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News Story
1/9/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
No part of state government except the courts is supposed to be more independent and less subject to the sway of politics than the Public Utilities Commission, which decides rates and other practices of California’s largest utilities. That’s why commissioners serve six-year terms, longer even than the governors who appoint them. It...
News Story
12/30/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Embattled, embroiled and entangled, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is about to get a significant change at the top. Two of its five commissioners are stepping down after serving their respective six-year terms and Gov. Jerry Brown appointed their replacements on Wednesday. Effective Jan. 1, Mike Florio and Catherine J.K....
News Story
12/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
San Francisco, CA -- Gov. Jerry Brown has named two of his key aides to fill vacancies at the scandal-scarred state Public Utilities Commission, the governor's office said Wednesday. Brown appointed Martha Guzman Aceves and Clifford Rechtschaffen to the powerful state commission. They will replace departing commissioners Michael Florio and...
News Release
12/28/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today condemned Governor Jerry Brown’s appointment of Cliff Rechtschaffen to the scandal-plagued Public Utilities Commission given Rechtschaffen's role in carrying out the demands of the oil industry in the firing of two tough wellhead regulators at the Department of Conservation and Department of...
News Story
12/13/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp., Rex Tillerson has led a vast energy juggernaut, roaming the globe in search of multibillion-dollar deals, working with despots as well as democrats. The brash Texas oilman has helped forge or supervise exploration, production and refinery projects in 50 countries on six continents, from...
Blog Post
12/6/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
The following op-ed commentary by Consumer Watchdog's President Jamie Court, appeared in the Sacramento Bee on December 2, 2016.   The California Democratic Party recently announced that it would no longer accept political contributions from Big Oil. Bravo. This is a positive step forward, especially as the state investigates the party...
News Story
12/5/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A Northern California lawmaker reintroduced legislation Monday intended to reform the state utilities commission, the powerful regulatory panel that has been under criminal investigation since 2014. The bill from state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would impose a series of changes at the California Public Utilities Commission that failed to...
News Story
12/2/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Democratic Party recently announced that it would no longer accept political contributions from Big Oil. Bravo. This is a positive step forward, especially as the state investigates the party’s alleged funneling of millions in oil and energy company contributions to Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2014 re-election campaign – an...
News Release
11/29/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Advocates from Consumer Watchdog testified today at the California Energy Commission’s Petroleum Market Advisory Committee (PMAC) that California drivers are still paying 50 cents more than US drivers as oil refiners continue to reap double their historical profits.   The nonprofit public interest group called...
News Story
11/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy group contends that California refiners are holding down gasoline production to inflate prices at the pump. California gasoline prices remain at least 50 cents a gallon higher than in other areas of the country even though a major Southern California refinery that was mostly shutdown throughout 2015 is back...