Public Officials' Private Emails Allow Them to Evade Scrutiny

Government officials using private, personal emails usually do it because it allows them to evade public disclosure. Hillary Clinton was just the latest to skirt public disclosure when she used a private account while Secretary of State. 

State Should Release Psychotropic Medication Prescribing Information in Foster Care, Ban on Big Pharma Payments to Doctors

 Saying the public has a right to know, Consumer Watchdog called upon Senators Mike McGuire and Jim Beall to subpoena Department of Health Care Services data on prescribing patterns of psychotropic medication by doctors to foster youth. Senator McGuire and Senator Beall are holding a joint legislative hearing today on the misuse of psychotropic medication in the foster care system.

State Investigators Still Mum On Consumer Watchdog Request To Rule Out Refinery Price Manipulation

Consumer Watchdog said today that the spot price of gas leapt a dime overnight, as the group had predicted in the wake of two refinery shutdowns affecting 16 percent of the state’s refining capacity.

“We really need proper oversight of refineries in terms of ruling out price manipulation via shutdowns,” wrote Consumer Watchdog in two letters to state officials earlier this week.

For the letters, see:

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.
 

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