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News Story
8/30/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The first thing you see when you walk into the offices of the New America Foundation in Washington is the Eric Schmidt Ideas Lab, a space named after the executive chairman of Google’s parent company. Google, Mr. Schmidt and his family’s foundation are the principal funders of that think tank. On Wednesday, New America’s...
News Release
8/29/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Los Angeles, CA -- The Los Angeles City Council should reject a recommendation by Fred Pickel, Director of the Office of Public Accountability at the LADWP, that the city back tunnels altering water diversions South from the San Francisco Bay Delta, and should fire him for once again favoring utility over ratepayer interests, Consumer Watchdog...
News Story
8/29/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
A Los Angeles City Council committee heard public debate Tuesday over the amount that a massive project known as the California Water Fix could add to the water bills of local ratepayers. According to a study by the city’s Office of Public Accountability/Ratepayer Advocate, it could be as little as $1.73 per month. But project opponent cite...
News Story
8/27/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Senate Rules Committee voted 3 to 0 on August 23 to confirm Governor Jerry Brown’s nomination of Clifford Rechtschaffen and Martha Guzman Aceves as commissioners on the California Public Utilities Commission, but Senate leaders said the two have serious questions to answer before the confirmation is put to...
Video
8/25/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Porter Ranch residents are up in arms over possible appointment of PUC commissioner Cliff Rechtschaffen.
Video
8/24/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Porter Ranch residents affected by the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak demand answers from Rechtschaffen during his PUC confirmation hearing at the State Senate.
Video
8/24/2017
Posted by Connor
Cliff Rechtschaffen faced an uphill battle during his confirmation hearing when Porter Ranch residents voiced their opposition after his handling of the Aliso Canyon methane gas leak.
News Release
8/23/2017
Posted by Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA --  Public interest groups are urging the California Senate Rules Committee to demand answers about oil and gas well safety breaches from Governor Brown’s top oil and gas aide and to not confirm him to the Public Utilities Commission without them. The groups called upon Senate leader Kevin de Leon and the Committee not to...
News Story
8/23/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California Senate panel gave narrow approval Wednesday to Gov. Jerry Brown's two recent appointees to a powerful utilities commission after imploring them to restore public trust in an agency that's been damaged by scandals and environmental disasters, including the largest-known methane gas leak in U.S....
News Story
8/21/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The recent reopening of the Aliso Canyon natural gas reserve, source of the largest methane leak in U.S. history, should remind state lawmakers that regulation is as worthy of their focus as legislation. A confirmation hearing on Wednesday for Gov. Jerry Brown’s top aide on oil and gas to the Public Utilities Commission gives the state...