VIDEO: Brown's Dirty Hands

Governor Brown has walked the world speaking out against climate change. But an exhaustive review of his Administration's actions shows they've often helped oil, gas and utility companies at the expense of the environment and the consumer, and that contributions from the companies often followed.

Why the Legislature Likely Saw the Regional Grid as Déjà Vu All Over Again

In 2002 I stood up in front of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee and presented reasons why Enron had caused the so called “California Energy Crisis.”  I was alone that day on a panel of senior regulators and energy officials.  My picture in the New York Times the next day captured the puzzled looks of my more important panelists as I failed to support the consensus that nothing was wrong.  

Fooled Again? Western Grid Is Big Game At End of Session

The stage is being set for another end-of-the-session swindle of the consumer and the environment by some of the same cast of characters who took the state to the cleaners the first time.  

Opioid Reform Gains Ground Despite Docs' Opposition

A major reform bill to prevent opioid addiction took a big step forward today with a 20-0 bipartisan vote in the Assembly Appropriations committee. Under SB 482, doctors in California would be required to use a life-saving medical tool to help them prescribe painkillers safely. The bill heads to the Assembly Floor later this month.

Are Utilities Hacking The

Three months ago, Consumer Watchdog launched the - a searchable online database with hundreds of thousands of documents and emails from inside the scandal-ridden California Public Utilities Commission. Now, it seems as though someone may be attempting to gain unauthorized access to the system, with over 400 attempts from all over the world.

Covered CA Has Insurance Companies Covered, Not Consumers

Covered California’s announced 13% rate hike for health insurance rates in 2017 is going to hit consumers hard.  It’s a double whammy since California policyholders have suffered from some of the narrowest networks of doctors and hospitals in the country, allegedly as the price paid for modest premium hikes the last couple of years. Now Californians have fewer choices of doctors – less than 25% of an area’s docs in most plans – and higher premiums: the worst of all worlds.


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