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2/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
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...
News Release
1/12/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – State Senator Robert Hertzberg (San Fernando Valley) must disclose the clients he represents at his second job with a Los Angeles law firm to assure the public no conflict of interest exists, or will develop, between his public duties and private responsibilities, wrote Consumer Watchdog in a letter to Hertzberg today....
News Story
1/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group asked Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles) on Monday to disclose all of his clients as an attorney with a law firm to determine whether he has a conflict of interest in pushing a proposal to revamp corporate taxes in California. “With SB 8, you have proposed a drastic change to California’s tax system, targeting some...
News Story
1/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Sen. Bob Hertzberg took an unusual step shortly after being elected to the California Senate in November, announcing he would moonlight as an attorney at a Los Angeles law firm while serving as a full-time legislator. Now a consumer group is demanding that Hertzberg disclose the clients he represents at the Glaser Weil law firm, saying the...
News Release
12/15/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Oakland, CA – The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog released a report chronicling the tactics California oil companies are likely to use to undermine implementation of climate protection laws and warned state officials they include artificially hiking the price of gasoline. “In addition to unprecedented lobbying and campaign contribution...
News Story
11/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California lawmakers racked up more than $4 million in campaign credit-card charges during the first 18 months of this election cycle. Some ate in five-star restaurants and reported holding meetings in nightclubs and an amusement park. They bought fruit baskets and wine as gifts. They went to Las Vegas, Hawaii and international destinations. As...
News Story
9/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Supporters of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative to increase medical malpractice awards blasted a Los Angeles County supervisor Monday for scheduling a board vote to oppose the measure after a group he founded accepted a $75,000 donation from opponents. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas called for the vote Tuesday, three months after the...
News Story
2/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Senate President Introduces Placeholder Bill, But Both Sides Gear Up For Initiative Democrats in Sacramento have strong ties to both trial lawyers and the medical industry. But even efforts by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg may not avert an upcoming campaign fight over medical malpractice suit payouts. Steinberg on Friday introduced SB...
News Story
2/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Efforts to stop website from collecting online data face political pushback, tech issues SACRAMENTO -- At a legislative hearing last week, state lawmakers grilled credit card companies and retailers about their efforts to protect consumer data from breaches like those at Target and Neiman Marcus stores. But consumer advocates said no amount of...
Blog Post
11/12/2013
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
I'm truly humbled. It was a big deal when, 25 years ago this month, you and other California voters joined with me to pass Proposition 103, the toughest auto insurance regulation in the nation. But I had no idea exactly how big. Today, in downtown Los Angeles, the Consumer Federation of America released the findings of a new report: Prop 103...