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7/16/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Late last year, we lobbied the state's ethics agency, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), to adopt new rules aimed at preventing ballot measure committees controlled by elected officials from promoting the officials rather than the initiatives and referendums. This was in order to stop abuses like Governor Schwarzenegger's California...
News Story
7/2/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The auto insurer's alter ego, Californians for Fair Auto Insurance Rates, is sponsoring a bill that it says will surely lower our insurance bills. The art of setting automobile insurance rates is incomprehensible to most of us civilians. Liability coverage, comprehensive insurance, assigned risk pools, discounts, surcharges... the list goes on....
News Story
6/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A critique of the state stem cell institute that calls for shrinking its board and other structural changes drew a strong response from the group's chairman, who said the moves would cause “unacceptable” delays in the group's work. After an eight-month study, California's Little Hoover Commission yesterday released a 70-page report...
News Story
6/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
To reduce potential conflicts of interest in the state's $3 billion stem cell research program, a government watchdog group called Friday for an overhaul of the program's governing board. The current 29-member board is too big, has trouble assembling quorums and lacks truly independent voices, the Little Hoover Commission concluded. The structure...
News Story
6/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California’s good-government agency approved a series of recommendations to reform the operation and governance of the state’s stem cell research funding organization. The Little Hoover Commission on Friday released its full recommendations and urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature to make changes to the San Francisco-...
News Story
6/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Marie Csete will resign Aug. 1 as the chief scientific officer of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine after 15 months in the $310,000-a-year post, Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit group that monitors developments at the state stem cell agency, reported on Wednesday. "I am sorry and disappointed that I was unable to say goodbye to...
News Release
6/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Key 'Little Hoover' Recommendations Follow Consumer Watchdog's Proposals Santa Monica, CA -- California’s good government agency, The Little Hoover Commission, today called for management and structural reforms at the state stem cell agency after an eight-month study.  Key Commission recommendations follow many proposals made by...
News Story
6/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The chief scientific officer at California's stem-cell agency has announced that she will step down from her position in a little over a month. Marie Csete, who had been at the San Francisco-based California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for slightly more than a year, has so far offered no specific reasons for leaving the agency,...
News Story
6/25/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Marie Csete. The resignation of the top science officer at California's stem cell research funding agency, some say, is exposing deeper management problems at the San Francisco-based agency. (Read our Wednesday story here.) It should be noted that at our Bay Area Biotech Forum this morning, panelists didn't mention the departure of Marie Csete...
News Story
6/12/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Bob Klein, the architect of California’s $3 billion stem cell research funding program, will not seek a new term as chairman of the agency. Klein’s six-year term expires at the end of 2010. Klein made the announcement at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine’s finance subcommittee meeting today, reported the...