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    How do you know if the air in your home is safe to breathe… Q - Call me a worry wart, but how can I be positive that the air inside my home is as safe as I can make it.  My wife and I both have allergies and the cleaner the air the better. Stan in Dunwoody A - Not to worry Stan, that is a good question. Here are 4 things you can do in your home to help insure that your air is as clean as you can make it:  - Test for radon. Exposure to this invisible, odorless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the country.  Radon has been detected in every state though its levels vary widely. To check out the levels in your county go to www.radon.com/radon/radon_map. You will find quite a fluctuation in the metro counties. - Invest in clean air. A high quality air filtration system can neutralize most floating germs, dust, mold spores, and other pollutants in your home. You can spend from $100 (for a basic one room system) to over $10,000 for an elaborate whole house system. Another easy and inexpensive help is to find your furnace filter and change it on a regular basis.  - Go Low-VOC. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals emitted by a variety of products including paints, carpets, furnishings, and even some permanent markers (they are the stuff that made you 'high' when you helped the teacher with the mimeograph machine back in the 3rd grade - that's right - look at the colors!). According to the EPA some VOCs have been linked to health concerns such as headaches and asthma to even cancer. If you are re-modeling look for the 'low-VOC' labels on carpets and furniture.  - Ban smoking. A fire might be romantic, but studies have shown that smoke from fires can contain pollutants similar to those in car exhaust. Burn only dry, well-seasoned wood. Never burn plastics or paper that contains colored ink, and before the season starts have a professional check the flue. A blocked or narrowed flue is a serious fire hazard.  
  • I think my dishwasher isn't upholding its end of the bargain… Q - How do I know if my dishwasher is doing all that it should? Sometimes I get the feeling my dishes aren't coming out as clean as they should be. John in Sandy Springs A - Well John, you could simply ask her. Say, 'Honey, are you getting the dishes as clean as you should be?' Then duck. Seriously though, dish washers do wear down as time goes on and on occasion need a servicing or, perhaps, you are due a new one. One thing you can try is the old Lip-Stick Test. Have the wife put on some lipstick before dinner. Eat, drink from glasses, lick plates just as you would do during any usual meal, and then put all the dishes in the washer. After the wash cycle is over (and the dry too) unload the dishwasher and take a close look at the glasses and forks. Do you still see some Amber Rose on your utensils? That means your washer is not doing its job. And if lipstick is not being cleaned off properly you can pretty well be sure that bacteria and viruses are probably thriving on your dishes and cutlery as well. (Especially check the forks - forks are notoriously the most difficult utensils to clean). That means you will either have to pre-rinse more thoroughly, use a better dishwashing detergent, and/or consider having a qualified appliance specialist over to check out your machine. Or, you may be due a new one.
  • How to spruce up your bathroom on a tight budget. Q – We had planned on updating our bathroom just as the economy turned. Now we are even tireder (if that’s a word) of our old bathroom but have considerably less money.  What can we do? Martha in Dunwoody A – You can make many changes to your bathroom for minimal dollars.  For instance, for less than $75 you can upgrade your shower curtain and curtain rings.  For another $100’ish you can get a nicer shower head – look for one with adjustable spray setting including massage. For under $200 add a towel warmer to your list. There are many different styles to choose from, make sure yours is UL listed. Another $200 will allow you to make over the lighting while a $30’ish investment can net you a new toilet seat. There you go – for $600 you can change the look and feel of your shower, the lighting, and your toilet. You can install all of the items yourself and have a new look to your bathroom in no time. Have a little more money and ambition? New paint can be had for $25 - $50 a gallon and for $50 you can upgrade your towels and hang some new plush towels on your heated towel rack. For less than $750 you can do quite a job making your bathroom look and feel better. Get on it!
  • You are having trouble with your plumbing, or your hvac system, or even your garage door. Want to know how to find a good company to do the work? Here are 5 things to look for… 5 Things that I believe differentiate a great service company from a so-so one… - Size of company. For my money I want to use a company that is big enough and has enough experience so there are no surprises. Large companies with many employees are rarely stumped when it comes to trouble shooting. - Stability of company. Although I am sure that there are a few quality start-up service companies out there, I prefer on that has been around and been successful. That tells me that they have the resources to get the job done. - Set specific appointments. I like my service companies to tell me when they are going to be there within an hour. I hate the “…sometime between 1p and 5p…” routine.  Tell me when you are going to be there, then call me 15 minutes before you get there in case I have stepped out. - Talk to me. Once at my house, I like the company to tell me the issues, then tell me how much it will cost (without guessing) to fix, and also tell me how long it will take to get the job done. Two corollaries here: A - Your cost of repair ought to be at least in the vicinity of the advertised special price I heard on your radio commercial. Don't come to my house telling me it's $159 only to have ad-ons and service charges that push the total north of $800.  2 - And don't lie to me about time. If you are starting on Monday and it’s going to take 4 days don't tell me 2. Dumb as I look even I will begin to suspect something when you show up to work on Thursday. Also - if something goes wrong (or right) I want to know as you go, not afterward when you are trying to explain the extra hundred tacked onto the bill… - Don’t be a stranger. If I have a problem after you leave and need you back out to fix or finish a job I don’t want to hear “…we will get there when we can…” I waited for you to get here the first time, once you are in my house doing my job; I should become a priority to you. Anything else is unacceptable.
  • It may not feel like it, but autumn is right around the corner. Here are some things you need to get on your honey-do list before it gets cold… Sure temps are still in the 90’s, but you need to start looking ahead to cooling weather and, gasp, the possibility of colder weather. Mark these as simple to-do’s on your list of things to do to get ready: Heating and Cooling. Now is a good time to get your furnace checked out by a professional. They should be contacting you for your winter service if you have a maintenance agreement (and you should have a maintenance agreement). Here are a couple of things you can do yourself to give it a quick once over right now. Start your furnace and see if you smell any strange smells. You will smell a small burning odor as your furnace burns off the dust, but past that are you smelling anything burning or the smell of gas?  If so get your hvac tech out to repair sooner rather than later. Swimming Pools. Don’t forget to service your pool at least one more time before you cover it for the winter. Leave your pool full of water, unless your pool is so small that you can let the air out and store it in a box. If that is the case, then let the air out and store it in a box. Also make sure you have an appropriate cover for the pool. Do not leave it uncovered all winter. Plumbing. Now is a great time to make sure you know where the shut-off valves are located for your outside spigots. If you can’t find them have a plumber over to do an inspection of your home and have them show you where they are. This is important to know so you can shut them off as winter approaches. That way they won’t freeze. Electrical. A lot you can do here but let’s do this right now.  Get some heat tape at the big box store and install it on your crawlspace pipes. You can do this yourself. What you may not be able to do is to make sure you have an outlet handy to plug it into.  Get your electrician out and install a couple new outlets that are handy to plug the tape into. Roof. Not quite yet, but soon will be the best time to clean your roof of leaves and debris. Leaves and debris, if left unattended, spell trouble for your shingles. A clean roof (and gutters) is a happy roof (and gutters). Pest Control. While there are a lot of issues here that I will get into next month, let’s just focus on one here this month – the dreaded mosquito. We are in the height of the West Nile virus season, so mosquitoes are still definitely a big issue.  Make sure you empty and/or remove all standing water, every time it rains or there is a heavy dew. Also, use your favorite pest control company’s mosquito prevention treatment for at least another 6-8 weeks. There. A list to tide you over until the next list. Get to work… More from Dave Baker >>
  • Studies show that Americans have bought more energy-efficient light bulbs (81% of you have bought at least one), bought more Energy Star rated appliances (44% of you have looked for the Energy Star label), and made energy saving home improvements to your homes (43% have caulked windows and doors). Now that wasn't so difficult, was it? You know you are still leaving some money out there. Here are 6 more very simple things you can do to save even more. - Program your thermostat. A programmable thermostat, when set correctly, can save you up to 20% on your heating and cooling bill. Simply adjusting the temperature by 4-7 degrees at night or when you're not home will do the trick. Don't have a programmable thermostat? You can get one for about $80 - and some utility companies offer rebates. You can even get one that you can run off your smart phone. Annual savings - $200. - Fix leaky ducts. Have a qualified hvac company seal and insulate your heating and cooling ducts that run through, over, and under your home. Annual savings - $400. - Adjust your tv. Did you know that television manufacturers often ship televisions in the 'retail mode' to ensure the best picture quality under their showroom's bright lights? Switch your set to the 'home more' which is more efficient and is fine for most types of home viewing. Annual savings - $30 to $60 - Stop pre-rinsing your dishes. Washing dishes before you put them into your dishwasher to wash them (again) wastes up to 6,000 gallons of water a year, plus the cost to heat that water. It's un-necessary. Your dishwasher with the dishwashing soap you use was designed to clean dirty dishes. Annual savings - $75 - Lower your hidden energy use. Between 5 and 10 percent of your electrical use goes to devices that draw power when they are off, or in the stand-by mode. Major offender? Your children's video games. Annual savings - $125 - Wash clothes in cold water. New detergents now make it possible to get clothes clean using cold water thus dispelling the 'it won't get clean if I don't wash it in hot water' myth. Annual savings $60. There you are. Almost $1000 dollars of savings a year, often times for doing less work.
  • How to get rid of fleas… Q – We have fleas in our home. We don’t want fleas in our home. What should we do? Arline in Acworth A – You are making me itchy just talking about fleas… Here are a couple things you can do.  Use what you would call a ‘flea bomb’. (professionals call it ‘fogging’). Look for something where the active ingredient is Pyrethrin. This works, but will only kill the adults. The second product that needs to be applied is an I.G.R. I mention I.G.R.’s quite a bit on the show. It stands for Insect Growth Regulator. I.G.R.’s won’t necessarily kill the fleas right off, but the I.G.R. will prevent the fleas from laying fertile eggs and that will stop the life cycle. Alpine Flea and Tick is what the pro’s use.  Don’t forget to read and follow all label directions.
  • 5 Things you can do to make your home more secure. - Get an alarm system that covers all the accessible doors and windows. Hook it into your smart phone. Being alert and informed is the first step to security. - Keep your shrubs and bushes trimmed away from windows. As a general rule of thumb you should be able to see the whole window from the street. Also keep your yard free and clear from trash and other debris. - Install a wide-angled video camera at all your doors, and use them before you open the door, every time! You can get them hooked into your smart phone as well so you will always know who is or was at your door. - Create the illusion that there is always somebody home. - If you see anything suspicious, call the police. If it looks suspicious, it probably is.
  • Foundation cracks? Doesn’t sound good to me… Q - I heard you talking on your show about horizontal cracks in the foundation and how bad they are. I have a vertical crack in my basement wall. My neighbor says caulk will fix it, another says use hydraulic cement. What say you? Ricky in Acworth A - While a vertical foundation crack may not be as urgent as a horizontal one, that doesn't mean you are in the clear. As with any crack in concrete anywhere you need to be vigilant. Measure it and inspect it on a regular basis to make sure it is not getting longer or wider. If you have a vertical crack in your foundation that is shifting - meaning one edge is moving up or down, then you have big potential trouble and it needs immediate attention. So what about fixing a stable vertical crack? First know that water was probably instrumental in making the crack, or helping to grow the crack, and no matter if your caulk it or use hydraulic cement to repair the crack, if you don't take care of the water intrusion the repair is doomed to fail. Of course, the water intrusion goes back to basic things like, are your gutters clean, does water naturally run away from your foundation, and do you have a working french drain around your home. I would be more inclined to contact either a structural engineer or a foundation expert for an inspection. I would then use their opinion to begin my repairs.
  • Q – I am putting a couple new breakers in my electrical panel. Does it matter what kind I use? Are some brands better than others? Tom – Sandy Springs A - If you are adding breakers to your electrical panel here are a couple of things you should know: Your breaker panel is designed and tested with the manufacturers recommended breakers in place to receive its UL listing. Circuit breaker manufacturers submit their products to UL for testing and evaluation with their particular panel boards. These breakers are not intended to be installed in any panel boards other than as specified in the information provided with the circuit breaker. Therefore you should install a breaker in a panel board that is produced by a different manufacturer, even if may seem to fit. The use of an incorrect breaker can cause the panel to become damaged which leads to a total change out. If you are a little uncertain, have a certified electrician come in and inspect your work. That will give you peace of mind and will save you a buck or two. Remember, be careful around electricity. It has the ability to make you walk and talk with Jesus.

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  • Billy Porter is taking on an iconic role in an upcoming live-action 'Cinderella' movie from Sony. The 'Queer Eye' star known for his fashions confirmed he will play the title character's fairy godmother in the film, People reported. >> Read more trending news  'I have a couple movies that I'm working on,' he said at Saturday's 2019 New Yorker Festival, ET reported. 'I'm gonna be playing the fairy godmother in the new Cinderella movie with Camila Cabello.' The news comes after Deadline reported Idina Menzel is in talks to play the evil stepmother, Evelyn.  According ton The Hollywood Reporter, Cabello will also provide music for the film. The movie is based on an idea from late-night talk show host James Corden and will reportedly be a modern retelling of the fairy tale.
  • A second man was arrested nearly two months after a shooting that left four students wounded outside the Atlanta University Center library, authorities said. The alleged shooter was out on bond in connection with a different shooting at the time of the incident, Atlanta police said Monday.  Ahmad Coleman, 25, was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Mississippi on Thursday, Atlanta police said in a news release. He is charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and reckless conduct, Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said.  'This is clearly a dangerous and reckless individual who has no regard for life,' Atlanta police Chief Erika Shields said. 'Our investigators have done a tremendous job of doggedly pursuing this case until they were able to identify him. I'm hopeful that the courts will give pause prior to releasing this violent felon back into the community again.' RELATED: Man sought after 4 students shot at Atlanta University Center block party The AUC shooting occurred Aug. 20, hours before the start of the new school year, AJC.com previously reported. The four students were attending a block party with about 200 others when shots rang out about 10:30 p.m. The four women — two Spelman College students and two Clark Atlanta University students — were taken to a hospital with injuries ranging from graze wounds to gunshot wounds, according to Atlanta police. 'Initial investigation seems to indicate an argument broke out between two parties prior to the shooting,' Campos said at the time. 'It appears the women were not the intended targets of the shooting.'  The students were identified as Erin Ennis, 18, of Powder Springs; Maia Williams-McLaren, 18, of Boston; Elyse Spencer, 18, of Rochester, N.Y.; and Kia Thomas, 19, of Jonesboro. MORE: How fun flashed into fear: AUC shooting victim recalls night of terror Three of the women were taken by ambulance from the scene, while a fourth showed up at Grady Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound, police said. The gathering, hosted by a third-party event company, was supposed to be a celebration of the end of new student orientation and the start of classes the following day.  It was an unsanctioned event, Atlanta University Center leaders said. Clark Atlanta University President George T. French Jr. said officials are working with Atlanta police to improve safety on and around the campuses. 'The safety and security of our AUC family is our top priority,' French said in a statement. 'We appreciate the Atlanta Police Department's hard work during this investigation and their increased presence in and around our campuses.' Authorities believe Coleman exchanged gunfire with another man, 21-year-old Isaiah Williams. Williams, who was seen in surveillance footage previously released by investigators, was charged in connection with the shooting after turning himself in, authorities said. ALSO: AJC on Campus: Enrollment highs, AUC tightens security after shooting Williams is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and criminal attempt to commit murder. Police said Williams was not enrolled at any of the AUC institutions. At the time of the AUC shooting, Coleman was out on a signature bond from the Fulton County jail in connection with a shooting that happened in March at an apartment complex on Fulton Street. He was arrested April 18 after he allegedly randomly fired multiple rounds from a semi-automatic rifle at an apartment complex over two consecutive days. He was charged with 11 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of first-degree damage to property and 11 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was released May 16 on a $120,000 bond, jail records show.  RELATED: Atlanta police release video of second suspect in AUC shooting Coleman remains in custody in Mississippi. He is awaiting an extradition hearing to determine when he will be transported to Atlanta, Campos said.
  • A 66-year-old man is accused of fatally shooting four people in a Chicago condominium as they sat down to dinner, and then going upstairs and killing a fifth person, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  Krysztof Marek, 66, was charged with five felony counts of first-degree murder stemming from the Saturday incident, WGN-TV reported.  Judge John Lyke, who presided over the bond court when Marek appeared Monday, denied bail and said, 'What I just heard is evil on steroids,' the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Police said they found two notes in Marek's apartment, written in Polish, according to the Chicago Tribune. 'Tomorrow!! No Mercy, Without any stupid hesitation!!!' one note read in part, prosecutors told the newspaper. Jolanta Topolska, 53, and Tsvetanka Kostadinova, believed to be in her early to mid-30s, were two of the victims, the Tribune reported. Relatives identified the third victim as David Hanik, 61, of Arlington Heights. Hanik's brothers, Ron and Rich, identified him to the Tribune. A 65-year-old woman and a man in his early to mid-40s were also killed but have not yet been publicly identified, the newspaper reported. Crosses set up in front of the building identified two of the victims as Danail Mladenov and Ivaylo Popov, WBBM reported. According to a tweet from Chicago police, the incident was the result of a dispute between Marek and his neighbors, the television station reported. Police said Marek, a retired construction worker and a former president of the condominium's association, opened fire with a handgun around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, WGN reported. 'When he walked into that neighbor's apartment, there were four people at the table eating dinner. For reasons we don't yet know, he opened fire on all four of those individuals, killing them all,' Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio told the television station. After that, police said Marek went upstairs to the third floor of the condominium and fatally shot another woman. According to a police report, officers encountered Marek outside the condominium with his arms raised, the Tribune reported. He then allegedly led police to a handgun in his living room, the newspaper reported.
  • A man who claimed to have abused up to 200 Malaysian and Cambodian children has been found dead in his jail cell. CNN reported Richard Huckle, 33, considered one of Britain's worst pedophiles, died at Full Sutton prison in Yorkshire, England, on Sunday, according to the UK's Ministry of Justice. The prison is a maximum security men's prison. >> Read more trending news  BBC News reported Huckle had been stabbed to death with a makeshift knife. Authorities confirmed Huckle died but said it would be 'inappropriate to comment further while a police investigation is ongoing,' Reuters reported. Huckle was sentenced to 22 life sentences for abusing children between 6 months and 12 years old between 2006 and 2014. BBC News reported he was arrested in 2014 at England's Gatwick Airport in 2014 following a tip from Australian authorities.
  • The family of a black woman who was shot and killed by a police officer while watching her 8-year-old nephew in her own home over the weekend has called for an independent investigation into the shooting. >> Read more trending news  Fort Worth police Lt. Brandon O'Neil told reporters Sunday that the officer involved, who was not identified, failed to announce himself as a police officer before he fired the single shot that struck and killed Atatiana Jefferson, 28. The shooting happened around 2:25 a.m. Saturday after a neighbor called a non-emergency line to report her home's front door had been left open. Update 2:25 p.m. EDT Oct. 14: Police said an officer who shot and killed a Texas woman Saturday morning in her own home resigned Monday before he could be fired from the Fort Worth Police Department. Police Chief Ed Kraus said Officer Aaron Dean joined the department in August 2017 and was commissioned as a police officer in April 2018. Police placed him on detached duty after the shooting and stripped him of his badge and firearm. Kraus said Dean resigned before he could cooperate with investigators. '(Atatiana's) father called this shooting senseless and I've certainly not been able to make sense of why she had to lose her life,' Kraus said. The chief said the case is subject to an internal and a criminal investigation. He added that authorities have presented the case to the FBI because of possible civil rights violations. Officers also presented the case to Texas Rangers. Kraus and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price apologized to the community for the shooting. 'We are all heart-broken today,' Price said. 'Atatiana was a beautiful, smart, amazing young woman by all accounts who was unjustly taken from her family.' Update 12:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 14: The family of Atatiana Jefferson held a news conference Monday, days after the 28-year-old was shot and killed in her home by a Fort Worth police officer. Relatives said an agency other than the Fort Worth Police Department should investigate Jefferson's death. One of her sisters, Ashley Carr, described her as 'a smart, ambitious, kind person with a nurturing spirit.' Carr said her sister had a bachelor's degree in biology from Xavier University and that her coworkers saw her as a person of integrity. Original report: A Fort Worth police officer did not announce that he was an officer before firing a single shot striking Atatiana Jefferson, who was inside the room with the boy, Fort Worth police Lt. Brandon O’Neil said at a news conference Sunday.  “What the officer observed and why he did not announce ‘police’ will be addressed as the investigation continues,” O’Neil said in a statement. “The members of the Fort Worth Police Department share your very real and valid concerns, as do the members of this city and people across the country. This tragic loss of life has major ramifications for all involved, especially the family of Ms. Atatiana Jefferson.” O’Neil declined to answer reporters’ questions and said Fort Worth police Chief Ed Kraus plans to conduct a more in-depth news conference Monday. The family also confirmed Jefferson was watching her nephew at the time. The two typically lived with an older woman who’s been in the hospital. Jefferson’s family is seeking answers. “It’s another one of those situations where the people that are supposed to protect us are actually not here to protect us,” said Jefferson’s sister, Amber Carr. “You know, you want to see justice, but justice don’t bring my sister back.” Lee Merritt, an attorney for the family, said the officer never had time to perceive a threat.  “You didn’t hear the officer shout, ‘Gun, gun, gun,’” Merritt said. “He didn’t have time to perceive a threat. That’s murder.” Neighbor James Smith called a nonemergency line Saturday for a welfare check after noticing the lights were on and a door was open. Fort Worth police released bodycam footage soon after the incident Saturday.  Video shows officers with flashlights and guns drawn scanning the perimeter of the home. The front door appears to be open although the screen door is closed. As officers continue to walk through the property, one of them sees a person standing at a dark window and yells: “Put your hands up. Show me your hands,” before firing a single shot.  Police located a gun in a bedroom when they entered the house. Investigators did not indicate if Jefferson was holding the firearm. The officer, who has not been identified, has been placed on administrative leave. He has been with the department since April 2018. He is scheduled to be interviewed by investigators Monday.  The shooting comes less than two weeks after a white former Dallas police officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of her black neighbor inside his own apartment. Amber Guyger, 31, said during her trial that mistook Botham Jean’s apartment for her own, which was one floor below Jean’s. Merritt also represents Jean’s family. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Rest easy, California students. And later, too. California became the first state in the nation to push back the starting time for high schools and middle schools, the Los Angeles Times reported. >> Read more trending news  Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Sunday that prohibits California's middle schools from starting classes before 8 a.m., while high schools can no longer start class before 8:30 a.m., according to The Sacramento Bee, According to the new legislation, school districts must adopt the law before July 1, 2022, or sooner if districts have collective bargaining units that will allow negotiations before the deadline, the newspaper reported. “The science shows that teenage students who start their day later increase their academic performance, attendance, and overall health,” Newsom said in a statement. “Importantly, the law allows three years for schools and school districts to plan and implement these changes.” The law will be phased in over the next few years. It does not apply to optional early classes -- known as 'zero periods' -- or to schools in California's rural districts, the Times reported. Doctors advocated the later start, asserting that teenagers were not getting enough sleep due to homework loads, after-school sports and jobs, KCRA reported. Doctors said later opening bell times would allow students to get more rest and function better during the school day, the television station reported. According to the Times, an analysis of the 2011-2012 school year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed the average starting time for more than 3 million students attending high school and middle school was 8:07 a.m. Some students were required to be in class before 7:30, the report said. State Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, who authored the bill, said Newsom 'displayed a heartwarming and discerning understanding' and put the health of students 'ahead of institutional bureaucracy resistant to change.” “Generations of children will come to appreciate this historic day and our governor for taking bold action. Our children face a public health crisis,' Portantino said in a statement. 'Shifting to a later start time will improve academic performance and save lives because it helps our children be healthier.” Opposition to the law came from teachers unions and school districts that argued the time to begin classes should be determined at the local level and not mandated by the state. “We should not set the bell schedule from Sacramento,” Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, a former schoolteacher, told the Times. “Sacramento does not know best.” “Adolescents function better with more sleep, but we don’t believe that starting school later is the only path forward,” Seth Bramble, a legislative advocate for the California Teachers Association, wrote to lawmakers on Sept. 4. “A mandatory statewide school start time would be an onerous, overreaching mandate on an issue best left to local districts and their parents. The one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work in California.” In a statement, the association called Newsom's decision to sign the law 'unfortunate,' the Times reported.