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Time-Saving Tools to Improve Your DMV Experience!
The DMV recognizes that your time is valuable, and is therefore committed to making your experience with us better than ever. In recent months, the department has launched several new services designed to make your visit with the DMV more seamless than ever... http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/newsrel/newsrel11/timesavingtools.htm

California’s Unemployment Rate Decreases to 11.1
California’s Unemployment Rate Decreases to 11.1 Percent In December, and nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 10,700 during the month for a total gain of 240,300 jobs since 2011 began, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two separate surveys...

Child Safety Seats: New Law
California Law Beginning January 1, 2012: Children *MUST* be secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint (safety seat or booster seat) IN THE BACK SEAT OF A VEHICLE until they are at least 8 YEARS OLD or 4' 9" in height.

Shots for School (7th-12th Graders)
This site provides news and information for schools, parents, and healthcare providers about school immunization requirements in California. 7th through 12th graders need a whooping cough (pertussis) shot before starting the school year. http://www.shotsforschool.org/

California News Portal Celebrates First Anniversary
It's been a year since we launched news.ca.gov, and it has proven to be valuable tool. Already, more than 5,000 people use it each month to catch up on California news. The news site, which was launched in July 2010 as a part of the award-winning CA.gov State portal, aggregates real-time news and social media from across state government into a central page. More than 200 news feeds, Twitter feeds, and YouTube channels continuously populate the site with up-to-the-minute news. Clicking on topical areas such as business, education, government, health and safety, family, and visit provides users a view into new items organized by category. Users can also search for topics using the search feature. The site provides a way for people to find out what is happening in California at a glance. The unique part of the site is that it is constantly updated with real-time information, but it costs virtually nothing to operate or manage. As state agencies publish their news feeds, make Twitter updates, and post YouTube videos, the site is automatically updated with new content. The only time the system needs to be touched by staff is when a new feed is added or deleted. Before the creation of this news site, there was nothing like it available in state government. Anyone looking for up-to-date news and information would have to go directly to each agency website and search for it. Now, those looking for the news can go to the news.ca.gov site and find all of the information in one place. Since we first launched the site, there have been improvements. In January, we added the ability to search the news site and began archiving all of the Twitter, YouTube, and news feeds. Also, we added the ability to subscribe to the feeds. For example, if someone wanted to subscribe to the business news, they could subscribe and get all of the news delivered to their preferred news reader (e.g., Google Reader, FeedDemon). Once they subscribe to the feed in their own reader, they don't even have to visit the news.ca.gov page since their own news reader will check for updates for them. We also created a mini-news channel widget http://www.ca.gov/Multimedia/multimedia_rss.html. The dynamic widget takes all the feeds and puts them into a compact package, making it available for anyone to embed on their websites. The widget has received more than 6,300 impressions and has already been embedded on a number of different websites (including .com and .org sites). This brings more traffic to the news site and to state agency social media channels. All state agencies are encouraged to participate in the news channel. If your agency wants to add their feeds to the site, please contact info@eservices.ca.gov.

Federal Unemployment Insurance Extensions
Federal Unemployment Insurance Extensions Congress and President Obama have reauthorized the federal extensions of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits for two months, sparing an estimated 1.1 million unemployed Californians from losing extension benefits after the New Year. The stop-gap measure takes UI claimants through the holidays and into the New Year with no interruptions of extended benefits...

SNO-PARK locations, passes, and fees
Seasonal SNO-PARK permits are available for purchase online. This online service allows visitors an easy and convenient way to purchase SNO-PARK permits. Permits may be purchased by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or e-check. Daily permits may be purchased for $5.00; seasonal permits $25.00. An online service fee of $1.95 will be added to the price of each permit...

Changes to DMV Registration Renewals
For vehicle registration renewal fees due July 1, 2011 and later: State law requires DMV to implement changes in the billing and renewal process for registration fees due on or after July 1, 2011. Registration renewal notices will be mailed out close to or on the expiration date. (Previously notices were mailed 60-days ahead of the expiration date). NOTE: Fees are still due for registration notices due prior to July 1, 2011. No money will be collected until renewal notices are issued. (Previously renewal fees could be collected up to 75 days ahead of the expiration date and were required to be collected within 30 days of expiration when part of another transaction such as a transfer of vehicle ownership) All customers will be given a 30-day grace period after they receive their registration notice. Penalties for delinquent payment will not be imposed until 30 days after the registration expiration date. (Previously penalties were due the day after the registration expiration date) Law enforcement is aware and will not cite vehicles until the first day of the second month after the vehicle registration expires. For example: A vehicle with a registration expiration date of July 10th would not be cited for delinquent registration prior to September 1, 2011.

Be Careful When Selecting a Tax Preparer
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) remind the 65 percent of California taxpayers who use a paid tax preparer to be cautious when choosing a professional. CTEC and FTB partner to educate taxpayers about tax preparers’ legal responsibilities...

California’s Unemployment Rate Decreases to 10.9%
California’s unemployment rate decreased to 10.9 percent in January, and nonfarm payroll jobs decreased by 5,200 during the month, for a total gain of 322,400 nonfarm jobs since the recovery began in September 2009, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two separate surveys...



California braces for a new round of storms
(CNN)Residents of northern and central parts of California, already drenched by weeks of rain, prepared for possible flooding and landslides as another round of storms pummeled the state. More than 14 million people are under a flood warning or flash-flood ...

Northern, Central California Gear Up for Yet Another Drenching Rainstorm
Dangerous floods and landslides are feared as another "atmospheric river" makes its way over Northern and Central California, forecasters warned Monday. The area likely to take the worst hit is central California, between Sacramento and San Francisco ...

More evacuations possible in Northern California as rain continues to batter Sacramento area
5th-grader seeks math problem solving help from her local Ohio police department Following years of drought, parts of Northern California have experienced a deluge of rain so far in 2017. Heavy rains are expected throughout today in the region, before ...

The Latest: Evacuations Called as Levee Breaks in California
About 500 people have been order to evacuate in California's Central Valley because of a levee break as the area endures yet another storm. A dispatcher in San Joaquin County says the levee on the San Joaquin River was breached Monday afternoon. The breach ...

Reports: Evacuations ordered following levee breach in Northern California
Just days after a storm walloped Southern California with powerful winds and heavy rain that triggered mudslides and sinkholes, a new storm is threatening central and Northern California with similar impacts. Many rivers are at or above flood stage due to ...

Evacuations, flash flood warnings, downpours in already drenched Northern, Central California
SAN FRANCISCO --Evacuations were ordered in Northern California on Monday and flash-flood warnings were issued elsewhere as downpours swelled creeks and rivers to potentially dangerous levels in the already soggy region. Thousands of power outages were ...

Heavy rain forces California residents to evacuate
SAN FRANCISCO – Evacuations were ordered in Central California on Monday and flash-flood warnings were issued elsewhere as downpours swelled creeks and rivers to troubling levels in the already soggy region. People living along a section of the Carmel ...

The Latest: Evacuations called as rivers rise in California
Creeks and rivers are nearing flood stage in California as another rainstorm pounds the area, prompting evacuations and stranding several thousand people in a remote hamlet. Mandatory evacuations were ordered Monday afternoon for areas of Monterey County ...

Heavy California rain could bring flooding, mudslides
Heavy California rain could bring flooding, mudslides Central and Northern California are prepping for more intense storms. Heavy rain could lead to flooding and mudslides. Several feet of snow is expected to fall in the mountains. Check out this story on ...

Northern California braces for flooding; Don Pedro spillway opened
Water came gushing down the spillway at Don Pedro Dam in Stanislaus County Monday afternoon, further proof — if any were needed — that this is a rainy season for the record books in much of California. It was only the second time the spillway had been ...






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