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Consumer Protection Offices

City, county, regional, and state consumer offices offer a variety of important services. They might mediate complaints, conduct investigations, prosecute offenders of consumer laws, license and regulate professional service providers, provide educational materials and advocate for consumer rights. To save time, call before sending a written complaint. Ask if the office handles the type of complaint you have and if complaint forms are provided.

State Consumer Protection Offices

California Department of Consumer Affairs

Website: California Department of Consumer Affairs

Address: California Department of Consumer Affairs
Consumer Information Division
1625 N. Market Blvd., Suite N 112
Sacramento, CA 95834

Phone Number: 916- 445-1254

Toll-free: 1-800-952-5210

TTY: 916-928-1227; 1-800-326-2297

California Office of the Attorney General

Website: California Office of the Attorney General

Address: California Office of the Attorney General
Public Inquiry Unit
PO Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550

Phone Number: 916-322-3360

Toll-free: 1-800-952-5225 (CA)

TTY: 1-800-735-2929

Contractors State License Board

Website: Contractors State License Board

Address: Contractors State License Board
9821 Business Park Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95827

Phone Number: 916-255-3900 (Headquarters) 916-255-2924 (Northern CA.) 562-345-7600 (Southern CA.)

Toll-free: 1-800-321-2752

California Bureau of Automotive Repair

Website: California Bureau of Automotive Repair

Address: California Bureau of Automotive Repair
Department of Consumer Affairs
10949 N. Mather Blvd.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Toll-free: 1-800-952-5210 (Consumer Questions) 1-866-799-3811 (Complaint Intake)

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County Consumer Protection Offices

Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office

Website: Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office

Address: Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office
Consumer Protection Unit
832 12th St., Suite 300
Modesto, CA 95354

Phone Number: 209-525-5550

Ventura County District Attorney's Office

Website: Ventura County District Attorney's Office

Address: Ventura County District Attorney's Office
Consumer Mediation Section
800 S. Victoria Ave.
Ventura, CA 93009

Phone Number: 805-654-3110

Toll-free: 1-800-660-5474 ext 3110 (Ventura)

Contra Costa County District Attorneys Office

Website: Contra Costa County District Attorneys Office (Consumer protection division of Contra Costa)

Address: Contra Costa County District Attorneys Office
Special Operations Division- Consumer Division
900 Ward St., 4th Floor
Martinez, CA 94553

Phone Number: 925-957-8604

Fresno County District Attorney's Office

Website: Fresno County District Attorney's Office

Address: Fresno County District Attorney's Office
Consumer Protection Division
929 L St.
Fresno, CA 93721

Phone Number: 559-600-3156

Kern County District Attorney's Office

Website: Kern County District Attorney's Office

Address: Kern County District Attorney's Office
Consumer Protection Unit
Justice Building

1215 Truxtun Ave., 4th Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Phone Number: 661-868-7600

Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs

Website: Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs

Address: Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs
500 W. Temple St., Room B-96
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2722

Phone Number: 213-974-1452

Toll-free: 1-800-593-8222 (L.A. County)

TTY: 213-626-0913

Marin County District Attorney's Office

Website: Marin County District Attorney's Office

Address: Marin County District Attorney's Office
Consumer Protection Unit
Hall of Justice, Room 130
3501 Civic Center Dr.
San Rafael, CA 94903

Phone Number: 415-473-6450 415-473-6495 (Mediation)

Monterey County District Attorney's Office

Website: Monterey County District Attorney's Office (District attorneys page)

Address: Monterey County District Attorney's Office
Consumer Protection Division
1200 Aguajito Rd., Room 301
Monterey, CA 93940

Phone Number: 831-755-5073 (Salinas) 831-647-7770 (Monterey) 831-385-8373 (King City)

Napa County District Attorney's Office

Website: Napa County District Attorney's Office (Napa County website)

Address: Napa County District Attorney's Office
Consumer Affairs
931 Parkway Mall
Napa, CA 94559

Phone Number: 707-253-4059 (Hotline)

Orange County District Attorney's Office

Website: Orange County District Attorney's Office

Address: Orange County District Attorney's Office
Consumer Protection Unit
401 Civic Center Dr., W
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Phone Number: 714-834-6553

San Diego County District Attorney's Office

Website: San Diego County District Attorney's Office

Address: San Diego County District Attorney's Office
Consumer Protection Unit
330 W. Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone Number: 619-531-4040 619-531-3507 (Consumer Fraud Hotline)

San Francisco County District Attorney's Office

Website: San Francisco County District Attorney's Office

Address: San Francisco County District Attorney's Office
Special Operations Division- Consumer Protection Unit
732 Brannan St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone Number: 415-551-9595 (Hotline)

San Luis Obispo County District Attorneys Office

Website: San Luis Obispo County District Attorneys Office

Address: San Luis Obispo County District Attorneys Office
Economic Crime Unit
Consumer Advisory

County Courthouse Annex
1050 Monterey St., Room 223
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Phone Number: 805-781-5856

San Mateo County District Attorneys Office

Website: San Mateo County District Attorneys Office

Address: San Mateo County District Attorneys Office
Consumer Environmental & Protection Unit
Hall of Justice and Records
400 County Center, 3rd Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063

Phone Number: 650-363-4651 650-363-4636 (Complaints)

Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office

Website: Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office

Address: Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office
Consumer Mediation Services
1112 Santa Barbara St.
Santa Maria, CA 93101

Phone Number: 805-568-2300

Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office

Website: Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office

Address: Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office
Consumer Protection Unit
70 W. Hedding St.
West Wing
San Jose, CA 95110

Phone Number: 408-792-2880

Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office

Website: Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office

Address: Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office
Consumer Affairs Unit
701 Ocean St., Room 200
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Phone Number: 831-454-2050

TTY: 831-454-2123

Solano County District Attorney's Office

Website: Solano County District Attorney's Office

Phone Number: 707-784-6859

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City Consumer Protection Offices

Los Angeles City Attorney's Office

Website: Los Angeles City Attorney's Office

Address: Los Angeles City Attorney's Office
Consumer Protection Unit
200 N. Main St.,
800 City Hall East
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone Number: 213-978-8070

TTY: 213-978-8310

San Diego City Attorney's Office

Website: San Diego City Attorney's Office

Address: San Diego City Attorney's Office
Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit
1200 Third Ave., #1620
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone Number: 619-533-5600

TTY: 619-702-7198

Santa Monica City Attorneys Office

Website: Santa Monica City Attorneys Office

Address: Santa Monica City Attorneys Office
Consumer Protection Unit
1685 Main St., 3rd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone Number: 310-458-8336

TTY: 310-458-8696

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Banking Authorities

The officials listed in this section regulate and supervise state-chartered banks. Many of them handle or refer problems and complaints about other types of financial institutions as well. Some also answer general questions about banking and consumer credit. If you are dealing with a federally chartered bank, check Federal Agencies.

Department of Business Oversight

Website: Department of Business Oversight

Address: Department of Business Oversight
Consumer Services
1515 K St., Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone Number: 916-327-7585

Toll-free: 1-866-275-2677 (CA)

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Insurance Regulators

Each state has its own laws and regulations for each type of insurance. The officials listed in this section enforce these laws. Many of these offices can also provide you with information to help you make informed insurance buying decisions.

Department of Insurance

Website: Department of Insurance

Address: Department of Insurance
Consumer Services Division
300 S. Spring St., South Tower
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Phone Number: 213-897-8921

Toll-free: 1-800-927-4357 (CA)

TTY: 1-800-482-4833

Department of Managed Health Care, California HMO Help Center

Website: Department of Managed Health Care, California HMO Help Center

Address: Department of Managed Health Care, California HMO Help Center
980 9th St., Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814-2725

Toll-free: 1-888-466-2219

TTY: 1-877-688-9891

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Securities Administrators

Each state has its own laws and regulations for securities brokers and securities - including stocks, mutual funds, commodities, real estate, etc. The officials and agencies listed in this section enforce these laws and regulations. Many of these offices can also provide information to help you make informed investment decisions.

Department of Business Oversight

Website: Department of Business Oversight

Address: Department of Business Oversight
Consumer Services
1515 K St., Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95814

Toll-free: 1-866-275-2677

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Utility Commissions

State Utility Commissions regulate services and rates for gas, electricity and telephones within your state. In some states, the utility commissions regulate other services such as water, transportation, and the moving of household goods. Many utility commissions handle consumer complaints. Sometimes, if a number of complaints are received about the same utility matter, they will conduct investigations.

Public Utilities Commission

Website: Public Utilities Commission

Address: Public Utilities Commission
Consumer Affairs Branch
505 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone Number: 415-703-2782

Toll-free: 1-800-649-7570 (CA)

TTY: 1-866-836-7825

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10ez Index A Administrative adjustment requests, Amended Returns and Administrative Adjustment Requests (AARs) Allocations Built-in gain or loss, Allocations to account for built-in gain or loss. 10ez Installment sale, Installment reporting for sale of partnership interest. 10ez Amended returns, Amended Returns and Administrative Adjustment Requests (AARs) Assistance (see Tax help) B Built-in gain or loss, Allocations to account for built-in gain or loss. 10ez C C corporation, TEFRA, Small Partnerships and the Small Partnership Exception Capital interest, Capital interest. 10ez , Capital interest. 10ez Comments on publication, Comments and suggestions. 10ez Contribution Basis of property, Basis of contributed property. 10ez Built-in gain or loss, Allocations to account for built-in gain or loss. 10ez Distribution of property, Distribution of contributed property to another partner. 10ez Net precontribution gain, Net precontribution gain. 10ez Property, Contribution of Property Services, Contribution of Services D Definition, partnership, Forming a Partnership Determining ownership, More than 50% ownership. 10ez Distributions Gain or loss, Partner's Gain or Loss Partner's debt, Distribution of partner's debt. 10ez Partnership, Partnership Distributions Distributive share Adjusted basis, Adjusted Basis Guaranteed payments, Guaranteed Payments E e-file, IRS e-file (Electronic Filing) Electronic filing, IRS e-file (Electronic Filing) F Family partnership, Family Partnership Form 8275, Form 8275 required. 10ez 8308, Information return required of partnership. 10ez 8832, Organizations formed after 1996. 10ez 8865, Contribution to foreign partnership. 10ez G Guaranteed payments, Guaranteed Payments I Insurance, self-employed health, Self-employed health insurance premiums. 10ez Inventory items, substantially appreciated, Substantially appreciated inventory items. 10ez L Liability Assumption of, Assumption of liability. 10ez Partner's assumed by partnership, Partner's liabilities assumed by partnership. 10ez Partnership's, Effect of Partnership Liabilities Limited liability company, Limited liability company. 10ez Liquidation Constructive, Constructive liquidation. 10ez Partner's interest, Complete liquidation of partner's interest. 10ez Partner's retirement or death, Liquidation at Partner's Retirement or Death Losses Sales or exchanges, Losses. 10ez M Marketable securities, Marketable securities treated as money. 10ez N Notice group, TEFRA, Notice group. 10ez Notice partner, TEFRA, Notice partner. 10ez P Partner's Basis Distributed property, Partner's Basis for Distributed Property Partnership interest, Basis of Partner's Interest Interest Acquired by gift, Interest acquired by gift, etc. 10ez Alternative rule, adjusted basis, Alternative rule for figuring adjusted basis. 10ez Basis, Basis of Partner's Interest Basis adjustments, Adjusted Basis Book value, Book value of partner's interest. 10ez Liquidation of, Complete liquidation of partner's interest. 10ez , Liquidation at Partner's Retirement or Death Mandatory basis adjustment, Mandatory adjustment. 10ez Sale, exchange, transfer, Sale, Exchange, or Other Transfer Special basis adjustment, Special adjustment to basis. 10ez Transactions with partnership, Transactions Between Partnership and Partners Partnership Abandoned or worthless interest, Abandoned or worthless partnership interest. 10ez Agreement, Partnership Agreement Basis, contributed property, Basis of contributed property. 10ez Capital interest, Capital interest. 10ez Defined, Forming a Partnership Exclusion from rules, Exclusion From Partnership Rules Family, Family Partnership Forming, Forming a Partnership Liabilities, Effect of Partnership Liabilities Terminating, Terminating a Partnership Transactions with partner, Transactions Between Partnership and Partners Partnership item, TEFRA, Partnership Item. 10ez Precontribution gain, Net precontribution gain. 10ez Profits interest, Profits interest. 10ez Publications (see Tax help) R Related person, Related person. 10ez S Self-employed health insurance, Self-employed health insurance premiums. 10ez Short period return, Short period return. 10ez Small partnership exception to TEFRA, Small Partnerships and the Small Partnership Exception, Small Partnership TEFRA Election Statute of Limitations and TEFRA, Statute of Limitations and TEFRA Substantially appreciated inventory items, Substantially appreciated inventory items. 10ez Suggestions for publication, Comments and suggestions. 10ez T Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Tax matters partner, Role of Tax Matters Partner (TMP) in TEFRA Proceedings Tax withholding, foreign person or firm, Withholding on foreign partner or firm. 10ez TEFRA, Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA) Terminating a partnership, Terminating a Partnership TTY/TDD information, How To Get Tax Help U Uniform Limited Partnership ACT (ULPA), Role of Tax Matters Partner (TMP) in TEFRA Proceedings 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