Consumer Watchdog and it's coalition partners release report detailing Governor Brown's poor environmental record in addition to his role in the Aliso Canyon natural Gas facility's continued operation. California has an energy glut in light of Jerry Brown's administrations continued role in the opening of new Natural Gas...
12 Public Interest Groups Find Governor Jerry Brown Is Not So Green; Lays Blame for Excess CA Electricity At His Door
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica—As Governor Jerry Brown’s regulators race to reopen Aliso Canyon without knowing what caused the biggest methane leak in U.S. history, a dozen advocacy and public interest law groups concur that Brown is falling short on environmental regulation in six out of seven key categories. The comprehensive review of Governor Jerry...
LADWP Customer Bill Of Rights Nothing But Paper Without Overhaul Of Utility Bureaucracy And Independent Ratepayer Voice To Hold DWP Accountable
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- The LADWP’s pledge to give customers a bill of rights is a step forward, but the LADWP remains in need of a major bureaucratic overhaul, Consumer Watchdog said today. “These are common sense reforms that should be standard business practice and shouldn’t need a board of commissioners’ vote,” said...
Uncovered PUC Emails, Financial Documents Show Gov Brown’s Top Aide Used Official Post To Pump Up Her PG&E Stock & Help Former Employer In Wake Of San Bruno Explosion
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Governor Brown’s top aide, Nancy McFadden, appears to have broken state laws by owning up to $1 million in stock in her former employer, Pacific Gas & Electric, and using her official position for personal financial benefit by intervening to inflate the company’s stock price, according to a complaint filed with...
Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Being at the California Energy Commission to testify about how California oil refiners manipulated prices at the pump Tuesday was like prosecuting a case against a defendant who refused to show. The state's oil refiners and their trade association would not participate. They sent a rude letter from their lawyers to the panel empowered by the...
Does DWP Overcharge Scandal Extend to Sweetheart Settlement With Over-billing Lawyer? Judge Puts Brakes On Settlement
By Jamie Court
The LA Department of Water and Power's overbilling scandals are epic. They include an elderly couple who are Soviet emigrees and lived in fear because DWP issued a $50,000 bill to them. When they complained, they were told to check for a leaky toilet. DWP is one of the least accountable agencies in the city. When it said it was cleaning...
Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com FOX BUSINESS CHANNEL - Consumer Watchdog's John M. Simpson on efforts to improve the energy efficiency of home appliances.
By Judy Dugan
The news reports were on the gee-whiz side this week as state job safety regulators announced nearly $1 million in fines--the largest ever!-- against Chevron for its refinery blaze last August. But "largest ever" only means that the levy hit the state's $1 million cap on such fines. For Chevron, whose yearly profits are...