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News Release
7/21/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON -- Google trimmed its spending on federal lobbying in the second quarter of 2016 by 8.2 percent from the year before to $4.24 million, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, but still significantly outspent other tech and communications giants. Google spent $4.62 million, million on...
News Release
7/12/2016
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- A report released today by California’s electric grid manager, the California Independent System Operator, supports utilizing a 1999 California law from the electricity deregulation era to create a Western grid.  Consumer Watchdog warned it would once again commoditize electricity, divorce the costs of generation...
News Story
6/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO >> Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he has reached a deal with lawmakers on proposed legislation to improve transparency and make other reforms at the embattled California Public Utilities Commission. The proposal comes nearly eight months after the Democratic governor vetoed six bills looking to crack down on the commission,...
Blog Post
6/27/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Governor Brown and legislative leaders announced a series of agreed-upon reforms to target the corruption that's haunted the Public Utilities Comission during the Brown-era and immediately prior to it.    There are some substantive changes on the list that move the ball foward for rooting out the next corruption scandal and...
News Story
6/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Brown, lawmakers reach pact on transparency, accountability Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to significant reforms at the California Public Utilities Commission, which has been under criminal investigation over the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant and finds itself in the middle of several other controversies. The deal was announced Monday by...
News Story
6/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In a bid to end back-room deals between utility companies and their state regulators, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders proposed a sweeping overhaul of the California Public Utilities Commission on Monday, tightening ethics rules and handing some of its powers to other agencies. The commission’s leaders would need to report in public...
News Story
6/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — Ford, Volvo, Google, Uber and Lyft are stepping up their lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill as lawmakers begin to craft regulations for self-driving cars, and they have hired a former National Highway Transportation Safety Administration chief to be their frontman. The carmakers and tech companies have joined forces to form a...
News Story
5/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Advocacy organization Consumer Watchdog put forth a request to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind on May 18. The group’s request: slam shut revolving door between robot-car companies and NHTSA officials. Consumer Watchdog wants a written commitment that neither transportation bigwig will take a job...
News Release
5/18/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind to “slam the revolving door” with the robot car industry shut with a written commitment that they will not work as an employee or consultant to developers of self-driving autonomous vehicles for at...
News Release
4/27/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
STANFORD, CA  – Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require a steering wheel, brake and accelerator so a human driver can take control of a self-driving robot car when safety demands it in the guidelines it is developing on automated vehicle technology. To dramatize the point, Consumer...