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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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8/18/2016
By James F. Peltz, LOS ANGELES TIMES
The top U.S. highway safety regulator, Mark Rosekind, last month said of self-driving cars: “We are literally seeing the future being created in front of us.” Uber Technologies Inc. and Ford Motor Co. this week proved Rosekind’s point. They announced plans to roll out autonomous vehicles and thus heightened a key question facing...
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8/18/2016
By Adrienne LaFrance, NIELSEN REPORTS
With the lines between media firms and tech firms blurring, coverage of the tech sector presents one of the most profound accountability challenges in modern journalism The first time I visited Facebook’s office in Washington, D.C., I was asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement. I didn’t. Then there was the time I got through an entire...
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8/18/2016
Host: Larry Mantle, AIR TALK - KPCC 89.3 FM Pasadena, CA
Click here to listen to this radio broadcast segment. A new bill has been proposed to give the Food and Drug Administration authority to test cosmetic ingredients, as well as recall products that prove to be unsafe for consumers. Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-California, and Susan Collins, R-Maine have co-authored the Personal Care Products Safety...
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8/16/2016
By Dan Bacher, DAILYKOS
The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the most powerful corporate lobbying group in Sacramento, continued to dominate the lobbying spending in Sacramento in the second quarter of 2016.  "If you can count on anything, it’s WSPA (Western States Petroleum Association) throwing down some serious cash on lobbying," said...
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8/15/2016
By Dan Bacher, INDYBAY.ORG
In over 30 years of covering fish, water, conservation and environmental justice in California, this is one of the most significant and disturbing reports about regulatory capture and “play to pay" politics I have ever read. Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based consumer organization, on August 10 released an alarming report claiming...
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8/15/2016
By David R. Baker, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Gasoline is cheap in California compared to a year ago. But it's nowhere near as cheap as it could be. Californians currently spend 49 cents more per gallon than the national average, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. For most of the last year, that difference exceeded 60 cents. Several times last summer, it topped $1...
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8/15/2016
By Thomas Elias, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
On a cloudy Sacramento day in 2001, a low-level aide to then-Gov. Gray Davis secretly met a representative of the Oracle Corp. software company, accepting a $25,000 check for Davis’s re-election fund. Just a few days earlier, Oracle had received a $95 million software contract to update state computers. The sequence later became emblematic...
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8/11/2016
EDITORIAL by EAST BAY TIMES
For the fourth consecutive year, we write this editorial. Since we started, thousands of Californians have died from prescription opioid drug overdoses. Tens of thousands have been hospitalized. And since we started, the California Medical Association has successfully blocked simple, meaningful reform that could greatly reduce the human toll....
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8/11/2016
By Ben Christopher, PRICEONOMICS.COM
Californians pride themselves on being number one. Highest population. Biggest economy. Top public university system. Most In-N-Out locations per capita. Let us count the ways in which the Golden State comes first in the nation. But in the competitive category of money spent on gasoline, Californians hold a more dubious distinction: Across the...
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8/11/2016
By Jeff McDonald, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
Governor's office says his environmental record makes advocacy group's claims 'cuckoo' A Santa Monica consumer group is criticizing Gov. Jerry Brown for his ties to utilities and other companies reliant on fossil fuels, linking almost $10 million in contributions from 26 oil, gas and power companies to decisions by Brown...