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News Release
10/16/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Over the weekend, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation merging two water districts to benefit Five Point Holdings, builder of a massive new development called Newhall Ranch in northern L.A. County. Kathleen Brown, the governor’s sister, sits on the board and was paid $122,667 in 2016, according to a Five Point...
News Release
5/24/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to reject staff recommendations for minor fines against the Governor’s top aide Nancy McFadden and the Democratic Party, and to reopen the cases and interview witnesses not contacted. The FPPC meets tomorrow to decide the matters. The...
Blog Post
11/9/2016
By Jamie Court
The balance of power in American politics shifted fundamentally yesterday. I know it’s tough for all of us to wrap our minds around. The fact is what we do in the way we do it is needed more than ever today. We stand up to corruption in government and industry so people aren't so disaffected. If ever the world needed the Consumer...
News Release
11/9/2016
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Angelenos who voted down Measure RRR delivered the message to the largest municipal utility in the country that they will not stand for the dysfunctional Department of Water & Power policing itself, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Angelenos just voted for more DWP accountability for $44 million in customer billing...
News Release
11/4/2016
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA — Seven California news stations have not aired a single story about Proposition 61 to educate voters on the measure that would cap state prescription drug prices, despite receiving nearly $1.7 million in ad money from the pharmaceutical industry’s record-breaking $109 million No campaign. Other California TV stations...
News Release
11/2/2016
CONTACT Liza Tucker & John Ennis
SANTA MONICA, CA — With Election Day rapidly approaching, a new animated short can help Californians make informed decisions when they vote on the seventeen statewide propositions on the ballot. Created by Consumer Watchdog as a non-partisan resource for easy sharing, “Who’s Behind the Props?” explains the ballot measures...
News Release
10/26/2016
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Even students disenchanted with the presidential race could decide real and pressing issues in this year’s election if they turn out to vote on California’s 17 ballot propositions, Consumer Watchdog said today. “This year’s California ballot is a blockbuster -- voters will decide real issues from...
News Release
10/26/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — LA Charter Measure RRR makes LADWP less accountable for its billing errors and allows for the utility to raise rates, enter into private contracts, and increase dangerous fossil fuel emissions without City Council or Mayoral oversight, Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch said today. The public interest groups...
News Release
10/14/2016
CONTACT Cody Rosenfield & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog released a video election alert today, called “Vote for Real,” that reveals that celebrities in ‘get-out-the-vote’ videos voted in less than 4 of every 10 elections and highlights the real issues on this year’s California ballot. The non-profit, non-partisan organization said...
News Release
9/29/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—Governor Brown’s call today for the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to use existing authority to enact more reforms rings hollow upon close inspection of his role in derailing major reform on the last day of the legislative session, Consumer Watchdog said today. Brown used the occasion of signing five PUC reform...