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News Story
8/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Twenty-six companies with business before the state donated $9.8 million to Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Democratic Party over the last eight years — and those donations were often made within days or weeks of winning favors. That’s the contention of “Brown’s Dirty Hands,” a report released Wednesday by the...
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8/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
View on YouTube In a new report, Consumer Watchdog listed twenty-six companies with business before the state of California that donated $9.8 million to Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Democratic Party over the last eight years — and those donations were often made within days or weeks of winning favors.
News Story
10/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica, California -- October 1, 2012 -- Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a driverless car law into effect at a ceremony at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. According to advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, the law poses threats to safety and privacy. SB 1298 directs the Department of Motor Vehicles to write...
News Story
9/30/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
When California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to regulate self-driving vehicles almost no one -- industry watchers or taxpayers -- objected. How times have changed from the late-1970s when Brown was given the nickname "Governor Moonbeam" for promoting such futuristic ideas as California launching its own satellites. Brown, 74, was just...
News Release
9/26/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The driverless car law signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown at a ceremony at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View poses threats to Californians’ safety and privacy, Consumer Watchdog said. SB 1298 directs the Department of Motor Vehicles to write regulations covering robot cars by January 2015, but the...
News Story
9/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
California is the latest state to allow testing of Google's self-driving cars on the roads, though only with a human passenger along as a safety measure. Gov. Edmund "Jerry" Brown signed the autonomous-vehicles bill into law Tuesday afternoon alongside Google co-founder Sergey Brin and State Sen. Alex Padilla, who authored the bill,...
News Story
9/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Mountain View, CA -- Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Gov. Jerry Brown car-pooled to work on Tuesday in a white Toyota Prius, and no one was driving. One day, in the not-so-distant future, you can join them. Brown hitched a futuristic ride to Google's Mountain View headquarters to sign landmark legislation that will for the first time allow...
News Story
9/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
California has become the third state to affirm the legality of driverless vehicles, setting the stage for computers to take the wheel along the state's roads and highways - at least eventually. Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed SB1298, which makes so-called autonomous vehicles legal in California while requiring the Department of Motor...
News Story
9/11/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Autonomous cars are a hot topic of conversation nowadays. Fans of the status quo see them as a waste of time. Driving enthusiasts see them as the harbinger of a boring, 55 mph future. And politicians see them as high-tech boogeymen to scare seniors into voting booths. (NB: that tactic didn't work.) Now, another group voiced its criticism...
News Release
9/10/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – California Gov. Jerry Brown should veto a bill that allows Google’s driverless cars on the highway because it does not provide adequate privacy protections for users of the new technology, Consumer Watchdog said today.   In a letter to Gov. Brown Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson wrote...