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News Release
10/1/1998
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Consumer Advocates Call It Payback for ROSEMEAD, CA-- Supporters of the citizen backed utility rate reduction initiative, Prop. 9 today delivered a live bull and its manure to the headquarters of Edison International, the chief opponent of Proposition 9. Edison is under attack from consumer groups for funding a misleading advertising campaign...
Feature
10/1/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Proposition 9 -- sponsored by FTCR, The Utility Reform Network, Consumers Union and The Public Media Center -- would have provided consumer protections and rate relief from the California deregulation law. The initiative was opposed by the state's three utilties, which spent $40 million against the measure, as well as the state Democratic and...
News Release
9/25/1998
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Santa Monica--In a special report, the Sacramento Bee confirmed that California voters are being duped by electric utility company ads against Prop. 9. In their "Campaign '98 ADWATCH," (see attached copy) the Bee debunks the primary claims made in the anti-Prop. 9 ads which are paid for by the three private utilities -- Edison, PG&E and SDG...
News Release
9/24/1998
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Insurance Remains Unaffordable to Many Due to the Commissioner's Lack of Implementation and Enforcement of Proposition 103 A new report released today by the Proposition 103 Enforcement Project shows that California Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush's failure to implement and enforce Proposition 103 is costing consumers billions of...
News Release
9/17/1998
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SANTA MONICA--Hundreds of volunteers from the Oaks Project gathered in San Diego, Santa Monica and San Francisco today to launch the grassroots effort to educate voters, gain support and recruit more volunteers for the campaign to pass Proposition 9. Consumer advocates and volunteers denounced the $28 billion bailout of the utilities under the...
News Release
9/17/1998
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Second Major Defeat for Insurer-Quackenbush Legal Team This Year In yet another legal defeat for the alliance of Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush and the insurance industry, today the California Supreme Court denied review of the case of Proposition 103 Enforcement Project v. Quackenbush, making that case final. In that case, a unanimous...
News Release
9/16/1998
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Petition Calls for Rate Reduction of at Least $100 to $150 million Based upon a petition filed by the Proposition 103 Enforcement Project, a consumer watchdog organization, California Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush has granted a hearing to require Allstate to lower its auto insurance rates at least 10% to 15%. The Project's petition...
News Release
9/14/1998
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U.S. Senate to Vote Wednesday on While the country is pre-occupied with the details of President Clinton's infidelity, the insurance industry is taking advantage of this national distraction to make a final push for a national "no fault" auto insurance system in the United States Senate. Deceptively named the "Auto Choice Reform Act," Senate...
Archived Article
9/2/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Carol Stephens - Buena Park, CA As told by her sister, Janet Einwalter: My sister, Carol Ann Stephens, tragically died from two major stokes, four months after tests that had revealed carotid blockages went unnoticed in her patient file. After Carol's initial stroke, a test revealing carotid blockages on both sides of Carol's neck was placed,...
News Release
8/13/1998
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Poll Shows 57% Of Voters Support Prop 9 A preliminary analysis of Proposition 9 by the California Energy Commission indicates that the measure's passage will dramatically cut electric rates for California consumers. The report states that the passage of Prop 9 will result in "residential prices in 1999 fall[ing] from 24 to 37 percent from 1997...