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News Release
11/29/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – Advocates from Consumer Watchdog testified today at the California Energy Commission’s Petroleum Market Advisory Committee (PMAC) that California drivers are still paying 50 cents more than US drivers as oil refiners continue to reap double their historical profits.   The nonprofit public interest group called...
Blog Post
11/23/2016
By John M. Simpson
The National Highway Safety Administration has apparently bought into the hype from robot car manufacturers and has failed to take necessary steps to protect the nation’s highways. As Consumer Watchdog just told NHSA in formal comments filed with the agency about the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, voluntary guidance  is insufficient...
News Release
11/17/2016
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog wrote Mayor Eric Garcetti today that last-minute revisions to a DWP ratepayer overbilling settlement now boost attorneys’ fees 46 percent to $19 million from $13 million, but shortchange ratepayers who should be paid interest on refunds owed them for three years. Consumer Watchdog pointed out that while...
Video
11/16/2016
Consumer advocates say consumers should be prepared for gas prices to jump up again due to another fire at the Exxon Torrance refinery, which is causing outages.
News Release
11/10/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to enact Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards covering autonomous vehicles, saying that a lack of enforceable performance standards covering the vehicles "threatens the safety of the nation's highways." In conjunction with...
Blog Post
11/9/2016
By Jamie Court
The balance of power in American politics shifted fundamentally yesterday. I know it’s tough for all of us to wrap our minds around. The fact is what we do in the way we do it is needed more than ever today. We stand up to corruption in government and industry so people aren't so disaffected. If ever the world needed the Consumer...
News Release
11/9/2016
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Angelenos who voted down Measure RRR delivered the message to the largest municipal utility in the country that they will not stand for the dysfunctional Department of Water & Power policing itself, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Angelenos just voted for more DWP accountability for $44 million in customer billing...
News Release
11/8/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber, Harvey Rosenfield & Todd Foreman
Santa Monica, CA – The landmark insurance reform passed by California voters on Election Day twenty-eight years ago is paying off again today. Over 1.7 million State Farm homeowners, condo owners and renters will collectively receive more than $100 million in refunds and save $156 million per year in premiums under an order issued late...
Blog Post
11/7/2016
By Jamie Court
Bernie Sanders came to Los Angeles’s Pershing Square today to tell Californians not to be deceived by the $130 million drug companies have spent against Prop 61’s controls on California drug prices. “Drug companies are spending over $130 million to defeat this initiative and to make certain the people of California and the...
Blog Post
11/7/2016
By Jamie Court
Adding to chorus of overbilled ratepayers urging more accountability at LA DWP, a new LA Times report shows the city’s so-called “ratepayer advocate” wrote himself a five year contract extension into Charter Measure RRR at $280,000 per year, roughly $40,000 more than the Mayor makes, and failed to disclose the self-dealing in...