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News Story
3/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN BRUNO, CA -- Gov. Jerry Brown's top aide - a former PG&E executive - influenced the governor's decisions for appointments to the powerful and tarnished state Public Utilities Commission to prop up PG&E's stock, a consumer group claimed on Monday. "The governor needs to take this seriously," said Jamie Court,...
News Story
3/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A former executive of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. signed an agreement to protect the reputation of the utility as part of a $1 million settlement she reached with PG&E when she left to work as a top aide for the California governor, a consumer group alleged in a complaint filed with the state's political watchdog...
News Release
6/10/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Governor Jerry Brown to remove Matthew Jacobs, Chairman of the Board for the California Housing Finance Agency, after he began evicting longtime tenants in order to convert their rent-controlled housing into luxury condos. In a letter to the governor, Consumer Watchdog said it’s...
News Story
6/10/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Before yesterday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Airbnb put on a show for cameramen from local network affiliates and a small group of sticker people and print press outside City Hall. I did not receive the press materials these others did, though the Airbnb press office is well-aware I’m covering the story. As usual, I blame some...
Video
6/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Randy Paige investigates the conflict of interest by Matthew Jacobs, the head of the California Housing Finance Agency evicting the tenants of his new building to put up condos.
News Release
4/15/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today welcomed news reports that Europe’s competition authorities plan to file formal antitrust charges against Google on Wednesday and added that the action should benefit Americans after the Federal Trade Commission’s failure to take decisive action against the Internet giant. “Google...
News Release
4/14/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to file formal charges against Google in the European Commission’s ongoing antitrust investigation of the Internet giant. The nonpartisan, nonprofit U.S. public interest group said the former Competition Commissioner Joaquin...
News Story
3/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Attorney General Kamala Harris has investments worth as much as $1 million after her marriage last summer to Douglas Emhoff, who owns stock in dozens of companies in industries the attorney general oversees, such as technology and communications interests, according to a filing released Tuesday. Harris is a career...
News Release
1/12/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – State Senator Robert Hertzberg (San Fernando Valley) must disclose the clients he represents at his second job with a Los Angeles law firm to assure the public no conflict of interest exists, or will develop, between his public duties and private responsibilities, wrote Consumer Watchdog in a letter to Hertzberg today....
News Story
1/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group asked Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles) on Monday to disclose all of his clients as an attorney with a law firm to determine whether he has a conflict of interest in pushing a proposal to revamp corporate taxes in California. “With SB 8, you have proposed a drastic change to California’s tax system, targeting some...