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News Release
9/22/2017
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...
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8/25/2017
Porter Ranch residents are up in arms over possible appointment of PUC commissioner Cliff Rechtschaffen.
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8/24/2017
Porter Ranch residents affected by the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak demand answers from Rechtschaffen during his PUC confirmation hearing at the State Senate.
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8/24/2017
Cliff Rechtschaffen faced an uphill battle during his confirmation hearing when Porter Ranch residents voiced their opposition after his handling of the Aliso Canyon methane gas leak.
News Release
8/23/2017
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA --  Public interest groups are urging the California Senate Rules Committee to demand answers about oil and gas well safety breaches from Governor Brown’s top oil and gas aide and to not confirm him to the Public Utilities Commission without them. The groups called upon Senate leader Kevin de Leon and the Committee not to...
News Release
6/27/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today called on the Public Utilities Commission to require disclosure of any communications about new, unnecessary natural gas-fired power plants in Southern California made during Governor Jerry Brown’s recent trip to Beijing to tout clean energy. The trip, during which energy company executives...
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...