Consumer Watchdog Asks US Attorneys To Investigate Refinery “Maintenance” Issues Driving CA Gas Price Spikes
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA—Consumer Watchdog called on California’s United States Attorneys to investigate the unprecedented refinery outages driving California gasoline price spikes. In a letter, the nonprofit group presented circumstantial evidence that oil refiners may be manipulating gasoline supplies through shutdowns to drive pump prices...
Covered California’s Elimination of Budget Funds for Voter Registration Premature, Says Consumer Watchdog
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Berrera
Santa Monica, CA – Covered California has failed to effectively implement its mandate to help enrollees register to vote, and should restore voter registration funding that has been cut completely in the proposed budget it will consider today, said Consumer Watchdog in a letter to executive director Peter Lee and the Board. According to data...
Southern California Gas Price Difference With U.S. Greatest In 15 Years; 3 Month Bill To Californians Hits $2.4 Billion as CA Oil Refining Profits Soar
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA — Gasoline price spikes cost Californians an extra $2.4 billion for their gasoline between February and April based on the average pump price paid by the average American. Southern Californians are currently paying $4.00 per gallon for regular gas, $1.30 more than the national average – the widest gap ever...
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA -- The state’s tax board must make public an audit and other records related to its historic decision to revoke Blue Shield of California’s tax-exempt status, according to letters sent today by Consumer Watchdog. Millions purchased health plans late last year believing Blue Shield was a "non-profit." Download...
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Google to disclose the details of 11 crashes it has acknowledged its self-driving vehicles were involved in and released a video showing shortcomings of driverless car technology. “Google has admitted to 11 crashes involving its robot cars, but refuses to reveal the details,”...
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on Google to release the reports of accidents involving its driverless cars that have been filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles and to commit to making public all future driverless car accident reports. “It is important that the public know what happened,”...
Tesoro CEO Admits Refinery “Disruption” and Shutdowns = Big Profits, Echoing Chevron Statements About Pump Spike
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- On a call with investors today, Gregory Goff, the CEO of Tesoro admitted refinery shutdowns and “disruptions” led to big profits on the oil company’s bottom line in the first quarter. Tesoro’s profit per barrel in the first quarter jumped by 20 cents, amounting to California profits of $119 million...
California Medical Board Votes Unanimously To Support A Bill Requiring Doctors Check A Patient's Prescription History Before Prescribing Powerful, Addictive Medications
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Los Angeles, CA – Consumer Watchdog today applauded a California Medical Board unanimous vote to support a bill requiring doctors to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive medications – like OxyContin and other opioids – to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose...
CONTACT Jamie Court & Liza Tucker
San Francisco, CA — Consumer Watchdog published a new report today, “Refining Profits: How Californians Get Fleeced At The Pump,” showing that oil refiners have made large profits from gasoline price spikes recently and over the last decade. The report reviewed ten years of publicly available profit data. “The proof’...
Consumer Watchdog Challenges Proponents Of San Francisco Home Sharing Regulation Ballot Initiative To Withdraw Measure’s Privacy Flaws That Violate City’s Core Values
CONTACT Jamie Court & John M. Simpson
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the proponents of a San Francisco ballot initiative that would regulate home sharing platforms, like Airbnb, to withdraw the measure’s privacy violating provisions that are “antithetical to San Francisco’s core values.” The nonprofit nonpartisan group took issue...