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News Story
8/4/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Young children play in the back yard under the shade of an avocado tree. The kids dig holes while their grandfather makes homemade guacamole. It's a scene that's played out at the Mariz family home in Maywood for years. But no more. "They found lead throughout my front yard but not as bad as the backyard. The backyard is worse,...
News Story
7/8/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The New York Times didn’t mention that “America's de facto leader on climate change” received $9.8 million from oil, gas and utilities, often within days of winning big favors, since he ran for Governor, according to a report released by the the Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog last August: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org...
News Story
7/7/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. Consumer advocates and community activists say the state Department of Toxic Substances Control's long-awaited plan to remove lead from more than 2,000 properties around the former Exide battery recycling plant doesn't do enough to protect residents from lead exposure. They...
News Release
7/6/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—As Governor Brown challenges the Trump administration today on climate change by issuing a sweeping invitation to a global “climate action” summit in San Francisco, Consumer Watchdog is challenging the Governor to hold the summit in Northern California’s Richmond or in Southern California cities like...
News Release
5/4/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Public interest advocacy groups Consumer Watchdog, Food & Water Watch, Rootskeeper, Save Porter Ranch, and public interest attorneys Aguirre & Severson LLP, have urged the Senate Rules Committee not to confirm former aide to Governor Jerry Brown, Cliff Rechtschaffen, to the California Public Utilities Commission....
News Story
4/29/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission denied access once again to scores of communications that it exchanged with Southern California Edison, the office of Governor Jerry Brown, and others over the ratepayer shakedown to cover the shuttering of a flawed Southern California nuclear power plant. The CPUC is illegally withholding...
News Story
4/27/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Let the sunshine in on PUC’s San Onofre deal The California Public Utilities Commission votes Thursday on releasing vital records showing whether the government secretly helped Southern California Edison stick ratepayers with 70 percent of a $4.7 billion bill for the flawed San Onofre nuclear power plant. Former PUC President Michael Peevey...
News Story
4/26/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The day after then-Sen. Barbara Boxer called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Southern California Edison’s handling of the San Onofre nuclear plant, utility executive Michael Hoover sent an urgent email to another company official. “We have a small window of opportunity to work with parties to implement a shutdown in...
News Story
4/26/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
By Daily Press Editorial Board The California Public Utilities Commission and the public’s right to know will collide on Thursday when the CPUC will vote on a staff recommendation to withhold and redact documents related to the now closed San Onofre nuclear power plant on the Southern California coast. According to Consumer Watchdog, San...
News Story
4/18/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
PG&E bestowed pay raises on several executives during a year in which the company was convicted of crimes related to the fatal San Bruno explosion and amid spikes in monthly bills for customers, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday. Geisha Williams, who was president of the utility’s electricity operations during the...