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PG&E Found Guilty of Obstruction, Multiple Violations of Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 9, 2016—A federal jury found Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PG&E”) guilty today of multiple willful violations of the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968 (“PSA”) and obstructing an agency proceeding, announced U.S. Attorney Brian J. Stretch, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen M. Wagstaffe, […]

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Californians Deliver 350,000 Signatures Calling on State, Gov. Brown to Stop Irrigation of Crops With Oil Wastewater

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Aug. 9 2016— Pushing a wheelbarrow filled with 350,000 petition signatures, concerned Californians gathered outside the capitol today to urge Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Water Resources Control Board to stop the potentially dangerous practice of using wastewater from oil drilling to irrigate California’s crops. The wastewater, sold by Chevron and California […]

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Mandatory Detention Struck Down in California and Other Western States; Thousands of Families Now Protected

August 9, 2016 – On August 4, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the ruling in Mony Preap et al. v. Johnson. The class action successfully challenged the federal government’s practice in California of detaining certain immigrants without bond, often for many months, while they face deportation proceedings. Today’s ruling […]

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CA Oil Refiners Pump Up Profits Through Lowest Wholesale Gasoline Price in USA And Highest Retail Prices

SANTA MONICA, CA, Aug. 4, 2016 – Consumer Watchdog pointed today to big new California oil profit reports, gasoline pricing data and a candid remark from a refinery CEO to show that the companies are making unreasonable profits from California drivers due to their market power and anti-competitive practices. Today oil refiner Tesoro reported $332 […]

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California Water Impact Network Sues to Block Excessive Groundwater Pumping

August 3, 2016 – The California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) has filed a lawsuit against San Luis Obispo County for issuing three well-drilling permits without requiring the reviews stipulated by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The suit addresses drilling permits granted in April and June to Justin Vineyards and Winery, Lapis Land Company LLC […]

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Whitehorn woman sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for environmental damage from marijuana grow on National Conservation Land

SAN FRANCISCO August 2, 2016 – Melinda Van Horne was sentenced today to 12 months and a day in prison for damaging national conservation land through her marijuana cultivation operation, announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch. Van Horne, 43, of Whitethorn, pleaded guilty on March 23, 2016, to depredation against the property of the […]

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Consumer Watchdog Files Suit To Require State Farm to Reduce Rates By Up To $100 Million To Prevent Homeowners Insurance Overcharges

SANTA MONICA, CA, Aug. 2, 2016 – Consumer Watchdog filed a petition challenging State Farm’s proposed rates for its dwelling insurance, charging that California’s largest homeowners insurer will be overcharging over 280,000 policyholders unless it cuts its rate by as much as 40%, or nearly $100 million. Consumer Watchdog’s analysis found that State Farm overestimated […]

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Statewide Water Conservation Declines to 21.5 Percent in June; Water supplier “Stress Tests” still under review

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 2, 2016 — With water conservation falling to 21.5 percent savings in June 2016—down from 27.5 percent a year ago—the State Water Resources Control Board today announced that it is closely monitoring conservation levels, will scrutinize actions by water suppliers where use has risen dramatically and is carefully reviewing the “stress tests” to […]

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AG Kamala Harris, 16 states, and D.C. Call for More Student Loan Debt Relief for Students Harmed by Predatory For-Profit Colleges

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1, 2016 – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, along Attorneys General from 16 states and the District of Columbia today submitted official comments to the United States Department of Education, urging the Department to do more to create and implement fair, streamlined, and efficient processes to enable students harmed by predatory for-profit […]

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Statewide Poll Shows Strong Support For Proposition 61, the CA Drug Price Relief Act

SACRAMENTO, CA, Aug. 1, 2016 – Yes on Prop 61/Californians for Lower Drug Prices today released the results of a statewide survey that demonstrates strong, across-the-board support for Proposition 61, The California Drug Price Relief Act, a measure to reduce drug prices paid by the State of California. “We’re pleased that California voters have expressed […]

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As of July 1st CA schoolchildren required to have vaccinations prior to enrolling in a public or private elementary school or childcare center

Aug. 1, 2016 – August marks National Immunization Awareness Month, a national effort to promote vaccinations to protect children and adults from serious, and sometimes deadly, preventable diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), immunizations are one of the top 10 public health accomplishments of the 20th century. Among children born […]

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New Report Reveals Illegal Admissions Polices at Charter Schools

LOS ANGELES August 1, 2016 – Over 20 percent of all charter schools in California have enrollment policies in place that violate state and federal law, according to a new report released today. Among the myriad violations cited in “Unequal Access: How Some California Charter Schools Illegally Restrict Enrollment ” are policies that establish admission requirements in violation […]

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Field Poll | Big Disparities Persist in Californians’ Access to Broadband Internet at Home, Even as More Are Going Online

August 1, 2016 – According to a new statewide Field Poll, 84% of California households now have access to highspeed Internet at home. This proportion is up nine points from 2014. Most of the increase in broadband Internet connectivity is due to the growing popularity of mobile, smart phone devices. There has been a near […]