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News Release
9/12/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Governor Brown’s former cabinet secretary, and former executive for Pacific Gas & Electric, Dana Williamson, is said to be lobbying in the state Capitol to ramrod through reauthorization of a regional trading market for electricity that set up the state’s disastrous energy crisis two decades ago, according...
Video
2/6/2017
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...
News Release
2/6/2017
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...
News Release
1/3/2017
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...
News Release
3/14/2016
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...
Blog Post
10/16/2015
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...
Blog Post
9/10/2015
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...
Video
7/21/2014
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.
Blog Post
1/31/2013
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...