counties.
                                                                                                                                                      org/counties_close_up/co
                                                                                                                     California State Assocition of   unty_history/county_name
How did the counties of California get their names?                                                                  Coutnies                         s.html
The dates of creation for the counties and a brief description of the origin of their names are available
online from the California State Association of Counties.
Learn about the fascinating history of the origin of the names of California's 58 counties.

                                                                                                                     Museum of the City of San        http://www.sfmuseum.org/
Where can I find information about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake?                                                Francisco                        1906/06.html
The Museum of the City of San Francisco has an extensive collection of material about the Great 1906
Earthquake and Fire, many details of which you can find online.
You can read eyewitness accounts of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, as well as newspaper stories and
official reports. The Web site includes a list of those who perished in the catastrophe, a map of the earthquake's
epicenter, and a large collection of photographs of the disaster.
                                                                                                                                                      http://www.cr.nps.gov/hist
                                                                                                                                                      ory/online_books/hh/40/h
What was the Golden Spike and why was it important?                                                                  National Park Service            h40q.htm
The Golden Spike signaled the completion of the transcontinental railroad built by the Central Pacific
Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad
The Golden Spike was a ceremonial spike used to join the two sections of the transcontinental railroad that met at
Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869. The completion meant improved transportation and communication, since
travel across the country now became a matter of days rather than weeks or months. The event at Promontory
served to wed California permanently to the rest of the union, and made the Golden State's products and promise
available to millions in America and abroad.
                                                                                                                                                    http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/
When did California become a state?                                                                                  California Legislative Counsel califleg.html
California became a state on September 9, 1850. It was the thirty-first state admitted to the Union.
California was admitted into the United States on September 9, 1850 as the thirty-first state in the Union. The bill
admitting California to the Union was passed by the U.S. Senate on August 13, 1850 and by the House of
Representatives on September 7, 1850. President Millard Fillmore signed the bill on September 9.

                                                                                                                       California State Military   http://www.militarymuseu
Where can I learn more about California's military history?                                                            Department                  m.org/
Information about California's military history can be found at the California Military Museum in
Sacramento and at its Web site.
The California Military Museum is the official military museum and historical research center of the State of
California. It houses over 30,000 artifacts as well as a substantial library and archives. In addition to the main
facility in Sacramento, the museum also has three satellite museums at Camp Roberts in southern Monterey
County, Camp San Luis Obispo, and the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base in Orange County.


                                                                                                                                                   http://quickfacts.census.g
Where can I find population statistics for California?                                                                 U. S. Censes Bureau         ov/qfd/states/06000.html
                                                                                                                                                   http://www.dof.ca.gov/HT
                                                                                                                       California Department of    ML/DEMOGRAP/repndat.
                                                                                                                       Finance                     htm
                                                                                                                                                   http://www.dof.ca.gov/HT
                                                                                                                       California Department of    ML/DEMOGRAP/Druhpar
                                                                                                                       Finance                     .htm
The Demographic Research Unit of the California Department of Finance is designated as the single official
source of demographic data for State planning and budgeting.
The Demographic Research Unit’s are the official figures used by California for the state, counties and cities.
Examples of the type of reports available from the Unit’s web site include projections of population, estimates of
population, and historical census information from 1850.


What are the state insignia (state animal, bird, color, dance, fife and drum
corps, fish, flag, flower, folk dance, fossil, gemstone, insect, marine fish,                                                                      http://www.library.ca.gov/
marine mammal, mineral, motto, nickname, poet laureate, etc.) ?                                                        California State Library    history/cahinsig.cfm
The California State Library has created a web site that lists all State Symbols, from the State Animal to the
State Tree. The list includes a brief description, history, and photo or drawing of the symbol.

State Animal: California Grizzly Bear;State Bird: California Quail; State Colors: Blue and Gold; State Dance: West
Coast Swing; State Fife and Drum Band:California Consolidated Drum Band; State Fish: Golden Trout; State Flag:
Bear Flag; State Flower: California Poppy; State Folk Dance: Square Dance; State Fossil: Sabre-tooth Cat; State
Gemstone: Benitoite; State Insect: California Dogface Butterfly; State Marine: Fish Garibaldi; State Marine
Mammal: California Gray Whale; State Mineral: Gold; State Motto: Eureka!; State Nickname: Golden State; State
Poet Laureate: Charles B. Garrigus; State Prehistoric Artifact: Chipped Stone Bear; State Reptile: Desert Tortoise;
State Rock: Serpentine; State Seal: Great Seal of California; State Soil: San Joaquin Soil; State Song: I Love You
California; State Theater: Pasadena Playhouse; State Tree: California Redwood

Where can I learn about the various types of minerals that can be found in                                                                         http://www.parks.ca.gov/d
California?                                                                                                            California State Parks      efault.asp?page_id=588
Information about various types of California minerals can be found at the California State Mining and
Mineral Museum in Mariposa.
Although this is one of the newest state parks, the California State Mining and Mineral Museum houses a collection
that was started in 1865 in San Francisco. It is the official California State Mineral Collection, with over 13,000
minerals, rocks, gems, historic artifacts, and fossils. A visit to the California State Mining and Mineral Museum
offers you the chance to explore the wealth of the Mother Lode, view minerals and gems from around the world,
and to experience a little bit of California's mining history.
                                                                                                                                                             http://www.museumca.org
                                                                                                                                                             /cgi-
Where can I find guides to the wealth of California museums and arts                                                         International Council of        bin/cgiwrap/museumca/us
organizations?                                                                                                               Museums                         a_search.cgi?state=ca
                                                                                                                             California Arts Council         http://www.cac.ca.gov/
The California Arts Council lists a number of arts organizations around the state. You can find an extensive
list of California museums on International Council of Museum's Web site.

From the California Arts Council Web site you can link to a number of state, federal, and private arts organizations.
The International Council of Museum's page allows you to search for art museums by name of the museum.
Recent submissions and updates and readers' picks of best museum sites are indicated by symbols. Readers can
comment, add or update museum information by using the online submission form.
Where can I find museums, aquariums, and historical parks from around
the world on the web?                                                                                                        See Travel and Trans. A26
                                                                                                                             California State Railroad       http://www.parks.ca.gov/d
Where can I discover more about the history of the railroad in California?                                                   Museum                          efault.asp?page_id=668

                                                                                                                                                             http://www.parks.ca.gov/d
                                                                                                                             California State Parks          efault.asp?page_id=491
California has two state museums devoted to the history of the railroad in California.
The California State Rail Museum in Sacramento is one of North America's finest and most visited rail museums,
providing visitors with exhibits, special events, and rides behind an old steam locomotive along the Sacramento
River waterfront. Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown provides guided walking tours of historic Sierra
railroad shops and to one of America's last operating railroad roundhouses, as well as rides behind an old steam
locomotive.

                                                                                                                                                             http://www.ss.ca.gov/mus
What is exhibited at the California State History Museum?                                                                    California Secretary of State   eum/intro.htm
The California State History Museum brings California’s rich history to life with a mix of traditional exhibits
and state-of-the-art technology.
The California State History Museum brings California's rich history to life with a mix of traditional exhibits and state-
of-the-art technology. Multimedia exhibits are housed in four galleries: People Gallery, Place Gallery, Promise
Gallery, and Politics Gallery. A CD-ROM audio guide provides in-depth information on selected documents and
artifacts. The guide's random-access structure allows visitors to make their own path through the museum, and get
exactly the amount of information they want.
                                                                                                                             California African American
Where can I find information about African Americans in California?                                                          Museum                          http://www.caam.ca.gov/
Information on African-Americans can be found at the California African-American Museum in Los Angeles.


Inside the galleries of the California African American Museum in Los Angeles are living treasures of African
American art, history and culture. The California African American Museum's kaleidoscope of art and history
exhibitions is designed to enhance the public's knowledge of the African American's contribution to society both
past and present.
                                                                                                                                                      http://www.parks.ca.gov/d
Where can I learn more about the Native American heritage in California?                                               California State Parks         efault.asp?page_id=486
Information on Native American heritage in California can be found at the California State Indian Museum in
Sacramento.
On the grounds of Sutter's Fort in downtown Sacramento, the California State Indian Museum exhibits native
California cultural artifacts, including basketry and clothing. Descendents of the first Californians have donated
many photographs of family, friends and memorable times for use in the museum. A section of the museum
features a hands-on area, where visitors can try their hand at using Native American tools. Also on display are
traditional dance regalia as well as musical instruments.
                                                                                                                                                      http://www.parks.ca.gov/d
Where can I learn more about the Great Basin Native Americans?                                                         California State Parks         efault.asp?page_id=632
Information on the Great Basin Native Americans can be found at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum in
northeastern Los Angeles County.
The Museum features Native American exhibits from Great Basin, California and the Southwest in a unique
building and setting. This folk-art structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A number of the
artifacts on display are rare or one-of-a-kind items. Its collections emphasize Southwestern California, Great Basin
Indian tradition.


Where can I find a list of Indian rancherias and reservations in California?                                           See Travel and Trans. A57
                                                                                                                                                       http://ohp.parks.ca.gov/de
What do the bronze historic marker plaques alongside California roadways                                                                               fault.asp?page_id=21381
signify?                                                                                                               California State Parks. Office of Historic Preservation
Bronze historic marker plaques are placed in historically significant places to commemorate the people
and events that have helped shape the character and culture of the Golden State.

Learn about the selection procedure for California State Historical Landmarks. These are sites, buildings, features,
or events that are of statewide significance and have anthropological, cultural, military, political, architectural,
economic, scientific or technical, religious, experimental, or other value.


HISTORY AND CULTURE FACTS AND FIGURES
Where can I find population statistics for California?                                                                 See History & Cult. A24

What are the state insignia (state animal, bird, color, dance, fife and drum
corps, fish, flag, flower, folk dance, fossil, gemstone, insect, marine fish,
marine mammal, mineral, motto, nickname, poet laureate, etc.) ?                                                        See History & Cult. A29
Where can I learn about the various types of minerals that can be found in
California?                                                                                                             See History & Cult. A32

CALIFORNIA MUSEUMS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Where can I find guides to the wealth of California museums and arts
organizations?                                                                                                          See History & Cult. A35

                                                                                                                                                    http://www.museumca.org
                                                                                                                                                    /cgi-
                                                                                                                        International Council of    bin/cgiwrap/museumca/us
Where can I find links to California museums on the Internet?                                                           Museums                     a_search.cgi?state=ca
An extensive list of California museums is included in the Museums in the USA Web site.
Museums are listed alphabetically by name. You can browse by first letter or view the entire list from A to Z. Recent
submissions, updates, and readers' picks of best museum sites are indicated by symbols. Readers can comment,
add or update museum information by using the online submission form.
Where can I find museums, aquariums, and historical parks from around
the world on the web?                                                                                                   See Travel & Trans. A26

Where can I discover more about the history of the railroad in California?                                              See History & Cult. A40
What is exhibited at the California State History Museum?                                                               See History & Cult. A44
Where can I learn more about the California State Capitol building?                                                     See Cons. & Fam. A23

CULTURE OF CALIFORNIA
Where can I find information about African Americans in California?                                                     See History & Cult. A47

Where can I learn more about the Native American heritage in California?                                                See History & Cult. A50
Where can I learn more about the Great Basin Native Americans?                                                          See History & Cult. A53

Where can I find a list of Indian rancherias and reservations in California?                                            See Travel and Trans. A57
What do the bronze historic marker plaques alongside California roadways
signify?                                                                                                                See History & Cult. A57
MY CA How Do I . . . Government
Aug. 2004
Topic                                                                                                                   Agency                      URL
THE GOVERNOR AND OTHER STATEWIDE OFFICIALS
                                                                                                                                                    http://www.governor.ca.gov
                                                                                                                                                    /state/govsite/gov_contacts
How can I contact the Governor?                                                                                         California Governor         .jsp
Full information for contacting the Governor is available on his web site.
Here are the different ways in which you can reach the Governor: Mailing address: State Capitol Building, Sacramento,
CA 95814; Telephone: 916-445-2841; Fax: 916-445-4633; or E-mail: http://www.govmail.ca.gov/

Who are my Senators and House of Representatives members in Washington,                                                 U. S. House of              http://clerk.house.gov/mem
DC?                                                                                                                     Representatives             bers/index.html
                                                                                                                        U. S. House of              http://www.house.gov/writer
                                                                                                                        Representatives             ep/
                                                                                                                                                    http://www.senate.gov/gen
                                                                                                                                                    eral/contact_information/se
                                                                                                                        U.S. Senate                 nators_cfm.cfm
You can find your Senator or congressman by using a variety sites. You can search by zip code, state, or by
name on these sites.
The U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives offer ways to locate your Senator and Representative, whether by
browsing alphabetical lists or searching by state or address.
                                                                                                                                                    http://www.assembly.ca.go
                                                                                                                                                    v/acs/acsframeset9text.ht
How can I contact my State Senator and my Assembly Member?                                                              California State Assembly   m
                                                                                                                                                    http://www.assembly.ca.go
                                                                                                                                                    v/acs/acsframeset7text.ht
                                                                                                                        California State Assembly   m
                                                                                                                                                    http://www.sen.ca.gov/%7E
                                                                                                                                                    newsen/senators/senators.
                                                                                                                        California State Senate     htp

You can find contact information for your Assembly member and your Senator by visiting the Assembly or
Senate Web sites.
If you already know the name of your State Senator or Assembly Member, you can find them in a list of members. In
addition, both the Senate and the Assembly provide a way for you to find your member by searching a database by using
your address.
Who was the first Governor of California?                                                                               See History & Cult. A6
                                                                                                                                                               http://www.ca.gov/state/por
                                                                                                                                                               tal/myca_htmldisplay.jsp?s
                                                                                                                                                               FilePath=%2fportal%2flinks
                                                                                                                                                               %2fagency_index.html&sC
                                                                                                                                                               atTitle=State+Agency+Inde
Where can I find a listing of all the state agencies?                                                                            California Homepage           x
There is a listing of all the state agencies on the state web page.
There is a link to a listing of all the state agencies on the state portal. The State Agency Index link is found in the “Quick
Hits” section on the opening page of the Portal. Here you will find the names of all of the agencies along with links to their
web pages.


CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE
Where can I find the status of a bill that is before the California legislature, or                                              California Legislative        http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/bi
track specific legislation that is of interest to me?                                                                            Counsel                       linfo.html
You can find the status of a bill or track specific legislation through the Legislative Counsel’s web site.

The Legislative Counsel has an excellent web site that will help you keep track of legislation that is currently before either
the Assembly or the Senate. You can read the full text of the legislation, look at bill analyses, and search by author, date,
and keyword. In addition, you can find out what happened with bills, whether they became a law or not, back to 1993.


                                                                                                                                                               http://www.ss.ca.gov/electi
Where can I find the text of ballot measures or initiatives?                                                                     California Secretary of State ons/elections_j.htm
                                                                                                                                                               http://library.uchastings.edu
                                                                                                                                                               /library/Research%20Datab
                                                                                                                                                               ases/CA%20Ballot%20Mea
                                                                                                                                                               sures/ca_ballot_measures
                                                                                                                                 U.C. Hasting Law Library      _main.htm
California has two sites to find the text of ballot initiatives.
The Secretary of State's web site includes the text of all the statewide initiatives since March 1996 and the text of
initiatives that are currently in the process of being placed on the ballot. The Law Library for the University of California
Hastings College of the Law has developed a searchable database on California ballot propositions from 1911 to the
present. The pamphlets are in PDF format.
                                                                                                                                 California Office of          http://www.oal.ca.gov/faqs.
What is the difference between a regulation and a statute ?                                                                      Administrative Law            htm#8
The difference between regulations and statutes centers around how they are made and who makes them.

The Legislature enacts statutes. The People of the State may also enact statutes and constitutional provisions.
Administrative agencies adopt, amend and repeal regulations under the authority granted to them by either constitutional
provisions or statutes. Unless the Legislature has created an exemption, agencies must follow the procedures in the
Administrative Procedure Act when adopting, amending or repealing regulations.
When did California become a state?                                                                                              See History & Cult. A18
THE CAPITAL OF CALIFORNIA
                                                                                                                                                            http://www.cityofsacrament
What is the capital of California?                                                                                              City of Sacramento          o.org/
Sacramento is the capital of California.
The City of Sacramento is the cultural, educational, business and governmental center of a four-county metropolitan
region. As California's capital city, Sacramento is center stage for governmental policy for the entire state. A dynamic
business sector, an expanding public transportation system (including light rail), affordable housing, and growing cultural,
educational, and medical facilities serve the needs of 1.5 million people in the region. Founded in 1849, Sacramento was
California's first charter city and is at the heart of California history - the gold rush, Pony Express and first continental
railroad all began in Sacramento. The city's rich historical heritage, commitment to quality of life, and abundance of trees
and parkland have made it one of the best cities in the country.
Where can I learn more about the California State Capitol building?                                                             See Cons. & Fam. A23
What are the state insignia (state animal, bird, color, dance, fife and drum corps,
fish, flag, flower, folk dance, fossil, gemstone, insect, marine fish, marine
mammal, mineral, motto, nickname, poet laureate, etc.) ?                            See History & Cult. A29

CALIFORNIA LAWS AND REGULATIONS
Is there a Megan’s Law in California to guard against sex offenders preying on
children?                                                                                                                       See Health & Safety A22
Where can I find the regulations the agencies put out (the California Code of
Regulations)?                                                                                                                   See Business A102
What is the difference between a regulation and a statute ?                                                                     See Government A31
Where can I find a list of Indian rancherias and reservations in California?                                                    See Travel and Trans. A57
What incentives does the State government provide to attract investment
dollars to California?                                                                                                          See Business A72
MY CA How Do I . . .Environment and Natural Resources
Aug. 2004
Topic                                                                                                                  Agency                        URL
ENERGY
Where can I find tips on saving energy at home?                                                                        See Consumer & Fam. A5

Does the State have a list of appliances that meet its energy guidelines?                                              See Consumer & Fam. A8

FISHING AND HUNTING
How can I get a hunting or fishing license?                                                                            See Travel & Trans. A111
Where can I find information about hunting safety in California?                                                       See Health & Safety A14

CALIFORNIA PARKS
Where can I learn more about California State Parks?                                                                   See Travel & Trans. A29
How deep is Lake Tahoe?                                                                                                See Travel & Trans. A32

SAFEGUARDING CALIFORNIA'S ENVIRONMENT
                                                                                                                                                   http://ceres.ca.gov/
                                                                                                                                                   wetlands/introductio
                                                                                                                       California Environmental    n/defining_wetlands
Where can I find a definition of a wetland?                                                                            Resources Evaluation System .html
The California Wetlands Information System has several definitions of what constitutes wetland.

There are many different definitions of what constitutes a wetland. The California Wetlands Information System
includes how what wetlands are defined in law, by the state, and by the federal government as part of their website.
In addition, the Web site includes a brief discussion on the classification of wetlands.
                                                                                                                                                   http://ceres.ca.gov/
                                                                                                                       California Environmental    wetlands/introductio
Why are wetlands so important?                                                                                         Resources Evaluation System n/values.html
Wetlands are vital to the survival of many fish and other aquatic life forms, birds, and plants. They filter and
clean water, prevent soil erosion, and provide flood control among numerous other benefits.

Some of the most important functions of wetlands are: 1.Water quality protection and improvement, 2. Flood control
and groundwater recharge, 3. Erosion control, 4. Provide habitat for fish and wildlife, 5. Promote and sustain
biological diversity, and 6. Provide recreation for outdoor enthusiasts.

                                                                                                                                                     http://www.dfg.ca.go
                                                                                                                       California Department of Fish v/te_species/index/i
Where is a list of California's endangered species?                                                                    and Game                      ndex.html
The California Department of Fish and Game is responsible for maintaining the California endangered
species list.
The California Department of Fish and Game maintains a list of threatened and endangered California species.
The list arranged by the following classifications: 1. Plants, 2. Invertebrates, 3. Birds, 4. Fishes, 5. Mammals, and 6.
Reptiles and Amphibians.

Does the state track leaking fuel tank site (LUFT) positions and public water California State Water                                                  http://www.geotrack
wells in my area?                                                             Resources Board                                                         er.swrcb.ca.gov/
California tracks leaking fuel tank site (LUFT) positions and public water wells throughout the state.

California uses the GeoTracker system to track leaking fuel tank site (LUFT) positions and public water wells.
GeoTracker is a geographic information system (GIS) that provides online access to environmental data.
GeoTracker is the interface to the Geographic Environmental Information Management System (GEIMS), a data
warehouse which tracks regulatory data about underground fuel tanks, fuel pipelines, and public drinking water
supplies.
How can I find if the fish I caught are likely free from chemical
contaminants?                                                                                                              See Travel & Trans. A75
What are the rules for bringing plants and animals into California?                                                        See Cons. & Fam. A23
Where can I find information about pesticides and their use around my                                                      California Department of   http://www.cdpr.ca.g
home?                                                                                                                      Pesticide Regulation       ov/dprpquest.htm
The Department of Pesticide Regulation has information about pesticide safety and use.

The Department of Pesticide Regulation has set up a website to answer pesticide questions. The site also has links
to pesticide consumer information, how to control specific pests, the Extension Toxicology Network (EXTOXNET),
and the National Pesticide Telecommunications Network (NPTN).
What should I do if I know about or have spilled hazardous material?                                                       See Health & Safety A5
What should I do about overflowing or broken sewer pipes?                                                                  See Health & Safety A8

SMOG INSPECTIONS
                                                                                                                                                      http://www.smogche
                                                                                                                                                      ck.ca.gov/StdPage.
                                                                                                                           California Department of   asp?Body=/smogch
Where can I get answers about the Smog Check program?                                                                      Consumers Affairs          eck/default.htm
The Bureau of Automotive Repair has information about the Smog Check program.

The Bureau of Automotive Repair administers the Smog Check program. The Bureau has a Web site with
information about the Smog Check program, including a list of testing and repair centers, Smog Check fact sheets,
and a video about the Consumer Assistance Program.
When is a smog inspection required? How old does a vehicle have to be to
qualify for a smog exemption?                                                                                              See Travel &Trans. A153

CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENT AND DRIVING
Where can I learn more about getting one of those special interest or
personalized license plates?                                                                                               See Travel & Trans. A102
Who can drive in the diamond lanes, or carpool lanes, on some freeways?   See Travel & Trans. A150
Where can I find information about taking my vehicle off-roading in
California?                                                               See Travel & Trans. A156
Why do gasoline prices differ so greatly from one place to another?       See Cons. & Fam. A39
Does the State identify the least polluting new cars, trucks or SUVs?     See Cons. & Fam. A30

								
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