Author: June Vargas

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

Cannabis Licensing Authorities Release Proposed Emergency Medicinal and Adult-Use Regulations

California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities have announced that proposed emergency licensing regulations for commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis have been posted online and are available to the public for review. The announcement was made during the Cannabis Advisory Committee‘s first meeting held November 16, 2017, in Sacramento. The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of…

Coding From a Clipboard: Life Situation Forms

The next time you visit the doctor, you might have a different type of form to fill out. They’re called life situation forms, and they are helping physicians get a more 360-degree view of your life—where you live, your financial situation, if you have kids, etc.—in order to figure out the best way help you…

Mosquitoes: Real-Life Fiction—With a Bite

San Francisco had the Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Tippi Hedren was attacked by The Birds in Bodega Bay. But those horror stories were just that—stories. Right now, there’s a real-life invasion happening in Southern California—Aedes mosquitoes have moved in—and they’re not ready to leave. Officials reported a 330% spike in mosquitoes over the past…

At the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, Military Matters!

Veterans—how would you like to turn your overseas military job into stateside employment? The Bureau of Security and Investigative Services’ (BSIS’) Veterans Come First Program can help you leverage your transferable military experience and training to meet all or part of the Bureau’s licensing qualifications in these fields: Security Guards Proprietary Security Officers Private Patrol…

Itching to Do Some Fundraising? Just Let it Grow

If you think you’re seeing more men with beards and moustaches during the month of November, you’re not imagining things. Since 2003, every November is also Movember, the month when men grow beards and ‘staches to raise funds for projects in the areas of men’s mental health, suicide prevention, prostate and testicular cancers. You don’t…

Sleep Tight and Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite? Right.

They hide during the day. They feed at night. Their food source is blood—preferably human, definitely warm. They’ve been around for centuries. Vampires? Think smaller. Think bedbugs. According to the 2017 Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List by Atlanta-based Orkin, the Los Angeles region (L.A., Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties) ranked as the…

Hot off the Press: The Fall 2017 Consumer Connection Magazine

Tiny houses, flu shots, backpacks, and water conservation—what do they all have in common? They’re all the subjects of articles in the fall 2017 issue of the Consumer Connection magazine! The fall issue offers information on: A new office created specifically to help students in need after private school closures Your right to your prescription…

Beyond Making the Grade: How to Spot Stress in Your Kid

Back to school means new adventures, new things to learn, reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. Not so bad, right? Not so fast. In today’s world, kids are more stressed than ever, and back to school pressures may only compound it. Can parents tell? Not always. Sometimes kids and teens reach out; sometimes…

Good News for Advocates of Suicide Assessment and Prevention Training for Psychologists

A bill passed in the California Senate today that may help licensed psychologists save lives. Assembly Bill 89 (Levine), sponsored by the State Board of Psychology, passed in the California Senate today. If signed into law, the bill will, effective January 2020, require applicants for licensure as psychologists to prove he or she has completed…

Diabetics Gain More Protection From Bad Actors Thanks to AB 602

People affected by diabetes received some good news this week when Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Assembly Bill (AB) 602 into law. The law, which takes effect immediately, helps protect the health and safety of patients with diabetes by prohibiting pharmacies from selling or distributing counterfeit or improperly stored test strips and glucose meters.…

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