Author: June Vargas

I'm June Vargas and I am an Information Officer II at the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Suicide Does Not Discriminate

The report of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington’s suicide yesterday and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell’s suicide in May are two in a long list of high-profile celebrities who have taken their own lives. It also starts discussions about the causes of, and mystery surrounding, suicide itself. Away from the bright lights and the fame, however, are hundreds…

Crushing Bad Medicine: 2017 Nationwide Health Care Fraud Takedown

A nationwide sweep that began with tips from consumers resulted in what federal officials are calling “the largest-ever health care fraud enforcement action” by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. The 2017 National Health Care Fraud Takedown, which occurred this month, was a nationwide sweep involving more than 1,000 law enforcement agents in at least 30 states.…

What You Learned on Your Summer Vacation

When we were kids, the only thing we had to worry about during summer vacation was what to do with all of that time off. As adults, we have other summer-related things to worry about—like how to keep our pets cool, how to protect our homes when we are away, how to prep the car…

The Rain is Back—So are the Cons

California had a weather event last week. And whatever the forecasters called it—Atmospheric River, Pineapple Express, La Niña—it meant that a lot of water came crashing down on California, causing floods, mudslides, avalanches, and other water-related havoc on a state that has, in the past 5 years, experienced historically low levels of precipitation. And just…

Don’t Waste Your E-Waste: Put it to Work

In 2012, the United Nations reported that in five years, the world’s electronic waste would grow by 33% from 49.7 million tons to 65.4 million tons—that’s the weight of 200 Empire State Buildings or 11 Great Pyramids of Giza. Nearly five years after that prediction, we have arrived. Of the estimated $655.8 billion the National Retail…

How One Bad Apple Can Ruin Your Day

  On July 27, 2016, Apple celebrated the sale of its one-billionth iPhone—but if you’ve experienced the “gray bar of death” or had your iPhone not respond no matter how hard you poke or swipe at the screen, you may not feel like celebrating. Welcome to Touchgate. Flickering bars and unresponsive screens are symptoms of…