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6/30/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court
Berkeley, CA --- At a meeting of the state commission charged with investigating gas price manipulation, Consumer Watchdog delivered an analysis showing that since the end of May California’s largest oil refiners have engaged in unprecedented price manipulation to keep California gasoline prices artificially high using their leverage over...
News Release
6/25/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged Assemblymembers Evan Low, D-Campbell, and Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, to withdraw a proposal that would hike the ballot initiative filing fee to $2,500 from $200 after a court effectively halted an unconscionable initiative that prompted the bill. A Sacramento Superior Court on Tuesday said...
News Release
6/23/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Covered California has successfully lobbied the federal government to delay public disclosure of qualified health plan rate change proposals for 2016, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter to Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, Consumer Watchdog said that residents of every other state now have access...
News Release
6/22/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A U.S. Supreme Court decision today striking down a Los Angeles Ordinance allowing police to check guest registries at motels and hotels at any time as unconstitutional supports Consumer Watchdog's position that a warrant must be required before data from home sharing networks like Airbnb is turned over to authorities...
News Release
6/18/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber, (310) 526-0746; Eddie Barrerra (310) 392-0522 ext. 309
Santa Monica, CA – A California bill will implement the recommendation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s injury prevention report card that states require doctors to use state prescription drug databases as one of ten key factors to prevent injury deaths. “Drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury death in America, but...
News Release
6/18/2015
CONTACT John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The California Department of Motor Vehicles has reversed its policy and today said it would release accident reports about crashes involving self-driving cars that are being tested on public roads. “It took too long, but the DMV is now getting right,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy...
News Release
6/16/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today that despite an amendment lowering the final amount, an Assembly bill to hike the ballot initiative filing fee still creates too high a hurdle for citizen access to the initiative process. AB 1100, by Assemblymembers Evan Low and Richard Bloom, would raise the fee citizens must pay to submit a...
News Release
6/15/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Laura Antonini
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to enact rules that would require Internet companies known as “edge providers”, such as Google and Facebook, to honor Do Not Track requests sent from a consumer’s web browser. New rules protecting net neutrality and reclassifying...
News Release
6/11/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA - Oil companies exported more gasoline from the West Coast to foreign nations in the month of December 2014 than ever in the nation’s history, according to Energy Information Administration data analyzed by Consumer Watchdog. The exports came just one month before California experienced a “supply crisis” that has...
News Release
6/10/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Governor Jerry Brown to remove Matthew Jacobs, Chairman of the Board for the California Housing Finance Agency, after he began evicting longtime tenants in order to convert their rent-controlled housing into luxury condos. In a letter to the governor, Consumer Watchdog said it’s...