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News Story
10/11/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - California regulators on Wednesday unveiled revised rules that would allow self-driving cars to travel the state’s highways without human drivers for the first time as early as next year, a move that won the support of automakers. The new rules represent a compromise with automotive and technology companies, which had...
News Story
10/11/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Robot cars with no steering wheels, brake pedals or accelerator pedals — and no drivers — could be legal in California by June under updated regulations proposed by the state Department of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday. However, makers of the autonomous cars must certify their safety to federal regulators under standards that are still...
News Release
9/22/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — The California Senate completed Governor Jerry Brown’s consolidation of the California Public Utility Commission in the hands of three of his closest former aides and two of his former appointees, guaranteeing half a decade of influence by the utility-friendly Governor long after he leaves office, Consumer Watchdog...
News Story
9/21/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
In response to an investigative report, the California Department of Insurance has ordered Nationwide and USAA to not charge motorists in minority neighborhoods more than policyholders with similar risk profiles who live in predominantly white neighborhoods. Released in April 2017, a report by ProPublica examined publicly-available auto insurance...
News Release
9/20/2017
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Acting in response to an investigative report by journalists at ProPublica, the California Department of Insurance has ordered two insurance companies – Nationwide and USAA – to not charge motorists in minority neighborhoods more than motorists with similar risk profiles who live in predominantly white neighborhoods...
News Story
9/20/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The state changed its approach in response to ProPublica’s finding that minority neighborhoods were paying higher premiums than white areas with the same risk. This story was co-published with Consumer Reports. California regulators said they have required Nationwide and USAA to adjust their auto insurance rates as a result of a report...
News Story
9/18/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Dozens of water agencies and millions of families and farmers could be on the hook for building two giant tunnels to carry Northern California's water southward under new plans to shore up funding for the $16 billion project. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dozens of water agencies and millions of families and farmers would be on the hook for...
Blog Post
9/16/2017
Posted by Jamie Court
As the legislature ended its business for the year in the early morning hours, legislative leaders proclaimed a prolific progressive session. Not so if you care about consumer protection. Key public interest causes were abandoned because of the power of the usual moneyed interest groups and the dependency of state house politicians on them....
News Story
9/14/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
According to Natural Resources Defense Council, which backs the move towards regionalization of western energy markets, Holden has said the issue will likely be revisited in January during the second half of California’s two-year session. For now, the conservation group sees a lost opportunity. A quarter of the country's power flows...
News Story
9/13/2017
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
There is just one reason lawmakers try to push through rewritten bills in the final days of the California Legislature’s session each and every September: It’s because they know the more scrutiny the proposals get, the less chance they have of passage. That’s a contemptible, undemocratic rationale. Now — with Friday’...