Consumer Watchdog Calls on Senator Richard Pan to Tackle Drunk Emergency Room Physicians

Consumer Watchdog today called upon California State Senator Richard Pan to introduce legislation addressing the ongoing problem of drug- and alcohol-abusing physicians in California emergency rooms. Pan has announced legislation that would regulate how hospitals treat intoxicated patients.

Top Toxics Regulator Levies No Fines On Exide For Fresh Violations In Signal It Plans To Grant Serial Polluter A Permit

Far from turning over a new leaf, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) listed eight violations inspectors discovered at Exide Technologies’ lead battery recycling facility in Vernon without levying a single fine, according to Consumer Watchdog

Mercury Insurance Fined $27.5 Million for Charging California Consumers Illegal Auto Insurance Fees

Mercury Insurance has been ordered by the California Insurance Commissioner to pay a historic $27.5 million penalty for willfully violating Proposition 103, by charging California consumers illegal auto insurance fees between 1996 and 2006.
 

State Lawmaker's Client List at Law Firm Undisclosed

Clients of state Senator Robert Hertzberg, who has a second job a Los Angeles law firm, remain undisclosed despite the fact that he proposed a major overhaul of the state’s tax laws that could benefit some corporations at the expense of other industries. 

A Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests filed by Senator Hertzberg in March of 2014 is out of date, disclosing his former firm and containing no client list

Will State Officials Racing For Boxer's Seat Be Bold or Weaker?

The announcement by Senator Boxer, a true champion of the underdog (watch her Rage for Justice speech), that she will not run for the Senate in 2016 will likely make a lot of other state officials rethink how they do their jobs. It's a lot like the moves you make playing musical chairs to make sure the music doesn't run out without you getting a seat.

California Officials Ready to Spank Oil Companies

I have been watching oil companies get away with price gouging for so many years that it was refreshing to see California's top political leaders let the oil companies know that they're going to be on the hot seat if they try to undermine California's landmark environmental laws taking effect in January.
 

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