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Billy Bob Henry writes:

There are HUNDREDS of jobs that require getting a license- including chiropractors, auto technicians, hair cutters, nurses, lawyers, doctors, physical therapists, real estate-and every single person in CA that needs to get a license is in a public database. They are all online- all you have to do is look on the CA homepage web site.

He’s likely referring to this link for the California Department of Consumer Affairs. That state agency sets minimum standards of competency for more than 100 business and 200 professional categories.

My question was, what if those jobs that don’t require state licenses were also so transparent? Would you feel better served if you could research the educational background of your salesperson, weathercaster or blogger?

But let’s move on. My background — which, by the way, you won’t find in a public online database, unless you count search-engine sites like ZoomInfo — has in recent years been as a freelance journalist, writing for San Diego news publications on topics including education, real estate, finance, high-tech, biotech, health care and a smattering of other business-related issues. While I’m no educator/banker/engineer/scientist/doctor, my expertise lies in research. So if you have a San Diego news item you’d like more information on, let me know and I’ll see what I can dig up.

JENNIFER McENTEE

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