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News Release
10/16/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Over the weekend, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation merging two water districts to benefit Five Point Holdings, builder of a massive new development called Newhall Ranch in northern L.A. County. Kathleen Brown, the governor’s sister, sits on the board and was paid $122,667 in 2016, according to a Five Point...
News Release
10/12/2017
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- The White House’s executive order today seeking to allow for more “Association Health Plans” could turn the clock back to days when patients faced unlimited medical bills even when they played by the rules, the nonprofit nonpartisan group Consumer Watchdog said today. Consumer Watchdog fought off previous...
News Release
10/11/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Revised regulations formally proposed today by the California Department of Motor Vehicles covering deployment of robot cars and testing of self-driving cars without steering wheels weaken safety protections because they wrongly rely on nonexistent federal safety standards, Consumer Watchdog said. The nonpartisan,...
News Release
10/9/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has refused to speak out against impending tax and rate hikes on Angelenos to fund the Delta Tunnels on the eve of a vote on Southern California’s funding of the project after receiving donations of hundreds of thousands of dollars from farming, engineering, and financing companies,...
Blog Post
10/6/2017
By Jamie Court
  When we celebrate the Rage for Justice, it’s cases like Martins beach that inspire me.   A high-tech billionaire closes down public access to a beach and is sued to open it up. He refuses to comply with regulators or the courts in order to keep open an access road to a public beach that belongs to all Californians...
News Release
10/6/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Governor Brown’s sister Kathleen was paid $122,667 in 2016 as a member of the board of Five Point Holdings, a developer about to benefit from Governor Jerry Brown’s signature on a bill crafted to ensure that its controversial planned community called Newhall Ranch has plentiful access to water in a thirsty...
Blog Post
10/5/2017
by John Ennis
If you were to go looking for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti right now, you’d have a hard time. The media has taken note, with the L.A. Times asking “Where in the World is Mayor Garcetti?” Downtown News asks “What in the World is Eric Garcetti Up To?” L.A Weekly asked “Has Mayor Garrett Been Away From L.A. Too...
News Release
10/3/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A confidential settlement in a civil suit brought in Seattle against Backpage by three of the website’s victims will not stop a bipartisan Congressional effort to amend a key Internet law so websites that facilitate sex trafficking can be prosecuted, Consumer Watchdog said today. Word of the legal settlement came as...
News Release
9/28/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – An autonomous vehicles bill introduced today in the U.S. Senate follows the dangerous route chosen by the House of Representatives when it rushed to pass a bill that threatens highway safety and leaves a regulatory void rather than enacting necessary protections and safety standards, Consumer Watchdog warned today. The...
Blog Post
9/26/2017
By Jamie Court
Americans are waking up.  Reality sucks and we have a better way.   Sharing the midday, San Francisco sunlight with Bernie Sanders Friday, I had a rare feeling these days, that everything is going to be all right.  It felt just the way Bob Marley sang it. Bernie thundered away from the stage in Yerba Buena park to the applause of a...