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News Story
3/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
State ethics panel is looking into whether Nancy McFadden failed to report the sale of stock in PG&E. The state's ethics watchdog agency has opened an investigation into whether Nancy McFadden, a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown, failed to properly report the sale of stock in Pacific Gas & Electric Co., where she worked before joining the...
News Story
3/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — The state’s political watchdog commission will investigate whether a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown failed to properly disclose her stock in her former employer Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint last week with the Fair Political Practices Commission, asking for an investigation into whether...
News Story
3/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's political watchdog said Thursday it is opening an investigation into whether a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown properly disclosed her stock holdings in Pacific Gas & Electric Corp, but declined to launch an investigation into a more serious allegation that her holdings posed a conflict of interest. The...
News Release
3/24/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Following an ethics complaint filed by Consumer Watchdog against the Governor’s top aide, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has opened an investigation into Nancy McFadden’s failure to report the dates and times of stock sales in PG&E, her former employer, while having inside information into the...
News Story
3/24/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s campaign finance watchdog will investigate whether a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown accurately disclosed the status of her stock holdings in a major utility. Earlier this month, the group Consumer Watchdog alleged in a complaint that Brown executive secretary Nancy McFadden had violated conflict-of-interest rules for not recusing...
News Story
2/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Gas prices are expected to jump on Friday in southern California, but the rest of the country's increase should be more seasonal and incremental. Southern California's gas prices are expected to jump as much as 37 cents per gallon on Friday, but it should not be a bellwether for the nation. The prediction comes from Consumer Watchdog, a...
News Story
2/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California gas prices have dropped 31 cents in the past month. Over the weekend, they could go up by that much. Californians have been getting a break at the pump. "Lowest I've seen in years. I hope it don't go back up," said Al Wong, a driver. It's become a tradition, as oil refinery switch from the...
News Story
2/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As corporate profit reports rolled in this winter from the gasoline refining industry, the case for gas price gouging grew steadily stronger. Start with the profits of the largest refiners operating in California. Then proceed to strange activities by an oil tanker, Exxon Mobil’s SR American Progress. Close with hard figures provided by the...
News Story
2/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocate says California paid $10 billion dollars more for gas than the rest of the country partly because of the movements of a “mystery tanker.” Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court says his organization tracked the Exxon oil tanker “American Progress” along with other ships and made didn’t like what...
News Story
2/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Collusion among California oil refiners “artificially inflated” pump prices in a move that enabled oil companies to make a “killing” in the wake of an explosion last winter at ExxonMobil’s Torrance refinery, nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog alleged Tuesday. Jamie Court, president of the Santa Monica-based group,...