Category Archives: CFC in the News

Health Insurance Premium Increases Regulation Passes Committee

by Frank D. Russo, California Progress Report

Yesterday evening, the Assembly Health Committee on a 10-5 vote passed AB 1554 by Assemblymember Dave Jones regulating health insurance premiums. Read More ›

Controls urged for medical insurers

by Jordan Rau , Los Angeles Times

Saying the healthcare debate here was not sufficiently focused on curbing insurers’ profits, some lawmakers and consumer groups are backing a new effort to regulate medical insurance rates the same way the state controls auto coverage costs. Read More ›

Kinder Morgan: CPUC ruling scheduled for May 24

by Nadia Damouni , dealReporter

Alexis Wodtke, a staff attorney at the Consumer Federation of California, pointed out that the only component left of SFPP are the pipes in the ground. My only goal in this is to make sure the commission takes a close look at this transaction to make sure it doesn’t approve something that is going to be harmful to consumers. Read More ›

Pitch has a familiar tone to it

by David Lazarus, San Francisco Chronicle

…a few weeks after the settlement was reached, Bank of America credit card customers are receiving with their monthly statements a pitch for Trilegiant’s plan that doesn’t offer a reward or rebate, but instead features a “$10 credit to your account…Richard Holober, executive director of the Consumer Federation of California, said this latest Trilegiant offer is fundamentally no different from the earlier pitches that led state attorneys general to take action. Read More ›

Plastic piping OK’d for use instead of copper


California home builders on Monday won the right to use less-expensive plastic water piping instead of copper, ending a two-decade-long battle against groups that warned of plastic’s potential health hazards. Read More ›

State Senate confirms Chong for PUC position

by Janis Mara, ANG Newspapers

The Consumer Federation of California, which had vigorously opposed Chong’s confirmation, extended an olive branch after the confirmation. “The CFC hopes to set aside differences with…Chong.”…the group said it hoped the commissioner “will become more attuned to the need for protections” for consumers. Read More ›

CFC’s response to Confirmation of Rachelle Chong

The Consumer Federation of California opposed Commissioner Chong’s confirmation to the Public Utilities Commission, based on her disregard for consumer interests during her first year as a Commissioner. With today’s confirmation, we want to set our differences aside. Read More ›

Consumer groups urge rejection of governor’s PUC appointment

by STEVE LAWRENCE, Bakersfield Californian

The Consumer Federation of California, The Utility Reform Network and other groups said Commissioner Rachelle Chong’s views were too close to those of the companies she is supposed to regulate. Read More ›

Rachelle Chong Comes Under Stinging Attack from Consumer Groups

by Frank D. Russo, California Progress Report

At least five major consumer groups have sent highly critical letters to the Senate Rules Committee and California State Senate President pro Tem Don Perata against the confirmation of Rachelle Chong to a full term on the state’s powerful Public Utilities Commission. Read More ›

Panel considers lifting plastic pipe restrictions

by JIM MILLER , The Press Enterprise

A state environmental review of the pipe, known as CPVC, is almost complete. Next month, the state building standards commission is scheduled to consider lifting all CVPC restrictions from the 2007 plumbing code. Read More ›

Opponents of plastic pipes win battle in a long war

by Katherine Conrad, San Jose Mercury News

A coalition fighting against plastic pipes in residential plumbing won a partial victory when the state agreed to keep its restrictions against several types of the controversial material. Read More ›

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