Articles by Don Jergler

California’s Drought Is Over, but a New Report Shows Wildfire Risk is High for Millions

California’s drought-ridden feet aren’t out of the proverbial fire yet. This years’ powerful winter storms ended perpetual discourse about the state’s multiyear drought, but there are still 4.5 million homes at high or extreme risk of wildfire in California and …

Lobbyists at California Comp Conference Call Tension between D.C. and Sacramento ‘Palpable’

The tension between Washington D.C. and Sacramento seems to have created extra work for some lobbyists. “It’s absolutely palpable,” Paul Yoder, managing director for the California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation, said commenting on the tension. He was speaking with Jason …

Does Consumer Watchdog Founder Want Asimov-like Rules for Robot Cars?

A virtual grin arose on the face of Harvey Rosenfield with the mention of Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics. The mention was made during a phone call, but the overwhelming satisfaction of a smile was easily detectible in his …

California Surplus Lines Don’t Want to be Left Out of State’s Marijuana Regs

California’s surplus lines industry is trying to clear up the haze over a proposed regulation that would require medical marijuana businesses to purchase insurance only from admitted carriers. The regulation is one of several regulations under consideration at a series …

Insurtech Startup Buys MGA in California with Aim of Delivering Product for Agents

Insurtech startup Bridger has purchased Pleasanton, Calif.-based SCJ Insurance Services in a step toward launching what the firm contends will be “simpler, cheaper, and easier-to-manage automotive insurance.” Bridger CEO Kimo Winterbottom talked about the acquisition with Insurance Journal in late …

5.4M U.S. Homes at Risk from Sea Level Rise, Report Using Census Data Shows

Nearly 10 million people living in 5.4 million homes have a high risk from rising sea levels and will be adversely impacted by climate change, according to a new report that takes data from U.S. Census tracts near the ocean …

Zurich’s Fergot Heads to CNA as Vice President of Underwriting in California

CNA has named Gregg Fergot as vice president of underwriting. Fergot will be based in San Francisco and report to Dieter Korte, senior vice president of customer segments. He will be responsible for leading the technology segment in implementing strategic and operational objectives. Fergot has …

BCU Risk Advisors Adds Marsh’s Shapiro in Nevada

BCU Risk Advisors has named Kerry Shapiro director of marketing and development in its newly opened Las Vegas, Nev. office. Shapiro most recently ran the national sales office for Marsh PCS. He was previously with Azumidex and Aon. BCU provides …

12 States Call Out California’s ‘Affront to Sound Insurance Regulation’

It’s difficult to decide whether Dave Jones is underdog prize fighter Rocky Balboa or reigning champ Apollo Creed. He’s the insurance commissioner of the most populated state in the nation and that makes him a powerful figure. But with a …

Insurtech Startup Buys MGA in California with Product for Agents in Mind

Insurtech startup Bridger has purchased Pleasanton, Calif.-based SCJ Insurance Services in a step toward launching what the firm contends will be “simpler, cheaper, and easier-to-manage automotive insurance.” Bridger CEO Kimo Winterbottom talked about the acquisition with Insurance Journal on Thursday …