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News Story
12/11/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
AT&T and L.A. City Hall Quietly Lead a National Push to Silence the Little Guy The day before Thanksgiving, Zuma Dogg, an outspoken community activist who has a comedian's sense of the absurd, stands in the far back of the thinly attended City Council meeting at Los Angeles City Hall, waiting his turn to speak during the public-comment period...
Blog Post
11/26/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Not to be outdone by the legislature’s blatant cronyism in appointments, Governor Schwarzenegger awarded a spot on the LA Coliseum Commission to one of his top campaign donors, Rick Caruso, today. Caruso comes in 17th on the list of all-time top donors to Schwarzenegger with donations totaling $653,200. The governor has a long history of...
Blog Post
11/26/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Last week I chastised state lawmakers - including members of the budget committees - for deciding to carry on with out of state trips to places like China and Hawaii rather than get down to the business of crafting a solution to the state's budget disaster. Governor Schwarzenegger, never one to hold back when he's thwarted, let the same sentiments...
Blog Post
11/25/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It looks like the biennial Sacramento ritual of handing out prize appointments to political allies has begun. I haven't been paying close enough attention to give a real rundown, but here are a few that have been reported: On the Sac Bee's Capitol Alert: Assembly Speaker Bass just appointed outgoing Assemblyman Laird to the Integrated Waste...
Blog Post
10/13/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A blog at the LA Times today - Schwarzenegger's pale green report card - highlights the weak ratings on environmental scorecards given to the man who has marketed himself as America's green governor.  It's a common theme at our ArnoldWatch blog, where we've been chronicling Arnold's mediocre ratings from the environmental community for years...
News Story
10/7/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Among the insurance bills recently vetoed by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a measure that would have limited health insurers' profits and administrative expenses by mandating that health insurers spend at least 85% of their premium costs on medical care. S.B. 1440 would have required all health insurance plans to...
News Story
10/4/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Governor Failed Patients by Vetoing a Bill that Barred Insurers from Unfairly Canceling Policies. In vetoing a bill that would have required state review before an insurance company could deny or rescind a customer's health care coverage, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not just broken a promise to voters, he's broken faith with them....
News Story
10/2/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to listen the audio. Governor Schwarzenegger has repeatedly vowed to crack down on health insurance companies that dump policyholders who get sick. But this week, he vetoed legislation to strengthen state laws against cancellations. KPCC's Julie Small reports the governor is relying on state agencies to enforce the laws. Julie Small: It...
News Story
10/2/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have barred health insurers from rescinding a policy unless the policyholder intentionally misrepresented or omitted health information on the application for coverage. Consumer advocates called the veto a betrayal of a prior pledge, while opponents of the...
Blog Post
10/1/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A few years ago Warren Beatty claimed at our consumer group's annual dinner that the definition of a "Schwarzenegger Republican" was a Bush Republican who called himself a Schwarzenegger Republican. Schwarzenegger's final verdict on California health care legislation this week proved Beatty's point. Schwarzenegger signed legislation...