January 30, 2018

 

Montecito residents who are hoping that insurance will cover damage to their homes from recent mudslides received a word of support from an important ally on Monday.

California insurance commissioner Dave Jones issued a notice to insurers outlining his office'...

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January 30, 2018
Pamela Jameson Boehr and her husband own a home and two rental properties in Montecito. Each site was affected by the devastating mudslides that recently swept through the area.
 
Boehr, 77, told me her personal residence wasn't significantly damaged, but one of the rental properties, a pair of duplexes, is now covered with nearly two feet of mud and debris....
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January 27, 2018
Carl Zaid wasn’t sure how to tell his wife their house had just burned to the ground, so he did it with the help of a flamingo.
 
Her name was Miss Pink, and she was perched in her usual spot in the front yard the night the family fled as flames approached from the canyon behind them.
 
And she was there the next day, singed but still...
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January 25, 2018

 

YOUNTVILLE — The North Bay wildfires obliterated homes, belongings and keepsakes within hours or even minutes. But for many survivors, the journey toward repayment for their losses is still in its early days – and advocates for policyholders are hoping to guide some of them through a path that may take several years.

 

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January 24, 2018

 

Yesterday, we heard a presentation from “Conversations Around the Fire” – an initiative hoping to guide local residents to greener, safer and more just ideas about rebuilding our community. One speaker at the conversation Monday night represented a group that helps answer questions about insurance, advocating  for those seeking fair treatment.

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January 23, 2018

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, only 58 of the some 3,200 homes in Montecito have flood insurance. That means many homeowners will either be getting a lawyer to argue the Thomas Fire caused the mudslides and should be covered by fire insurance, or will need to rebuild without insurance. Federal disaster assistance only pays up to $35,000.

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January 22, 2018

Heather Wiechert was very concerned that her daughter Mia was not growing.

At 11 months old, she weighed just 14 pounds.

"A mother's desire to feed her child runs deep," said Wiechert.

Unable to keep food down, Mia started losing weight and ended up in the hospital. A feeding tube with a special formula is keeping Wiechert's little girl alive.

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January 17, 2018

 

State legislators have introduced a package of bills that would beef up or extend insurance coverage to policyholders following declared disasters, but only one would be retroactive and apply to victims of the recent wildfires.

Critics say the bills could drive up insurance premiums and reduce competition in California.

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January 17, 2018

Tragic losses from the October firestorms are still very fresh in our hearts and minds. Discussions about how to rebuild are difficult and sensitive. Dan Wade of United Policyholders says, "Rebuilding in a fire ecology can present unique challenges in the insurance process. Knowing how to maximize insurance benefits can help ensure that homeowners are able to rebuild with fire-resistant...

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January 17, 2018

Local lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a flurry of bills that would strengthen consumer protections for homeowners in the aftermath of the North Bay wildfires, where local residents have found themselves underinsured and overly burdened attempting to itemize their personal property destroyed in the blazes.

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