Michael Finney answers your consumer questions

7 On Your Side's Consumer expert Michael Finney answers your questions, every weekday on ABC7 Mornings. Submit your video questions and tune in at 6 a.m.

Michael Finney and the 7 On Your Side team will be at Fremont Street Eats this Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Come meet Michael and ask your consumer questions!

There are lots of ways to Ask Finney -- Share your video questions using #AskFinney, use the form on this page, or email us at askfinney@kgo-tv.com. We want to hear from you!



Michael Finney answered these questions:

Question 1:
Julie L. emailed: I understand the green sticker limit has been reached and the DMV is accepting applications should more stickers be issued. What is the likelihood that they will actually issue more stickers?

Answer:

Julie, it doesn't look likely soon. The legislature ended its session without taking action on those popular green stickers. The stickers allow electric hybrids to drive solo in carpool lanes. You can still sign up through the DMV and get on a wait list, which is long right now. The white stickers have no limits, which can be used by electric vehicles and those running on alternative fuels.

Question 2:
Scott B. asks on Facebook: My restaurant bill had something on it called "S.F. mandates." What is S.F. mandates?

Answer:
In San Francisco, employers must provide health care coverage for their employees. Some restaurants add a surcharge to pay for that mandate. That is legal as long as the customer knows about the charge before ordering and all the money collected goes to health care in San Francisco.

Question 3:
Catherine D. from San Lorenzo emailed: Is the California Earthquake Authority a reputable company to get insurance from?

Answer:
Catherine, the CEA provides most earthquake insurance in the state. It is a nonprofit, run by the state government with private money. It offers basic policies.

You can't buy directly from CEA, but, rather through insurance companies that are members. You must have homeowners or renters insurance to get CEA earthquake insurance.
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