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News Release
5/4/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Public interest advocacy groups Consumer Watchdog, Food & Water Watch, Rootskeeper, Save Porter Ranch, and public interest attorneys Aguirre & Severson LLP, have urged the Senate Rules Committee not to confirm former aide to Governor Jerry Brown, Cliff Rechtschaffen, to the California Public Utilities Commission....
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...
News Release
9/1/2016
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Yesterday, as a state court ruled Governor Brown’s emails in a utility scandal could not be made public because the Superior Court had no jurisdiction, Brown reneged on an agreement made this summer to create such court review.  AB 2903 and SB 1017 mysteriously died on the last night of session with objections from...
News Release
7/12/2016
CONTACT Liza Tucker, Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- A report released today by California’s electric grid manager, the California Independent System Operator, supports utilizing a 1999 California law from the electricity deregulation era to create a Western grid.  Consumer Watchdog warned it would once again commoditize electricity, divorce the costs of generation...
Blog Post
6/27/2016
By Jamie Court
Governor Brown and legislative leaders announced a series of agreed-upon reforms to target the corruption that's haunted the Public Utilities Comission during the Brown-era and immediately prior to it.    There are some substantive changes on the list that move the ball foward for rooting out the next corruption scandal and...
News Release
5/25/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has launched the first searchable website with hundreds of thousands of emails and other files uncovered from corruption scandals at the California Public Utilities Commission during Governor Jerry Brown's Administration.   www.PUCpapers.org allows the public, journalists, advocates, litigators,...
Blog Post
4/20/2016
By Jamie Court
Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and that goes for blackout threats too.   The California Senate Energy, Utilities & Commerce Committee has set an oversight hearing for May 10th to ask state energy regulators about last week's controversial report that absent Aliso Canyon's gas storage there would be blackouts this summer in...
News Release
4/12/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has written legislative leaders to call for answers under oath from PUC President Michael Picker and other energy regulators about why state reports misrepresented Southern California natural gas reserves and capacity to invoke the threat of blackouts if Aliso Canyon’s gas reserves are shut down. Read...
Video
4/12/2016
Consumer advocates say authorities are lying to the public about potential rolling blackouts to scare them into reopening the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility.
Video
4/12/2016
Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch are calling for an investigation into what they say are lies and scare tactics to try to get the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility reopened.