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Consumer Watchdog explains how oil companies are purposefully keeping refinery inventories very low to gouge Californians at the pump.
As Labor Day weekend approaches, Californians are paying 88 cents more than the national average due to oil refiners keeping our state's inventory low enough to gouge us at the pump, says Consumer Watchdog.
Labor Day CA Gouging Gap At Pump Rises To $5.3 Billion Since February: Oil Refiners Exporting Amid Gasoline Supply Shortage
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – A new analysis by Consumer Watchdog shows Californians have paid $5.3 billion extra for their gasoline due to the higher amount Californians are charged than the rest of the nation since February. As Labor Day weekend approaches, Californians are paying 88 cents more than the national average. The analysis shows...
Governor Signs Misguided Bill Creating Another Financial Hurdle For Public’s Access to Direct Democracy, Says Consumer Watchdog
CONTACT Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed misguided legislation hiking the ballot initiative filing fee to $2,000 from $200 that will do nothing to stop frivolous initiatives but will undermine the public’s right to direct democracy, Consumer Watchdog said today. Prompted by an unconscionable initiative, which was later...
By Jamie Court
Covered California Chief Peter Lee has claimed that the state doesn’t need health insurance premium regulation because Covered California is a tough negotiator with the health plans. A study out yesterday casts doubt on that proposition as researchers reported that Covered California health insurance plans have among the narrowest...
By Carmen Balber
The future of the Earth, and California's dependence on Big Oil, could be determined in these last three weeks of the Legislative session. That’s one of the reasons we launched Capitol Watchdog, our new project to pull back the curtain on corporate corruption in the Capitol. These are some of the questions that will be...
Gas prices are down in the rest of the nation, but in California is seeing very little relief at the pump. Jamie Court explains why.
By John M. Simpson
Many of us worry that companies with an abundance of cash and a willingness to use it can unfairly influence elections and politicians. Google — or do we call it Alphabet these days — has demonstrated a willingness to throw around big bucks to achieve its goals, but two researchers have shown how the Internet giant poses an even...
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SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to amend its Autonomous Vehicle Regulation to require that police investigate any crashes of robot cars being tested on public roads. In addition the DMV should require that any data and video gathered by a robot car just before and during a...
Consumer Watchdog Asks NASA to End Special Drone Testing Deal With Google Giving Internet Giant Unfair Advantage Over Competitors At Taxpayer Expense
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today asked NASA’s Inspector General to end a special NASA-Google deal to test unmanned drones over private land because it gives the Internet giant an unfair market advantage over competitors, and because the benefits to taxpayers are unclear. “NASA should suspend this special arrangement with...