Home › In The News

In The News

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
2/5/2016
By Mark Noack, MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE
If there's one priority for self-driving cars upon which everyone can agree, it's safety. Google and other manufacturers are quick to tout the autonomous vehicles as a way to prevent around 33,000 U.S. deaths and many more injuries from auto-related crashes each year. But for all the triumphs of autonomous cars, regulators and consumer...
News Story
2/5/2016
By Anita Chabria, THE GUARDIAN UK
The oil industry targeted business-friendly Democrats in the legislature to kill parts of a bill mandating a 50% reduction in gasoline use in the state by 2030 The oil industry spent more than $10m lobbying state lawmakers in a massive push to kill California climate change legislation last year, new disclosures have revealed. Much of the money...
News Story
2/4/2016
By Melanie Mason & Jeff McDonald, LOS ANGELES TIMES
SACRAMENTO, CA -- State legislators are calling for a major overhaul of California's utilities regulator by striking it from the state Constitution and reassigning its sprawling portfolio in the wake of a series of controversies, including the natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) said his measure would...
News Story
2/4/2016
By Alison Noon, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California lawmaker said Wednesday that he will seek to bypass Gov. Jerry Brown and ask voters to break apart California's utilities regulator following allegations of wrongdoing. Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, said the California Public Utilities Commission as it is currently known would cease to...
News Story
2/4/2016
By Larry Mantle, AIR TALK - KPCC 89.3FM Pasadena, CA
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. California is the car capital of the world. It’s also becoming the self-driving car capital of the world. Companies from Google to Tesla have used the Golden State as their base to produce and test their autonomous vehicles.The technology is still being fine-tuned, but...
News Story
2/3/2016
By Paige St. John & Alice Walton, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Prosecutor accuses Southern California Gas Co. of failing to quickly report release of noxious fumes Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday was charged with failing to immediately notify state authorities about the natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon. L.A. County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey filed four misdemeanor criminal charges against the company,...
News Story
2/1/2016
By Michelle Leung, THE DAILY CALIFORNIAN
In March 2014, Google fell under fire for scanning emails in Apps for Education, a collection of online tools and services that include Google Drive and Google Mail. Now, nearly two years later, four UC Berkeley students and alumni filed a lawsuit against Google Inc. on Wednesday, alleging that UC Berkeley emails were the target of such data...
News Story
2/1/2016
By Sharon McNary, KPCC 89.3FM SoCal Public Radio
The heads of three California energy agencies say they are concerned Los Angeles could run short of the natural gas it needs to generate power over the coming hot summer months if  a massive underground gas field is shut down. The heads of the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, and the California...
News Story
1/31/2016
By Staff Reporters, EAST COUNTY NEWS SERVICE
January 31, 2016 (San Diego) — “The worst environmental disaster in California history is continuing to occur without any investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC),” says Raymond Lutz, founder of Citizens Oversight in El Cajon.  Now, Citizens Oversight has filed a petition along with Consumer...
News Story
1/30/2016
By Don Bauder, SAN DIEGO READER
Consumer Watchdog to be Sempra Energy's unwanted hound from hell San Diego attorneys Mike Aguirre and Maria Severson have joined with Santa Monica–based Consumer Watchdog to demand that Southern California Gas, a subsidiary of San Diego's Sempra Energy, be completely open with the public on matters related to the gas leak at the...