State Sen. Fran Pavley In Competitive Run for Last Term
by Annemarie Donkin
, Topanga Messenger
February 23rd, 2012
The Consumer Federation of California named Senator Pavley as its "Senator of the Year" for her tireless work to ban toxins such as lead, cadmium and BPA from children's products; passing legislation to protect consumers from mortgage fraud; and efforts to crack down on elder abuse.
Car insurance discount act could give break in prices
by Nannette Miranda, ABC 7
, News Channel 10 - Sacramento
January 19th, 2012
"This is not about discounts, this is about surcharge," said Richard Holober from the Consumer Federation of California..."Simply the fact that you had a break in coverage in the last couple of years will be held against you and you will face massive surcharges of 40, 50 percent or more," said Holober.
Insurance Industry Wants to Buy This Election
by By Rosemary Shahan, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
, California Progress Report
October 29th, 2010
Jones has repeatedly earned 100% pro-consumer ratings in the Consumer Federation of California's Legislative scorecard. Villines' voting record is the polar opposite. For years, on high-stakes issues ranging from the price of health care to whether insurers can discriminate on the basis of where you live, the vast majority of the time, Villines has voted for insurance industry giants, and against individuals and families.
Special interests capitalize on Legislature's end-of-session chaos
by Shane Goldmacher and Evan Halper
, Los Angeles Times
August 30th, 2010
Consumer activists expressed anger that the amendment was even drafted so late in the session. Richard Holober, executive director of the Consumer Federation of California, said "these kind of last-minute moves are for things that won't hold up if exposed to sunlight. It is not a good way to govern."
Voters Defeat Proposition 17, The Mercury Insurance Initiative
by Campaign for Consumer Rights
, Campaign for Consumer Rights
June 10th, 2010
Ignoring a deceptive $16 million campaign by Mercury Insurance Company, California voters rejected a ballot measure that would have amended 1988 insurance reform Proposition 103 to allow insurance companies to impose surcharges on motorists who were not previously insured or had a break in coverage for virtually any reason.
The Butler Didn't Do It
by Robert Elisberg
, Huffington Post
May 25th, 2010
...it is the big oil, drug and insurance groups who have the most to gain by smearing someone backed by environmentalists, medical attorneys and consumer protection groups and defeating Betsy Butler.
Expect election mailers in 80th Assembly District
by Erica Felci
, Desert Sun
April 10th, 2010
Assemblywoman Mary Salas, a Democratic candidate for the 40th state Senate seat, is backed by the Communications Workers of America, Consumer Federation of California, the National City Firefighters Local 2744 and the California Federation of Teachers.
The Fundraising Legislature
by Daniel Newman
, San Francisco Chronicle
February 8th, 2010
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would prohibit the sale of any private health insurance policy in the state and establish a new California Healthcare System as the primary payer for health care services in California.