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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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8/19/2017
By Steven Overly & Ashley Gold, POLITICO
By setting itself up as a gatekeeper against racism, Silicon Valley could weaken its arguments against legislation that targets other harmful online content The tech industry’s crackdown on racism could complicate one of its biggest fights in Congress, where Silicon Valley is lobbying hard against legislation aimed at weeding out other...
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8/18/2017
By Colleen Slevin, ASSOCIATED PRESS
DENVER -- Colorado's transportation agency began using a driverless truck on Friday that is designed to protect highway work crews from oncoming traffic. The truck is officially known as an Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle, but it is not really autonomous like the self-driving cars being tested around the country. Instead, the truck is...
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8/15/2017
By Tom Elias, VENTURA COUNTY STAR
Depending on how things go in a scheduled Aug. 23 state Senate confirmation hearing on Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest choice for a seat on the powerful state Public Utilities Commission, many millions of consumers could face both health risks and higher-than-necessary electric, gas and water bills for the next six years. That’s the length...
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8/15/2017
By Kenny Goldberg, KPBS San Diego, CA
The Trump administration’s decision to give health insurers until Sept. 5 to file their 2018 rates will not have an effect in California. That is because California insurers have already announced plans to raise rates an average of 12.5 percent next year. But premiums could go up even more, depending on what President Trump decides to do...
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8/9/2017
By Steve Lopez, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Do regulators in California have your back when utilities or industries run amok, or when there’s a threat to public health in your neighborhood? We’d all like to think so, but there’s a long history of coziness between regulators, industry titans and politicians. So you’d have to be a hopeless optimist, or a very trusting...
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8/4/2017
By Matthew Glasser & Angie Crouch, KNBC TV-4 Los Angeles, CA
Young children play in the back yard under the shade of an avocado tree. The kids dig holes while their grandfather makes homemade guacamole. It's a scene that's played out at the Mariz family home in Maywood for years. But no more. "They found lead throughout my front yard but not as bad as the backyard. The backyard is worse,...
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8/2/2017
By Jovana Lara, KABC TV-7 Los Angeles, CA
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A new report by Consumer Watchdog suggests Gov. Jerry Brown showed favoritism for Sempra Energy, the parent company of SoCalGas. Kathleen Brown, the governor's sister, sits on the board of directors of Sempra Energy. Consumer advocates said she and Sempra have benefited financially from decisions made by state regulators...
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8/1/2017
By Tom Jackman, THE WASHINGTON POST
The Senate on Tuesday introduced an amendment to a law that protects the hosts of websites from liability for content posted by others to go after sites such as Backpage.com that have been criticized for facilitating child sex trafficking. The legislation, along with a similar bill in the House, sets the stage for a battle between...
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8/1/2017
By Brenda Gazzar, PASADENA STAR-NEWS
Jane Fowler says she’s crippled with fear over Southern California Gas Co. resuming injections at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility near her home. The Granada Hills resident has endured headaches and nausea in recent years, she said, that would vanish when she distanced herself from the underground storage field, site of the...
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8/1/2017
By Jeff McDonald, THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
One day after Sempra Energy’s regulated natural gas utility announced it had reopened the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage plant, a Southern California consumer activist group raised new questions about the San Diego energy giant’s close ties to Gov. Jerry Brown. The Governor’s Office rejected the groups’ report as old and...