Why does Dave Jones need Harvey, Consumer Watchdog and Friends?

Here we go again. Recently Dave Jones announced AAA will lower their rates for customers in Northern California.

Interestingly, Consumer Watchdog posted this news story on the reduction on their YouTube page, touting Prop 103’s role in lowering the rates. However, Jones’ own press release makes absolutely no mention of Consumer Watchdog or Prop 103. No credit, no mention, nothing.

This begs the question: why does DOI need Harvey to intervene in these cases? If their “priority at the Department is to fight for consumers to make sure homeowner insurance rates are fair and company profits are not excessive” as Jones states in the AAA press release, why do they need Harvey and friends at all? What are the taxpayer-funded actuary and lawyers doing over there? Are they so incompetent they need trial lawyers to do their job for them?

What we do know is that once again Harvey and Dave Jones are in bed together. Not only has Jones given Harvey a monopoly on intervener fees, they’re working together to pass an initiative that would force health plans in to their get rich quick scheme.

We’ll be watching.

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