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News Release
9/28/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – An autonomous vehicles bill introduced today in the U.S. Senate follows the dangerous route chosen by the House of Representatives when it rushed to pass a bill that threatens highway safety and leaves a regulatory void rather than enacting necessary protections and safety standards, Consumer Watchdog warned today. The...
Blog Post
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...
News Release
9/26/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—Anthem is raising rates on 135,000 California consumers who buy individual polices 35 percent because California is one of the few states without the ability to say no to unjustified rate hikes. In 2014, Consumer Watchdog sponsored a ballot measure, Prop 45, that would have put health care insurers under the same system of...
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
9/20/2017
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Acting in response to an investigative report by journalists at ProPublica, the California Department of Insurance has ordered two insurance companies – Nationwide and USAA – to not charge motorists in minority neighborhoods more than motorists with similar risk profiles who live in predominantly white neighborhoods...
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...
Blog Post
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....
News Release
9/14/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called upon the executives of Google and Facebook to testify at a Senate hearing next week – rather than hide – and explain their position that a key Internet law should not be amended so websites that facilitate online sex trafficking, like Backpage can be held accountable. “Tech...
Video
9/13/2017
How Badly Did Equifax Mishandle Its Data Breach? from Rising Up With Sonali on Vimeo. In light of the Equifax hack, Jamie and Sonali talk about what mistakes were made and how Equifax acted irresponcibly both before and after the breach, leading to the data breach of millions of Americans.
News Release
9/13/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised 21st Century Fox for joining Tech giant Oracle and CoStar Group in supporting a bipartisan Congressional effort to amend a key Internet law so rogue websites like Backpage can be held accountable for facilitating child sex trafficking. In a letter to sponsors of the Senate bill, Sen. Ron...