Author: June Vargas

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

Calling Out the Cult of Chlorine Dioxide

The medicine show is back in town. You know, the one where the self-proclaimed “doctor” sells bottles of cure-all off the back of his wagon to people desperately looking for help for a sickness? In the old days, the bottle usually contained a mixture of basically nothing medicinal—plus a good shot of alcohol. These days,…

Want Somebody to Love? How About Yourself?

A little self love improves both mental and physical health We all do it: Put everyone else’s needs before our own. Have a hard time telling someone “no.” Worry about what everyone thinks of you. Stop. On the day when messages of love—from little cards to candy hearts to more extravagant gestures—are being sent out,…

So Cute You Wanna Squish It!

Words like “grandma” and “aggression” don’t seem to go together. But when grandma reaches out and pinches your cheek so hard it brings tears to your eyes, it can make you think they may not be so far apart after all. Plus, why does she always do that? These days, psychologists may say that grandma may…

Conversations About the Hardest Loss

In the United States and around the world, the announcement of a pregnancy has been cause for celebration, followed by months of speculation (boy or girl?), photos, nesting, and all manner of noisy mommy/baby/new parent/grandparent celebrations. But when a baby dies before, at, or shortly after birth, the silence can be deafening. Up until a…

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…

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.…