KNX 1070 AM Los Angeles, CA: Consumer Advocates Support New Proposed Bill To Rein In Oil Refiner Profiteering

By Margaret Carrero, KNX 1070 AM, Los Angeles, CA

March 11, 2022

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CA State Senator Ben Allen and Consumer Watchdog unveiled new transparency legislation that would open the books on the big oil refiners who are profiteering at the gas pump right now. 

KNX 1070 AM Los Angeles, CA: Oil Refiners Are Laughing All The Way To The Bank

By Staff Reporters, KNX 1070 AM Los Angeles, CA

March 11, 2022

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Jamie Court with Consumer Watchdog tells how CA State Senator Ben Allen is introducing a bill to reign in oil refiners who are artificially jacking up gas prices in CA and laughing all the way to the bank. 

Newsom Proposes Gas Rebate As Prices Exceed $5/Gallon. Why So High?

By Amy Ta, produced by Brian Hardzinsk, KCRW 89.9FM - Press Play

March 9, 2022…

A gallon of gas in California today averages $5.57, according to AAA, and that’s the highest in the nation. Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday proposed a rebate aiming to ease fuel costs, though details are scant. 

Secret Bounties Can Net Consultants Millions to Influence California Officials

By Sophia Bollag, SACRAMENTO BEE 

March 1, 2022

Fabian Núñez and Rusty Areias had a job to do.

The former lawmakers who left public service for private consulting were hired by a workers compensation company to convince the Department of Insurance to allow an acquisition deal to proceed. If they succeeded, they say they were promised a $2 million bounty fee.

Demi Dominguez’s Mother Calls for California Medical Board Reform

By Jose Franco, KGET NBC-TV, Bakersfield, CA

February 24, 2022…

LOS ANGELES — Bakersfield’s Tracy Dominguez is calling for reform of the Medical Board of California.

Domnguez lost her daughter, Demi Dominguez and premature grandson Malakhi in 2019, due to Demi’s undiagnosed pre-eclampsia.

KNX 1070 AM Los Angeles, CA: Victims of Medical Malpractice Need More Rights In California, Say Advocates

By Craig Fiegner, KNX 1070 AM Los Angeles, CA

February 24, 2022

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Carmen Balber with Consumer Watchdog says victims of medical malpractice need an independent Medical Board in California, not controlled by doctors as it currently stands.

California Insurance Commissioner Candidate Introduces Bills Addressing Alleged Ethical Lapse at Regulatory Office

By Timothy Darragh, BESTWIRE

February 24, 2022

A California lawmaker running for insurance commissioner has proposed a pair of bills to address what he said is a lack of transparency and ethics in the office.

State Senator Lena Gonzalez Introduces Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill in CA Legislature

By Dan Bacher, DAILYKOS

February 17, 2022…

On February 17, Sen. Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) introduced a bill in the California Legislature that would mandate that California’s public pension funds stop investing in fossil fuel companies.

Column: Businesses Have Been Ripping Off Consumers For 50 Years. Here’s How We Can Strike Back

Column by Michael Hiltzik, LOS ANGELES TIMES

February 17, 2022…

Raise your hand if something like this has happened to you:

— You booked a hotel room, and discovered when you checked in — or checked out — that the hotel added an undisclosed daily “resort fee” to your bill, for services you never would or did use.

State Farm Doesn’t Have To Refund $100 Million To Homeowners, State Supreme Court Rules


February 9, 2022…

State Farm Insurance will not have to refund $100 million to homeowners after the state Supreme Court denied appeals Wednesday by California's insurance commissioner and a consumer organization, which both contended the customers had been overcharged.

State Senator Dave Min Introduces Bill To Ban Offshore Drilling In California Waters

By Dan Bacher, DAILY KOS

February 9, 2022…

SACRAMENTO, CA — In a major challenge to the powerful oil industry in California, Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine) today introduced a bill to ban offshore drilling in state ocean waters, including oil production under current lease agreements.

Allstate Price Optimization Hearing in California Scheduled for May

By Timothy Darragh, BESTWIRE

February 8, 2022

Sacramento, CA -- A California administrative law judge has set a date of May 10 for an evidentiary hearing and possible motion for sanctions in a long-running case involving Allstate Insurance Co. and Allstate Indemnity Co. and allegations of price optimizing costing drivers an extra $1 billion.

Western States Petroleum Association Spent $17.5 Million Lobbying CA Officials Past 3 Years

By Dan Bacher, DAILY KOS

February 2, 2022…

The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the largest and most powerful corporate lobbying group in Sacramento, has spent over $17.5 million lobbying the California Legislature and other state officials over the past three years.

Florida and California Consider Changes That Could 'Decimate The Rooftop Solar Market,' Experts Say

By Ben Adler, YAHOO NEWS

February 2, 2022…

California and Florida are considering revoking a policy that has encouraged homeowners to install rooftop solar panels — causing fear among solar panel owners and installers, and creating divisions in the environmental community.

Newly Public Documents Allege Allstate Overcharged Loyal California Customers $1 Billion

By Aaron Sankin, THE MARKUP

February 1, 2022…

A pair of newly public documents filed with a California administrative law judge show experts accusing the company of systematically overcharging customers it believed to be the most loyal around $1 billion over the past decade. 

Column: There’s A Battle Brewing Over Changes To California Solar Incentives. Newsom Is In The Middle

Column by George Skelton, LOS ANGELES TIMES

January 31, 2022…

SACRAMENTO — Rooftop solar is generating intense heat on Gov. Gavin Newsom. And he’s quietly trying to cool it down.

He’s doing that by pressuring warring interest groups and the California Public Utilities Commission.

New Analysis Reveals Fossil Fuel Industry's Job Claims Are 'Wildly Inaccurate' In California, U.S.


January 27, 2022

The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the most powerful corporate lobbying group in Sacramento, claims that there are 368,000 jobs in the oil industry in California.

Column: This ‘Cost Recovery Fee’ Seems More Like Double Dipping


January 20, 2022…

If there’s a single business you should be able to trust implicitly to watch over you and protect you, it’s home security.

After all, these are companies you pay each month to keep you safe from unwanted intrusions.

Critics Say Newsom's Proposed 2022-23 Budget 'Falls Short' on Confronting Fossil Fuels

By Dan Bacher, DAILY KOS

January 11, 2022…

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom on January 10 unveiled his 2022-23 state budget proposal including a $45.7 billion budget surplus, receiving both criticism and praise from environmental and climate advocates.