May 20, 2019
In the late 1980s – before there was a Web – I had the privilege of working for the late great attorney Gene Anderson, hero of corporate policyholders, scourge of insurance companies.  I was his ghostwriter – on legal briefs, articles, and the occasional speech – but the real action took place in a suite high above our offices on Madison Avenue. It was there that Gene had gathered...
As posted at: Forbes

May 20, 2019
Fires are indiscriminate. Recovery isn’t. On the afternoon of September 12, 2015, the Valley Fire erupted near the outskirts of Cobb, California, an unincorporated community shadowed by Cobb Mountain in the Northern Interior of California. The fire grew so rapidly that it trapped the first responders from CalFire’s Helitack Crew 104. Four firefighters were badly injured and were rescued by...
As posted at: Mother Jones

May 17, 2019
On the afternoon of Sept. 12, 2015, the Valley Fire erupted near the outskirts of Cobb, California, an unincorporated community shadowed by Cobb Mountain in the Northern Interior of California. The fire grew so rapidly that it trapped the first responders from CalFire’s Helitack Crew 104. Four firefighters were badly injured and were rescued by CalFire Division Chief Jim Write, who drove through...
As posted at: High Country News

May 14, 2019
Sonora, CA — Increasing difficulties homeowners and would-be buyers are experiencing with fire insurance has Mother Lode realtors, insurers, and government officials abuzz. Tuesday at the Tuolumne County Association of Realtors (TCAR) Office, members who attended the recent California Association of Realtors (CAR) Legislative Day recapped their efforts to elevate what they describe as an epidemic...
As posted at: myMotherLode.com

May 13, 2019
After Misty Attaway and her family were forced to flee from the Camp Fire on the morning of Nov. 8, she heard some shocking news: Her home in Paradise, unlike much of the rest of the town, had survived. "I thought, 'Oh my gosh, I'm the lucky one,' " Attaway said. In many ways, she was. The Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive California wildfire in recorded state history. It spared...
As posted at: KQED

May 7, 2019
Even six months after the Woolsey Fire, some fire victims are still having difficulties collecting what they’re owed by their insurers; that includes residents with partial damage to their homes as well as those experiencing total losses.    To help smooth the way, California’s top insurance official, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, came to Malibu City Hall last Sunday with...
As posted at: The Malibu Times

May 3, 2019
Munich Re, the world's largest reinsurance firm, lost $24 billion from last year's California wildfires, and it says global warming made a "significant contribution."   Insurer Lloyd's of London found warmer oceans, caused by climate change, made for a 30 percent increase in storm surge damage from Superstorm Sandy in 2012.   Climate change could make insurance coverage...
As posted at: MPR News

April 30, 2019
After the Tubbs Fire reduced their Santa Rosa, Calif., home to ash in October 2017, Chris Keys and his wife, Sara Jakel-Keys, said deciding to rebuild was easy.   But a year and a half after the fire, the road to normalcy has proved longer and more painful than anticipated, even for families with pretty good insurance. Construction and bureaucratic delays have added up, and in July,...
As posted at: NPR

April 25, 2019
After the Tubbs fire reduced their Santa Rosa home to ash in October 2017, Chris Keys and his wife Sara Jakel Keys say deciding to rebuild was easy.   But a year and a half later, the road to normalcy has proven longer and more painful than anticipated. Construction and bureaucratic delays have added up, and in July the five-member family expects to run out of insurance coverage that helps...
As posted at: Capital Public Radio

April 23, 2019
California’s technology sector has had a tough year with state and federal policymakers, to say nothing of the general public. Concerns about the size and scope of internet firms have led to a “techlash,” bringing with it uncomfortable hearings and the resurrection of truly noxious policy ideas, like the Fairness Doctrine. Yet the biggest threat to California’s tech sector may not have anything...
As posted at: Insurance Journal