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9/10/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
The power of California’s oil refiners is always felt but rarely visible in Sacramento.  It was on full display at Wednesday’s press conference when the Governor, State Senate leader and Assembly Speaker acknowledged that California's effort to lead the world by cutting petroleum use in half was dead for the year due to oil...
News Story
9/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
September 3, 2015 -- With no fanfare, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Tuesday a bill co-authored by Santa Monica Assembly member Richard Bloom that raises the filing fee for State ballot initiatives from $200 to $2,000. The original fee was set in 1943. Bay Area Assembly member Evan Low, AB 1100’s other author and like Bloom a Democrat,...
News Release
9/2/2015
Posted by Eddie B
Santa Monica, CA – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed misguided legislation hiking the ballot initiative filing fee to $2,000 from $200 that will do nothing to stop frivolous initiatives but will undermine the public’s right to direct democracy, Consumer Watchdog said today.   Prompted by an unconscionable initiative, which was later...
News Story
9/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
One aims to ward off problematic ballot measures by raising the cost of filing Gov. Jerry Brown signed 14 bills into law Tuesday, including measures that will increase the cost of filing a proposed ballot initiative from $200 to $2,000 and align city elections with statewide votes in areas of low participation. Low initiative fees were blamed for...
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...
Blog Post
7/31/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
When the confirmation of California’s top toxics regulator was over, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon addressed the audience: “You saw democracy working…” But was this really democracy at work? The overwhelming majority of those in the room did not support the confirmation of Ms. Barbara Lee, a former air...
News Story
5/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Just because Gov. Jerry Brown has already run his last election campaign doesn't mean wealthy contributors can no longer find a way to his heart. In this year's first three months, donors directed by the governor gave more than $2.73 million in tax-deductible contributions to two charter schools Brown helped launch as Oakland's mayor....