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8/1/2017
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A new report by Consumer Watchdog suggests Gov. Jerry Brown showed favoritism for Sempra Energy, the parent company of SoCalGas. Kathleen Brown, the governor's sister, sits on the board of directors of Sempra Energy. Consumer advocates said she and Sempra have benefited financially from decisions made by state regulators...
News Release
8/1/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—Sempra shareholders have profited wildly from the favorable decisions taken by Jerry Brown’s appointees since the Governor was elected, and his sister Kathleen Brown, a Sempra board member, has made more than $1 million in cash and stock since joining the board four years ago, Consumer Watchdog said today in a new...
News Release
7/25/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today urged City Council President Herb Wesson to name a consumer advocate to the citizens’ committee that will nominate the next ratepayer advocate at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. DWP’s first ratepayer advocate, Fred Pickel, is a power industry insider and former consultant to...
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7/12/2017
Carmen Balber of Consumer Watchdog tells KABC 7 News that Amazon's discounts are often not what they seem. Posting fake "List" or "Was" prices to fool consumers.
News Release
7/11/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker, Consumer Watchdog; Julie Light, Food & Water Watch
Sacramento, CA — Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch oppose Assembly Bill 398, brokered by Governor Jerry Brown to extend California’s cap-and-trade program past 2020, as a massive giveaway of billions of dollars to the oil and gas industry that fails to rein in one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in...
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7/11/2017
As Amazon prime day entices millions of shoppers with its discounts, Consumer Watchdog raises an alarm.  John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's tech advocate, highlights a new report that shows Amazon's deceptive pricing practices.
News Release
7/10/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned consumers about Amazon’s deceptive pricing practices and said its dubious behavior means its big promotion on Tuesday should be called ‘Slime Day,” not “Prime Day.” The nonprofit nonpartisan public interest group also called on antitrust authorities to block...
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7/10/2017
John Simpson tells KCBS TV-2, Los Angeles morning news that Amazon's "list prices" are bunk and often nothing more than a deceptive sales tactic.
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7/9/2017
With Amazon Prime Day in full swing, Consumer Watchdog says Amazon's deals are often not what they appear, using fake "was" prices to trick consumers.
News Release
7/6/2017
CONTACT 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...