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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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2/25/2015
By Wendy Lee, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
People who post suicidal thoughts on Facebook can be flagged by their friends and kicked off Facebook until they read about suicide prevention. When people write about harming themselves on Facebook, their friends can ask Facebook to review the post because it’s “hurtful, threatening or suicidal.” A team of Facebook employees...
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2/22/2015
By Bradley J. Fikes, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
The main architect of California's groundbreaking 2004 stem cell initiative has proposed a $100 billion international bond program in life sciences, to speed up research and clinical testing of disease therapies. The program would be focused on stem cells and genomics. Bob Klein, a real estate developer who spearheaded the creation of the...
News Story
2/20/2015
By Staff Reports, KNX 1070 AM - Los Angeles, CA
LOS ANGELES — A Southland consumer advocacy group called for an investigation Friday into alleged price manipulation at the pump after a sharp jump in local gas prices following an explosion at a Torrance refinery. Spot gas prices in Los Angeles have risen 25 cents per gallon since Tuesday’s blast and ensuing fire at the ExxonMobil...
News Story
2/19/2015
By Staff Writers, CLASS ACTION REPORTER
Health Net used bait-and-switch tactics to enroll Californians into its inferior health plans under the federal Affordable Care Act, a class claims in court. Rebecca Lehman, of Los Angeles County, and Heather Womick, of Orange County, filed the complaint on December 19 in Los Angeles Superior Court against Health Net of California Inc., and its...
News Story
2/18/2015
By Victoria Pelham, THE DESERT SUN
The advocacy nonprofit organization Consumer Watchdog is calling for government officials to audit ten California hospitals recently fined for errors that placed their patients in “immediate jeopardy” of serious injury or death, including John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital. The California Department of Public Health last week penalized...
News Story
2/18/2015
By John Schreiber, MY NEWS LA
An explosion and fire at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance Wednesday could mean bad news for motorists who may wind up paying a higher price at the pump. The explosion “most likely will contribute to upward pressure on (gas) prices,” Marie Montgomery of the Automobile Club of Southern California told City News Service. “If...
News Story
2/18/2015
By Tiffany Hsu, LOS ANGELES TIMES
An explosion Wednesday morning at the Exxon Mobil Corp. refinery in Torrance is compounding concerns that limited oil refining capacity in California could push up fuel prices. Fire and police officials said a “second-alarm fire explosion” occurred at the Torrance facility  and closed Del Amo Boulevard between Maple Avenue and...
News Story
2/18/2015
By Dennis Romero, LA WEEKLY
The explosion this morning at an ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance came at a bad time for fuel prices. After a benevolent winter of relatively low rates, wholesale gas prices have nearly doubled since mid-January, says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. If ExxonMobil shutters the Torrance facility, its only...
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2/18/2015
By Staff Writers, CENTRAL VALLEY BUSINESS TIMES
State officials should send independent inspectors to verify oil company claims that the shutdown of two refineries in California were really necessary, says the group called Consumer Watchdog of Santa Monica. In a letter Wednesday to the governor, the state attorney general and lawmakers, Liza Tucker and Cody Rosenfield of Consumer Watchdog say...
News Story
2/18/2015
By Staff Reporters, SPUTNIK NEWS
Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director claims that public trust in US technology companies will be weakened by reports suggesting that the NSA embedded spyware on computer hard drives around the world. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Public trust in US technology companies will be weakened by reports suggesting that the...