Author: June Vargas

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

Your Hairdresser or Barber Can Save Your Life!

Your hair professional really can save your life—and we’re not talking about making you look younger or being able to squeeze you in for that last minute emergency ‘do. He or she can spot a potential and very dangerous health risk: Melanoma. Why? Because when they cut your hair every 4–6 weeks or so, they…

Stan Lee Needs a Superhero!

For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, today is a banner day: it’s the day when the long-awaited Avengers: Infinity War, makes its debut in theaters across the U.S. And, just like in all of the previous Marvel films, legendary comic creator Stan Lee will make a cameo in the movie—something that fans always look forward…

Outsmarting Disaster BEFORE “The Big One” Hits

For years, people who live in inland California say that one day they’ll have beachfront property when the “Big One” hits. Is that so far from the truth? The problem is, no matter how much equipment and advanced technology geologists and seismologists use to track plate activity, they can only keep an eye on it—nobody…

Why Sasha Fierce Should Worry About Her Bite

Twitter went off the charts and the Beyhive—Beyonce’s dedicated fan base—went wild after comedian Tiffany Haddish let it slip during an interview with GQ Magazine that she allegedly saw someone bite Queen Bey on the face at a post Jay-Z concert after party in December. #WhoBitBeyonce is the biggest mystery of 2018 so far, and…

The Crack of the Bat, the Roar of the Crowd, and Ways to Stay in the Game

Yesterday was Opening Day 2018 for Major League Baseball (MLB), and the list of MLB players on the injured list is already long—25 for the Oakland A’s, L.A. Dodgers, L.A. Angels, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants combined. How can there be so many injured players on the list on the first day of…

P.S.: I Love Your House

Writing a love letter can give you an edge in the multi-offer real estate universe No matter what time of year it is, the housing market in California is hot—especially in the Bay Area, where prospective buyers submit offers that are tens of thousands of dollars over the asking price to beat out the competition.…

Listen Up! Dial Down the Decibels

Ever since the Sony Walkman made its debut in the 1980s, there have been pros and cons about the effect that headphones and volume can have on a person’s hearing. However, rocking out to a Walkman, with its distorted sound and funky, over-the-ear headphones is child’s play compared to the complex, high-fidelity sounds that are…

Tax Season Means Open Season—On You

The official tax season began yesterday, and along with it open season on you—it’s time for tax scammers to try to fool you into sending them money, give them your personal information, or take your tax refund. Or all three. In response, the Federal Trade Commission has identified January 20–February 2 as Tax Identity Theft…

The Tax Code’s Red Glare

You’ll probably hear the sound of fireworks at the stroke of midnight on January 1, but something else happens at midnight that’s causing plenty of fireworks without any sound at all. In less than a week the new tax system will go into effect. The sweeping legislation, official name H.R. 1 (115), is the first…

Put it on Your Reading List: The Winter 2017 Consumer Connection Magazine!

Happy holidays from the staff of the Consumer Connection magazine! The last issue for 2017 is filled with articles about everything from hormone replacement therapy to power poses, seniors and technology, football helmets, liquid cremation, and much more! Our cover story features the Bureau of Cannabis Control and the preparations it is making to begin…

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