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News Story
4/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Recently, city leaders, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Gov. Jerry Brown administration energy regulators warned of “blackouts” if Aliso Canyon’s natural gas storage remains shut. They pointed to a state report, raising the blackout threat, after which Southern California Gas Co. said it would have Aliso operating again by...
Video
4/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Harvey Rosenfield of Consumer Watchdog says some life insurance companies are not notifying beneficiaries when theyhave been designated as recipients of benefits of life insurance policies, and the companies have been pocketing the money.
News Story
4/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Thousands of Californians are owed millions of dollars in life insurance benefits and may not even know it. Now, the state Controller’s Office is trying to hand $307 million to its proper owners. State officials said beneficiaries did not know they were named in the policies, and insurance...
News Story
4/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The Takata Corp. air bag recall has become so massive that vehicle owners might wait months for repairs, which leaves many struggling to figure out how to get around in the meantime. Dealerships are paying for rental cars, but some need to be pushed into offering them, customers complain. And drivers under age 25 or with weak insurance coverage or...
News Story
4/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Energy agencies told the LA City Council on Tuesday that customers face up to 14 days of blackouts this summer in the aftermath of this year's massive methane gas leak - an assertion a consumer group calls misleading. At a Tuesday morning council meeting, The California Independent System Operator director Tom Doughty and...
News Release
4/12/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has written legislative leaders to call for answers under oath from PUC President Michael Picker and other energy regulators about why state reports misrepresented Southern California natural gas reserves and capacity to invoke the threat of blackouts if Aliso Canyon’s gas reserves are shut down. Read...
News Story
4/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
If energy agencies and utilities ever want to scare consumers, they need say little more than "blackouts." Those rolling power outages, well remembered from the state's energy crisis of 2000-01, sit at the heart of the case California energy officials are making to keep the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility open...
News Story
4/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Local advocacy groups accused state regulators Tuesday of buying in to scare tactics after a report released last week predicted 14 days of power outages and higher electricity rates in Southern California this summer if a San Fernando Valley natural gas storage facility remained offline. Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch said state...
News Story
4/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Environmentalists are challenging warnings from state energy officials that low natural gas reserves resulting from the gas leak near Porter Ranch could lead to isolated blackouts this summer. A report commissioned by advocacy group Food and Water Watch and presented by Consumer Watchdog argues that Southern California Gas Company can function...
Video
4/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch are calling for an investigation into what they say are lies and scare tactics to try to get the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility reopened.