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News Release
9/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Sacramento, CA -- Consumer advocates and civil rights leaders testified today before a joint hearing of the California Assembly and Senate Insurance Committees that Prop 33 would turn back the clock on insurance discrimination in the state of California and raise rates for good drivers who have done nothing wrong. Carrying a life-size cut-out of...
Blog Post
9/24/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
The Consumer Federation of America released a new report today assessing consumer views on the factors insurance companies use to set premiums around the country.  Not surprisingly, Americans think that insurance rates should be based primarily on motorists' driving safety record (87% and 85% of respondents believe rates should reflect a...
News Story
9/24/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Click here to read the original editorial from the Los Angeles Daily News. Didn't Californians already vote down Proposition 33 -- the measure to make changes to the state's auto insurance law on the Nov. 6 ballot? Essentially, yes -- in June 2010 when voters defeated Proposition 17. The electorate didn't buy the pitch then that...
News Story
9/24/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Click here to read the original editorial from the Fresno Bee.   California voters have a basic question to answer when deciding Proposition 33, a self-interested initiative funded by billionaire George Joseph, founder of Mercury General Corp. Should Mercury and other auto insurance companies be allowed to charge higher rates for people who...
News Story
9/24/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Click here to read the original editorial from the San Bernarndion Sun. Didn't Californians already vote down Proposition 33 - the measure to make changes to the state's auto insurance law on the Nov. 6 ballot? Essentially, yes - in June 2010 when voters defeated Proposition 17. The electorate didn't buy the pitch then that Mercury...
News Story
9/24/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Click here to read the original editorial from the San Diego Union-Tribune. Proposition 33 sounds good, billed as an easy way to increase competition between auto insurers and to produce lower rates for California’s drivers. But after lengthy discussions with proponents, opponents and independent insurance experts, we have come to believe...
News Story
9/22/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Click here to read the original editorial from the North County Times.   Anyone who has read these pages at all over the past 15 years, since the North County Times was founded out of the merger of the Blade-Citizen and Times Advocate, knows well that we pretty strongly favor a deregulated market where consumers decide winners and losers...
News Story
9/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
As a student at the University of San Francisco, I find like many San Franciscans that living in the city means I don't need a car. Even if I wanted a car, USF doesn't allow us to have them on campus. With tuition going up every year, auto insurance is an extra expense I don't need, so I'm thinking of canceling my insurance....
News Story
9/20/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Click here to read the original editorial from the Los Angeles Times. Two years ago, voters rejected an ill-conceived ballot measure that would have allowed auto insurers to offer discounts to people who had been covered by competing companies, but which would have done so at the expense of new drivers and those who had let their coverage lapse....
News Release
9/20/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates demanded in a letter sent today that Mercury Insurance chairman George Joseph, who has contributed 99% of the funds backing Proposition 33, testify at a legislative hearing scheduled in Sacramento next Tuesday to publicly explain the benefit to his insurance company of the measure that would increase...