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5/17/2016
By Jamie Court
Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik recently took on the "drug money" against a November ballot measure to require the state to pay the lowest price available for prescription drugs, which is the Veterans Administration prices.    Drug companies have put up $100 million against the effort by the AIDS Healthcare...
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4/27/2016
By Jamie Court
It's probably hard to feel the sting of state gasoline prices, that are 70 cents per gallon above US prices, when you are in an ivory tower.  Perhaps that's why some of the academics on California Energy Commission's Petroleum Market Advisory Committee (PMAC) are taking a slow train to recommendations about how to fix the...
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4/20/2016
By Jamie Court
Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and that goes for blackout threats too.   The California Senate Energy, Utilities & Commerce Committee has set an oversight hearing for May 10th to ask state energy regulators about last week's controversial report that absent Aliso Canyon's gas storage there would be blackouts this summer in...
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3/31/2016
By Harvey Rosenfield
Los Angeles mourns the passing of one of this extraordinary city’s most extraordinary men, Bill Rosendahl. Most Angelenos know him as the City Councilman who represented Venice, Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades between 2005 and 2013, where he was a passionate champion of the 99%, including the 1% – the homeless people for whom even...
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3/23/2016
By John M. Simpson
The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminsitration (NHTSA) says it will hold public meetings about self-driving robot car technologies after a coalition of consumer groups sent a letter to Transportation Secretary  Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Adminsitration Mark Rosekind calling for public involvement as new polices are developed. “Your...
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3/22/2016
By John M. Simpson
The  unprecedented deal between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and 20 automakers to voluntarily make automatic emergency braking systems standard on their cars by 2022 actually undercuts auto safety.  As Congress said in 1966, when it created NHTSA: ‘The...
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3/13/2016
by Jamie Court
California public officals are not allowed to participate in decisions in their public office when they have an financial interest in the outcome. Evidence uncovered in wake of the PUC public corruption scandal fingers Governor's Brown top aide, Nancy McFadden, for doing just that.   Emails between former PUC president Michael Peevey and...
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12/22/2015
By Jamie Court
It’s with tremendous sadness that I need to share with you that Consumer Watchdog board member and our great friend Kathy Olsen passed away this weekend.  Kathy was one of the most generous and kind people I ever knew. She gave so much of herself and of her family to fight for greater safety for all patients and greater accountability...
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11/13/2015
By John M. Simpson
One thing is for certain when it comes to the Internet giant, whether you now refer to it as Alphabet or still call it Google.  The folks from Mountain View are adept at spouting self-serving spin. Here's the latest example. A traffic cop stopped one of the company’s prototype pod cars for impeding traffic.  According to the...
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11/10/2015
By Carmen Balber
According to the Associated Press, Gov. Jerry Brown used public employees to investigate the potential for finding oil on his private land. Isn’t it a misuse of public funds for the governor to have the state’s oil and gas agency map and survey his personal property? The governor's office told the Los Angeles Times that...