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News Story
11/5/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The consumer advocacy group at the center of the flap about Jerry Brown’s ex-spokesman secretly recording phone calls has sent a formal demand to the Attorney General’s office, seeking all internal documents that could shed light on the matter. The Public Records Act request, filed by Consumer Watchdog, is one of at least three...
News Story
11/4/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
As Ron Dellums' fortunes plummet, the chances of his predecessor winning the California governorship received a significant boost late last week. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom dropped out of the 2010 race, leaving Jerry Brown as the only major Democratic candidate running for governor. Newsom's announcement also came at just the right moment...
Blog Post
11/3/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The San Francisco Chronicle urged Cal. Attorney General Jerry Brown to "clear the air" today in an editorial about his now-resigned spokesman's secret tape recording of conversations with reporters.  The issue came to light when Chronicle reporter Carla Marinucci realized the AG's office had secretly taped her interview with some of...
News Story
11/3/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A spokesman for Attorney General Jerry Brown who admitted last week that he had secretly recorded telephone conversations with journalists, including a reporter for The Chronicle, resigned Monday. Scott Gerber was placed on administrative leave Friday after telling Chronicle political writer Carla Marinucci that he had recorded her interview...
News Story
11/3/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The winter holidays are fast approaching, and with them the advent of a long season of being confronted by initiative petition circulators outside almost every big box store, grocery emporium and shopping mall in California. That's nothing unusual. What's extraordinary this year is the potential for destruction and divisiveness in the putative...
News Story
10/31/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Ties To Insurance Company Questioned With the sudden announcement that San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom -- the rival to Attorney General Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown for the Democratic nomination for Governor of California in 2010 -- was dropping out of the race, things might seem pretty smooth for the former governor. But Santa Monica-based...
Blog Post
10/30/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
I can't believe this! Two days ago, I told you about how Attorney General Jerry Brown rewrote the official summary of a ballot measure sponsored by Mercury Insurance Company to omit the fact that it will raise auto insurance premiums. This morning The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Brown's spokesman secretly taped a conversation with...
News Story
10/30/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA — Attorney General Jerry Brown is facing accusations that he cleared the way for a ballot measure summary that was favorable to an insurance company that has contributed to his campaign coffers. The ballot measure, backed by the Mercury General Corp., the state's third largest auto insurer, would allow insurance companies to...
News Story
10/30/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- A spokesman for Attorney General Jerry Brown acknowledged Thursday that he taped a phone conversation with a reporter for The Chronicle this week without disclosing the fact or asking permission - and admitted he has taped conversations with other news reporters. Scott Gerber, spokesman for Brown's office, made the admission...
News Story
10/29/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
San Francisco, CA -- A leading California consumer advocate charged Wednesday that Attorney General Jerry Brown caved to pressure from a powerful insurance company - and campaign donor - when he reworked the summary of a ballot measure to omit mention that it could boost premiums for thousands of drivers. Harvey Rosenfield, founder of Consumer...