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Keeping Politicians Honest
Blog Post
11/30/2011
Posted by Moira Dhaliwal
We elect our representatives on the good faith that they are working in the best interest of the general public. However, as publicized by a "60 Minutes" piece, both parties of Congress apparently trade stocks based on inside knowledge and get away with it.  Studies (Bainbridge and Siobrowski, Cheng and Boyd) research...
Video
11/23/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Doug Heller discusses why CA state senators avoid questions about exotic trips funded by special interest groups on KTTV TV-11 Los Angeles, CA.
Blog Post
10/6/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
Occupy Wall Street has now drawn the attention of the labor movement, political cognoscente and the White House.  It’s an authentic movement, born of genuine financial distress and betrayal, which is why it is resonating with Americans and is sparking protests in cities across America. But can Zuccotti Park, the occupiers’...
Blog Post
9/10/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
The clock ticking down on the last night in the California statehouse is always a lot like waiting for last call at a rowdy bar around 2 AM -- you wonder how much damage will done before the last shot.  For years my colleagues and I have stood watch on the California legislature,into the wee hours of the morning, to make sure that...
News Story
1/13/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Responding to a recent outcry over the perception that developers who help finance city lawmakers have an inside track to having their projects approved, Santa Monica City Councilman Kevin McKeown recently asked for the consideration of a policy that will make public any campaign contributions by anyone who wishes to build in the city. McKeown...
News Release
1/12/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
Santa Monica, CA -- In a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday, Consumer Watchdog asked Brown to add a petroleum extraction tax or fee to his state budget, bringing the state an additional $1 billion or more in annual revenue to soften draconian cuts.   “An extraction tax, of the type that every other oil state in the U.S. collects,...
News Story
1/7/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) overstepped its constitutional authority in issuing a memorandum to health insurance companies on how to handle consumer complaints about autism treatment, a state judge ruled Dec. 30 (Consumer Watchdog v. California Department of Managed Health Care, Cal. Super. Ct...
News Story
12/23/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
It'll be a little more upscale than the impromptu dinner at a Chinese restaurant where Jerry Brown celebrated his first swearing-in as California governor three decades ago — but maybe not by much. Brown, who takes back the office on Jan. 3, won't be holding an extravagant inaugural ball and raising eye-popping sums to...
News Story
12/16/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
The satellite TV giant agrees to pay state governments $13.25 million and reimburse customers who claimed the company did not adequately explain price policies. DirecTV Inc. has settled misleading-advertising complaints, agreeing to pay state governments $13.25 million and reimburse customers who claimed the company did not adequately explain...
News Story
12/14/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Six-figure salaries for members of obscure panels draw scrutiny Former Sen. Denise Ducheny The recent appointment of former state Sen. Denise Ducheny of San Diego and two other ex-lawmakers has rekindled criticism about the value of some obscure state boards — particularly one that pays members six-figure salaries....