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News Release
11/2/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Los Angeles, CA -- Consumer Watchdog and overbilled ratepayers today urged Los Angeles City leaders to immediately fix or withdraw a “breathtakingly anti-consumer settlement agreement” over tens of millions of dollars in overbilling at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). In a letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti and City...
News Story
11/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Los Angeles customers overcharged by the Department of Water and Power's flawed new billing system would be ill-served by a $44 million settlement on their behalf,  a consumer advocacy group said Monday. Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court called on Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Attorney's office to re-negotiate the DWP's...
News Story
11/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) – Consumer advocates held a news conference in Santa Monica Monday to urge the Mayor of Los Angeles and the city attorney to renegotiate the proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The proposed settlement promises to pay back DWP customers who were...
News Story
11/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A ruling is expected Tuesday on a proposed lawsuit settlement over faulty bills sent to thousands of customers by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. But highlighting the discord in the case, attorneys representing ratepayers in different lawsuits against the DWP disagree about whether the settlement is fair. Also, a consumer watchdog...
News Story
11/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Consumer advocates are asking Los Angeles city leaders to reject a proposed settlement for thousands of customers overcharged by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Jaime Court with Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based consumer advocacy group, said the settlement will not help get customers the money they are...
News Story
3/31/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A ballot measure to raise California’s decades-old limit on medical-negligence lawsuit awards has gained a high-profile supporter: U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. Bob and Carmen Pack of Danville, whose two children were killed by a drugged driver in 2003, submitted 840,000 signatures a week ago to qualify their measure for November’s ballot...
News Story
5/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The 9th Council District, among the poorest in the city, has become a hot spot for campaign contributions, with special interests spending big in the race to replace termed-out Councilwoman Jan Perry. L.A.'s 9th City Council District is among the poorest in the city, taking in a stretch of South Los Angeles where the median household income is...
News Story
12/16/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Dec. 14 to cancel a move that would have put the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and other criminal justice personnel on Google’s cloud-based email system. While the city’s other employees will stay on Google’s Gmail, city officials believe that the security requirements...
News Release
12/15/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Los Angeles officials to demand Google remove a deceptive video featuring Los Angeles City employees from a website marketing the Internet giant’s Google Apps for Government “cloud computing” service. The call for action came in a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa...
Blog Post
12/13/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google's sad saga of missed deadlines and unfulfilled promises in attempting to provide the City of Los Angeles with a "cloud" based email and collaboration system appears to be drawing to a close. City Council is expected on Wednesday to approve amendments to its contract with CSC and Google that acknowledge the reality that Google...