A bill (SB372) to transform California's Bottle Deposit System did not pass the senate in January 2020. Now, Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog calls on Governor Gavin Newsom to demand that the beverage industry take responsibility for recycling and redeeming consumer deposits on their containers.
In its report "Trashed," Consumer Watchdog backs the bill, which pulls from the cornerstones of the most successful bottle deposit systems in the US and abroad.
Consumer Watchdog supports Governor Newsom's request for the Attorney General to open an investigation into the reasons behind California's extrordinarily high gas prices and potential price fixing by refiners to increase profits at the expense of consumers.
Governor Newsom has asked Attorney General Becerra to investigate the high gas prices in California, suggesting that oil refiners are manipulating prices with no legitimate justification. Consumer Watchdog applauds this action and the examination of the Golden State Gouge.
Lara had campaigned on a pledge not to take any money from the insurance industry. However he later broke that pledge and accepted insurance industry money, taking $50,000 from people affiliated with the industry.
If you use a car to commute in SoCal, here’s some news you’ve already felt: gas prices have reached their highest level in five years in California, and have hit 17 straight days of increases in L.A. County.
If you have friends in other states, here’s some more news your friend has probably hipped you to: California’s gas prices are about $1.50 more per gallon than the national average ($4.13 a gallon compared to $2.67).
Gas prices have gone up every day for the last 13 days in California. Jamie Court discusses the increasing prices in California and suggests filling up at independent gas stations rather than the big chains, saying they get better deals from refineries. "It's a lot of profit for the oil industries," Court says, "they treat us as a cash machine, they treat us as an ATM."
"Job and education level are being used as proxies for race and class" says Consumer Watchdog Executive Director Carmen Balber. Drivers working blue-collar jobs, without college degrees or those who live in less affluent neighborhoods are being discriminated against and end up paying more for their car insurance.