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News Story
9/26/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The state Senate recently OK'd the governor's pick — a longtime aide who helped fire other regulators for trying to stop oil companies from polluting California's groundwater. For years, Gov. Jerry Brown has cultivated the image of a global environmental leader. But in reality, many California environmentalists say Brown's...
News Release
9/22/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — The California Senate completed Governor Jerry Brown’s consolidation of the California Public Utility Commission in the hands of three of his closest former aides and two of his former appointees, guaranteeing half a decade of influence by the utility-friendly Governor long after he leaves office, Consumer Watchdog...
News Story
9/18/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Gov. Jerry Brown’s two latest nominees to the California Public Utilities Commission were confirmed by state lawmakers in the closing hours of the legislative session despite a campaign to stop one of the nominations. The confirmations of Commissioners Clifford Rechtschaffen and Martha Guzman Aceves were announced Saturday by commission...
News Story
9/13/2017
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
There is just one reason lawmakers try to push through rewritten bills in the final days of the California Legislature’s session each and every September: It’s because they know the more scrutiny the proposals get, the less chance they have of passage. That’s a contemptible, undemocratic rationale. Now — with Friday’...
News Release
9/11/2017
Posted by Jamie Court
Sacramento, CA – Consumer Watchdog today wrote the California Senate that a proposal backed by Governor Brown for a regional electricity market would allow Donald Trump’s appointees to invalidate California ratepayer and environmental protection laws. The last-minute legislation has the backing of some of the same corporate...
News Story
8/27/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Senate Rules Committee voted 3 to 0 on August 23 to confirm Governor Jerry Brown’s nomination of Clifford Rechtschaffen and Martha Guzman Aceves as commissioners on the California Public Utilities Commission, but Senate leaders said the two have serious questions to answer before the confirmation is put to...
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8/25/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Porter Ranch residents are up in arms over possible appointment of PUC commissioner Cliff Rechtschaffen.
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8/24/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Porter Ranch residents affected by the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak demand answers from Rechtschaffen during his PUC confirmation hearing at the State Senate.
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8/24/2017
Posted by Connor
Cliff Rechtschaffen faced an uphill battle during his confirmation hearing when Porter Ranch residents voiced their opposition after his handling of the Aliso Canyon methane gas leak.
News Release
8/23/2017
Posted by Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA --  Public interest groups are urging the California Senate Rules Committee to demand answers about oil and gas well safety breaches from Governor Brown’s top oil and gas aide and to not confirm him to the Public Utilities Commission without them. The groups called upon Senate leader Kevin de Leon and the Committee not to...