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Lawmakers request California DOJ investigation into mystery gas surcharge

January 29, 2019

By Lisa Fernandez : KTVU – excerpt

– A group of 19 California legislators sent a letter this week requesting the state’s Department of Justice to investigate the hidden charge identified in a 2017 report on the state’s high gasoline prices.

“We note now…that the California cost differential does not in intself imply that any market participants have acted illegally,” the lawmakers wrote on Monday to Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “However, there are a number of indications that the state’s gasoline market lacks robust competition and that Californians are consequentially paying a steeper price, beyond what can otherwise be accounted for, compared to residents of other states.” …

“Consumers deserve to know what they are paying for,” said Assemblyman David Chiu. “This mystery surcharge is troubling, and thus far, no one has been able to explain why it exists. We are simply asking the Attorney General to look into this and get some answers.”

The legislators on the letter are assemblymembers Chiu; D-San Francisco; Marc Levine, D-Marin County; Bill Quirk, D-Hayward; Jim Wood, D-Santa Rosa; Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica; Ash Kalra, D-San Jose; Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley; Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland; Laura Friedman, D-Glendale; Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, D-Orinda; Shirley Weber, D-San Diego; Robert Rivas, D-Hollister; and senators Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo; Henry Stern, D-Canoga Park; Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica; Jim Beall, D-San Jose; Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg; Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley; and Scott Weiner, D-San Francisco… (more)

The article includes the letter and signatures of legislators supporting the investigation into the extra mystery charges.

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