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News Story
4/5/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates and public-interest lawyers joined Thursday in calling on leaders in the California Senate to block the confirmation of one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest nominations to the Public Utilities Commission. The advocacy groups Consumer Watchdog, Food & Water Watch, Rootskeeper and Save Porter Ranch joined San Diego law firm...
News Story
3/31/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
A scathing Los Angeles County study has concluded that the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas facility isn’t needed to ensure reliability of electricity and gas service in the region this summer or the coming winter. That review sharply contrasts with the dire warnings issued last summer by state regulators, who stirred up fears of blackouts...
News Story
3/13/2017
Posted by Connor
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cars with no steering wheel, no pedals and nobody at all inside could be driving themselves on California roads by the end of the year, under proposed state rules that would give a powerful boost to the fast-developing technology. For the past several years, tech companies and automakers have been testing self-driving car...
Blog Post
1/9/2017
Posted by Laura Antonini
Anthem Blue Cross delivered a blow to its California individual and family plan members at the start of the new year by stripping policies of out-of-network coverage. The worst part: most of these consumers don’t even know yet that they lost their out-of-network coverage for 2017. As of January 1, Anthem converted its 2016 PPO (Preferred...
News Release
11/29/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Advocates from Consumer Watchdog testified today at the California Energy Commission’s Petroleum Market Advisory Committee (PMAC) that California drivers are still paying 50 cents more than US drivers as oil refiners continue to reap double their historical profits.   The nonprofit public interest group called...
News Story
11/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy group contends that California refiners are holding down gasoline production to inflate prices at the pump. California gasoline prices remain at least 50 cents a gallon higher than in other areas of the country even though a major Southern California refinery that was mostly shutdown throughout 2015 is back...
News Story
11/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
This year, Mary O’Connor and her father made voting a family affair. O’Connor’s father is a Vietnam veteran, so she was especially interested in his views on Proposition 61, a California ballot measure that would peg the state’s payments for prescription drugs to prices paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It’...
News Story
11/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
To hold down premiums, the insurer switched to policies with no out-of-network benefits.   Several weeks ago, thick envelopes from Anthem Blue Cross stuffed with 21 pages of text landed in the mailboxes of thousands of the company's California customers. The cover letter indicated right at the top that their premiums were going up, and...
News Story
11/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The fall health insurance enrollment period is shaping up as one to remember. With major insurers abandoning the Affordable Care Act exchanges in some states and premium increases abounding, litigation now promises to add to the tumult. Consumer advocates in California said today they are suing one of the state’s major exchange coverage...
News Release
11/2/2016
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA — With Election Day rapidly approaching, a new animated short can help Californians make informed decisions when they vote on the seventeen statewide propositions on the ballot. Created by Consumer Watchdog as a non-partisan resource for easy sharing, “Who’s Behind the Props?” explains the ballot measures...