July 26, 2019
SANTA ROSA, CA - Consumer advocates say a homeowners insurance crunch may soon become a homeowners insurance crisis as customers face huge rate increases or out-and-out cancellations. Experts say the major reasons homeowner policies get giant rate hikes or out-and-out cancellations is that their homes are too close to wild land brush and trees, or too far away from a fire station, or both...

July 22, 2019
  CHICO — People who lost their homes in wildfires drove several hours from Santa Rosa and Redwood Valley to share their lessons about dealing with insurance with Camp Fire survivors on Thursday night. The event was part of an ongoing series of in-person and online workshops put on by United Policyholders, a nonprofit advocacy and educational group for victims of wildfires with insurance...
As posted at: Chico Enterprise-Record

July 18, 2019
Life insurance, known as a "death benefit," can help with any unpaid debt, funeral costs, and give loved ones some financial security after you pass away. How do you know if you need to purchase life insurance? And what do you look for in finding an advisor? Amy Bach, Executive Director at United Policyholders, spoke to Michael Finney in the studio at ABC 7 News for more information on life...
As posted at: ABC 7 News

July 16, 2019
  Ronda Davish enjoys living in Cedar Ridge, a neighborhood about 15 miles northeast of Sonora. And yet after 19 years spent in the quiet foothills of the Stanislaus National Forest, Davish worries that her skyrocketing homeowner’s insurance rates will force her to find a new home. “I’m frustrated and I’m scared,” she said. “This is becoming a financial burden I don’t know if we can handle...
As posted at: The Sacramento Bee

July 11, 2019
Work to remove ash and debris from last year's destructive Hill and Woolsey fires has wrapped up, clearing the way for many homeowners to start to rebuild, officials said Wednesday. Calling it a monumental milestone, state and local officials were in Agoura Hills to talk about the multi-agency effort to clean up the properties. Work started in January after three fires destroyed thousands of...
As posted at: VC Star

July 9, 2019
Glenn Pomeroy, head of the California Earthquake Authority, spent the weekend in Ridgecrest, near the epicenter of Friday’s 7.1-magnitude quake and its day-earlier, 6.4-magnitude baby brother. “Driving around, you could clearly see there had been a disaster,” he told me. “Streetlights were blinking, stores were closed, the ground was still shaking.” But the people of Ridgecrest and nearby...
As posted at: LA Times

July 9, 2019
It’s an unnerving time to be in California.  With two large earthquakes hitting Southern California within 34 hours, along with thousands of aftershocks, it feels like the big one is right around the corner – literally.  In fact, the US Geological Society is predicting a greater than 99% chance of a moderate earthquake (magnitude 5.0) within the next week.  While Californians are...
As posted at: Forbes

June 24, 2019
Insurance companies says state regulators aren’t letting them plan for climate change and the so-called “new normal” of intense wildfires. They warn of price spikes and more people being denied coverage. Regulators worry the industry’s models aren’t credible, and could be manipulated to overcharge consumers. Last year, the California insurance industry began to get cranky. Pacific Gas &...
As posted at: Voice of San Diego

June 20, 2019
All signs point to another busy fire year in California. Already, a heat wave this month triggered hundreds of wildfires. They were mostly small burns, but they thrived off a healthy crop of brush nourished by the wet winter. As the state’s hills and valleys continue to dry out, that vegetation may pose bigger problems.   State and federal leaders are working to reduce the threat, but they...
As posted at: San Francisco Chronicle

June 15, 2019
Many new cars sold today can take preemptive action to help prevent crashes — hitting the brakes before a collision, steering around obstacles or alerting drivers to hazards in their blind spots. Those safety features — collectively known as advanced driver-assistance systems, or ADAS — reduce the risk of crashes. It might seem logical to assume that as a result, they’d reduce the cost of car...
As posted at: WAMU 88.5