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News Story
10/31/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Ratepayers joined forces with consumer advocates recently to denounce Measure RRR, the proposed Los Angeles city charter amendment that would give the Department of Water and Power greater authority and flexibility when it comes to awarding contracts, hiring and setting rates.  The measure is backed by the Los Angeles City Council, Mayor Eric...
News Release
10/26/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA — LA Charter Measure RRR makes LADWP less accountable for its billing errors and allows for the utility to raise rates, enter into private contracts, and increase dangerous fossil fuel emissions without City Council or Mayoral oversight, Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch said today. The public interest groups...
News Release
10/26/2016
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Even students disenchanted with the presidential race could decide real and pressing issues in this year’s election if they turn out to vote on California’s 17 ballot propositions, Consumer Watchdog said today. “This year’s California ballot is a blockbuster -- voters will decide real issues from...
News Release
10/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog released a video election alert today, called “Vote for Real,” that reveals that celebrities in ‘get-out-the-vote’ videos voted in less than 4 of every 10 elections and highlights the real issues on this year’s California ballot. The non-profit, non-partisan organization said...
News Release
9/29/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA—Governor Brown’s call today for the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to use existing authority to enact more reforms rings hollow upon close inspection of his role in derailing major reform on the last day of the legislative session, Consumer Watchdog said today. Brown used the occasion of signing five PUC reform...
News Story
9/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Gov. Jerry Brown signed five bills Thursday aimed at reform for the California Public Utilities Commission and called on the agency to take additional steps to impose changes of its own. “These important reforms cannot wait another year,” Brown said in a statement announcing his support for the package of bills. “To that end, I...
News Story
9/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California lawmakers say they will push for extensive reforms — including a possible amendment to the state Constitution — after efforts to revamp the troubled agency failed in the recently concluded legislative session. Pressure to overhaul the PUC has intensified after several key reforms came up short. The state...
News Story
9/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Restoring public trust in the California Public Utilities Commission should have been Michael Picker’s primary mission when he was appointed president by Gov. Jerry Brown nearly two years ago. Instead he appears to have not taken steps to address issues that were the trademark of his predecessor, Michael Peevey. Based on a scathing...
News Story
9/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s campaign finance watchdog agency is looking into allegations the state’s Democratic Party funneled millions of dollars from oil and energy companies to high-profile politicians, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2014 reelection campaign. “It was a laundry machine for dirty energy contributions to the Brown...
News Story
9/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) announced on September 23 that it has opened an investigation into the California Democratic Party in response to a report by a prominent consumer group claiming that the party acted as a “laundry machine” to funnel donations from oil, energy and utility companies to Brown...