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News Release
6/25/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged Assemblymembers Evan Low, D-Campbell, and Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, to withdraw a proposal that would hike the ballot initiative filing fee to $2,500 from $200 after a court effectively halted an unconscionable initiative that prompted the bill. A Sacramento Superior Court on Tuesday said...
News Story
6/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
California Attorney General Kamala Harris does not need to advance a widely reviled ballot initiative authorizing the murder of homosexuals, a Sacramento Superior Court has ruled. The Sodomite Suppression Act has been condemned across the political spectrum. It has prompted both legislation seeking to raise the initiative filing fee and a debate...
News Story
6/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
June 19, 2015 -- Got an idea for a new state law or constitutional amendment? In California all it takes is $200 to get your political ball rolling. That filing fee, which goes to pay the Attorney General's Office for preparing a title and summary of your statewide ballot initiative -- allowing you to move on to the important next step of...
News Release
6/16/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today that despite an amendment lowering the final amount, an Assembly bill to hike the ballot initiative filing fee still creates too high a hurdle for citizen access to the initiative process. AB 1100, by Assemblymembers Evan Low and Richard Bloom, would raise the fee citizens must pay to submit a...
News Release
3/3/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today reiterated calls for an increase in the state’s oil reserves as Los Angeles gas prices jumped $1.03 cents in the last month, the highest in the state, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report website. Los Angeles prices at the pump for regular gas have reached $3.53 per gallon, a dollar and...
News Release
3/2/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said today that prices per regular gallon of gas in California were up an unprecedented 96 cents in the last month, nearly triple the 38-cent increase per gallon nationwide. “This is all pure profit for the oil companies,” said Consumer Advocate Liza Tucker. “The Senate has called hearings...
News Release
2/27/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa, Monica CA—Gas prices have jumped up 80 cents a gallon in California since refinery shutdowns and slowdowns began on February 1, and 17 cents in Los Angeles overnight, making just announced California Senate hearings even more urgent, Consumer Watchdog said today. “There is just no good explanation for why consumers are paying...
News Story
2/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A pair of state Senate committees will hold a joint hearing in Torrance next week to discuss the recent explosion at the ExxonMobile refinery, the response by emergency crews and the impact on the community. The Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee will meet in conjunction with the Environmental Quality Committee at Torrance City...
Video
2/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Liza Tucker with Consumer Watchdog tells KCBS TV-2 in Los Angeles that the California Senate should issue subpoenas to Big Oil company CEO's if they don't give satisfactory answers in the upcoming hearings on the huge gas price increases across the state over the last month.
Video
2/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog urges Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and leaders of the California legislature to send independent inspectors to Tesoro's Martinez refinery and Exxon's Torrance refinery to verify whether companies are restricting supply to drive up gasoline prices. The two refineries represent more than 16 percent...