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

April 21, 2019
Two Sonoma County men are suing the California Department of Insurance for allegedly allowing out-of-state insurance adjusters to work illegally in the state without proper registration, enabling unsupervised adjusters to dole out costly bad advice to wildfire survivors. Plaintiffs Jeff Sengstack, who lost his Santa Rosa home in the October 2017 wildfires, and Jon Eisenberg, his friend and a...
As posted at: The Press Democrat

April 20, 2019
As the cost and risk of California wildfires grow, it’s getting harder for homeowners to get and keep insurance in fire-prone regions including the Sierra foothills, Tahoe and some parts of the Bay Area. Homeowners rejected by mainstream companies are turning in greater numbers to alternative carriers that provide less coverage, higher prices or both. These alternatives include the California...
As posted at: San Francisco Chronicle

April 12, 2019
Own a home? No doubt you’ve insured it. Very sensible of you. But if that home were, say, burned to the ground, then your insurance company probably wouldn’t cover the cost of rebuilding it.   Don’t feel too bad, though. It’s only partly your fault.   Two-thirds of California wildfire victims are under-insured, according to Amy Bach, executive director of consumer advocacy...
As posted at: The Washington Post

March 22, 2019
Almost half of the country lives near a levee, and 12 have already failed during spring flooding  Critics blame Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA for broken levees flooding the Midwest The levees "were set up to fail," says flood insurance expert The small town of Hamburg, Iowa was submerged this week when its levee – the earthen barrier protecting it from the raging Missouri River...
As posted at: CBS News

March 4, 2019
The county and at least two cities have declared local emergencies. A Local Assistance Center is now open in Guerneville. SONOMA COUNTY, CA — Days of heavy rains and flooding along the Russian River have caused an estimated $155 million in damage across Sonoma County, officials said Saturday. Properties affected include 1,900 homes — 1,760 with major damage — and 578 businesses, according to...
As posted at: Patch

March 2, 2019
A local assistance center will open Sunday in Guerneville to provide services to Sonoma County residents affected by recent storms and flooding. Government agencies and nonprofits will be represented at the center, and all county residents can access services regardless of immigration status, according to a Sonoma County spokeswoman. County departments at the center will include Permit Sonoma,...
As posted at: SF Gate

March 2, 2019
After reeling from property damage caused by recent wildfires, North Bay residents now are confronting another natural disaster in flooding — a threat that is not covered by property insurance and which could escalate as storms become more volatile in a changing climate. Unlike fire-related claims, home and business owners have to buy a separate policy to insure structures and contents damaged by...
As posted at: The Press Democrat