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News Release
4/29/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Medical Board should be disbanded and patient safety laws reformed to prevent any more deaths caused by dangerous doctors who harm patients but continue practicing without repercussions, said Consumer Watchdog today. A Senate committee will vote this afternoon on a bill proposed by Senator Curren Price and...
News Release
4/24/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –The Department Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) did the right thing in taking aggressive action against the biggest lead battery recycler in the state, a serial toxic polluter, Consumer Watchdog said today. But the group faulted the DTSC for serious lapses in its regulation of the facility over two decades. Specifically, the...
News Release
4/24/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today demanded that Google give straight answers about how it handles apps buyers’ personal information when they buy apps from Google Play, a practice that is the target of a formal complaint from the public interest group to the Federal Trade Commission.   Tuesday, WebProNews and DroidLife,...
News Release
4/19/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA—The California Department of Motor Vehicles must enact regulations that protect safety and privacy in new regulations it is drafting that would cover Google’s driverless cars and other “autonomous vehicles” traveling on California’s highways.   SB 1298, signed into law last September, directs...
News Release
4/3/2013
CONTACT 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...
Video
4/2/2013
The Fair Political Practices Commission has launched a formal investigation into DTSC chief deputy director Odette Madriago to determine whether she violated conflict of interest laws by investing in companies the department regulates. This story aired on April 2, 2013. Vicky Nguyen reports.
News Release
3/27/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Consumer Watchdog today said that the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) levied a paltry fine of under $300,000 onto Chemical Waste Management - operator of the Kettleman Hills hazardous waste landfill - for failing to notify the department of 72 spills of hazardous waste over a four-year period. “The DTSC...
Video
3/11/2013
Lawmakers, consumer advocates and families of overdose victims are voicing concerns about prescription drug abuse in California. They don't believe the medical board is getting the job done and some say it's time to replace the board now.
News Release
3/11/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – Consumer Watchdog called on the legislature to pull the plug on the Medical Board of California at hearings to renew it in Sacramento today because the board has failed in its duty to protect patients from drug dealing, over-prescribing and other dangerous doctors. The group also called for mandatory random drug testing of...
Blog Post
3/10/2013
By Daniel Palay
Is patient safety really a laughing matter? California Medical Board member Dr. Silvia Diego (see video below) seems to think so.  Dr. Diego literally laughs during the October medical board meeting at the notion of doctors paying a modest increase in physician license fees to fund better policing of overprescribing physicians. If you think...