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News Release
12/21/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Santa Monica, CA --Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph is no longer the sole donor to a misleading state ballot initiative that would repeal Proposition 103's prohibition against considering a driver’s coverage history when a motorist applies for insurance.  An insurance agency whose only past political contribution was to the...
News Release
12/21/2011
Posted by Kent McInnis
Santa Monica, CA -- A political committee funded by Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph is reportedly submitting signatures for a November 2012 ballot measure that will reprise the company’s failed effort to enact auto insurance surcharges with Proposition 17, which Californian’s rejected in June 2010. The Mercury initiative aims...
Feature
11/8/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
What do newspapers all over California have in common? They all say No on Prop 33, the deceptive insurance company initiative that will raise rates on good drivers. Click here to send an email to your friends, or use the share buttons above to email and post to Facebook, Twitter and your favorite social network today.   Editorial: No on 33...
News Release
10/13/2011
Posted by Brian Stedge-Stroud
Occupy LA/Los Angeles, CA -- Consumer Watchdog, whose founder Harvey Rosenfield wrote Proposition 103, the 1988 insurance reform initiative that has saved drivers $62 billion, celebrated the 100th birthday of the California ballot initiative process at Occupy LA in downtown Los Angeles Thursday.  The nonprofit, nonpartisan group blew out...
News Story
10/11/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO - If Hiram Johnson, the California governor who campaigned in 1910 vowing to bring the initiative process to state voters and then delivered on that promise a year later, were alive today, he would not be surprised by the criticisms leveled against the state's now century-old process of direct democracy. Back in the day, he had...
News Release
10/10/2011
Posted by Brian Stedge-Stroud
Sacramento, CA -- “Corporations are abusing California’s initiative process for their own profit,” said Harvey Rosenfield, the author of insurance reform Proposition 103 and founder of Consumer Watchdog, at a conference celebrating direct democracy’s 100th birthday in California. “The Legislature is more beholden to...
News Story
9/27/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Auto insurance could become too expensive for some Californians if George Joseph, chairman of insurer Mercury General Corp., gets his way. He's proposed an initiative for the June 2012 ballot that would reward longtime insured drivers but could ultimately price out the people who haven't previously or consistently been insured. In a Sept....
News Story
9/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
In seeking to change California law, an insurance executive's initiative would make it too expensive for too many people to insure their vehicles. Should you be penalized under the law if you previously hadn't been able to afford a car, chose not to own a car or if you lived for a time in a city where you didn't need one? A Los...
News Story
9/13/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
George Joseph gives $8.1 million to 2012 initiative campaign to up-end Prop. 103. SACRAMENTO, CA -- Los Angeles insurance executive George Joseph has raised the stakes in his years-long effort to change California's landmark automobile insurance law, Proposition 103, by putting millions of dollars into a ballot initiative that would give...