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News Story
8/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
This November 4 will be the second anniversary of the passage of Proposition 1, Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial water bond, a measure that fishing groups, California Indian Tribes, grassroots conservation groups and environmental justice advocates opposed  because they considered it to be a water grab for...
News Story
8/24/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A new report by Consumer Watchdog digs into Governor Jerry Brown’s questionable ties to big energy companies. Occidental, Chevron and NRG, all with business before the state, donated $9.8 million to Brown’s various campaigns, causes and initiatives and to the California Democratic Party since he ran for governor. “It is eye-...
News Story
8/24/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. Liza Tucker Consumer Advocate with Consumer Watchdog discusses their new report that highlights the Brown administration’s coziness with energy companies. Read more: Brown’s Dirty Hands  
News Story
8/23/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
FEATURING LIZA TUCKER – The state of California is considered a leader in the fight against climate change. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has positioned himself as a “climate change warrior,” signing bills to promote renewable energy. But, a new report by the group Consumer Watchdog has found a disturbing link between concessions...
News Release
8/17/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Testifying before a state panel investigating California’s high gas prices, oil-trading company Vitol blamed ExxonMobil’s lack of transparency for the record 2015 gas price spike. Brad Lucas, a West Coast trader for the company, stated, “if there was more transparency around what was going on with refinery...
News Story
8/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the most powerful corporate lobbying group in Sacramento, continued to dominate the lobbying spending in Sacramento in the second quarter of 2016.  "If you can count on anything, it’s WSPA (Western States Petroleum Association) throwing down some serious cash on lobbying," said...
Video
8/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog presented in front of the Petroleum Market Advisory Committee on California's high gas prices. Jamie Court showed that high prices are the result of market power caused by just 4 companies controlling 78% of California's refining.
News Story
8/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
On a cloudy Sacramento day in 2001, a low-level aide to then-Gov. Gray Davis secretly met a representative of the Oracle Corp. software company, accepting a $25,000 check for Davis’s re-election fund. Just a few days earlier, Oracle had received a $95 million software contract to update state computers. The sequence later became emblematic...
News Story
8/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In over 30 years of covering fish, water, conservation and environmental justice in California, this is one of the most significant and disturbing reports about regulatory capture and “play to pay" politics I have ever read. Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based consumer organization, on August 10 released an alarming report claiming...
News Story
8/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Governor's office says his environmental record makes advocacy group's claims 'cuckoo' A Santa Monica consumer group is criticizing Gov. Jerry Brown for his ties to utilities and other companies reliant on fossil fuels, linking almost $10 million in contributions from 26 oil, gas and power companies to decisions by Brown...