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3/9/2001
Consumer Watchdog
Case: Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation, et al. v. Harry Low Cities of Los Angeles and Oakland City and County of San Francisco Spanish Speaking Citizens' Foundation Consumers Union Southern Christian Leadership Conference Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights Senator Jackie Speier, Chair, California Senate Insurance Committee...
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2/7/2001
Consumer Watchdog
Read the Proposition 103 Enforcement Project's Petition to the California Supreme Court to hear case to end insurers' practices of basing auto premiums primarily on ZIP code
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2/5/2001
Consumer Watchdog
Some state officials believe a multi-billion dollar ratepayer bailout of Edison and PG&E is necessary. FTCR and other consumer groups are adamantly opposed to another utility bailout. (See our fact sheet). The companies created the deregulation mess, exacerbated the current crisis, and have the resources to bail themselves out. They should be...
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2/5/2001
Consumer Watchdog
The passage of AB1X on Thursday, February 1, is an unprecedented event in our state's history. Governor Davis and the California Legislature have placed the state, and its taxpayers, in the electricity supply business on behalf of private utility companies, who claim they can't, and clearly won't, perform that function any longer. Some have argued...
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2/5/2001
Consumer Watchdog
As part of the deregulation deal enacted by the California Legislature in 1996, California's utility companies -- Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Southern California Edison and Dan Diego Gas and Electric -- insisted that residential and small business electricity rates be frozen at 50% above the market price until 2002, in order to allow them to...
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2/1/2001
Consumer Watchdog
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2/1/2001
Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Groups' Proposal for Electricity Re-Regulation California's core electricity customers -- homeowners, renters and small business ratepayers -- need to be protected from the turbulence of the wholesale energy market. These core customers are the chief victims of deregulation. The Small Consumer Rate Protection Act (SB 18X by Senator...
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1/15/2001
Consumer Watchdog
Edison representatives claim that the California Public Utilities Commission forced the state's utilities into deregulation with a December 1995 order, against the recommendation of the utilities. In fact, after the state PUC gave the go-ahead to end government regulation of electricity in December 1995, Edison CEO John Bryson told the LA Times...
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1/9/2001
Consumer Watchdog
Re-Regulation and Public Power California's electricity crisis is not a result of supply shortages; it is due to the design of our electricity system. To date we have provided the nation with an example of what not to do. We must do better this time. In the wake of the failure of the deregulation experiment, California must develop a system...