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News Story
8/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog urged the California State Assembly Monday to defeat a bill co-sponsored by former Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom that would hike the ballot initiative filing fee from $200 to $2,000. AB 1100, co-sponsored with Evan Low, D-Campbell, has been approved by the State Senate and is awaiting a vote by state...
News Release
8/17/2015
Posted by Eddie B
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today it was disappointed that the California Senate passed AB 1100, by Evan Low, D-Campbell, and Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, and decided that hiking the ballot initiative filing fee to $2,000 from $200 was more important than protecting the public’s right to direct democracy. Prompted by an...
News Story
8/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
For $200, Californians with varying ideas can propose a measure that might wind up on the ballot. One current proposal would call California’s chief executive president instead of governor. Another would mandate displaying the state flag more prominently at a variety of events and public buildings, including above the U.S. flag when they...
News Story
8/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
When the state Senate goes back into session this month, its members will have the delicate task of revising California’s 72-year-old filing fee for initiatives so that it will discourage over-the-top measures but still allow the “citizens’ democracy” that for more than a century has been a major part of the state’s...
News Release
6/10/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Governor Jerry Brown to remove Matthew Jacobs, Chairman of the Board for the California Housing Finance Agency, after he began evicting longtime tenants in order to convert their rent-controlled housing into luxury condos. In a letter to the governor, Consumer Watchdog said it’s...
News Story
9/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A revolutionary initiative to split California into six separate states was balanced on a knife's edge Thursday, still well short of the verified signatures it needs to have even a chance of making the 2016 ballot. Facing a Friday deadline, the initiative sponsored by Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, needs at least 207,...
News Story
5/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
At least five big questions remain about the secret deal announced with fanfare Tuesday between California hospitals and the largest health care union in the state. The California Hospital Association and Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West heralded a “visionary agreement” to work together to address...
News Story
5/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Nation's Biggest Health-Care Union and the State's Hospital Industry Will Use Fund to Improve State Medicaid System The nation's biggest health-care union and the California hospital industry said Tuesday they had reached a multiyear deal to create a $100 million fund to improve a state-run Medicaid system they say falls short on...
News Story
1/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
inSha Selected companies and their spending on lobbying. The tech industry is boosting its spending in Washington D.C., looking to grease the wheels of democracy and promote agendas that will benefit their corporations. A new report from Consumer Watchdog shows the top spending tech firms in terms of lobbying efforts, with AT...
News Story
1/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, Comcast, AT&T and Verizon Communications ranked among the top spenders on U.S. government lobbying in 2013, with Apple and Facebook increasing their lobbying expenses significantly, according to year-end lobbying reports released this week. Comcast ranked fifth among all organizations in U.S. government lobbying spending through the...