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News Release
7/21/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON -- Google trimmed its spending on federal lobbying in the second quarter of 2016 by 8.2 percent from the year before to $4.24 million, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, but still significantly outspent other tech and communications giants. Google spent $4.62 million, million on...
News Story
7/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
By tying together multiple independent electrical grids in the West, California could meet its goal of generating 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources and save consumers and businesses up to $1.5 billion a year by 2030, according to a new report. The report was released by the Folsom-based California Independent System Operator, which...
News Story
6/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO >> Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he has reached a deal with lawmakers on proposed legislation to improve transparency and make other reforms at the embattled California Public Utilities Commission. The proposal comes nearly eight months after the Democratic governor vetoed six bills looking to crack down on the commission,...
Blog Post
6/27/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Governor Brown and legislative leaders announced a series of agreed-upon reforms to target the corruption that's haunted the Public Utilities Comission during the Brown-era and immediately prior to it.    There are some substantive changes on the list that move the ball foward for rooting out the next corruption scandal and...
News Story
6/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Brown, lawmakers reach pact on transparency, accountability Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to significant reforms at the California Public Utilities Commission, which has been under criminal investigation over the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant and finds itself in the middle of several other controversies. The deal was announced Monday by...
News Story
6/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In a bid to end back-room deals between utility companies and their state regulators, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders proposed a sweeping overhaul of the California Public Utilities Commission on Monday, tightening ethics rules and handing some of its powers to other agencies. The commission’s leaders would need to report in public...
News Story
5/30/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. Damning documents chronicling the alleged misdeeds of regulators responsible for overseeing California’s utilities can now be found on one website. A screenshot of the website pucpapers.org. Los Angeles-based Consumer Watchdog created the online portal. It holds more...
News Story
5/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The Santa Monica consumer group that prompted an investigation into contacts by the top aide for Gov. Jerry Brown with regulated utilities earlier this year has built a searchable public database of thousands of internal emails to and from her former employer, Pacific Gas & Electric, as well as others. The emails, released under the...
News Story
5/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Advocacy organization Consumer Watchdog put forth a request to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind on May 18. The group’s request: slam shut revolving door between robot-car companies and NHTSA officials. Consumer Watchdog wants a written commitment that neither transportation bigwig will take a job...
News Release
5/25/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has launched the first searchable website with hundreds of thousands of emails and other files uncovered from corruption scandals at the California Public Utilities Commission during Governor Jerry Brown's Administration.   www.PUCpapers.org allows the public, journalists, advocates, litigators,...