Consumer Watchdog Opposes California Sen. Hueso’s Bill That Would Limit Criticism Of Shady Business Practices
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today opposed SB 726, a California Senate Bill that would curtail the ability for critics to speak out against questionable business practices. The bill was introduced as gut and amend legislation by Sen. Ben Hueso. The Assembly Banking and Finance Committee will hold a hearing on SB 726 on Monday, June...
By Jamie Court
Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and that goes for blackout threats too. The California Senate Energy, Utilities & Commerce Committee has set an oversight hearing for May 10th to ask state energy regulators about last week's controversial report that absent Aliso Canyon's gas storage there would be blackouts this summer in...
Watchdogs Petition PUC For Open Investigation On Porter Ranch Leak; Decry Secrecy & Question Lack of Transparency
CONTACT Jamie Court & Charles Langley
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog and the law offices of Aquirre & Severson petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission for an open investigation into the Porter Ranch leak, including the immediate release of key documents and a PUC meeting in Los Angeles within 10 days to discuss the petition. “The CPUC has failed to...
Consumer Watchdog is demanding the California Public Utilities Commission conduct an open, full and public investigation into the Porter Ranch gas leak.
New California Lobbyist Disclosure Rules Good First Step But Loophole Will Undermine Change, Says Consumer Watchdog
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- The Fair Political Practices Commission today approved a new regulation requiring more disclosure of shadow payments by the state’s biggest lobbyists on advertising and other spending to influence lawmakers. Consumer Watchdog said a loophole in the rules could allow big industries or other lobbyists to continue concealing...
Consumer Watchdog called for an investigation into racist emails sent by Department of Toxic Substances Control employees about the citizens they are supposed to be protecting.
Consumer Watchdog Demands Full Investigation by Senate Leader of Racist Emails Written By Staffer In Key Role On Cleanups At Top Toxics Agency
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today urged Senate pro Tempore Kevin de Leon to fully disclose racist emails written by scientists and other staff at the Department of Toxic Substances Control and to conduct a full investigation into the matter. DTSC emails Consumer Watchdog obtained from Public Records Act requests contain phrases such...
Consumer Watchdog Calls For Independent, All-Public Member Medical Board To End Self-Regulation By Physicians
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Lawmakers should overhaul the state Medical Board to create an all-public member board, wrote Consumer Watchdog in a letter to lawmakers today, and ensure physician oversight is conducted to protect the public interest, not doctors. The letter urged Senator Hill and Assembly Member Bonilla, chairs of the Senate and...
By Jamie Court
The power of California’s oil refiners is always felt but rarely visible in Sacramento. It was on full display at Wednesday’s press conference when the Governor, State Senate leader and Assembly Speaker acknowledged that California's effort to lead the world by cutting petroleum use in half was dead for the year due to oil...
Governor Signs Misguided Bill Creating Another Financial Hurdle For Public’s Access to Direct Democracy, Says Consumer Watchdog
CONTACT Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed misguided legislation hiking the ballot initiative filing fee to $2,000 from $200 that will do nothing to stop frivolous initiatives but will undermine the public’s right to direct democracy, Consumer Watchdog said today. Prompted by an unconscionable initiative, which was later...