Pot Entrepreneurs Want the Babies of Lemon Grove and La Mesa to Pack Their Bags

Day care centers in La Mesa and Lemon Grove have been getting some strange offers. Marijuana entrepreneurs have been knocking on their doors, offering the owners money and other deals to either relocate or shut down.
Last year, residents in both cities voted to allow medical marijuana dispensaries. But the measures prohibit dispensaries from being too close to places like schools, churches, public parks and day care centers.
It turns out that’s more restrictive than you might realize – small, in-home day care centers are all over the place. In small cities like Lemon Grove, there aren’t many properties that are more than 1,000 feet away from one.
That’s a problem as a green rush envelops the state, with entrepreneurs rushing to scoop up real estate to cash in on the booming marijuana business.
Voters approved Proposition 64 last year, clearing the way for recreational marijuana in the state in 2018, …
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No Surprise Here: What Do Consumers Complain About Most Frequently?

Consumers have problems with all sorts of products and services, but once again this year, car-related issues are number one on the annual list of top complaints put together by the Consumer Federation of America and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators.Auto complaints run the gamut from misleading advertising and mechanical problems — including used cars that break down shortly after they’re driven off the lot — to faulty repair work and towing disputes.”Cars are always number one. That’s because they’re essential to our daily life,” Susan Grant, CFA’s director of consumer protection, told NBC News. “If the car you just bought has secret damage or the repairs you paid for are faulty, you could be left stuck by the side of the road. So when people have problems with their cars they’re likely to complain to their state or local consumer protection agency.”TIP: Read the sales contract before …
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Man who destroyed Jeep Cherokee helps dissatisfied new-car owners to tune of $2m

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A Sunshine Coast man who made headlines three years ago when he demolished his Jeep Cherokee in frustration has turned consumer advocate.In 2014, Ashton Wood and members of his family dismantled their vehicle after it suffered 22 faults in four years.They decided to wreck the car supplied by Fiat Chrysler to highlight the need for laws forcing car companies to refund or replace problem vehicles.Now Mr Ashton has helped new-car owners to get replacements or repairs worth millions.Ironically, Mr Ashton said he was still waiting to resolve his own matter, but in the meantime he had become a champion for hundreds of unhappy customers.”There’s been over 100 cases I’ve handed to them [Fiat Chrysler Australia]. I’m tracking results and they’ve handed out over $1.1 million in refunds or …
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Man who destroyed Jeep helps car owners deal with their lemons

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Solar energy, used car leasing complaints rising, consumer group says

Complaints about solar energy sales and used car leasing are among the new consumer problems to watch, a report released Thursday by the Consumer Federation of America and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators found.

“Solar energy is good for the environment and for consumers’ pocketbooks, but there are starting to be complaints concerning misleading sales practices, confusing contracts and shoddy installation,” said Susan Grant, Director of Consumer Protection and Privacy at CFA. “Consumers should check out the company and make sure they understand the terms of the agreement before they sign on the dotted line for solar contracts.”

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The report contains examples of consumer complaints from around the country as reported in 2016 to 39 consumer protection agencies in 23 states.

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Nation’s Top 10 Consumer Complaints in 2016

Shoddy installation of solar panels and leasing lemons vehicles are leading high on the list of complaints to state and local consumer protection agencies last year across the country, according to the annual consumer agency survey conducted by Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators (NACPI).The report included complaints from 39 state and local consumer protection agencies from 23 states participated in the survey.The survey asked about the most common complaints they received in 2016; the fast-growing complaints, the worst complaints, new trends in consumer problems and new laws that are needed to better protect consumers.Complaints about solar energy sales were cited as a new consumer problem that could increase in the future as the green energy industry grows. Despite solar energy being environmentally friendly, and for consumers a sound economical choice, the complaints ranged from ranged from misleading sales practices to inferior installation of …
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