Author: June Vargas

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

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…

Is Burial Dead?

New Law Gives Californians an Additional Option to Go Out Green Has traditional burial gone the way of cassette tapes, answering machines, and phone booths? Not yet, but it may be heading in that direction. According to the National Funeral Association, in 2015, consumers chose traditional burial over flame cremation for the first time in…

Droids for Grandma!

When the first Star Wars movie was released in May 1977, the thought of having a droid or robot as a companion was still an idea that was far, far away. However, as Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters today, having a droid, or robot, around the house is now a real thing.…

Extended Warranty? Retailers Bet You’ll Buy One…

When spinning the roulette wheel of gift giving and buying this year—or at any time of year, really—when you’re purchasing an electronics product, cell phone, computer, or appliance, you may get asked this question at the register: “Do you want to purchase an extended warranty?” Oh, the pressure. Retailers are betting that you will, because,…

Feel Like You’re Coming Down With a Cold or the Flu? Hold Off on Buying Out the Drugstore

The January 2018 issue of Consumer Reports hit the stands last week, and in the cover story, “How to Survive the Cold and Flu Season,” the magazine’s editors issue a stern warning to consumers for this year’s cold and flu season: Instead of overloading on over-the-counter (OTC) cold and flu meds at the first sign…

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…

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