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News Story
3/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Attorney General Kamala Harris has investments worth as much as $1 million after her marriage last summer to Douglas Emhoff, who owns stock in dozens of companies in industries the attorney general oversees, such as technology and communications interests, according to a filing released Tuesday. Harris is a career...
News Story
3/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
California gas prices have shot up about $1 a gallon in the last month as oil refineries have been idled by a labor strike and an explosion. That's made gasoline much more expensive here than anywhere else in the nation — an average of $3.44 for a gallon of regular as of 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to price-tracker GasBuddy.com. Hawaii...
News Release
3/3/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today reiterated calls for an increase in the state’s oil reserves as Los Angeles gas prices jumped $1.03 cents in the last month, the highest in the state, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report website. Los Angeles prices at the pump for regular gas have reached $3.53 per gallon, a dollar and...
News Release
3/2/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said today that prices per regular gallon of gas in California were up an unprecedented 96 cents in the last month, nearly triple the 38-cent increase per gallon nationwide. “This is all pure profit for the oil companies,” said Consumer Advocate Liza Tucker. “The Senate has called hearings...
News Release
2/27/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa, Monica CA—Gas prices have jumped up 80 cents a gallon in California since refinery shutdowns and slowdowns began on February 1, and 17 cents in Los Angeles overnight, making just announced California Senate hearings even more urgent, Consumer Watchdog said today. “There is just no good explanation for why consumers are paying...
News Story
2/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A pair of state Senate committees will hold a joint hearing in Torrance next week to discuss the recent explosion at the ExxonMobile refinery, the response by emergency crews and the impact on the community. The Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee will meet in conjunction with the Environmental Quality Committee at Torrance City...
Video
2/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Liza Tucker with Consumer Watchdog tells KCBS TV-2 in Los Angeles that the California Senate should issue subpoenas to Big Oil company CEO's if they don't give satisfactory answers in the upcoming hearings on the huge gas price increases across the state over the last month.
News Release
2/26/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said it looked forward to working with Senate lawmakers who today set hearings for March on possible refinery price manipulation, as the group had requested. “Gas prices have gone up 70 cents so far since refineries started shutting down and it is high time we had refinery executives on the hot seat to...
News Release
2/25/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA—California refinery shutdowns and slowdowns are boosting refinery profit margins by as much as 72 percent, according to a key indicator called “crack spreads,” Consumer Watchdog said today. Crack spreads represent the price difference between what refineries pay per barrel of crude oil and what they charge for...
News Release
2/23/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today that the retail price per gallon of gas in California has soared 53 cents between February 2, when Tesoro began shutting down its refinery in Martinez, through today. A regular gallon of California gasoline now costs an average of $2.96 a gallon. Consumer Watchdog has twice written state...