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A Once in a Lifetime Moment and Story for a California Couple

There are special moments in everyone’s life that they would like to remember for forever. They would take any sort of memento of the event that they could. This way, they will never forget the amazing moment and the feelings they experienced. This includes moments such as first steps, graduating high school, and proposing to a significant other.

Recently Matthew Dippel, a photographer from Michigan, was visiting Taft Point in Yosemite National Park. While there, he captured a spectacular image of a man down on one knee, proposing to his girlfriend on the precarious granite point. He had no idea who the couple was, but he took to social media to find out.

He posted the picture online with the caption: “Alright Internet I need your help. Help me find these two. This was taken at Taft Point, in Yosemite National Park on October 6th, 2018. I took this photo and would love for them to find it. My Instagram is @gorgeouscornchip.”After a few weeks, the internet came through.

On October 27th, Dippel posted online that he had found the couple from the picture and been in contact with them. The photographer was happy to have captured the special moment for the California couple and that they were able to see the picture for themselves. This is a great example of what the internet can do when used for good.

Now the couple has a stunning photo of a once in a lifetime moment, with a great story to go with it.


Speeding Is Illegal and Dangerous

Everyone has been late to something in their life. Anyone who has experienced this can attest to the fact that it is not fun. This makes a lot of people do whatever they can to avoid running late again in the future. Unfortunately, some people do this by breaking the law.

Speeding doesn’t seem like a big deal to a lot of drivers out there, especially since so many people do it on a daily basis. However, speeding is still illegal because it is dangerous. Speeding is classified as driving faster than what could be considered safe or prudent based on weather, visibility, and traffic.

The faster someone drives, the less time they have to react to an unexpected change or danger. This is what causes accidents. In fact, speeding is the third most common cause of accidents. Driving under the influence comes in second, and distracted driving is number one. This gives you a good idea of how dangerous speeding truly is.

Here in California, drivers will face tickets for speeding, which are arguably worse than just getting to their destination a few minutes late. So long as the overall speed was under 100 miles per hour (mph), the ticket prices are as follows:

  • $35 for being 1 to 15 mph over the speed limit.
  • $70 for being 16 to 25 mph over the speed limit.
  • $100 for being 26 mph or more over the limit.

For anyone caught going over 100 mph, they face a max fine of up to $500, as well as a 30 day suspension of their license for a first time offense. If caught speeding like that again, the max fine can be up to $750 with a 6 month license suspension. A third or subsequent offense earns a person a max fine of $1,000 and a 1 year license suspension.

Despite how it may seem, speeding is a very dangerous thing to do. Driving at unsafe speeds can easily cause accidents that can harm or kill people, which is why the act is illegal.


The Penalties of Dogfighting in California

When it comes to owning animals, people are supposed to treat the animal with the same respect that they would a human. If a person does not take care of an animal, then they can face animal abuse charges. Animal abuse on its own is pretty bad, but forcing an animal to fight another animal for personal amusement is another thing entirely.

Here in California, the state has its own separate law regarding dogfights. California Penal Code 597.5 for a person to own a dog with the intent of having it engage in a fight. This law also makes it illegal to be a spectator of a dog fight.

The penalties for California’s dogfighting laws vary between misdemeanor and felony depending on the actual crime the person is accused of. If a person is caught in a place where they know a dogfight is being prepared, then they will only face misdemeanor charges. This will get them up to 1 year in county jail and/or a max fine of $5,000.

Most other forms of violation of this law will result in felony charges. This can earn a person anywhere from 16 months to 3 years in prison with a max fine of $50,000. This proves just how seriously the state of California takes this offense.

If a person suspects that a dog is being trained for dogfights, or that these kinds of fights are being held in their area, they need to report it to local authorities.

The police will handle things and help save the abused animals.

Vandalism in California

Many people know what vandalism is. We hear about it, and see it, all of the time. Vandalism is taken very seriously in California. Getting caught vandalizing someone’s property can land a person in jail with hefty fines. While many people think they know what constitutes as vandalism, there are a few acts which fall into that category that people are unaware of.

Vandalism is the classified as the act of maliciously destroying or damaging someone else’s property. Here is a quick list of acts that qualify as vandalism in the state of California:

  • Writing or painting on something that does not belong to you. This can even include writing your name in the wet cement of a city sidewalk.
  • Damaging a piece of property such as a window on a house or car. This can include breaking something of your significant other’s while fighting.
  • Destroying something beyond the point of repair.

If a person does one of these 3 things, he or she has committed an act of vandalism. If caught by law enforcement, this person can face a fine and possible jail time. The severity of the punishment often depends on how much damage was caused by the act. If the damage amounts to less than $400, than the crime is considered a misdemeanor. The accused person could face, at max, 1 year in jail and a fine of no more than $1,000.

If the damage total is greater than $400, the accused could face anywhere from 1 to 3 years in prison. On top of that, they could face a fine of $10,000, or more. The size of the fine will vary based on how bad the damage is.

Squirrels on Planes?

Yet again, airlines and emotional support animals are in the headlines. A woman recently learned the hard way that not all animals will be allowed to fly, despite their “status” as an emotional support animal. Many airlines are having to put their feet down on what types of animals are allowed to fly on planes.

Emotional support animals are animals that provide their owner with some form of emotional support. These animals have received a note from a doctor that states they help improve a person’s life. They often receive no form of training, and the note can be acquired either by visiting a doctor, or by paying for one online. This allows just about any animal to become an emotional support animal.

Recently, a woman attempting to fly from Orlando, Florida to Cleveland, Ohio on a Frontier Airlines flight tried to bring her emotional support squirrel with her. She did report to the airline that she would be bringing an emotional support animal, but failed to mention that said animal was a squirrel.

Frontier has a rule against rodents being on flights, and squirrels are considered rodents. When the airline realized the woman brought a squirrel on board, they asked her to get off the plane. When she refused, the entire plane had to deplane and wait for police to come escort her off of the plane.

This is just another in a long line of incidents that has caused many airlines to reevaluate their animal policies on flights. Back in January of this year, United Airlines ran into a similar situation when someone tried to board a flight with their emotional support peacock.

What are your thoughts about emotional support animals flying on planes? Should airlines allow them, or are they making the right choices by keeping the more exotic animals off of flights?

Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

Sorry Kids, No Sleeping in for You

Any child will tell you, and most parents would agree, that you have to get up pretty early if you want to get to school on time. If the student was up late the night before doing homework, which since the average high schooler has about 3.5 hours of every weeknight, is a very common occurrence. This leads to the not so surprising fact that most teenagers do not get enough sleep.

Sleep is very important for proper brain function, especially in growing teens. Several studies have found that students who get less than the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night are more likely to suffer from depression, drink caffeine, struggle in class, and engage in dangerous activities.

To try and help with this obvious problem, Senator Anthony Portantino created Senate Bill (SB) 328. SB 328 would have prohibited middle and high schools from starting earlier than 8:30 AM. By doing this, the hope was that students would be able to get more sleep and therefore do better in school each day. This is a goal that every parent wants to achieve.

Of course, this bill raised some warranted concerns for working parents who do not have the ability to alter their schedules. Parents in this position would have to find some way for their students to get to school at the later time, which might include walking unsupervised or riding the bus. Those are options that not every parent is comfortable with.

Well, SB 328passed through both the Assembly and the Senate. However, the bill was vetoed by Governor Brown citing that the bill was opposed by school boards and teachers. However, one could argue that the student’s health and wellbeing should be just as important, if not more so. What do you think? Should schools start earlier to allow students the extra time to sleep in, or should schools continue on as is to benefit the teachers and parents?

Let us know in the comments down below.


Who Pays for Fire Damages?

Wildfires ravaged the California wilderness this year causing millions upon millions of dollars in property damage. After the ash and smoke settled, many people began to wonder who would be financially responsible for all of the damage. In some instances, it falls onto a single individual. In others, the weight of the financial burden falls onto companies.

The latter has been a very big deal as of late, since Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has been deemed responsible for dozens of wildfires that ravaged Northern California last year. Thanks to recent passing Senate Bill (SB) 901, PG&E will be able to push some of the financial cost of paying for the damages onto its customers. This applies to any fires started by utility companies in 2017.

Starting in 2019, all utility companies will be able to some of the fire-related costs onto their customers. However, they can only do this after it has been determined that the fires in question were not caused by the company’s negligence. This all led to huge debate up in Sacramento on whether or not this was rewarding Utility companies for their bad behavior.

The bill passed largely due to the fact that the state needs answers for how to deal with massive wildfires. Aside from allowing utility companies to pass on fire costs to consumers, it also opens up doors for property owners to better manage their land in order to prevent fires. The hope is that this is all a step in the right direction to help reduce and prevent massive, out of control wildfires in California.

What do you think of this aspect of SB 901? Is it fair to allow utility companies to pass on the cost of fire damages to their customers?

Let us know what you think in the comments down below.


What’s in Your Kid’s Halloween Candy?

Every year, as Halloween rolls around, people begin seeing articles about how they can keep their kids safe during the holiday. One of the big topics is being sure to check kids’ Halloween candy for any tampering before allowing the kid to eat it. Unfortunately, there are people out there who think it’s fun or funny to harm people by messing with their food.

The first step to checking a child’s candy is to make sure that they don’t eat any of it while they are out trick or treating. Do not let them have any of the candy until you have been able to examine it under good lighting. Check for damaged wrappers, candy that smells funny, homemade sweets from strangers, or any candy or sweets not in their original packaging.

If a piece of candy doesn’t seem right to you, throw it out. In this instance, it is better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your child’s safety. If you do find any candy that has been clearly tampered with, such as having needles, razors, or glass shards in it, report it right away to the local authorities.

As uncommon as tampering with candy may be, this kind of thing does happen. Recently Australia has been dealing with people putting sewing needles into strawberries.

So, check your kids Halloween candy this year just to be safe.

Move Over or Slow Down

Ask anyone, and they will tell you that driving on the freeway is not quite the same as driving on surface streets. On freeways, cars drive a lot faster and there is very little stop and go, unless of course there is a bit of traffic. Freeways are fast moving environments, and they are not the kinds of places where you want to have car trouble. Unfortunately, we don’t always get what we want.

Sometimes, cars breakdown on the freeway and leave their driver stranded alongside a very busy road. Even if these cars are off to the side on the shoulder, it can still be nerve wracking to be that close to speeding vehicles. It can also be very dangerous, which is why they have to wait for emergency help. Thousands of accidents are caused every year because drivers hit a car parked on the side of the road.

Due to this fact, many states have enacted laws with the goal of ensuring the safety of stranded motorists and emergency personnel alike. The state of California is no different. Here, it is required by law that all motorists vacate the lane immediately next to the shoulder if an emergency vehicle is stationary there displaying flashing lights, so long as it is safe to do so. If that cannot be done, then the driver needs to slow down while passing the vehicle.

What some people do not realize, is that this does not simply mean police, fire, and EMT vehicles. This law also includes tow truck drivers and Caltrans vehicles that are displaying flashing orange lights. Failing to move over can earn a person a pricey ticket.

This law is very important, and helps keep workers safe as they work alongside the road. For your safety, and the safety of all emergency personnel helping the stranded motorist.


When 9 PM Rolls Around

For many people, once 9 PM rolls around, they are getting ready to call it a day. However, while these people prepare for bed, there are others who are gearing up to cause some mischief. Once things get dark outside, thieves come out from hiding. Now that people have gone to bed, they can freely roam around in the shadows to take whatever they please.

In order to prevent your stuff from being stolen, many law enforcement agencies across the nation encourage people to participate in the 9 PM Routine. This is a very simple routine, that when followed every night before bed, can help you prevent your stuff from being stolen.

Unlike the name suggests, you do not have to wait until 9 PM to start the routine. You just need to make sure to do a few things before going to bed in order to protect yourself.

The few things that everyone should do before going to bed include:

  • Removing all valuables from vehicles stored outside.
  • Locking all vehicle doors.
  • Locking all doors and windows of a home.
  • Turning on exterior lights.

By doing these few simple things, you make yourself a much harder target to steal from. Most thieves prefer easy targets in dark areas. They would rather steal a tablet clearly sitting on the seat of a vehicle than break into a locked vehicle that might have something valuable in it. By turning on exterior lights, or installing motion activated lights, a person reduces the amount of shadowy hiding places in their yard, making it harder for would-be thieves to get to them.

The 9 PM Routine is so simple and has such great results that there is no reason not to do it. Keep your stuff safe every night by following the 9 PM Routine.