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News Story
10/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Utilities commission says call was appropriate, critics say regulator is compromised As criticism mounted last year of a settlement deal that billed utility customers for 70 percent of the $4.7 billion cost of failure at the San Onofre nuclear plant, the state judge assigned to the case reached out to plant owner Southern California Edison. The...
Blog Post
7/31/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
When the confirmation of California’s top toxics regulator was over, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon addressed the audience: “You saw democracy working…” But was this really democracy at work? The overwhelming majority of those in the room did not support the confirmation of Ms. Barbara Lee, a former air...
News Story
3/24/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State lawmakers on Tuesday questioned the recent wild swings in California's gas prices and asked whether regulators can do more to reduce market volatility while government promotes alternative fuels to increase competition. "How can such a well-functioning market be subject to such volatility?" asked Sen....
News Story
3/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Listen to the audio of this radio broadcast here: http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/which-way-la/cleaning-up-exide-after-decades-of-pollution-and-misconduct WHICH WAY LA? For decades, there have been reports of toxic contamination from the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon: leaks of toxic chemicals, including arsenic; emission of so...
News Release
3/12/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today asked Governor Jerry Brown and top lawmakers to defund the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) or reform it from top to bottom, in the wake of the US Attorney's criminal investigation and closure of Exide Technologies. “This is a major victory for the people of east Los Angeles,...
Blog Post
2/13/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
If you think the environmental news in California is depressing with the latest fiasco of regulators allowing oil companies to re-inject wastewater from fracking into hundreds of aquifers containing water designated as clean for years and years, it’s worse than you think. It’s the same story everywhere because most everywhere companies...
News Story
1/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google poured a record amount of cash into lobbying the US Federal Government last year, outspending its tech rivals and even the major telecommunications companies, a nonprofit group has found. According to advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, Google spent US$16.83m on lobbying in 2014, a 20 per cent year-on-year increase and the most it has ever...
News Story
1/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
As many others cut back, a new breed of tech company doubled down on influencing Washington The tech industry's most influential companies spent record amounts of money on federal lobbying in 2014 despite a general drop in lobbying by most tech companies. The spending was often directed at areas away from the central business of technology,...
News Story
1/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has spent a record amount on Washington lobbyists as it pushes to maintain net neutrality. The search and advertising giant spent $16.8m (£11m) in 2014 - the most it has ever shelled out on DC influencers. Some US telecoms companies are pushing to get rid of net neutrality, which is the legal principle that all internet traffic should...
News Release
1/21/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google spent a record $16.83 million on lobbying in its efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2014, just ahead of Comcast’s reported $16.80 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public...