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10/6/2017
By Jamie Court
  When we celebrate the Rage for Justice, it’s cases like Martins beach that inspire me.   A high-tech billionaire closes down public access to a beach and is sued to open it up. He refuses to comply with regulators or the courts in order to keep open an access road to a public beach that belongs to all Californians...
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10/5/2017
by John Ennis
If you were to go looking for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti right now, you’d have a hard time. The media has taken note, with the L.A. Times asking “Where in the World is Mayor Garcetti?” Downtown News asks “What in the World is Eric Garcetti Up To?” L.A Weekly asked “Has Mayor Garrett Been Away From L.A. Too...
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9/26/2017
By Jamie Court
Americans are waking up.  Reality sucks and we have a better way.   Sharing the midday, San Francisco sunlight with Bernie Sanders Friday, I had a rare feeling these days, that everything is going to be all right.  It felt just the way Bob Marley sang it. Bernie thundered away from the stage in Yerba Buena park to the applause of a...
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9/16/2017
By Jamie Court
As the legislature ended its business for the year in the early morning hours, legislative leaders proclaimed a prolific progressive session. Not so if you care about consumer protection. Key public interest causes were abandoned because of the power of the usual moneyed interest groups and the dependency of state house politicians on them....
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4/27/2017
By Connor Finney
Late Wednesday afternoon, the Senate Health Committee voted decisively to move S.B. 562 to the floor of the Senate. The Healthy California Act would establish a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system in the state, ensuring that all Californians have access to affordable healthcare. The bill was proposed by Senator Toni Atkins and Senator Ricardo...
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1/18/2017
By Carmen Balber
California consumers and small business owners saved $246 million dollars on their insurance in 2016 thanks to public rate challenges brought by Consumer Watchdog under insurance reform initiative Proposition 103. Since 2002, Consumer Watchdog rate challenges have saved policyholders $3.2 billion on their auto, home, condo, earthquake,...
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1/9/2017
By Laura Antonini
Anthem Blue Cross delivered a blow to its California individual and family plan members at the start of the new year by stripping policies of out-of-network coverage. The worst part: most of these consumers don’t even know yet that they lost their out-of-network coverage for 2017. As of January 1, Anthem converted its 2016 PPO (Preferred...
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12/18/2016
By Jamie Court
Uber is hearing Tommy Petty. It won't back down in its dispute with the California Department of Motor Vehicles over putting its robot cars on California roads without a license to drive. Consumer Watchdog has advocated the test robot cars be impounded and the California Attorney General has now sent a letter telling Uber it will take the...
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12/13/2016
By Jamie Court
Would longtime Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson make the most inappropriate Secretary of State in American history? In 2012, Vladimir Putin was quoted saying to Tillerson, “Mr. Tillerson, I am very happy to see you… This is already our second meeting in a short span of time and there is a good explanation for this: increasingly close...
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12/6/2016
By Jamie Court
The following op-ed commentary by Consumer Watchdog's President Jamie Court, appeared in the Sacramento Bee on December 2, 2016.   The California Democratic Party recently announced that it would no longer accept political contributions from Big Oil. Bravo. This is a positive step forward, especially as the state investigates the party...