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8/10/2011
By Judy Dugan
The old adage about gasoline prices, “up like a rocket, down like a feather,” has never been so true. The price of crude oil in recent days has been down near $80 a barrel, translating to about $1.92 a gallon. But the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline, according to AAA, is stuck at $3.63 a gallon, what it was...
News Release
7/9/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA— Californian drivers, who have paid an average of 74 cents more per gallon at the pump than drivers nationwide, have shelled out $4.5 billion more for their gasoline than US drivers from February to June, Consumer Watchdog said today. The nonprofit group’s analysis is based on statewide consumption and the higher...
Blog Post
10/18/2011
By Jamie Court
After spending some time at Occupy LA last week, and seeing the worldwide protests the occupation inspired this weekend, I have a firm sense that the cold of winter will not freeze the passion at the heart of the movement.   This is no flash mob. It's a movement about occupying space to stand against gross inequality, pitching a...
Blog Post
4/12/2011
By Judy Dugan
Oil companies are making a fortune off of drivers with oil at $109 a barrel (which comes to $2.60 a gallon at 42 gallons per barrel).  But they’re getting rich a second time refining the oil into gasoline. Since January, the measure of refining profitability known as the crack spread–basically the difference between what...
Blog Post
8/25/2011
By Jamie Court
The San Francisco Chronicle reported this morning on the front page about the landmark insurance reform we expect to be spending the next fifteen months working for. Insurance companies, the legislature and recent court rulings have all turned against consumers, much like they had in 1988, when California voters struck back with the...
Video
6/2/2011
In the past year, two of California's major health insurance companies have announced double-digit rate increases; both were scaled back under enormous public pressure. Now, there's a movement to allow state regulators to say no to unreasonable rate hikes.
News Release
8/5/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA — California has broken all records for the biggest gap between what consumers here have paid so far versus the rest of the nation for gas at the pump, Consumer Watchdog said today. Californians paid $1.2 billion more, after tax differentials, than the rest of the nation in the month of July, a record, and $4.8 billion more...
Blog Post
6/8/2011
By Judy Dugan
Health insurance companies aren't the only ones that raked in the dough as insurance premiums rose 138% over the last decade. Health insurance brokers, who get their pay as sales commissions from insurance companies, made out like bandits, too. A recent California Department of Insurance survey of four of the five top insurers in the state...
Blog Post
4/14/2011
By Carmen Balber
Hilda Sarkisyan became a tireless advocate for change when she lost her daughter Nataline to cancer after their insurance company denied coverage for a potentially life-saving transplant. Wendell Potter was an executive at that insurance company when Nataline’s death became the final wake-up call that led him to leave the industry and...
Video
9/22/2011
Consumer Watchdog is running this TV ad in the district of CA State Senator Ed Hernandez after the revelation that he has received more than $350,000 from the states' largest health care plan, Kaiser, while chairing the CA Senate Health Committee. The video shows his insensitivity to a constituent who could not afford his health insurance...