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News Story
9/26/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The state Senate recently OK'd the governor's pick — a longtime aide who helped fire other regulators for trying to stop oil companies from polluting California's groundwater. For years, Gov. Jerry Brown has cultivated the image of a global environmental leader. But in reality, many California environmentalists say Brown's...
News Release
9/22/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — The California Senate completed Governor Jerry Brown’s consolidation of the California Public Utility Commission in the hands of three of his closest former aides and two of his former appointees, guaranteeing half a decade of influence by the utility-friendly Governor long after he leaves office, Consumer Watchdog...
News Release
9/18/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog, Food & Water Watch, DWP ratepayers and other advocacy groups rally today in front of City Hall to urge the Los Angeles City Council to fire DWP ratepayer advocate Fred Pickel for selling out ratepayers instead of protecting their interests. “Pickel is an energy consultant whose bread has always...
News Story
9/18/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Several groups have gathered at Los Angeles City Hall today to call for the firing of an official watchdog charged with fighting for the interests of Department of Water and Power customers. Representatives of Consumer Watchdog and other groups say the utility’s official “ratepayer advocate,” Fred Pickel, has not been working on...
News Story
9/18/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Gov. Jerry Brown’s two latest nominees to the California Public Utilities Commission were confirmed by state lawmakers in the closing hours of the legislative session despite a campaign to stop one of the nominations. The confirmations of Commissioners Clifford Rechtschaffen and Martha Guzman Aceves were announced Saturday by commission...
News Story
9/13/2017
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
There is just one reason lawmakers try to push through rewritten bills in the final days of the California Legislature’s session each and every September: It’s because they know the more scrutiny the proposals get, the less chance they have of passage. That’s a contemptible, undemocratic rationale. Now — with Friday’...
News Release
7/25/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today urged City Council President Herb Wesson to name a consumer advocate to the citizens’ committee that will nominate the next ratepayer advocate at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. DWP’s first ratepayer advocate, Fred Pickel, is a power industry insider and former consultant to...
News Story
6/2/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — Former National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Mark Rosekind referred to the final years of the Obama administration as the “era of Big Recall,” but safety groups are concerned that the age of muscular enforcement of federal rules for auto safety may come to an end under President Donald Trump. Obama’s...
News Release
5/8/2017
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- United States Senator Bernie Sanders Saturday night called on California to take the lead in healthcare reform and pass a bill that would provide a single-payer healthcare system. “The great state of California can send a message that will be heard all over this country, and all over the world if you pass single-payer...
News Story
5/5/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Bernie Sanders returns to California for an awards ceremony Saturday that will gather nearly 700 trial lawyers, labor union officials, activists and others from Sanders’ left wing of the Democratic Party. Rage for Justice, the signature gala for the Santa Monica nonprofit Consumer Watchdog, honors “fellow travelers in the fight to hold...