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News Story
4/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
More than 1,000 physicians on the North Coast received upward of $114 million in Medicare payments in 2012, according a new federal database that gives consumers an unprecedented look inside their doctors' practices. The amount is part of $77 billion Medicare paid out to more than 880,000 doctors across the United States under the Medicare...
News Release
4/8/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA— A new report released today by leading environmental advocate Penny Newman and residents of the poisoned Wildomar community shows that state toxics regulators doctored data in a preliminary investigation of the Autumnwood housing complex to avoid pinpointing what has poisoned the Riverside County residents and skip any...
News Story
1/20/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Hydra Mendoza has for several years played a controversial dual role in San Francisco politics, acting as both a school board member and the mayor's education adviser. It's a legal although unusual arrangement, but one that has raised ethical concerns that her loyalties may be split among her public responsibilities, her paycheck,...
Video
4/4/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The chief of the enforcement division at the Fair Political Practices Commission said Tuesday that the FPPC has launched a formal investigation to determine if Odette Madriago, deputy director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, violated any conflict of interest laws by holding stock in companies the DTSC regulates. Meanwhile, a...
News Story
4/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Listen to or download the audio of this radio broadcast segment here. An agency known as DTSC — or the Department of Toxic Substances Control — is charged with monitoring California's hazardous waste. Recently the group Consumer Watchdog has been investigating the DTSC and has claimed that the agency is falling down on the job...
News Release
4/3/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Following news that the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) will investigate a top toxics regulator for financial conflicts of interest, Consumer Watchdog today reiterated its call for the firing of two top officials at the Department of Toxic Substances Control who invested as much as six and seven figures into...
News Release
3/18/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called for Governor Brown to conduct his own investigation into allegations of financial conflict of interest at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and to put two officials at the department on administrative leave immediately. Consumer Watchdog first raised the allegations in a...
News Story
3/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. SAN DIEGO — Consumer Watchdog is not convinced that Chief Deputy Director Odette Madriago and Deputy Director Stewart Black are clear of conflict-of-interest violations. They want an outside agency to look into the allegations. The State Department of Toxic Substance Control says an...
News Release
3/6/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called for Governor Jerry Brown to fire two top officials at The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) for conflicts of interest. The letter said that the officials may have violated the California Code of Regulations by holding six and seven figure interests in companies regulated and/or...
News Story
3/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. SAN DIEGO — The group Consumer Watchdog is accusing two top state officials of long-term and ongoing conflicts of interest. Consumer advocates want the governor to remove two long time employees of the state's Department of Toxic Substances Control. The group insists the state...