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1/1/2001
Consumer Watchdog
Require petitions to contain a notice to the voter indicating whether the circulator is paid or a volunteer. Disclose top 3 campaign contributors (major donors of $50,000 or more) on the face of petitions. Contributors would be identified using a name or phrase which clearly indicates their economic or other special interest. Voters want and...
Feature
1/1/2001
Consumer Watchdog
Use the sample below and write a letter to your Assemblymember today to ensure they support the critical reforms in AB 1236. If you are unsure who your representative is, visit www.assembly.ca.gov, or check the front of your local phone book! ******** SAMPLE LETTER TO YOUR LEGISLATOR The Honorable ________ California State Assembly P.O. Box...
Feature
1/1/2001
Consumer Watchdog
What It Is The Taxpayer Protection Amendment (TPA) prevents a conflict of interest between public officials and those with whom these officials do business. Specifically, the TPA prohibits a public official from receiving campaign donations, gifts or employment from anyone benefiting from the official's discretionary actions (i.e. awarding public...
Feature
1/1/2001
Consumer Watchdog
Charter Amendment The ________ City Charter shall be amended by the addition of Article __, to read as follows: ARTICLE __. TAXPAYER PROTECTION Section __. Title This Article shall be known as the City of ________ Taxpayer Protection Amendment of 2000. Section __. Findings and Declarations (a) The people of the City of ________ ("City") find...
Feature
1/1/2001
Consumer Watchdog
"If a society is in trouble, the solution is not less democracy; it's more." - John Dewey What is the Problem? Citizens have little or no influence over social or public policy. Powerful interests, rather than citizens' needs, dictate politics. The initiative process, once a powerful tool of democracy, has been misused by special interests and...
Feature
12/30/2000
Consumer Watchdog
Read and/or download the guide at this link: http://www.calpatientguide.org/
Feature
12/8/2000
Harvey Rosenfield
Background: For nearly a century, California's electricity has been provided by electric utility companies, each with their own local monopoly. For many technical and economic reasons, it has been cheaper for one electric utility to provide electricity than for several. During the 1970's and 80's, the state's three largest electric utilities...
Feature
8/11/2000
Consumer Watchdog
Feature
8/1/2000
HR
The price of all forms of liability insurance (insurance that covers homeowners, businesses and motorists when they hurt others) rose dramatically between 1985 and 1987, provoking a furor first among members of the business community and, eventually, among motorists. 1 This so-called "insurance crisis" garnered the attention of lawmakers...