Supply Squeeze Prompts Record Gas Prices

By Matthew Hall, SANTA MONICA DAILY PRESS

October 4, 2022

https://smdp.com/2022/10/04/supply-squeeze-prompts-record-gas-prices/

Average gasoline prices in Los Angeles have risen 63.4 cents per gallon in the last week, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 2,135 stations in Los Angeles. Prices in Los Angeles are $1.08 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.93 per gallon higher than a year ago. 

Oil Company Extortion in California as Consumers Pay Twice as Much Per Gallon as the Rest of the Country

By Ian Masters, BACKGROUND BRIEFING

October 3, 2022

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Then with consumers in California paying twice as much per gallon as the rest of the country because refineries are producing less without explaining why, we look into what Governor Newsom is describing as extortion with the five refiners ripping off the public while making more money for delivering less product.

Novice Republican Or Democrat Embroiled In Controversy? Voters To Pick Next Insurance Commissioner

By Melody Gutierrez, LOS ANGELES TIMES

October 3, 2022

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-03/voters-to-decide-ne…

SACRAMENTO —  California voters will decide this November who will lead a state agency that wields significant power over home, auto and other insurance policies, selecting between an incumbent Democrat embroiled in controversy and his novice Republican challenger.

KNBC TV-4 Los Angeles, CA: Southern California Gas Prices are Breaking Records — Again

By John Cadiz Klemack and Maggie More, KNBC TV-4 Los Angeles, CA

October 3, 2022

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/southern-california-gas-prices…

It's a record that drivers in Southern California were hoping would stay unbroken: gas prices are now at all-time highs in Los Angeles County and Riverside County.

About Those Painful Prices At California Gas Pumps

By Nate Perez, LAIST.COM

October 2, 2022

https://laist.com/news/transportation/about-those-painful-prices-at-cal…

Drivers in the Los Angeles area are now paying $6.45 on average for a gallon of regular — Orange and Ventura counties are nearly as pricey and Riverside and San Bernardino counties are little over $6.30 a gallon. The average price of a gallon nationwide is just under $3.80.

Newsom Relaxes Refinery Rules As California Gas Prices Soar

By Kathleen Ronanyne, ASSOCIATED PRESS

September 30, 2022

https://apnews.com/article/business-california-gavin-newsom-prices-clim…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that oil refineries could start selling more polluting winter-blend gasoline ahead of schedule to ease soaring fuel prices, directly contradicting his own goals for reducing climate pollutants.

Empty Wine and Liquor Bottles Will Be Worth 10 Cents Each In California, Under New Recycling Law

Newsom signs measure environmental groups have urged since 1980s to reduce litter

By Paul Rogers, BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

September 28, 2022

https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2022/09/28/empty-wine-and-liquor-bottles-w…

Just polished off a nice Chardonnay? A glass of Pinot with dinner? A mango margarita even?

KCRW 89.9FM NPR Santa Monica, CA: High Gas Prices In CA Are Caused By Oil Refiners Causing Outages

By Cherry Glazer, KCRW 89.9FM NPR Santa Monica, CA

September 28, 2022

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Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court explains how the huge difference in CA gas prices vs the rest of the country is due to oil refiners causing outages so they can raise prices artificially. 

KNX 1070AM Los Angeles, CA: Oil Refiners Are Causing Outages So They Can Raise Gas Prices

By Staff Reporters, KNX 1070AM Los Angeles, CA

September 28, 2022

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Jamie Court with Consumer Watchdog tells KNX how the big 5 oil refiners who own 90% of business in California are purposely causing outages so they can jack up gas prices.

Insurers Say California's Inaction Threatens Auto Policies

By Don Thompson, ASSOCIATED PRESS

September 26, 2022

https://apnews.com/article/health-california-covid-traffic-02c6d9215243…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Top U.S. insurance companies and associations say California is risking a crisis in the nation’s largest automobile insurance market by refusing to approve any rate increases for more than two years, since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

2022 Rage for Justice Awards

The Rage For Justice Awards were held on September 24, 2022 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Charles Johnson was honored as the Citizen Activist of the Year. Tom Morello received the Phillip Burton Public Service Award. Nick and Courtney Rowley accepted the Lifetime Legal Achievement Award.

2022 Rage Backdrop

KNX 1070AM Los Angeles, CA: Insurance Companies Are Using Your Private Information To Raise Your Rates

By Emily Valdes, KNX 1070AM Los Angeles, CA

September 25, 2022

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Harvey Rosenfield, author of Proposition 103 from 1988, tells KNX how insurance companies are using AI and online tracking to collect our private information without our consent and in violation of Prop 103.

Consumer Watchdog Says California Drivers Need Protections Against Misuse Of Technology By Insurers

By Dave LaChance, REPAIRER DRIVEN NEWS

September 23, 2022

https://www.repairerdrivennews.com/2022/09/23/consumer-watchdog-says-ca…

Consumer protection organization Consumer Watchdog is urging California’s insurance commissioner to protect the state’s residents against the misuse of computer algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) by insurers.

Editorial: Californians Deserve Better Than Ricardo Lara and Robert Howell For Insurance Commissioner

Editorial by SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NEWS GROUP EDITORIAL BOARD

September 21, 2022

https://www.dailynews.com/2022/09/21/californians-deserve-better-than-r…

Our editorial board interviews candidates for public office with the goal of helping voters gain the greatest possible understanding of the offices, the issues and the options before them.

Will New Regulations Do Enough To Keep Homeowners From Losing Fire Insurance?

By Michael Finney & Randall Yip, KGO ABC TV-7 San Francisco, CA

September 9, 2022

https://abc7news.com/fire-insurance-home-risk-score-danger/12213902/

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (KGO) -- Homeowners in California who live in a high-risk fire zones could find it easier to get their home policies renewed. That's if new state regulations work as intended. Not everyone is convinced it will work.

Proposed California Recycling Bill Includes Glass Bottles

By Shawnte Passmore, KMAX CBS TV Sacramento, CA

September 6, 2022

https://www.cbsnews.com/sacramento/news/bottle-recycling-bill-includes-…

SACRAMENTO - Lawmakers are hoping the governor signs a bill to expand the state's recycling program. 

The goal is to increase glass recycling. 

You know you can recycle your cans and bottles. But wine drinkers may also be able to cash in their bottles of red and white wine.

As Auto Insurance Rates Rise, Legislative and Non-Commercial Action and Other News Emerge

By Peter Kavinsky, CARE FREE TV

September 2, 2022

https://cablefreetv.org/as-auto-insurance-rates-rise-legislative-and-no…

Legislative and non-profit action on high auto insurance rates was recently announced in California and Illinois, as news of GEICO and State Farm’s June rate hikes are just a couple of many that don’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

Opinion: California’s Failed Bottle Deposit System

Opinion column by Jim Shields, MENDOCINO BEACON

September 1, 2022

I’ve always thought California’s preeminent citizens’ advocacy organization is Consumer Watchdog (“CW”).

This week, the group urged Governor Newsom to reform a hopelessly shattered bottle deposit system via a budget trailer bill as the group unveiled its top 10 signs of the system’s collapse.

They’ve got a lot of work to do though because there’s two weeks left in the legislative year.

Amendments To Calif. Bottle Expansion Bill Bring Big Changes

By Marissa Heffernan, PLASTICS RECYCLING UPDATE

August 31, 2022

https://resource-recycling.com/plastics/2022/08/31/amendments-to-calif-…

Last-minute amendments to California bottle bill expansion legislation would remove the daily fee opt-out for retailers and instead require them to either accept containers or join a dealer cooperative to coordinate collection, along with several other changes.

A Last-Minute Twist In Effort To Expand California Bottle Bill

By Melissa Heffernan, RESOURCE RECYCLING

August 29, 2022

https://resource-recycling.com/recycling/2022/08/29/a-last-minute-twist…

Just days before the end of the legislative session, lengthy amendments were tacked on to California bottle bill expansion legislation, greatly increasing the cost of the program. In response, some previous backers rescinded their support.

CA Wildfire Insurance 'Loophole' Impacting Bay Area Survivors Dropped From Carriers

By Stephanie Sierra, KGO ABC TV-7 San Francisco, CA

August 27, 2022

https://abc7news.com/california-fair-plan-wildfire-insurance-commission…

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A state regulation aimed to help Californians access affordable wildfire insurance is being used as a potential loophole, impacting Bay Area residents living in high-risk areas.