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News Release
7/11/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Sacramento, CA — Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch oppose Assembly Bill 398, brokered by Governor Jerry Brown to extend California’s cap-and-trade program past 2020, as a massive giveaway of billions of dollars to the oil and gas industry that fails to rein in one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in...
News Story
7/8/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The New York Times didn’t mention that “America's de facto leader on climate change” received $9.8 million from oil, gas and utilities, often within days of winning big favors, since he ran for Governor, according to a report released by the the Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog last August: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org...
News Release
7/6/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—As Governor Brown challenges the Trump administration today on climate change by issuing a sweeping invitation to a global “climate action” summit in San Francisco, Consumer Watchdog is challenging the Governor to hold the summit in Northern California’s Richmond or in Southern California cities like...
News Story
7/5/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
While in Beijing, Gov. Jerry Brown publicly promoted the fight against climate change. Just as important was the quiet attendance of AES, a major builder of fossil-fuel power plants in California. Was the governor making plans to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, or was he making deals to build more climate-warming natural gas plants? Unfortunately,...
News Release
6/27/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today called on the Public Utilities Commission to require disclosure of any communications about new, unnecessary natural gas-fired power plants in Southern California made during Governor Jerry Brown’s recent trip to Beijing to tout clean energy. The trip, during which energy company executives...
News Story
6/25/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
When President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, California elected officials were immediate leaders in the reaction, promising to forge ahead regardless of what Trump might do. They were building on an existing infrastructure of 175 subnational entities committed to fighting climate...
News Story
5/25/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Fair Political Practices Commission on Thursday approved a $300 penalty against Nancy McFadden, the former Pacific Gas & Electric executive who serves as Gov. Jerry Brown’s top adviser. Commissioners approved the fine without debate on a unanimous vote despite the objections of Consumer Watchdog, the Santa Monica advocacy...
News Release
5/24/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to reject staff recommendations for minor fines against the Governor’s top aide Nancy McFadden and the Democratic Party, and to reopen the cases and interview witnesses not contacted. The FPPC meets tomorrow to decide the matters. The...
News Story
5/16/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, CA -- California's political oversight agency has found that a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown failed to disclose sales of stock holdings and that two of the governor's campaigns did not properly account for nearly $3 million in donations. The Fair Political Practices Commission announced Monday the governor's executive...
News Story
5/15/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Democratic Party has agreed to pay $3,500 in fines for mishandling a pair of six-figure contributions, but state investigators stopped short of accusing party officials of laundering donations from the oil industry to the 2014 reelection effort of Gov. Jerry Brown. The findings released Monday by the state Fair Political Practices...