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News Release
1/31/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Public Demands Davis Keep His Word to Protect Ratepayers and Taxpayers Dozens of citizens, outraged at Governor Gray Davis' support for a multi-billion dollar utility industry bailout, gathered with buckets outside his Los Angeles office to demand he reject a utility bailout and rate increases. Simultaneous demonstrations were held at the...
News Release
1/30/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Public Demands Hertzberg Speak for Public, not Utilities, in Sacramento Dozens of citizens, outraged at Speaker of the Assembly Robert Hertzberg's support for a multi-billion dollar utility industry bailout, gathered with buckets outside the Speaker's office to demand 'Bailout Bob' stop carrying the water for the utilities and represent the...
News Story
1/25/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Irvine World News A campaign finance reform effort that emerged last summer with much controversy resurfaced this week when the City Council voted unanimously to form a committee to study the current ordinance. The committee, made up of Mayor Larry Agran and Councilman Greg Smith, will identify which areas of the city's conflict-of-interest code...
News Story
1/16/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
San Diego Union-Tribune A legal battle over two competing campaign finance measures on the November ballot in Vista isn't over yet. The measure sponsored by the City Council got the most votes, and attorneys for both sides in the dispute say it will remain law for now no matter what a three-judge appeals court rules. But yesterday, the 4th...
Feature
1/1/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
"If a society is in trouble, the solution is not less democracy; it's more." - John Dewey What is the Problem? Citizens have little or no influence over social or public policy. Powerful interests, rather than citizens' needs, dictate politics. The initiative process, once a powerful tool of democracy, has been misused by special interests and...
Feature
1/1/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Charter Amendment The ________ City Charter shall be amended by the addition of Article __, to read as follows: ARTICLE __. TAXPAYER PROTECTION Section __. Title This Article shall be known as the City of ________ Taxpayer Protection Amendment of 2000. Section __. Findings and Declarations (a) The people of the City of ________ ("City") find...
Feature
1/1/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
What It Is The Taxpayer Protection Amendment (TPA) prevents a conflict of interest between public officials and those with whom these officials do business. Specifically, the TPA prohibits a public official from receiving campaign donations, gifts or employment from anyone benefiting from the official's discretionary actions (i.e. awarding public...
Feature
1/1/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Use the sample below and write a letter to your Assemblymember today to ensure they support the critical reforms in AB 1236. If you are unsure who your representative is, visit www.assembly.ca.gov, or check the front of your local phone book! ******** SAMPLE LETTER TO YOUR LEGISLATOR The Honorable ________ California State Assembly P.O. Box...
Feature
1/1/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Require petitions to contain a notice to the voter indicating whether the circulator is paid or a volunteer. Disclose top 3 campaign contributors (major donors of $50,000 or more) on the face of petitions. Contributors would be identified using a name or phrase which clearly indicates their economic or other special interest. Voters want and...
News Story
12/7/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
As candidates ready for local elections and financial stakes grow in these races, City Council members take action to oppose campaign finance reform initiative.Pasadena Weekly Just days before last week's candidate filing deadline closed for the Pasadena City Council race in March, council members unanimously opposed a campaign finance reform...