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News Release
12/9/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today urged Senate pro Tempore Kevin de Leon to fully disclose racist emails written by scientists and other staff at the Department of Toxic Substances Control and to conduct a full investigation into the matter. DTSC emails Consumer Watchdog obtained from Public Records Act requests contain phrases such...
News Story
12/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The head of the state’s toxics control agency said Wednesday she has disciplined two employees for using racially derogatory terms in emails, but activists called for a broader probe to determine if there is a cultural problem in the department. Meanwhile, an Independent Review Committee appointed by lawmakers to overhaul the state...
News Story
12/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Racist repartee found in state emails has prompted a consumer group to call for the firing of the employees who wrote the correspondence and to request a government investigation into bias at their department. The emails by William Bosan and Theo Johnson, both Department of Toxic Substances Control employees, run from to mid 2013 to the beginning...
News Story
12/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Fair Political Practices Commission is pushing new rules that would require interest groups for the first time to disclose how they spend millions of dollars on ads and other efforts to influence state policy. Lobbyist employers would have to itemize expenditures that exceed $2,500. And they would have to disclose the recipients of the...
News Story
11/10/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
DRIVING THE DAY -- That recent AP investigation which revealed that Gov. Jerry Brown asked state workers to make a detailed assessment of his 2,700 acre Colusa County family ranch for mining and oil drilling possibilities has kicked up a cloud of controversy, including one consumer group that’s now urging every state landowner to take...
News Story
11/10/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s political ethics watchdog has shelved plans to discuss a controversial proposal that would make it easier for staff to remove behested payment filings and other documents from its website after seven years. The Fair Political Practices Commission said Tuesday that the proposed regulatory amendment would not be brought up for...
News Story
11/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The state's political watchdog agency is mulling a rules change that would mean dropping elected officials economic disclosures and behested payments reports from its website after seven years – effectively removing them from public view. And in a state where lots of people often hold one or more public offices for way longer than seven...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A state administrative law judge has proposed a $16.7-million fine against Southern California Edison for failing to report talks that utility representatives had with regulators over the closed San Onofre nuclear plant. The ruling by Administrative Law Judge Melanie Darling is subject to final approval by the California Public Utilities...
News Release
10/22/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Lawmakers should overhaul the state Medical Board to create an all-public member board, wrote Consumer Watchdog in a letter to lawmakers today, and ensure physician oversight is conducted to protect the public interest, not doctors. The letter urged Senator Hill and Assembly Member Bonilla, chairs of the Senate and...
News Story
10/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
As large clocks around the office counted down to Election Day last year, leading physicians ditched their business meeting and marched downstairs to stuff envelopes with campaign pamphlets in a makeshift war room at the California Medical Association’s Sacramento headquarters. No issue confronting voters threatened the pocketbooks and...