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Man Indicted for Growing Marijuana on National Forest Land in Trinity County and Stabbing a Police Canine

SACRAMENTO, Calif. August 12, 2016 – A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today against Francisco Barcellos-Ramirez, 34, of Mexico, charging him with conspiring to manufacture and manufacturing marijuana, damaging public lands, and harming a police canine, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. According to court documents, between April 30, 2016, and […]

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Groups Initiate Lawsuit Against Federal Government to Protect Endangered Species from Offshore Fracking and Acidizing

SANTA BARBARA, Aug. 11, 2016 – EDC and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper sent a notice of intent to sue the federal government over its decision to approve the practices of fracking and acidizing from 23 offshore oil platforms in southern California, including in the Santa Barbara Channel.  The notice letter alleges that the federal government is in […]

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Consumer Watchdog Posts Judge’s State Farm Refund Order; Commissioner Must Approve Or Reject

SANTA MONICA, CA, Aug. 10, 2016 – Yesterday, the California Department of Insurance made public a decision by an Administrative Law Judge, issued after an extensive hearing requested by Consumer Watchdog, ordering State Farm to decrease its homeowners insurance rates by 7.0%, and to refund policyholders $85 million for overcharges collected since July 15, 2015.
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CAL FIRE Investigators Determine Cause of Destructive Valley Fire

Sacramento, Calif. August 10, 2016 – After a comprehensive investigation, CAL FIRE has determined that the 2015 Valley Fire was caused by a faulty residential electrical connection. Investigators were dispatched as part of the initial response to the fire and immediately began working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.  The ensuing investigation uncovered evidence that a residential electrical connection arced and ignited surrounding dry grass. The Valley Fire burned 76,067 acres, took the […]

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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 […]