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News Story
5/25/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Fair Political Practices Commission on Thursday approved a $300 penalty against Nancy McFadden, the former Pacific Gas & Electric executive who serves as Gov. Jerry Brown’s top adviser. Commissioners approved the fine without debate on a unanimous vote despite the objections of Consumer Watchdog, the Santa Monica advocacy...
News Release
5/24/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to reject staff recommendations for minor fines against the Governor’s top aide Nancy McFadden and the Democratic Party, and to reopen the cases and interview witnesses not contacted. The FPPC meets tomorrow to decide the matters. The...
News Story
5/16/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, CA -- California's political oversight agency has found that a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown failed to disclose sales of stock holdings and that two of the governor's campaigns did not properly account for nearly $3 million in donations. The Fair Political Practices Commission announced Monday the governor's executive...
News Story
5/15/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Democratic Party has agreed to pay $3,500 in fines for mishandling a pair of six-figure contributions, but state investigators stopped short of accusing party officials of laundering donations from the oil industry to the 2014 reelection effort of Gov. Jerry Brown. The findings released Monday by the state Fair Political Practices...
News Story
5/15/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Democratic Party will pay $3,500 in fines for reporting violations, but was largely cleared of headline-grabbing allegations that it illegally funneled large donations from oil companies to Gov. Jerry Brown’s re-election campaign. The Fair Political Practices Commission opened its probe after Santa Monica-based Consumer...
News Story
4/29/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission denied access once again to scores of communications that it exchanged with Southern California Edison, the office of Governor Jerry Brown, and others over the ratepayer shakedown to cover the shuttering of a flawed Southern California nuclear power plant. The CPUC is illegally withholding...
News Story
4/26/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The day after then-Sen. Barbara Boxer called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Southern California Edison’s handling of the San Onofre nuclear plant, utility executive Michael Hoover sent an urgent email to another company official. “We have a small window of opportunity to work with parties to implement a shutdown in...
News Story
4/26/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
By Daily Press Editorial Board The California Public Utilities Commission and the public’s right to know will collide on Thursday when the CPUC will vote on a staff recommendation to withhold and redact documents related to the now closed San Onofre nuclear power plant on the Southern California coast. According to Consumer Watchdog, San...
News Story
1/5/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Notwithstanding the fact that DWP kept the lights on in Los Angeles while Enron left the rest of the state in the dark back in 2000, there are a number of people who believe the city-owned utility sucks big time and is in dire need of a major overhaul. Among them is Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court, who says Angelenos are no better off that...
News Release
1/3/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- The LADWP’s pledge to give customers a bill of rights is a step forward, but the LADWP remains in need of a major bureaucratic overhaul, Consumer Watchdog said today. “These are common sense reforms that should be standard business practice and shouldn’t need a board of commissioners’ vote,” said...