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Blog Post
3/3/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Arnold's Public Utilities Commission (PUC) earned a zero in customer service yesterday when they passed a set of weak rules and tried to pass them off as cell phone consumers' rights. The plan won't protect cell phone users from any of their biggest complaints --- spotty service, confusing billing, deceptive advertising or exorbitant fees. The...
Blog Post
8/26/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
While the Gov's been spending all of his energy fundraising at a world record clip, what's happened to Californians' energy? Gasoline prices are at an all time high and oil companies' profits are at world record highs. Schwarzenegger's barely mentioned the word gasoline, let alone articulated a single idea about how to lower prices. But Arnold has...
Blog Post
5/9/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In a Power Point presentation unveiled today, the Gov introduced plans to create a centralized state Energy Department that, among other things, will take away oversight for elements of California's energy infrastructure from the Constitutionally independent Public Utilities Commission. Governor Hiram Johnson, to whom Arnold often compares himself...
Blog Post
5/6/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When ChevronTexaco announced its purchase of Unocal on April 4th, Arnold Watch noted that the purchase was a bet that Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) would eventually be a major energy source for California and that Arnold would be its pitchman. (Particularly given Schwarzenegger Chief of Staff Pat Clarey's role as former Chevron lobbyist and the $222...
Blog Post
4/4/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Today's announcement of Chevron-Texaco's purchase of Unocal has a back story that could be the biggest scandal of the Schwarzenegger Administration yet. Back in July '04, some of Arnold's top brass were treated by Chevron-Texaco to an overseas trip -- it included luxury accommodations at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, Australia -- to sell the...
Blog Post
11/8/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
According to an LA Times analysis, Arnold's staff has accepted hundreds of gifts worth tens of thousands of dollars from special interests. These gifts ranged from 152 lunches to $7,818 in Kings tickets to a trip to the circus for Arnold's PR chief's family. [Note #1 to PR team: taking special interest perks is not good PR for the gov who said he'...
Blog Post
6/2/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
"Burn, baby, burn," is what one Enron electricity trader gleefully said about a California wildfire during the energy deregulation crisis. The fires, which knocked down power lines, helped push electricity prices higher. But that was one of the tamer comments found by CBS news among tapes in which Enron employees talk about shutting down...
Blog Post
6/2/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
"Burn, baby, burn," is what one Enron electricity trader gleefully said about a California wildfire during the energy deregulation crisis. The fires, which knocked down power lines, helped push electricity prices higher. But that was one of the tamer comments found by CBS news among tapes in which Enron employees talk about shutting down...
Blog Post
4/28/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In a letter to PUC Chairman Mike Peevey today, Governor Schwarzenegger announced his intention to send California back into the throes of energy deregulation, putting as much as a quarter of the electricity system in the hands of unregulated power companies and unregulated transactions. The Governor said he supports "allowing large customers...
Blog Post
4/20/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Politicians at various times have said that government should be run more like a business. Arnold seems to think it should be run by businesses. In that spirit, the gov today named Pacific Gas & Electric to the California Energy Commission and a private energy consulting firm to be his chief energy advisor. Officially, of course, Arnold must...