Your California Cable TV Company Missed an Appointment? The Law Protects Cable TV Subscribers

You know the drill.

You call the cable company because you need an installation or service call. The Customer Service Representative tell you it will be a week before they can get to you, and that you have to be home all day to wait for the technician.

But as fate or bad luck would have it, the tech never shows up, and you have blown a day off of work without pay for no good reason…and you still need that service call.

You are mad. You are REALLY mad.

You call back in and a different Customer Service Representative apologies profusely, then offers to knock off $20 from your bill. Then the CSR reschedules the appointment for a few days later, and you get to plan to stay home yet another full day hoping against hope that the tech will show up this time.

There must be a better way to ensure that you don’t lose out when the cable operator misses an appointment! Well, there is.

A relatively few number of savvy California cable TV subscribers know about a little-publicized law. A law that requires the cable TV operator who misses an appointment to compensate you for your lost wages and expenses up to a cap of $600. It is California Civil Code Section 1722(b).

That very powerful law says, in essence, that if you call in for a service call and the cable company requires that you be home to meet the technician (for example, to let the tech into your home or back yard), the cable company must honor your request that the appointment occur within a fixed 4-hour period, and to work with you to determine the day and time when that 4-hour period will start.

According to the law, “If the service connection or repair is not commenced within the specified four-hour period, except for delays caused by unforeseen or unavoidable occurrences beyond the control of the company, the subscriber may bring an action in small claims court against the company for lost wages, expenses actually incurred or other actual damages not exceeding a total of six hundred dollars ($600).”

But realize that this is a two-way street. As a cable subscriber, you have a duty, too. The cable operator has to start the repairs within the specified 4-hour window, but you have the duty to be home during that entire 4-hour period.

The cable operator has an ‘out’ if it can show that unforeseen or unavoidable occurrences did happen, and they made a legitimate effort to let you know. If so, then they don’t owe you any money. However, the larger the cable operator’s technical staff, the less likely they will have convincing a judge that whatever happened was truly unforeseeable or unavoidable.

Also, if you file a complaint with your cable TV franchisor (either the local City or County, or the California PUC, depending on whether your cable operator has a local or state franchise), and the government pursues the cable operator …

How To Get Rid Of Your Irritating and Annoying Mother In Law

An integral part of a lot of marriages seems to be an irritating, annoying, or cold mother-in-law. I agree that there are some psychotic mothers in law whom you have to stay clear from. However don’t hastily diagnose your mother in law as psychotic. For the most part they really love their child and therefore deep down inside they also love you, the spouse. It is only jealousy, misunderstanding, or fear that is covering up this love.

Here are some steps though that you can take to make the relationship with your mother-in-law better and even pleasant. It takes work but it is for sure worth the effort.

  • Talk to her on a regular basis. When you speak to her once or twice a week on a steady basis she won’t be afraid that “you want something” from her and that you are only speaking to her to “butter her up”. In the beginning keep the conversations very light.
  • LISTEN. LISTEN. LISTEN. Listen to what she likes and what irritates her. After you hear what she likes if you know nothing about the subject “Google it” and so that the next time you speak to her you’ll connect with her easily.
  • Invite her to do things that SHE likes to do. After you know her likes and interests invite her to do some of these things. If she likes to go out to eat take her out to a restaurant. If she likes to go to the movies take her out one afternoon to the movies.
  • Ask her to do something that YOU like to do. As long as she doesn’t despise doing something that interests you, whatever you do together is an act of bonding. (Of course, if it is the husband who is trying to get to know his mother in law, then he has to be creative here. She probably won’t appreciate an invitation to watch a football game with a beer!)

Remember your mother in law is your spouses parent and a part of the family whether you like it or not. To completely sever ties with her, although it might be a very enticing thought, is very hard and in the can cause lots of pain and problems “down the line”. Therefor it is in YOUR best interest to do everything you can within reason to make that connection, now and in the future.

You’ll see that under that annoying and irritating skin lies a lady that truly wants your good.…

The Law of Attraction – How Writing a Letter to Yourself Can Go a Long Way!

Do you know that writing a letter to yourself with your goals and achievements can go a long way? Do you know that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Lee both had one of those letters that they wrote to themselves? Now, looking back it is amazing to see that what they had written on their letter is just about exactly what they have achieved.

This is just two examples of two famous figures, but this type of action is nothing new; thousands of successful people have used this type of law of attraction medium to attract what they wanted in life.

Write yourself a letter in the present tense, using ONLY positive phrases such has. “I am rich” versus “I am not poor anymore”, or “I am healthy” and not “I am not sick anymore”. Your subconscious mind doesn’t understand negative statements, but rather takes it for a positive affirmation. For example, “I am not poor” will only register as “I am poor” in your subconscious mind. Therefore, you want to simply say “I am rich” or “I am wealthy”. Do not say “I am not fat anymore” but “I am fit”. You get the picture?

Your letter should always be in the present tense. “I am” and not “I will be”. The subconscious mind doesn’t understand future time either, it’s all in the present, in the NOW.

When your write your letter of success to yourself, you must include the following:

• Set specific goals.

• Set a time frame, a time limit.

• Mention exactly what you are going to achieve.

• Mention exactly how much money you are going to make.

• Always speak in the present tense, not in the future.

• Never use negatives statements. Always use positive ones.

• Mention about your feeling of happiness and wellness as well.

If you do this very simple thing for yourself and just read your letter every day, once in the morning when you wake up and once at night before you go to bed, your life will start to change for the best.…

How to Attract a Specific Person Using Law of Attraction

How to Attract a Specific Person

One of the most often asked questions is “Can you attract a specific person using the law of attraction?” The good news is Yes you can absolutely attract a specific person in your life in a relationship you choose and with success.

Love is the most important emotion of all in this entire universe. When it comes to money, jobs, and so many other things people don’t really have that much difficulty in manifesting. In matters of the heart if you don’t get what you want the pain is maximum. The one you love, that specific person, is the most important person for you, and even the entire world cannot substitute for that person. Now I have absolutely great news for you today. Yes, you can attract that specific person you are in love with. So today allow yourself to be absolutely elated and just follow the procedure below.

Desire and Desperation – You need to let go of the desperation

While desire is a sacred energy, an energy of creation, desperation is just the opposite, a destructive energy. When desire is unfulfilled the void is taken over by desperation. While desire is a pure and good energy, desperation is a powerful negative energy. Desire creates those vibes in you to attract, desperation creates just the opposite vibes, to repel. When you fell in love with that special person, the sacred seed of desire was sown in you. Due to whatever reasons when that desire was unfulfilled desperation crept in. So the first step is remove that desperation. Clear all desperation.

How to clear desperation?

The easiest way to clear desperation is to let go. Surrender to the light of divine love of the Universe. Imagine a beautiful light of divine love, a pure radiant love light. Just surrender to that beautiful sparkling light. That light created you, gave you everything that you possess, and that light simply loves you, no matter what you have done so far. That light is forgiving, 100{512b763ef340c1c7e529c41476c7e03bc66d8daea696e1162822661d30dde056} pure love and powerful enough to create a beautiful reality beyond your wildest imagination. When you fell in love that light was silently telling you what to do, only if you listened. So let go of everything, surrender and start anew. Today submit yourself to that divine light and affirm to yourself you let go, you surrender and you allow that Divine Light to create a bright future, a bright love life for you. You accept the divine will because the divine will make your life far happier than you can imagine.

Once you do this you let go of any attachment to the result. Now the fun part begins.

Creating a beautiful love life

Once you have let go of any attachment to that person, you have given a very powerful and strong signal to the Universe you are now ready for love in your life. If previously your love was one sided now it’s time to create a both …

Fire Retardant Fabrics in Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts – Regulation or Sensible Precaution?

Since 2006 there has been much controversy in the UK about the new regulations introduced in fire safety law. Many in the industry see the changes as over-the-top and part of the ‘nanny state’. In this article we’ll briefly look at both what the law requires and consider the benefits of taking precautions, even when the law doesn’t explicitly demand it.

Over many years the UK government has increasingly targeted all forms of fire risks, with the aim of reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by fire. In the postwar years there was a steady rise in these numbers and the government took notice. The number of deaths from smoke inhalation was of particular concern, as this rose sharply from the 1950s onward.

The reasons for this trend are disputed, but the fact that modern fabrics and fillers caused heavily toxic smoke when burning eventually prompted the government to regulate the supply of fabric and furnishings, because the more toxic the smoke from a fire the faster a person is incapacitated.

It is perhaps obvious that manufacturers and suppliers must comply with government regulations on fire retardant fabrics, but in 2006 the new regulations changed requirements for all business premises. Fire safety law was implemented by the ‘Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005’. Now, businesses are no longer required to have fire certificates but instead must conduct a risk assessment to prevent fires by reducing risk. The law makes it the responsibility of the business owner to ensure the safety of everyone who uses their premises.

There are specific guidelines for ‘sleeping accommodation’ which directly apply to curtain material. Hotels must meet the requirements of BS5867 Part 2 Type B when furnishing a room with curtains. This is a test where a flame is applied to the fabric for 15 seconds. In summary, this requires that if the fabric were to come into direct contact with a flame it would have a fire retardant quality for a short time by not burning to the edges or falling apart whilst burning.

There are basically two types of flame retardant (FR) fabrics:

1) those which have been treated after manufacture; and

2) those in which the FR quality is ‘built-in’. These are called ‘inherent FR fabrics ‘.

Where a fabric has been treated it must also be able to hold its FR quality after repeated washing.

Purchasing flame retardant fabrics from a reputable company with products that more than meet the requirements ensure fire safety and conform to the law. Look for products labelled ‘FR’ and ask whether they meet the safety standards for hotel use.

Unlike the requirements for curtains, for bed linen the new regulations only state that certain safety standards should be considered for ‘sleeping accommodation’ as a matter of fire prevention. The law does apply, though, to all the components of the actual bed (including head-boards, mattresses, sofa-beds, futons and other convertibles). Perhaps less obvious is that it also applies to pillows and even throw cushions.…

Gang Stalking Laws and the Steps You Must Take to Prove Your Case in Court

Is gang stalking prohibited under law? Yes, it may not be spelled out as “gang stalking” per se but the methods and tactics perpetrators use against their victims or targets is not allowed by law.

Please find various laws that gang stalkers violate. This information is not offered as legal or prescriptive advice and you need to check your local laws for specificity. Your state statutes should provide similar provisions as the ones provided herein.

1. Federal RICO law – 18 USC Chapter 96 if racketeering is involved; there must be some sort of enterprise, system or group of people, who conduct illegal activity for profit.

2. Stalking laws – Wisconsin Statute 940.32; you would have to go after each individual stalker which, as we know, is difficult to do if the individuals doing the stalking rotate and change and if you can bother to get law enforcement to take you seriously.

3. Harassment laws – Wisconsin Statute 947.013; you would have to prove a “course of conduct” meaning a pattern, or repeated acts that harass or intimidate a person and, a more serious subsection that can get the perpetrator(s) into more legal trouble is whether you can show a “credible threat” meaning an actual threat would have to be made against you. But you can’t bring a private cause of action, in short you can’t gain damages (receive a monetary award) from the harassment.

4. Trespass to land – Wisconsin Statute 943.13. Even if you are a tenant of property and you did not give permission for someone to be on your property it still qualifies. This statute can help if you can actually show the trespass, such as the stalkers actually entering onto private property or attaching eavesdropping or surveillance equipment onto the land.

5. Trespass to the person/

Assault, Battery, False imprisonment.

Battery – Wisconsin Statute 940.19, you must prove bodily harm without your consent.

False imprisonment – Wisconsin Statute 940.30, you must prove someone who knew they didn’t have the lawful authority intentionally confined or restrained you without your consent.

6. Invasion of privacy – Wisconsin Statute 942.08; you would have to prove a person entered a place where you would expect privacy, or entered private property, and watched you or installed any surveillance device on said property.

7. Defamation – Wisconsin Statute 942.01; you would have to prove someone communicated something to a 3rd party, of a defamatory nature which was untrue, without good motive, without justification and was not otherwise privileged (meaning you did not give consent to the communication and the person communicating the defamation had no absolute privilege to do so.)

If the person can show they have a conditional privilege to communicate the defamatory material it may not be deemed defamatory.

Slander, spoken defamation, requires the testimony of 2 other persons that they heard and understood the oral statement as being defamatory. Libel is written defamation, or a published false statement.

Next, people wonder what they have to do to prove …

Appointing a Process Agent in Cross-Border Transactions

In today’s global economy, transactional attorneys and paralegals are seeing an increase in the number of multi-jurisdictional, cross-border transactions and in the resulting number of detailed requirements for closing. One of the requirements that is often overlooked until the last minute is the appointment of a process agent. Understanding the role and what is involved in appointing such an agent will help ensure that this important item on the closing checklist does not cause costly delays in international transactions.

Cross-Border Agreements and Closing Requirements

Cross-border agreements serve as the basis for international transactions involving parties from different jurisdictions. Forms of international agreements vary greatly from country to country, but a typical provision included in many international agreements is the appointment of an agent for service of process — commonly known as a “process agent”. The designation of this agent may be included in the section of the agreement entitled “Consent to Jurisdiction”, “Governing Law” or some variation of those titles.

In addition to completing all the pre-closing issues, careful attention needs to be paid to the formal, but necessary, details required for completion of the transaction. These include, but are not limited to:

  • execution of agreements and supporting documents across time zones
  • obtaining required signatures
  • correctly following multi-location closing procedures
  • coordinating wire transfers through international banks
  • ensuring that the process agent appointed for all required parties delivers its acceptance to serve for the term of the agreement

While coordinating the appointment of the process agent is only one of many closing requirements, its importance requires advance planning and an understanding of the choice of law and venue (sometimes referred to the jurisdiction or court) that the parties agree will govern the transaction.

Types of Transactions that Require a Process Agent

Process agents are typically appointed as part of cross-border financial transactions involving commercial banks, sovereign states, multilateral lending agencies, export credit agencies and corporate entities.

This type of appointment is often required in global transactions, including credit financing, aviation leasing/financing, debt/equity capital market offerings, Rule 144A, Regulation S offerings and private placements. Types of agreements that include the appointment of an agent for service of process include Loan and Credit Agreements, ISDA Master Agreements, import/export financing agreements, Indentures, Stock Purchase Agreements, Intercreditor Agreements and others. In addition, a U.S. process agent is required to be named in certain SEC filings; for example, certain foreign registration statements such as SEC Forms F-1 to F-6 series and SEC Form F-X, which is filed concurrently with several SEC filings, including Form CB in connection with a tender offer, rights offering or business combination.

Choice of Law for International Agreements: New York and the United Kingdom (U.K.)

Parties to an agreement negotiate a choice of law clause that specifies that any dispute arising under the agreement shall be determined in accordance with the law of a particular jurisdiction. While the choice of law can vary depending on the country of origin of the parties to the transaction, New York and the U.K. are commonly …

Benefits of Social Studies

There are many benefits of social studies, which teachers should make clear when writing lesson plans. However, with educators specializing in very particular fields of education, it has caused many issues in the education system. Social studies is one field where some teachers lack the adequate knowledge to teach students. Social has many different areas of focuses including the following:

· Anthropology

· Archeology

· Geography

· History

· Economics

· Civics

· Political science

· Culture

· Sociology

These various areas all focus on how human behaviors work and how individuals interact with the world we live in along with the cultures that make up society. Understanding history allows our society to continue growing and build upon the information and education that is already out there.

Students that are not learning social will have difficulties when trying to find jobs and interacting with the culture they live in. Anthropology is one area that needs to be discussed as it shows information pertaining to the evolution of human life. This important field shows how the globe has been populated along with studying of the human body. It can be credited to aiding in modern forensics thanks to the study of human bones and the human body to understand cultural and racial differences.

Social studies is also based on the education of economics, law, and political science. This teaches children how wealth is distributed in the world along with global issues, which is among the benefits of social studies. The recent recession is living proof that our society needs to understand how our spending habits impact the country and the entire world. Students need to learn about inflation, recession, unemployment, investments, and taxation in order to become contributing members of society. Law is another very important subject matter that our children must understand. It is needed to know the laws of your country in order to live by them. How does law enforcement work? How do I impact the city I live in? These are just some of the questions that will be answered when a student is able to spend time learning social studies.

How about understanding how life forms on our planet? This is another type of social studies called geography. Understanding geography helps to understand weather patterns, earthquakes, and many other things that can impact our lives in an instant. This is just one of the benefits of social studies.

There are many other areas of social studies and each of them has their own benefits. For instance, psychology, which is important to learn about to see how the human mind works. Students need to see how their brain works, especially as they are growing and dealing with things that can impact the chemicals and things in their bodies, which has a direct impact on their brain. Communication is another area that needs to be taught as it helps students learn how to communicate and to understand the language they speak.

With today’s global society, there are many …

Applying the Broken Windows Theory to Code Enforcement in Urban Communities

The 2008 to 2012 global recession resulted in a landscape of abandoned homes in many neighborhoods across the United States due to the crisis that severely impacted the real estate and financial markets. Although very few communities were spared the negative effect of scattered vacant and unmaintained homes, this large spread dilemma impacted many urban areas more significantly as residential property values and socio-economic conditions were already compressed by limited personal household and public resources. But this rise in properties that once were homes to families known and seen to neighbors that now had become edifices of visual neglect, unsafe locations, and prime targets for eventual squatting, created an environment for widespread concern and reaction from all levels of government. At the local government level, one by one, each jurisdiction began adopting new policies and implementing programs in an effort to curtail the problems associated with extended periods of property maintenance neglect caused by the abandonment by owners, and seemingly lackadaisical response by the financial institutions that became responsible for those assets.

Control in a Changing Neighborhood Environment

Code Enforcement agencies immediately responded to the distress calls and complaints from neighbors and community leaders that had become desperate to try to eradicate the problems associated with the conditions of these abandoned homes, but quickly became overwhelmed both by demand for services and funding necessary to provide adequate property maintenance and nuisance abatement. Vacant property registration programs quickly found their way into local legislation that shared common requirements for mortgagees or ‘banks’ to step in after a property was abandoned by their owners and take responsibilities to provide proper responsible party information, local property management, routine maintenance and security. These registration programs, due to the requirements imposed on the banks, actually provided a sense of structure and control that was needed in order for the banks to properly respond and for communities to feel a sense of control. While these programs were highly effective, the slow turnover rate of these properties to new owners, still left neighborhoods with homes that are visibly unoccupied, not well-maintained, and subject to continuous vandalism and trespass.

The economic decline also hit property owners of homes and rentals who walked away from properties where there were no mortgages leaving no interested parties to immediately step in and take responsibility for maintenance adding another level of concern for areas that were already economically depressed and dealing with higher incidents of criminal activity. In a response to citizens to create safer communities and increase livability, one of the theoretical tools used in the practice of law enforcement, the broken windows theory, is making its way into the thinking of how to attain environments free from visual signs of neglect and public nuisances through its application to code enforcement efforts.

The Broken Windows Theory

The broken windows theory is based on the premise that unimpeded disorder in urban communities leads to additional crime and anti-social behavior. This criminological theory was introduced in 1982 by two social scientists, James Q. …

Law of Attraction – Why Some People Can Bring You Bad Luck

Did you know when applying the law of attraction it is wise to keep your goals to yourself? When you decide to make changes in your life by willfully apply the law of attraction you have to become very aware of the quality of energy that you bring into your life.

The Law of Attraction is based not only on the thought forms that you hold but it includes the thought forms within your environment. Sometimes you may be surrounded by people who subconsciously who hold a negative outcome for your desire. While you may give your desire twenty percent of mental energy someone else may be given 60{512b763ef340c1c7e529c41476c7e03bc66d8daea696e1162822661d30dde056} of their intention in the direction of your goal. What this does is cancel out your desire.

Another way a person can bring you bad luck is by the vibration they are carrying. Sometimes a person hold a very low vibration based on the negative thoughts in their mind. Those negative thoughts and feeling begin to merge with your energy and soon enough if you are not strong enough in controlling your energy you may begin to attract lots of negative circumstances.

Psychic protection is something everyone should learn in order to achieve their goals. You cannot be successful with applying the law of attraction if you don’t make an effort to shield your personal energy for those who don’t wish to see you succeed. If you find that you are struggling to apply the law of attraction to your life without results take a good look at who you are surrounded by.…