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News Story
9/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio segment of this radio broadcast. On the September 6th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the rising cost of healthcare and health insurance in California. Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, has announced that in 2017, premiums will rise by an average of 13 percent. That’s...
News Release
9/1/2016
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Yesterday, as a state court ruled Governor Brown’s emails in a utility scandal could not be made public because the Superior Court had no jurisdiction, Brown reneged on an agreement made this summer to create such court review.  AB 2903 and SB 1017 mysteriously died on the last night of session with objections from...
News Story
9/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Governor's office notes that two other PUC measures passed Advocates hoping for reform at the California Public Utilities Commission were disappointed twice this week, as an overhaul bill died in the legislature and a court ruling allowed certain emails regarding the agency’s response to the San Onofre failure to remain secret. Lawmakers...
News Story
8/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
This November 4 will be the second anniversary of the passage of Proposition 1, Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial water bond, a measure that fishing groups, California Indian Tribes, grassroots conservation groups and environmental justice advocates opposed  because they considered it to be a water grab for...
News Story
8/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In an increase that a watchdog contends could push people to drop health insurance, next year's premiums in the Covered California marketplace are expected to rise an average of 15.8 percent in Ventura County. The weighted rate increase, which also affects Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, rises above the projected average hike of 13...
News Story
8/24/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A new report by Consumer Watchdog digs into Governor Jerry Brown’s questionable ties to big energy companies. Occidental, Chevron and NRG, all with business before the state, donated $9.8 million to Brown’s various campaigns, causes and initiatives and to the California Democratic Party since he ran for governor. “It is eye-...
News Story
8/24/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. Liza Tucker Consumer Advocate with Consumer Watchdog discusses their new report that highlights the Brown administration’s coziness with energy companies. Read more: Brown’s Dirty Hands  
News Story
8/23/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
FEATURING LIZA TUCKER – The state of California is considered a leader in the fight against climate change. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has positioned himself as a “climate change warrior,” signing bills to promote renewable energy. But, a new report by the group Consumer Watchdog has found a disturbing link between concessions...
News Story
8/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the most powerful corporate lobbying group in Sacramento, continued to dominate the lobbying spending in Sacramento in the second quarter of 2016.  "If you can count on anything, it’s WSPA (Western States Petroleum Association) throwing down some serious cash on lobbying," said...
News Story
8/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
On a cloudy Sacramento day in 2001, a low-level aide to then-Gov. Gray Davis secretly met a representative of the Oracle Corp. software company, accepting a $25,000 check for Davis’s re-election fund. Just a few days earlier, Oracle had received a $95 million software contract to update state computers. The sequence later became emblematic...