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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.

News Story
7/2/2015
By Greg Lindenberg, CSP DAILY NEWS - CSPNET.COM
BERKELEY, Calif. – Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog delivered a letter earlier this week at a meeting of the California Energy Commission (CEC), which is charged with investigating gas-price manipulation. The letter included analysis showing that since the end of May, California's largest oil refiners have engaged in “...
News Story
6/30/2015
By Lookout Staff, SANTA MONICA LOOKOUT
Santa Monica-area state Assemblyman Richard Bloom should drop his bill to hike the fee for filing a state ballot initiative to $2,500, after the California Attorney General’s Office tossed out a proposal that triggered the bill, a local consumer’s group said. The call by Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog came after Attorney General...
News Story
6/30/2015
By Kevin Smith, SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE
Oil refiners are gouging California motorists by charging branded stations an average of 30 cents more a gallon for gasoline than unbranded stations, a consumer advocacy group said Tuesday. Consumer Watchdog delivered its analysis at a meeting with the California Energy Commission Petroleum Market Advisory Committee in Berkeley. The Santa Monica-...
News Story
6/30/2015
By Staff L.A. Biz, BIZJOURNALS.COM
High gas prices in California are being "manipulated" by oil refiners, a consumers' group believes. The group, "Consumer Watchdog," presented its analysis to the California Attorney General today that it says proves the state's largest oil refiners have used "unprecedented price manipulation to keep California...
News Story
6/30/2015
By Tiffany Hsu, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Major oil refiners are artificially hiking gasoline prices throughout California by charging branded gas stations an average of 30 cents a gallon more than what independent stations pay -- the biggest price gap in years, according to a consumer advocacy group. Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog plans to present its report Tuesday...
News Story
6/28/2015
By David McCabe, THEHILL.COM
It has been a quiet first two weeks for net neutrality. While the Federal Communications Commission’s new rules governing Internet providers like utilities are now in effect, consumers are unlikely to have noticed. And so far, just a single complaint has been filed against an Internet provider for violating the net neutrality order’...
News Story
6/23/2015
By Tracy Seipel, MERCURYNEWS.COM
SACRAMENTO -- As millions of Americans nervously await the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on a key provision of the health care law -- whether or not federal subsidies are legal in 34 states that don't run their own insurance exchanges -- California's newly insured can breathe a bit easier. Even if the court rules in favor of the...
News Story
6/23/2015
By Jeremy B. White, THE SACRAMENTO BEE
California Attorney General Kamala Harris does not need to advance a widely reviled ballot initiative authorizing the murder of homosexuals, a Sacramento Superior Court has ruled. The Sodomite Suppression Act has been condemned across the political spectrum. It has prompted both legislation seeking to raise the initiative filing fee and a debate...
News Story
6/23/2015
By Kenny Goldberg, KPBS RADIO NEWS
Prescription drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in California. A bill in the state legislature, SB 482 (Lara), aims to reduce the problem. It would require doctors to check a state database before prescribing schedule II and schedule III drugs to a patient for the first time. Drugs included in these categories include...
News Story
6/22/2015
By Cheryl Miller, THE RECORDER
SACRAMENTO — A privacy advocacy group says the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday in California v. Patel could make cities' efforts to collect information about short-term housing renters illegal. In Patel, the high court struck down a Los Angeles law that allowed police to view hotel guest registries without a warrant. John Simpson...