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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

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5/27/2016
By Jeff McDonald, LOS ANGELES TIMES
The Santa Monica consumer group that prompted an investigation into contacts by the top aide for Gov. Jerry Brown with regulated utilities earlier this year has built a searchable public database of thousands of internal emails to and from her former employer, Pacific Gas & Electric, as well as others. The emails, released under the...
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5/26/2016
By Jay W. Belle Isle, LEGAL READER
Advocacy organization Consumer Watchdog put forth a request to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind on May 18. The group’s request: slam shut revolving door between robot-car companies and NHTSA officials. Consumer Watchdog wants a written commitment that neither transportation bigwig will take a job...
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5/25/2016
Melissa Burden, Michael Wayland & Michael Martinez, THE DETROIT NEWS
Sweeping legislation was introduced Wednesday in the state Senate that aims to make Michigan the nation’s leader in autonomous vehicle testing by allowing manufacturers to produce and sell self-driving cars here and clearing the way for their use on state roadways. Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake Township, introduced “broad”...
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5/23/2016
By Jeff McDonald, THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
The Santa Monica consumer group that prompted an investigation into Gov. Jerry Brown’s top aide’s contacts with regulated utilities earlier this year has built a searchable public database of thousands of internal emails to and from her former employer, Pacific Gas & Electric, and others. The emails, released under the California...
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5/22/2016
By Patience Haggin, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Wearables at work allow employers to track productivity and health indicators—and pose tricky privacy issues Wearable electronics, like the Fitbits and Apple Watches sported by runners and early adopters, are fast becoming on-the-job gear. These devices offer employers new ways to measure productivity and safety, and allow insurers to track...
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5/20/2016
By Ann Carrns, THE NEW YORK TIMES
SOME consumers who bought universal life insurance policies decades ago are now facing premium increases in the double-digit percentages to maintain the policies. The policyholders have limited options, since finding affordable replacement policies would probably be difficult now that they are much older. The increases are drawing the attention...
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5/18/2016
By Elizabeth Aguilera, KPCC 89.3 FM Pasadena, CA
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control is reviewing a number of its decisions to take no further action regarding potential environmental contamination, with a specific focus on cases involving two senior agency scientists who had exchanged dozens of racially-charged...
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5/12/2016
By Curt Barry, INSIDE CAL/EPA
Environmentalists and civil rights advocates are charging that recent resignations by a host of top executives and managers at the toxics department reflects continuing dysfunction at the embattled agency and a lack of support for director Barbara Lee. "Senior managers and mid-level workhorse staff are leaving the Department of Toxic...
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5/9/2016
By Ana B. Ibarra, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
The 15-member board that monitors physicians in California Friday declared its neutrality on pending state legislation that would require doctors to notify their patients if they are put on probation for serious violations, including gross negligence, sexual misconduct and felony convictions related to the care they provide. The decision by the...
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5/8/2016
Opinion by Thomas Elias, VENTURA COUNTY STAR
Speaking to a group of crime survivors in Sacramento recently, Gov. Jerry Brown confessed a tough sentencing law he signed in the 1970s was a big mistake. "The problems I create, I can clean up," Brown declared, pitching his latest plan to reduce sentences and ease paroles for many crimes. Even as he spoke, two new charges of lying and...