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Farmers, Truckers and Consumers Protest Hidden Gas Tax Coming January 2015

Posted: Jul 2, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Farmers, Truckers and Consumers Protest Hidden Gas Tax Coming January 2015

Kern County residents protest “Fuels Under the Cap,” an unfair tax affecting California’s Central Valley region and lower-income Californians

Bakersfield, Calif. (July 2, 2014) – Today, members of the Fed Up at the Pump coalition in Kern County are leading an effort to educate and inform consumers, farmers and small business owners about a state-agency mandated gas and diesel price hike that will negatively impact the local economy, especially the agriculture industry and hardworking families in the Central Valley.

Starting Jan. 1, 2015, Californians will pay 16 to 76 cents more per gallon of gas as a result of a gas tax that was created by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Brown Administration without public knowledge or legislative approval.

“The ag industry in Kern County is getting hit on all sides – a serious lack of water for crops, the lingering recession and now this,” said Beatris Sanders, Executive Director of the Kern County Farm Bureau, who spoke at the Fed Up at the Pump event on Wednesday. “This gas tax is another burden that is making it harder for the agricultural industry to remain sustainable and viable in Kern County.”

The goal of the Fed Up at the Pump campaign is to delay this hidden, unfair gas tax – created by CARB as part of its “Fuels Under the Cap” regulations (AB 32) – before it goes into effect because it will disproportionately affect lower-income Californians who are unaware this price hike is on its way.

According to GasBuddy, the average cost for a gallon of gas in Bakersfield is $4.10. California average is $4.12 and national average is $3.68. During the summer months the price of gas usually increases because of normal market fluctuations. GasBuddy also reports that gas prices for the July Fourth weekend will be the highest since 2008. But this new gas tax mandated by CARB will be a permanent increase, and not due to any market fluctuations.

Media Teleconference: Healthcare Leadership Council to Release Results of Annual National Medicare Part D Senior Satisfaction Survey

Posted: Sep 16, 2013 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

WHAT: Approaching the tenth anniversary since the passage of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, the Medicare Part D program remains a core focus in health care policy and with millions of seniors nationwide.

On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, Medicare Today, an initiative of the Healthcare Leadership Council, will release the results of a new public opinion survey of seniors’ views about their Medicare prescription drug coverage.

WHO: James Capretta, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
David Kendall, Senior Fellow for Health and Fiscal Policy of Third Way
Mary R. Grealy, President of Healthcare Leadership Council
Mark Richards, Senior Vice President, KRC Research

WHEN: Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 8:00 AM PST

A Q&A session will take place during the call for participating media.

CALL INFO: Dial-in: (800) 369-1934
Participant Code: 7415152

ABOUT: The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of chief executives from all disciplines within the healthcare system, launched Medicare Today in November 2004 to reach out to Medicare beneficiaries who needed reliable information on how to get the greatest value from the new Medicare benefits provided by the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003. Medicare Today develops innovative tools for use by all partners, commissions research studies, and undertakes earned media efforts and outreach to inform beneficiaries about the value of the new benefits under the MMA.


PerryPRess – Summer 2013 Edition

Posted: Sep 12, 2013 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on PerryPRess – Summer 2013 Edition

Are you making the best out of your summer? PCG sure is!
See what we’ve been up to in our Summer newsletter.

ASSEMBLY BILL 329 (PAN)-Statement from Fan Freedom

Posted: Apr 24, 2013 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments


“Fan Freedom is disappointed the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media stripped consumer protections from Assembly Bill 329 (Pan), the Ticket Holder Bill of Rights. However, we continue to support addressing anti-consumer robotic ticket-buying software, or “bots,” which cut in line and gobble up tickets, preventing the average fan from obtaining tickets to concerts and other live events. Fan Freedom also supports strengthening the law to require ticket sellers to report bots’ use to the Attorney General’s office and other provisions that will ensure fans have fair access to face value tickets. AB 329 will continue to provide fans with the protection and assurance they deserve when clicking the purchase tab online.”

California Fans Oppose Restricted Ticketing

Posted: Apr 22, 2013 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

SACRAMENTO, CA – By an overwhelming majority California voters believe they own the tickets they buy and object to policies that restrict fans’ rights to transfer their event tickets, research released today shows. Market research firm Zogby Analytics conducted the survey on behalf of Fan Freedom, a consumer organization focused on fan rights in the live-event ticket industry.

Tuesday, the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media will hear Assembly Bill 329 (Pan). AB 329 is pro-consumer and guarantees fans in California the right to use, give away, or resell tickets however they choose. This legislation prohibits restriction of ticket resale and (bots language).

Special Forum on Chronic Disease: A Common Sense Approach to Solving Complex Health Issues

Posted: Oct 30, 2012 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

You’re Invited!

Please Join us for a Special Forum on Chronic Disease: A Common Sense Approach to Solving Complex Health Issues

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PDT

Hotel Sainte Claire, San Jose, CA

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a coalition of hundreds of patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability and rising health care costs: chronic disease. The forum on November 27 will include discussion of the Chronic Disease Challenge in California and the Nation, Achieving Healthy Changes: How technology can transform healthcare, a moderated discussion reacting to the presentations from perspective of public programs/employers and a motivational health talk, Your Best Life.

REGISTER HERE! Please provide your name, organization, title, address, phone number and email address.


Dr. Travis Stork, Healthy Lifestyle Author; Emergency Room Physician and Host, “The Doctors”
Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor, Wired Magazine
Dr. Kent Bradley, Chief Medical Officer, Safeway
Steve Skurnac, President, Sims Recycling Solutions
Dr. Julie Andersen, Professor and Researcher, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Dr. John Farquhar, MD, Professor of Medicine and Health Research and Policy, Founder and Senior Faculty Member, Stanford Prevention Research Center
Sandra Perez, Director, California Office of the Patient Advocate
Micah Weinberg, Senior Policy Advisor, Bay Area Council


Kenneth Thorpe, PhD, Chairman, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Robert W. Woodruff Professor Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University


Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs

To register, please visit Please visit for more information on the PFCD and this event. If you have questions, please contact Jason Dumont at (916) 658-0144 or

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