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Blog Post
12/6/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
The following op-ed commentary by Consumer Watchdog's President Jamie Court, appeared in the Sacramento Bee on December 2, 2016.   The California Democratic Party recently announced that it would no longer accept political contributions from Big Oil. Bravo. This is a positive step forward, especially as the state investigates the party...
News Story
12/5/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A Northern California lawmaker reintroduced legislation Monday intended to reform the state utilities commission, the powerful regulatory panel that has been under criminal investigation since 2014. The bill from state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would impose a series of changes at the California Public Utilities Commission that failed to...
News Story
12/2/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Democratic Party recently announced that it would no longer accept political contributions from Big Oil. Bravo. This is a positive step forward, especially as the state investigates the party’s alleged funneling of millions in oil and energy company contributions to Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2014 re-election campaign – an...
News Release
11/29/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Advocates from Consumer Watchdog testified today at the California Energy Commission’s Petroleum Market Advisory Committee (PMAC) that California drivers are still paying 50 cents more than US drivers as oil refiners continue to reap double their historical profits.   The nonprofit public interest group called...
News Story
11/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy group contends that California refiners are holding down gasoline production to inflate prices at the pump. California gasoline prices remain at least 50 cents a gallon higher than in other areas of the country even though a major Southern California refinery that was mostly shutdown throughout 2015 is back...
Video
11/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates say consumers should be prepared for gas prices to jump up again due to another fire at the Exxon Torrance refinery, which is causing outages.
News Story
10/30/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Even in the midst of the heated presidential campaign, two news stories about alleged corruption in California government managed to draw significant headlines and public attention. One came when the state auditor issued a call for significant changes in procedures at the Public Utilities Commission, which sets rates for almost all electricity...
News Release
9/28/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA—Governor Brown’s call today for the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to use existing authority to enact more reforms rings hollow upon close inspection of his role in derailing major reform on the last day of the legislative session, Consumer Watchdog said today. Brown used the occasion of signing five PUC reform...
News Story
9/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In a region known for being among the worst nationally for its air quality, plans are marching briskly forward on a proposed integration project that will combine operations at two sprawling oil refineries near Southern California's Long Beach area, expanding it into the single largest oil refinery by far on the nation's West Coast. The...
News Story
9/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s campaign finance watchdog agency is looking into allegations the state’s Democratic Party funneled millions of dollars from oil and energy companies to high-profile politicians, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2014 reelection campaign. “It was a laundry machine for dirty energy contributions to the Brown...