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3/25/2015
“Oil refiners are gouging Californians by keeping the state running on empty so that when refineries go down gasoline prices shoot up,” said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog. “It’s time for the legislature to require that oil refiners keep another week of gasoline inventory on hand to avoid perennial price spikes...
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3/24/2015
At a California State Senate hearing on February gasoline price spikes, Consumer Watchdog issued a report finding that California oil refiners have about half as much gasoline on hand than the rest of America, creating a volatile market that leads to gasoline price spikes.
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3/24/2015
Consumer Watchdog's new report, “Price Spiked: How Oil Refiners Gouge Californians On Their Gasoline and What It Costs,” showed that Californians paid $550 million extra for their gasoline in February compared to drivers nationwide by calculating the difference between US and state prices and allotting for consumption.
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3/19/2015
State officials have stripped Blue Shield of California of its tax-exempt status, an exemption the nonprofit health insurer has held since its founding in 1939. The decision could put Blue Shield on the hook for tens of millions of dollars in state taxes each year.
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3/13/2015
Consumer Watchdog warned that a failure of the deal by Prime Healthcare to purchase DCHS, would force hospitals including St. Francis, into bankruptcy and closure: “by rejecting this bid because of this highly-charged political debate, an underserved community and its hospital will be caught in the crosshairs."
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3/12/2015
Consumer Watchdog today called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to “suspend the suicide prevention program until it is fully protective of the rights of all individuals and contains safeguards against abuse,” following a misfire in the program in Northern California. See our full report here: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/...
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3/9/2015
Santa Monica-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, said there’s another force driving up prices. According to Liza Tucker, the group’s consumer advocate, while other states have a 24-day supply of gas reserves on average, California has just a 10-day reserve.
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3/2/2015
KTVU - OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) -- Despite still relatively low crude oil prices, gas prices in California have skyrocketed in the last month, rising more than twice as much as the rest of the nation. Severin Borenstein, the chief energy economist at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business Energy Institute offers an explanation. "Oil prices...
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2/27/2015
Liza Tucker with Consumer Watchdog tells KCBS TV-2 in Los Angeles that the California Senate should issue subpoenas to Big Oil company CEO's if they don't give satisfactory answers in the upcoming hearings on the huge gas price increases across the state over the last month.
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2/19/2015
Consumer Watchdog urges Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and leaders of the California legislature to send independent inspectors to Tesoro's Martinez refinery and Exxon's Torrance refinery to verify whether companies are restricting supply to drive up gasoline prices. The two refineries represent more than 16 percent...