Worried about elder financial exploitation? Strong planning can help!

Elder financial abuse — when anyone takes or otherwise misuses the property of a senior citizen — is a surprisingly common problem. While financial abuse is often committed by people close to the victims, it is also committed by strangers as well, like scammers and rip-off artists. Seniors are frequently seen as desirable targets because of […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Friday, October 24th, 2014 | No Comments »


Second “climate credit” on consumer energy bills coming soon

California’s climate change and clean energy law is giving households some extra money in their pockets this fall reports Chris Clarke of KCET Los Angeles. The credit is a benefit of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or AB 32, of which Consumers Union has been a strong proponent.  The state’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade […]

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Posted by Stephen Hannah on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | No Comments »


Learn to spot, stop, and prevent financial harm

Long considered a taboo subject, several high-profile incidents of elder financial abuse have brought this problem to the public’s attention over the last few years. Movie star Mickey Rooney raised awareness about the issue after his stepson and his stepson’s wife were sued for stealing from him. The son of philanthropist Brooke Astor made headlines […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Friday, October 10th, 2014 | No Comments »


Good News for Consumers: Fuel Economy Continues Upward March

Today, EPA released its annual fuel economy trends report and there’s lots of good news.  Fuel economy for 2013 cars and trucks hit an all-time high: 24.1 mpg, up .5 mpg from 2012 and building upon improving fuel economy for 8 of the last 9 years.   And while vehicles have gotten slightly heavier and […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 | No Comments »


New UCS analysis: AB 32 can save drivers $3,000+ in fuel costs

Today, the Union of Concerned Scientists released a new study: Driving Progress, Fueling Savings: How California is Tackling Global Warming, Cutting Oil Use, and Saving Drivers Money that quantifies both the costs and savings associated with California’s AB 32 transportation policies and finds that, overall, California drivers will save money due to AB 32.   According to […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 | No Comments »


San Francisco Bay Area consumers: Help us stop elder financial abuse

Attention San Francisco Bay Area residents! We’re working to put an end to elder financial exploitation, and we need your help. What’s elder financial abuse? It’s when anyone, including a family member or friend, wrongfully uses the money or assets of someone over the age of 60. Scams, like the “grandparents” scam or the “sweepstakes” scam, often […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Friday, September 26th, 2014 | No Comments »


California Charges Ahead by Expanding Access to Electric and High-Efficiency Vehicles

Earlier this week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed several bills that will help more consumers benefit from the state’s clean vehicle programs.  This is good news for car owners who feel stuck with high gasoline bills and high emission vehicles and want lower operating costs and a cleaner ride. SB 1275 (De Leόn) Through its vehicle testing […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Friday, September 26th, 2014 | No Comments »


Victory: Ban on Dangerous Magnets Approved

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has approved a new rule endorsed by Consumers Union to ban dangerous magnets that have sent thousands of kids to the emergency room. CPSC commissioners voted on September 24 for a tough, new standard that will make these magnets safer, and it will prevent the sale of unsafe magnets that […]

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Posted by David Butler on Friday, September 26th, 2014 | 15 Comments »


A Winning Combination: Reducing Air Pollution AND Saving Money on Energy Bills

Electricity production generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States–nearly one third of total emissions.  The electricity and transportation sectors combined emit 60% of total emissions in the U.S.  We’re already seeing progress on the transportation: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued GHG emission […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 | 2 Comments »


A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place: Checking Your Electronic Health Records for Errors and Omissions

Fourth in a blog series on health IT. We’ve told you how electronic health records (EHRs) are improving your relationship with your doctors and making health care easier. But what if your records have errors? Critical for patients is having the right to request errors be corrected in medical records or to add information that […]

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 | No Comments »


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