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News Release
11/2/2016
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA — With Election Day rapidly approaching, a new animated short can help Californians make informed decisions when they vote on the seventeen statewide propositions on the ballot. Created by Consumer Watchdog as a non-partisan resource for easy sharing, “Who’s Behind the Props?” explains the ballot measures...
News Release
10/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica, CA -- Drug companies poured $22 million more into their campaign to stop drug pricing reform Proposition 61 after Wall Street began to query the companies about losing the election. For the first time, Proposition 61 was mentioned in an earnings call by a major drug company on October 18th. On the call, Goldman Sachs analyst Jami...
Video
9/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Protestors supporting Prop 61 on the November ballot in California spoke out against Mylan's greed by jacking up the price 500% on it's EpiPens and profiteering by a former Dean at USC.
News Story
1/3/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
With four tax initiatives on track for the November ballot, California voters are going to have to decide how much is too much. A pair of competing measures to extend 2012's expiring Proposition 30 tax hikes, a plan to boost the tobacco tax by $2 a pack and an initiative to put additional taxes on property valued at $3 million or more are all...
News Story
9/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
September 3, 2015 -- With no fanfare, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Tuesday a bill co-authored by Santa Monica Assembly member Richard Bloom that raises the filing fee for State ballot initiatives from $200 to $2,000. The original fee was set in 1943. Bay Area Assembly member Evan Low, AB 1100’s other author and like Bloom a Democrat,...
News Release
9/2/2015
Posted by Eddie B
Santa Monica, CA – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed misguided legislation hiking the ballot initiative filing fee to $2,000 from $200 that will do nothing to stop frivolous initiatives but will undermine the public’s right to direct democracy, Consumer Watchdog said today.   Prompted by an unconscionable initiative, which was later...
News Story
9/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
One aims to ward off problematic ballot measures by raising the cost of filing Gov. Jerry Brown signed 14 bills into law Tuesday, including measures that will increase the cost of filing a proposed ballot initiative from $200 to $2,000 and align city elections with statewide votes in areas of low participation. Low initiative fees were blamed for...
News Story
8/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog urged the California State Assembly Monday to defeat a bill co-sponsored by former Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom that would hike the ballot initiative filing fee from $200 to $2,000. AB 1100, co-sponsored with Evan Low, D-Campbell, has been approved by the State Senate and is awaiting a vote by state...
News Release
8/17/2015
Posted by Eddie B
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today it was disappointed that the California Senate passed AB 1100, by Evan Low, D-Campbell, and Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, and decided that hiking the ballot initiative filing fee to $2,000 from $200 was more important than protecting the public’s right to direct democracy. Prompted by an...
News Story
8/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
For $200, Californians with varying ideas can propose a measure that might wind up on the ballot. One current proposal would call California’s chief executive president instead of governor. Another would mandate displaying the state flag more prominently at a variety of events and public buildings, including above the U.S. flag when they...