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News Story
11/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California lawmakers racked up more than $4 million in campaign credit-card charges during the first 18 months of this election cycle. Some ate in five-star restaurants and reported holding meetings in nightclubs and an amusement park. They bought fruit baskets and wine as gifts. They went to Las Vegas, Hawaii and international destinations. As...
News Story
3/20/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
From the Monday night gridiron to the Friday night bleachers, players and parents are buzzing with concern over football concussions and the safety equipment that’s meant to prevent them. On March 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) testified before Congress that it is on the job, ensuring that concussion protection claims made for sports...
News Story
3/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A California Democrat who uses public anger as a tool, Speier has played a major role in raising the visibility of sexual assault in the military. WASHINGTON — Uneasiness filled the room at an otherwise routine congressional budget hearing last week as Rep. Jackie Speier took the microphone and lit into the nation's top military...
News Story
3/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Mindful of the Supreme Court ruling against Proposition 8, California initiative sponsors build in language so they can defend their measures if the state does not. SAN FRANCISCO — Anxious about last summer's ruling on Proposition 8, sponsors of California ballot measures are going to considerable lengths to ensure they will be able to...
News Story
2/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Lawyers and consumer groups are getting signatures for a ballot measure to increase 1975's pain and suffering limit of $250,000. Doctors and insurers have already raised $33 million to fight it. SACRAMENTO — A protracted political battle over California's medical malpractice law may be coming to a new front: the voting booth. For...
Video
12/17/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
A Los Angeles judge has sided with Consumer Watchdog and ordered the DTSC to halt approval of Boeing's illegal demolition and disposal of radioactive waste from the Santa Susana site.
News Release
12/10/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – In a confidential email to hospital executives across California, the CEO of California’s hospital association Duane Dauner states the hospital lobby is poised to spend $60 million on its recently filed ballot measure for an “iron-clad protection initiative” that would make it “impossible for the...
News Story
12/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Propositions on malpractice lawsuits and tobacco taxes, among other issues, could lead to multimillion-dollar campaigns. SACRAMENTO — While much of the country is gearing up for the holidays, political forces in Sacramento are girding for battle. Already, special interests are lined up with plans that could shape next year's general...
News Story
12/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Union's filing of two ballot measures after talks stalled shows how the initiative process can be used as a weapon, critics say. SACRAMENTO — Duane Dauner, president of the California Hospital Assn., emailed the group's board in September with a warning: The leader of the state's largest healthcare workers' union had told him...
News Story
11/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Environmentalists fear that a recent announcement by the toxics department that it will consider various cleanup alternatives at the controversial Santa Susana industrial site in southern California may be a veiled attempt to unravel an agreement made between the agency and responsible parties to clean the site to strict "background"...