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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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2/18/2015
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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2/17/2015
By David R. Baker, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
America's long holiday at the gas pump has come to an end, with prices finally rising after seven months of steady decline. And in California, they're starting to soar. The state's average cost for a gallon of regular gasoline has jumped 36 cents since the end of January, reaching $2.79 on Monday, according to GasBuddy.com. Prices are...
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2/8/2015
By Kim Smuga-Otto, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Even seated, Mary Haynes' body is perpetually in motion. Her torso lurches side to side when she speaks, while Mike Tossy's body is noticeably still. His eyes dart around, but his head rarely turns.     Both Haynes and Tossy suffer from Parkinson's disease -- a neurodegenerative disorder affecting nearly a million...
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2/6/2015
By Kevin Smith, SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE
A consumer group is urging state officials to investigate Tesoro’s decision to close its refinery in Martinez while steelworkers at the plant participate in a national strike. Liza Tucker, a consumer advocate with Consumer Watchdog, said taking the Golden Eagle plant offline will cut California’s crude oil refining capacity by 8...
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2/6/2015
By Wendy Davis, THE DAILY ONLINE EXAMINER
Late last year, when Oracle announced it had reached a deal to purchase Datalogix, a targeting shop known for connecting offline purchases to online ads, some privacy advocates quickly raised the alarm. “Through the data it gathers on what we buy, and with its relationship with Facebook and other powerful marketers, Datalogix consists of a...