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State Attorney General Issues Consumer Alert For Storm Price Gouging


In response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s declaration of a state of emergency, California Attorney General Rob Bonta warned consumers that price gouging during the state’s series of storms is illegal.

Bonta issued a consumer alert reminding residents that it is against the law for sellers to increase prices by over 10 percent. The law applies to sellers with food, emergency or medical supplies, building materials and gasoline for sale.

Also prohibited are extreme price spikes for reconstruction services, cleanup services, transportation services and rental housing and hotel accommodations.

Sellers are exempt from the prohibition if the price of labor, goods or materials have increased.


Violators are subject to fines up to $10,000 or a one-year county jail sentence, and civil penalties.

Californians who believe they were a victim of price gouging are urged to report the incident to local authorities or to Bonta’s office at


To Do List March 20, 2023 - 3:57 PM - 3:57 PM

I experienced the opposite of price gouging. The carpet in one room got flooded from a stopped drain and the company I called said because of California’s and/or EPA’s rules they would have to treat it as toxic and use space suits and it would cost a lot. He said I could do it myself for almost nothing, gave me instructions on what to do, and I was completely successful. I won’t give their name because I don’t want the enviro-nazis after them.

Exit 12A March 20, 2023 - 4:05 PM - 4:05 PM

So gouging is allowed all other times when it’s not storming.

Buddy March 20, 2023 - 4:20 PM - 4:20 PM

But it’s OK for Newsome to gouge the residents of California with ridiculous taxes

Parent March 20, 2023 - 4:22 PM - 4:22 PM

Since when did a winter storm become a state of emergency? It seems as if California is in a perpetual state of emergency under Newscum.

As for price gouging … would anyone actually be charged AND convicted? If it is less than $950, should they be charged in this state? Or is that dollar value only for what we take from the shop owners …. I think the only way the shop owners would be charged is because Newscum hates competition when it comes to stealing from the state residents.

Addlepate March 20, 2023 - 4:34 PM - 4:34 PM

I have numerous to report. I’m a victim of price gouging every weekday when I drive on 680 and the State raises prices significantly, during commute hours, for the toll lanes.

Ricardoh March 20, 2023 - 4:40 PM - 4:40 PM

We are well into the Biden caused inflation. Is this something extra? Are we blaming this on a storm?

Dr. Jellyfinger March 20, 2023 - 5:27 PM - 5:27 PM

Price gouging? Anybody go to the grocery store lately?
No way to justify those prices, grocery stores always play with prices according to which products the want to sell more of. Sale! BOGO (buy one get one) Price ends Wednesday! it’s all BS to get us to spend more money… sometimes they offer a real bargain price on a popular item just to get you in the store (they know you will buy alot of other items while you’re there).
I used to work in sales many moons ago before I decided to do honest work for a living.

Captain Bebops March 21, 2023 - 9:22 AM - 9:22 AM

Indeed. I find a lot of workers at stores don’t even understand how the game works and why the company is doing it. That even includes managers. Some don’t even know where products are located in the their store.

WC March 20, 2023 - 6:17 PM - 6:17 PM

Let’s see. Every time you turn around Gavin is there with a new price-gouging tax for you to pay. What a hypocrite.

The Fearless Spectator March 20, 2023 - 6:24 PM - 6:24 PM

The emergency declaration is so they can pass more goofy legislation without a vote. Newsom, Bonta, and Becerra are thick as thieves, because they are thieves.

Dr. Jellyfinger March 21, 2023 - 6:05 PM - 6:05 PM

I thought Joe said his name was “Xavier Bakaria”

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