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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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9/28/2016
By Lynn Walsh, KNSD NBC TV-7 San Diego, CA
A bill requiring doctors to check the state’s narcotics database before they prescribe controlled substances for new patients was signed into law this week. California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill Tuesday that would also require doctors to annually check the state database, called CURES, if the course of narcotic treatment continues...
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9/28/2016
EDITORIAL - By EAST BAY TIMES Editorial Board
Restoring public trust in the California Public Utilities Commission should have been Michael Picker’s primary mission when he was appointed president by Gov. Jerry Brown nearly two years ago. Instead he appears to have not taken steps to address issues that were the trademark of his predecessor, Michael Peevey. Based on a scathing...
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9/28/2016
By George Avalos, BAY AREA NEWS GROUP
California lawmakers say they will push for extensive reforms — including a possible amendment to the state Constitution — after efforts to revamp the troubled agency failed in the recently concluded legislative session. Pressure to overhaul the PUC has intensified after several key reforms came up short. The state...
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9/28/2016
By Gary Peterson, EAST BAY TIMES
Bob Pack was doing what dads do: watching football on a late Sunday afternoon. His kids, Troy, 10, and Alana, 7, were doing what kids do: short-circuiting their father’s best-laid plans. So Pack did what really cool dads do. “The kids were getting rambunctious and making a lot of noise,” recalled Carmen Pack, Bob...
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9/28/2016
By Staff Reporters, KTVU FOX TV-2 Oakland, CA
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - A family whose two children were killed by a drug-impaired driver won a battle to change California law. Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 482 into law Tuesday. The new law will require all doctors to check a statewide database to ensure patients are not receiving excessive amounts of prescription drugs. For Bob and Carmen...
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9/28/2016
By Daniel Ross, TRUTH-OUT.ORG
In a region known for being among the worst nationally for its air quality, plans are marching briskly forward on a proposed integration project that will combine operations at two sprawling oil refineries near Southern California's Long Beach area, expanding it into the single largest oil refinery by far on the nation's West Coast. The...
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9/27/2016
By Justin Kloczko, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL
More than a year and multiple failed preliminary approval hearings later, the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water hasn't refunded the almost $50 million it agreed to settle with class members as a result of overcharging customers on their utility bills because of faulty billing software. Now attorneys involved in the matter say refunds...
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9/27/2016
By Patrick McGreevy, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Faced with a spike in opioid overdose deaths, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation requiring all prescribers to check a state database to see whether their patients have also received drugs from other physicians. Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said patients will be prevented from doctor shopping to get excessive numbers of...
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9/27/2016
By Tracy Seipel, MERCURY NEWS
SACRAMENTO — Almost 13 years after a driver hooked on prescription painkillers drove into Bob Pack’s two young children on a sidewalk, killing them both, the Danville father on Tuesday finally got the call he has been waiting so long to receive. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 482, which will require doctors to...
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9/27/2016
By Staff Reporters, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California doctors will be required to check a database of prescription narcotics before writing scripts for addictive drugs under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed Tuesday that aims to address the scourge of opioid abuse. The measure attempts to crack down on a practice known as "doctor-shopping," in...