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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...
News Release
9/18/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog, Food & Water Watch, DWP ratepayers and other advocacy groups rally today in front of City Hall to urge the Los Angeles City Council to fire DWP ratepayer advocate Fred Pickel for selling out ratepayers instead of protecting their interests. “Pickel is an energy consultant whose bread has always...
News Release
9/11/2017
CONTACT Jamie Court & Liza Tucker
Sacramento, CA – Consumer Watchdog today wrote the California Senate that a proposal backed by Governor Brown for a regional electricity market would allow Donald Trump’s appointees to invalidate California ratepayer and environmental protection laws. The last-minute legislation has the backing of some of the same corporate...
News Release
8/29/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Los Angeles, CA -- The Los Angeles City Council should reject a recommendation by Fred Pickel, Director of the Office of Public Accountability at the LADWP, that the city back tunnels altering water diversions South from the San Francisco Bay Delta, and should fire him for once again favoring utility over ratepayer interests, Consumer Watchdog...
Video
8/25/2017
Porter Ranch residents are up in arms over possible appointment of PUC commissioner Cliff Rechtschaffen.
Video
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.
Video
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
7/6/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—As Governor Brown challenges the Trump administration today on climate change by issuing a sweeping invitation to a global “climate action” summit in San Francisco, Consumer Watchdog is challenging the Governor to hold the summit in Northern California’s Richmond or in Southern California cities like...
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....