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2/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog is demanding the California Public Utilities Commission conduct an open, full and public investigation into the Porter Ranch gas leak.
News Story
2/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The heads of three California energy agencies say they are concerned Los Angeles could run short of the natural gas it needs to generate power over the coming hot summer months if  a massive underground gas field is shut down. The heads of the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, and the California...
News Story
1/31/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
January 31, 2016 (San Diego) — “The worst environmental disaster in California history is continuing to occur without any investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC),” says Raymond Lutz, founder of Citizens Oversight in El Cajon.  Now, Citizens Oversight has filed a petition along with Consumer...
News Story
1/30/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog to be Sempra Energy's unwanted hound from hell San Diego attorneys Mike Aguirre and Maria Severson have joined with Santa Monica–based Consumer Watchdog to demand that Southern California Gas, a subsidiary of San Diego's Sempra Energy, be completely open with the public on matters related to the gas leak at the...
News Story
1/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) - California lobbyists will no longer be allowed to conceal millions in expenditures after state regulators voted Thursday to force interest groups to itemize expenses in quarterly state reports.      The Fair Political Practices Commission unanimously approved stricter reporting rules that require...
News Story
1/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, the state’s political ethics watchdog, made a small but significant change to its lobbying rules last week. It adopted a rule that requires trade groups, corporations, unions and other special interests that hire lobbyists to separate and publicly itemize their expenses in the “...
News Release
1/21/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- The Fair Political Practices Commission today approved a new regulation requiring more disclosure of shadow payments by the state’s biggest lobbyists on advertising and other spending to influence lawmakers. Consumer Watchdog said a loophole in the rules could allow big industries or other lobbyists to continue concealing...
News Story
1/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California's elections watchdog is poised to force groups that hire lobbyists to reveal more about hundreds of millions of dollars spent to sway state lawmakers on climate change, education and other issues. In 2015, spending on lobbyists in the most populous U.S. state topped $243 million - nearly as much as the payroll for all of California...
News Story
1/17/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The dire warning arrived in a mailer to thousands of state voters from a group called the California Drivers Alliance. "Gasoline restrictions ... will hurt families in LA," the geographically targeted mailer warned, alerting the recipient that legislation being debated in Sacramento would "take away our ability to drive to work in...
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12/10/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog called for an investigation into racist emails sent by Department of Toxic Substances Control employees about the citizens they are supposed to be protecting.