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News Story
6/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The FBI recently has raided at least two California businesses with connections to former Assemblyman Tom Calderon and his brother, Sen. Ron Calderon, whose offices were searched by federal investigators this week. In April, federal agents executed sealed search warrants at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach and Industrial Pharmacy Management in...
News Story
6/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Sources say federal investigators asked about legislator Ronald S. Calderon's ties to the Central Basin Municipal Water District. SACRAMENTO — Ronald S. Calderon's knack for raising campaign cash and collecting gifts has attracted attention, often unwanted, since he arrived in Sacramento more than a decade ago. Now the Democratic...
Video
5/14/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
DTSC Chief Deputy Director Odette Madriago steps down just weeks after NBC Bay Area uncovered a stock portfolio full of investments into companies the department regulates. Investigative Reporter Vicky Nguyen reports in an investigation that aired on May 13, 2013. See the original source page here: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/DTSC-...
News Story
5/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The 9th Council District, among the poorest in the city, has become a hot spot for campaign contributions, with special interests spending big in the race to replace termed-out Councilwoman Jan Perry. L.A.'s 9th City Council District is among the poorest in the city, taking in a stretch of South Los Angeles where the median household income is...
News Story
5/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The state toxic department’s chief deputy director relinquishes role weeks after NBC Bay Area investigation A key leader at the Department of Toxic Substances Control has stepped down from her post just weeks after the Investigative Unit uncovered a stock portfolio full of investments into companies her department oversees. Odette Madriago...
News Story
5/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Odette Madriago, the chief deputy director of the Department of Toxic Subtances Control has resigned from her post to take a lower-level job at the agency before she retires at end of the year. Madriago's decision to leave came after the non-profit Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission that she had a...
News Story
2/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
State lawmaker Rubio had led a push for business-friendly environmental rules. SACRAMENTO, CA -- State Sen. Michael J. Rubio, who was leading the Legislature's effort to make California's environmental laws more business-friendly, abruptly resigned from office Friday to accept a government-affairs job with Chevron Corp. Rubio, a Democrat...
News Release
10/25/2012
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog sent a letter today to the head of California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control urging the agency to stop stalling and sanction or pull permits of serial environmental violators, including Chevron and Evergreen Oil, a used oil-re-refiner.   A third case, that of hazardous waste...
News Release
11/8/2006
Posted by Carmen Balber
Southern California – Santa Monica voters upheld the strongest conflict of interest law in the nation yesterday, which bans politicians from taking kickbacks from people who do business with the city. Pasadena voters overwhelmingly approved a proposition to expand an identical good government law. 53% of Santa Monicans rejected the city...