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News Release
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — The California Senate completed Governor Jerry Brown’s consolidation of the California Public Utility Commission in the hands of three of his closest former aides and two of his former appointees, guaranteeing half a decade of influence by the utility-friendly Governor long after he leaves office, Consumer Watchdog...
News Release
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Acting in response to an investigative report by journalists at ProPublica, the California Department of Insurance has ordered two insurance companies – Nationwide and USAA – to not charge motorists in minority neighborhoods more than motorists with similar risk profiles who live in predominantly white neighborhoods...
Blog Post
By Jamie Court
As the legislature ended its business for the year in the early morning hours, legislative leaders proclaimed a prolific progressive session. Not so if you care about consumer protection. Key public interest causes were abandoned because of the power of the usual moneyed interest groups and the dependency of state house politicians on them....
News Release
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Sacramento, CA – A public backlash against Governor Brown’s eleventh hour attempt to give Western energy barons and Trump officials power over California’s energy and the state’s laws has ended for the year. Assembly Member Chris Holden has stated his last-minute bills will not go forward after activists and newspaper...
News Release
CONTACT Jamie Court & Liza Tucker
Sacramento, CA – Consumer Watchdog today wrote the California Senate that a proposal backed by Governor Brown for a regional electricity market would allow Donald Trump’s appointees to invalidate California ratepayer and environmental protection laws. The last-minute legislation has the backing of some of the same corporate...
News Release
CONTACT John M. Simpson
Group Calls for Attorney General to Investigate SANTA MONICA, CA – Giant credit bureau Equifax’s response to a data breach and its offer for free credit monitoring for victims may violate California law, Consumer Watchdog said today. The group called for Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate. California law requires that a...
News Release
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Los Angeles, CA -- The Los Angeles City Council should reject a recommendation by Fred Pickel, Director of the Office of Public Accountability at the LADWP, that the city back tunnels altering water diversions South from the San Francisco Bay Delta, and should fire him for once again favoring utility over ratepayer interests, Consumer Watchdog...
The DMV is taking action and is now investigating Uber's self-driving truck program after Consumer Watchdog raised concerns that it is not in compliance with California law.
News Release
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Supreme Court has rebuffed an assault by Mercury Casualty Co., State Farm, Allstate, Farmers and other insurance companies on Proposition 103, the landmark insurance reform law that has saved California consumers over $100 billion since voters passed it in 1988. The Court let stand a lower court ruling that...
News Release
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- United States Senator Bernie Sanders Saturday night called on California to take the lead in healthcare reform and pass a bill that would provide a single-payer healthcare system. “The great state of California can send a message that will be heard all over this country, and all over the world if you pass single-payer...