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News Release
8/17/2016
Posted by Jamie Court

Santa Monica, CA -- Testifying before a state panel investigating California’s high gas prices, oil-trading company Vitol blamed ExxonMobil’s lack of transparency for the record 2015 gas price spike. Brad Lucas, a West Coast trader for the company, stated...
News Release
8/10/2016
Posted by Jamie Court

Santa Monica, CA—Public interest group Consumer Watchdog today reported that twenty-six energy companies including the state’s three major investor-owned utilities, Occidental, Chevron, and NRG—all with business before the state—donated $9.8...
News Release
8/5/2016
Posted by Jamie Court

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on California Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla to restore key privacy protections to her bill (AB 1592) that would allow self-driving shuttle buses to be tested on California roads without human drivers. “It...
News Release
8/4/2016
Posted by Jamie Court

Santa Monica, CA –  Consumer Watchdog pointed today to big new California oil profit reports, gasoline pricing data and a candid remark from a refinery CEO to show that the companies are making unreasonable profits from California drivers due to their market...
News Release
7/19/2016
Posted by Jamie Court

Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said the 13.2% rise in health insurance premiums for 2017 announced by Covered California is the result of the state’s failure to enact health insurance rate regulation like nearly 40 other states. “These outrageous...
Blog Post
6/29/2016
Posted by Jamie Court

It takes hubris befitting a king for the US Supreme Court to rule, on the eve of celebrating the Declaration of Independence, our founding screed against political corruption, that a jury cannot convict a governor for taking $177,000 in loans and favors from a donor he...
Blog Post
6/27/2016
Posted by Jamie Court

Governor Brown and legislative leaders announced a series of agreed-upon reforms to target the corruption that's haunted the Public Utilities Comission during the Brown-era and immediately prior to it.    There are some substantive changes on the list...
News Release
5/25/2016
Posted by Jamie Court

Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has launched the first searchable website with hundreds of thousands of emails and other files uncovered from corruption scandals at the California Public Utilities Commission during Governor Jerry Brown's Administration....
Blog Post
5/17/2016
Posted by Jamie Court

Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik recently took on the "drug money" against a November ballot measure to require the state to pay the lowest price available for prescription drugs, which is the Veterans Administration prices.    Drug...
Blog Post
4/27/2016
Posted by Jamie Court

It's probably hard to feel the sting of state gasoline prices, that are 70 cents per gallon above US prices, when you are in an ivory tower.  Perhaps that's why some of the academics on California Energy Commission's Petroleum Market Advisory...