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4/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates say authorities are lying to the public about potential rolling blackouts to scare them into reopening the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility.
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4/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Travel back in time to the mid-1980s, when California’s insurance rates for both cars and property were nearly the highest in America and climbing fast. Back then, the state insurance commissioner, who could have stopped much of the price acceleration, was appointed by the governor. Then, in 1988, a consumer group called the Foundation for...
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4/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Porter Ranch residents and consumer advocates say the state is lying about rolling blackout threats to scare Southern Californians into reopening the Aliso Canyon gas facility.
Video
4/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog says the threats of rolling blackouts unless the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility is reopened are nothing but scare tactics.
News Story
4/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
On the day Gov. Jerry Brown gathered last week in Los Angeles with legislators and union members to sign a bill raising California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, Dave Regan was calculating the payoff for workers at his health care union’s office in Oakland. His organization, representing 85,000 hospital employees, spent about $...
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2/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California lawmaker said Wednesday that he will seek to bypass Gov. Jerry Brown and ask voters to break apart California's utilities regulator following allegations of wrongdoing. Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, said the California Public Utilities Commission as it is currently known would cease to...
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2/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, CA -- State legislators are calling for a major overhaul of California's utilities regulator by striking it from the state Constitution and reassigning its sprawling portfolio in the wake of a series of controversies, including the natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) said his measure would...
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12/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A dispute is turning testy between a Santa Monica nonprofit and the California Public Utilities Commission over intervenor compensation — the money paid to advocates for expert testimony and other evidence that contributes to regulatory decisions. Consumer Watchdog, the decades-old organization founded by insurance-reform pioneer Harvey...
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12/17/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Last December, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed a longtime adviser, Michael Picker, to head the California Public Utilities Commission. The CPUC oversees privately owned electric, gas and transportation companies and has been under fire for a series of scandals and missteps since 2010. That’s when a gas pipeline owned by PG&E exploded in a San...
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9/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
September 3, 2015 -- With no fanfare, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Tuesday a bill co-authored by Santa Monica Assembly member Richard Bloom that raises the filing fee for State ballot initiatives from $200 to $2,000. The original fee was set in 1943. Bay Area Assembly member Evan Low, AB 1100’s other author and like Bloom a Democrat,...