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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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8/24/2016
By Sandy Wells, KABC 790AM NEWS RADIO (Los Angeles, CA)
A new report by Consumer Watchdog digs into Governor Jerry Brown’s questionable ties to big energy companies. Occidental, Chevron and NRG, all with business before the state, donated $9.8 million to Brown’s various campaigns, causes and initiatives and to the California Democratic Party since he ran for governor. “It is eye-...
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8/24/2016
By Lyle Adriano , INSURANCE BUSINESS AMERICA
State Farm has agreed to reduce the average overall rates it charges California’s wholesale, retail, and service businesses by 4.0% after it was challenged by Consumer Watchdog for proposing rate increases on businesses' liability and property insurance. The insurer also agreed not to raise the rates paid by professional offices....
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8/23/2016
Host: Sonali Kolhatkar - RISING UP - KPFA Public Radio (Berkeley, CA)
FEATURING LIZA TUCKER – The state of California is considered a leader in the fight against climate change. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has positioned himself as a “climate change warrior,” signing bills to promote renewable energy. But, a new report by the group Consumer Watchdog has found a disturbing link between concessions...
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8/23/2016
By Staff Writers, CENTRAL VALLEY BUSINESS TIMES
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has approved rate reductions for a number of State Farm commercial policies that he says will bring millions of dollars in premium savings for tens of thousands of small businesses, farm owners, apartment owners, and condo associations across the state. "These State Farm commercial rate reductions...
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8/23/2016
By Erin Baldassari, EAST BAY TIMES (Oakland, CA)
CONCORD -- The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog agency is questioning the removal of key privacy protections in a bill that would allow testing of a driverless shuttle in Contra Costa County. Consumer Watchdog advocate John Simpson said the agency is most concerned that the lack of stringent privacy protections would set a bad precedent as more...
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8/22/2016
By Alex Hern, THE GUARDIAN UK
As Google and Uber trial prototypes, the future of fully driverless cars and safer roads should come sooner than anyone thought – but they’re in no mood to rush Sitting in the passenger seat of Google’s self driving car is a less bizarre experience than sitting in the driving seat, but it’s still unsettling. In the streets...
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8/19/2016
By Shirley Siluk, NEWSFACTOR NETWORK
Just months after its public launch, the self-driving truck startup Otto has been purchased by the ride-hailing giant Uber for an undisclosed amount. According to a Bloomberg estimate, the deal could be valued at about $680 million. Uber, whose "anyone-can-be-a-cabbie" business model has already shaken up the taxi industry, is also...
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8/19/2016
By Karen Kidd, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RECORD
SANTA MONICA – A more than 13 percent increase in health insurance premiums for 2017 announced by Covered California hasn't prompted any action from California lawmakers or voters, an industry spokeswoman said during a recent interview. "There is no active legislation on this topic," Nicole Kasabian Evans, spokeswoman for...
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8/18/2016
By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS
Washington — Ford Motor Co.’s ambitious declaration that it will have a fully driverless car by 2021 will require big changes in federal and state laws to clear the way. Company executives said Tuesday they plan in the next five years to build fully autonomous cars — without a steering wheel or brake or accelerator pedals...
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8/18/2016
By Jordan Golson, THE VERGE
Uber will use Volvo’s cars for its next stage of self-driving development Uber and Volvo have entered into an industrial partnership to collaborate on autonomous car development, the two companies announced today. The deal will see Volvo sell 100 cars to Uber by the end of the year (a few have been delivered already) along with a longer-term...