October 7, 2019
Two years after the October firestorm that swept the North Bay, recovery efforts are both good and not so great. Houses are being rebuilt, the destroyed northwest Santa Rosa neighborhood of Coffey Park is coming back strong, insurance struggles and construction costs remain, and mental health care resources need ongoing reinforcing. Those takeaways were presented Friday at the Business Journal’s...

October 7, 2019
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KTVU) - With only bout 10% of Santa Rosa homes rebuilt from the 2017 Tubbs fire, the second anniversary of the fire will cause a turn for the worse in many victim's finances. On Tuesday, many folks waiting to complete or rebuild their homes in the Tubbs Fire are getting cut off, financially. Jim and LuAnn Scally have been in the Coffey Park rebuilding process since two...
As posted at: KTVU

October 2, 2019
Joyce Viets’ dad was in the life insurance business, so she knew from an early age that you have to plan ahead. “I heard about actuarials my entire life,” the Temecula resident told me.   Viets, 82, purchased long-term care insurance nearly two decades ago, anticipating there would come a time when she’d be glad to cover the costs of a nursing home, which can run nearly $300 a day in...
As posted at: Los Angeles Times

September 30, 2019
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KTVU) - With less than two weeks until the second anniversary of the firestorm that devastated Santa Rosa, insured victims are getting some nasty surprises from the insurance companies that promised to protect them.   More than 5,000 homes were destroyed by wildfire. Victims were assured that two years of living expenses would be enough.   But, a lack of a...
As posted at: KTVU

September 28, 2019
To keep up with California's unrelenting wildfire threat, some insurers are now turning to AI to predict fire risk with unprecedented, structure-by-structure detail. Why it matters: This will allow them to cover homes in areas that they would otherwise have passed over — but potentially at the cost of hiking rates for those who can least afford it. The big picture: Spooked by a recent surge...
As posted at: Axios

September 27, 2019
The problem emerges after every wildfire in California PARADISE — Nearly 11 months after the Camp Fire razed Amy McFarland’s neighborhood, two of her neighbors’ new homes look ready for move-in. She’d like to be a part of the rebuild of the town. But her family’s home was under-insured, and now they’re struggling to find solutions to fill the gap. It’s a problem she shares with most of her...
As posted at: Enterprise-Record

September 27, 2019
Since retiring from her law practice, Robin Gabbert feels like she’s had a full-time job trying to rebuild after the devastating 2017 North Bay wildfires. Gabbert and her husband, Con Jager, are like thousands of other fire survivors who will not finish building new homes by the second anniversary of the fires in early October. Gabbert and Jager have been hampered by numerous delays rebuilding...
As posted at: The Press Democrat

September 26, 2019
Two years after wildfires leveled thousands of homes, areas leaders will stop and assess where area is and where it has yet to go in recovery on Oct. 4. Keynoted by State Senator Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, “Impact Sonoma Two Years On” will draw together government, business and relief organizations for a post-fire report card. The event takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4 at...

September 24, 2019
Sep. 15--Frances Mann-Craik loves living amid the trees along Highway 35. But her quiet life in the mountains above Silicon Valley is about to get a lot more expensive.   Along with more than a dozen of her neighbors, Mann-Craik recently received a letter from Walnut Creek-based CSAA, a AAA insurer, informing her the company would not be renewing the fire coverage she's had for nearly...
As posted at: San Jose Mercury News

September 11, 2019
Dave DuPell is a long-time homeowner in Grass Valley, California, which is located near the site of the devastating "Camp Fire" in November that killed 86 people and incinerated 18,000 homes and businesses. Now he – and hundreds of thousands of other residents – are confronting another dilemma: No homeowners' insurance.   "Our insurance companies are saying, 'We're done with you!'" he...
As posted at: CBS News Moneywatch