The AB 205 Shell Game: How the promises of AB 205 and AB 1999 were broken

  AB 1999 was supposed to repeal the deeply flawed AB 205.  It didn’t. As documented on our website for months, Public Watchdogs has followed the entire legislative process of AB 205 from beginning to its promised end when California Assemblywoman Jackie Irwin led a press conference committing to introduce new legislation to “roll back the Public Utility Commission’s proposed income graduated fixed fee.” AB 1999…

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Why the new California AB 205 income-based surcharge is a horrific invasion of your privacy, and how you can protest it.

SIGN THE PETITION Like something repulsive oozing from the bottom of your shoe, Assembly Bill 205 is a revolting mess that requires a yet unidentified California government agency to start tracking your personal income.  After this agency gets possession of your private and personal tax information, a crack team of state-funded bureaucrats will decide how to charge the new fees on your electric bill as soon…

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Tempers flare on 40th Anniversary of TMI meltdown at the San Onofre Nuclear “Community Engagement Panel”

At 4:00 a.m. on March 28, 1979, the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant had a meltdown.  Public Watchdogs’ director of development, Nina Babiarz, was working in Pennsylvania as a reporter not far from the disaster. Forty years later, Babiarz addressed Southern California Edison’s public relations organ, the “Community Engagement Panel” on the decommissioning of the failed and leaking nuclear reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear…

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Why you should “Throw out your holiday lights”

According to Forbes, lighting up the Griswold house with Christmas lights would cost the average American about $4,000.  Now, one of San Diego’s most trusted consumer advocates has told homeowners to throw out their holiday lights. According to Public Watchdogs’ director of development, Nina Babiarz, SDG&E’s new “peak use” charges could be shock if you use old fashioned incandescent light bulbs with your holiday lights.  “Just…

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NEW LAWSUIT EXPOSES SANDAG’S INCOMPETENCE AND CORRUPTION

SANDAG, the San Diego Area Association of Governments has been sued by its former finance officer        Lauren Warrem This story is a summary of the original story published on the front page of the  San Diego Union Tribune . It was written by investigative reporter, Jeff McDonald, on December 3, 2023. Get the original story here.   SANDAG, which has also been called San…

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Desire to move deadly Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) spawns $26M in DOE funding

Millions and millions of pounds of eternally lethal nuclear waste is stranded at the San Onofre failed nuclear power plant because the Department of Energy (DOE) has failed to do its job.  KPBS covers the story … Editor’s Note: This news story is published under the Fair Use provision of U.S. Copyright Law.  We encourage you to view this story as it originally appeared on KPBS…

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Webinar on safety risks at the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) draws huge crowd

Click on the image below for the complete, unabridged presentation … … or scroll down for an edited presentation in six short segments. On Tuesday, April 23 at 5:30 Pacific Time, Charles Langley of Public Watchdogs, Gary Headrick of San Clemente Green, keynote speaker Paul Blanch, and Cathy Iwane, a Fukushima evacuee, were featured in a 90-minute Webinar by producer Doug Wood of Grassrootsinfo.org . The…

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Media Advisory: Webinar on Nuclear Waste, Tuesday, May 23, 5:30pm

Why San Onofre is a Disaster Waiting to Happen Note:  This event occurred on May 23, 2023  Get the press releaseGet the contents and the video here.  Public Webinar: In a first of its kind presentation, concerned citizens and nuclear  experts, and public advocates will explore and expose current safety risks at the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Visit the new Web site here….

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San Onofre: A disaster Waiting to Happen

PUBLIC INVITED  Mark your calendar for San Onofre Webinar, May 23, 5:30PM Nuclear experts say safety measures could fail with floods, tsunamis, climate change and severe weather DATELINE SAN DIEGO: On May 23, at 5:30 PM, Two groups dedicated to radiation safety, San Clemente Green, and Public Watchdogs, are hosting a FREE public webinar on the growing threat of floods, tsunamis, terrorist attacks and climate change…

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What SANDAG doesn’t want you to know about the new “Vehicle Miles Traveled” tax

Fourteen questions and problems about the Vehicle Miles Traveled tax (VMT), which will violate your privacy, increase your energy costs, and expose you to identity theft and government surveillance. By Nina J. Babiarz, Public Watchdogs’ Director of Development Get Nina’s Testimony at SANDAG in mp4 format. SANDAG, the San Diego Association of Governments is planning to impose a county-wide tax on motorists, and this time, it’s…

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En banc natural gas hearing at CPUC spawned by Governor’s demand for lower gas prices

Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom sent a demand letter to FERC, the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission to initiate an investigation into natural gas price manipulation.  In a separate press release, Newsom has claimed that “Natural Gas Price Relief is on the way!” According to Newsom, The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently accelerated the delivery of electricity bill credits of  $90 to $120 to provide…

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