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Blog Post
11/26/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A dozen new donors have joined the Governor's $21,200 Club in the last few weeks (and some have used loopholes to go far beyond the $21,200 limit). Here's who Arnold has to thank this Thanksgiving and what's on their Christmas list: Ameriquest Capital (mortgage lender) $115,000: Less regulation of its sub-prime mortgage lending and looser...
Blog Post
11/25/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Capitol insiders are abuzz with news that Governor Schwarzenegger is considering eliminating the four year old Department of Managed Health Care in the interest of "efficiency" and "consolidation." The rumor mill has it that HMO regulation will be returned to financial bureaucrats at the Department of Corporations - the very...
Blog Post
11/20/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
We've seen all kinds of celebrity impersonators show up at car dealerships for a grand opening or end-of-year sale. But to get the real deal, you need to do something special. And guess what: the car dealership where Arnold celebrated his car tax repeal today just happens to be owned by H.F. and Jane Boeckmann, who contributed $52,400 to Arnold....
Blog Post
11/19/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In the workers' compensation reforms Arnold introduced today, insurance companies drew a "get-out-of-reform-free" card from the community chest. Arnold's proposal, known as AB 1, greatly reduces penalties against insurers that pay workers' benefits late and provides no regulation of the premiums workers' comp insurers charge businesses,...
Blog Post
11/18/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Day 2 of the Arnold Administration -- If we told you that the governor accepted a huge campaign contribution from the state's largest private workers' compensation insurer just before opening a special legislative session on workers' comp, you'd be sure that we accidentally got our wires crossed and were looking at some old story from the Gray...
Blog Post
11/18/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
No you didn't misread the title. Arnold has talked a lot about dropping the car tax, but earlier today, he dropped the Car Ax on DMV chief Steve Gourley. Gourley gained a reputation for policing and cracking down on car dealerships -- including the nation's largest, AutoNation, Inc. Guess what: the car dealers were among the largest contributors...
Blog Post
11/17/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In Executive Order No. 2, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has frozen all pending state regulations for a duplicative review of their impact on businesses in the state. The 180 day freeze is a special interest coup d'etat. Among the spectrum of laws to be put on hold include pending regulations to root out pesticides, to protect Californians'...
News Story
6/10/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
North County Times A state group that is tackling campaign finance reform one city at a time has succeeded in forcing Vista to put its initiative on the November ballot ---- and City Council members aren't happy about it. "These people are just using Vista ... it's Ralph Nader running for president," said Mayor Gloria McClellan. "I...