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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...
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
12/2/2016
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 Story
10/31/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Even in the midst of the heated presidential campaign, two news stories about alleged corruption in California government managed to draw significant headlines and public attention. One came when the state auditor issued a call for significant changes in procedures at the Public Utilities Commission, which sets rates for almost all electricity...
News Release
9/29/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA—Governor Brown’s call today for the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to use existing authority to enact more reforms rings hollow upon close inspection of his role in derailing major reform on the last day of the legislative session, Consumer Watchdog said today. Brown used the occasion of signing five PUC reform...
News Story
9/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Gov. Jerry Brown signed five bills Thursday aimed at reform for the California Public Utilities Commission and called on the agency to take additional steps to impose changes of its own. “These important reforms cannot wait another year,” Brown said in a statement announcing his support for the package of bills. “To that end, I...
News Story
9/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California lawmakers say they will push for extensive reforms — including a possible amendment to the state Constitution — after efforts to revamp the troubled agency failed in the recently concluded legislative session. Pressure to overhaul the PUC has intensified after several key reforms came up short. The state...
News Story
9/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Restoring public trust in the California Public Utilities Commission should have been Michael Picker’s primary mission when he was appointed president by Gov. Jerry Brown nearly two years ago. Instead he appears to have not taken steps to address issues that were the trademark of his predecessor, Michael Peevey. Based on a scathing...
News Story
9/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s campaign finance watchdog agency is looking into allegations the state’s Democratic Party funneled millions of dollars from oil and energy companies to high-profile politicians, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2014 reelection campaign. “It was a laundry machine for dirty energy contributions to the Brown...
News Story
9/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) announced on September 23 that it has opened an investigation into the California Democratic Party in response to a report by a prominent consumer group claiming that the party acted as a “laundry machine” to funnel donations from oil, energy and utility companies to Brown...