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Blog Post
7/31/2015
By Liza Tucker
When the confirmation of California’s top toxics regulator was over, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon addressed the audience: “You saw democracy working…” But was this really democracy at work? The overwhelming majority of those in the room did not support the confirmation of Ms. Barbara Lee, a former air...
News Release
7/31/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today said an advertising association’s letter to the Federal Trade Commission misunderstands the Right To Be Forgotten and added that consumer privacy protections are not censorship. The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) today sent a letter asking the FTC to reject Consumer Watchdog’s...
News Release
7/30/2015
CONTACT Cody Rosenfield & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA – Valero reported $294 million in second quarter California profits, more than ten times higher than the same quarter last year when the Texas refiner made $24 million. The most staggering increase came in per barrel profits. Last year the company made just 99 cents per barrel in California. This year that number reached $11...
Blog Post
7/29/2015
By John M. Simpson
Promoters of self-driving vehicles tout the supposed benefits the robot cars will bring such as improved road safety if all the technological challenges are solved.  They appear to assume adoption will be widespread once the robot technology is perfected. There is a long way to go. Google’s self-driving cars, now being tested on public...
News Release
7/28/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Kentucky’s dramatic decline in prescription drug abuse and doctor shopping after a 2012 law required providers to check a state database before prescribing powerful and addictive medications is yet more evidence that Californians need the same protections, Consumer Watchdog said today. Since Kentucky’s...
Video
7/27/2015
Consumers should review new health insurance policies closely for “hidden premiums,” including narrow provider networks, high deductibles and climbing cost-sharing that can result in major unexpected medical bills, Consumer Watchdog said today. Health insurance rates released by Covered California today increased an average 4 percent...
News Release
7/27/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Consumers should review new health insurance policies closely for “hidden premiums,” including narrow provider networks, high deductibles and climbing cost-sharing that can result in major unexpected medical bills, Consumer Watchdog said today. Health insurance rates released by Covered California today...
News Release
7/27/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- The U.S. public interest group Consumer Watchdog today wrote European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager asking the Commission to investigate tactics reportedly used by Apple to drive out “freemium” (commercial sponsored) streaming music and unfairly dominate the streaming music business. “Based on...
Video
7/22/2015
Consumer Watchdog’s research has shown that low inventories and recent exports of California’s refined supply have sent California gasoline prices to a record gap with American gas prices. Refined supplies are being exported to South and Central America even as low refining capacity and inventories in the state are pushing pump prices...
Video
7/22/2015
Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, says oil refineries are pocketing more money than ever in California history because of the recent spike in gas prices. On average, Los Angeles County drivers are currently paying $4.25 per gallon for regular gas, $1.50 more than the nationwide average. The Santa Monica-based group is...