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Blog Post
2/28/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Reporters covering the goings on at California's Capitol in Sacramento want a WiFi network installed in the building so they can go online to post timely blogs and articles at a moment's notice. The Capitol Correspondents Association of California said that they might be up for paying for up to half of the costs, so that the state doesn't have to...
News Story
2/28/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
I don't know diddly about how the oil industry legally siphons billions in profits from captive customers while the nation's oil-based economy teeters near calamity, but my ignorance never stopped me from having an opinion. In Northwest Arkansas, where the cost of gas and diesel fuel ranks first in the state, gasoline prices had skyrocketed from $...
News Story
2/24/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
As the price of oil jumped above $100 per barrel last week, pundits were falling over themselves to come up with explanations for the price spike. Maybe it was that oil-refinery explosion in Texas, they said. Or maybe it's because Venezuela is about to cut off oil shipments to the United States. Or maybe it's because OPEC is going to slash...
News Story
2/22/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California Sen. Sheila Kuehl introduced a bill Friday to study the structure of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine -- the agency created to distribute $3 billion in state bond funds for embryonic stem cell research -- and to require therapies from the research to help the state's neediest residents. Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, and Sen....
Blog Post
2/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Dean Calbreath in the San Diego Union-Tribune shines a spotlight today on the overt discrimination based on age, race and gender that's going on under the workers' compensation "reform" championed by the governor in 2004. Thanks to the changes, workers' compensation insurers are raking in big profits. Rather than regulating workers' comp...
News Story
2/16/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
On a recent morning, Janis Flippen called her service provider, Verizon Communications Inc., when her business voice mail went down. The operator said there was an outage but assured Flippen, who runs a Camarillo-based public relations firm, that service would be restored by 6 p.m. The outage lasted for more than half the work week. It started on...
News Story
2/15/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Voters tried to curb campaign contributions in 2000, but an extensive study by the state's elections watchdog released Thursday shows that in the years since special-interest donors have skirted those restrictions by making indirect contributions that total more than $88 million. The report by the state Fair Political Practices...
News Story
2/14/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Many elected officials will now have to explain how wining, dining and other expenses are tied to government business. SACRAMENTO, CA -- The state ethics watchdog today made it tougher for politicians to use campaign funds to enhance their lifestyles. New rules imposed by the Fair Political Practices Commission will force politicians to publicly...
News Story
2/8/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The San Jose Mercury News (California) February 8, 2008 by Steve Johnson, Mercury News ADVOCACY GROUP CLAIMS SUBTERFUGE WAS INVOLVED California's $3 billion stem-cell institute hired a public relations outfit through its lawyers in order to keep the PR firm's advice secret after the institute's new president was linked to an investigation of...
News Release
2/7/2008
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NEWS RELEASE February 7, 2008 CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-0522, ext. 317, or cell: 310-292-1902 Santa Monica, CA -- Documents detailing the California stem cell institute's involvement with a well-known "crisis management" public relations firm reveal an agency leadership worried about the state agency's image and committed to...