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California Governor Calls for $437M in Spending for Flood Control

California Gov. Jerry Brown is calling for a boost in spending on water and transportation infrastructure as the waterlogged state grapples with an emergency dam repair, frantic levee fixes and catastrophic road damage caused by storms. The Democratic governor redirected …

Washington Utility Commits to Maintain Low Levels at Lake over Quake Fears

Updated earthquake concerns for Mossyrock Dam, the tallest structure of its kind in Washington, have prompted Tacoma Power to commit to a new, reduced water level at Riffe Lake that will likely stretch well into the next decade. The Chronicle …

Californian Sentenced for Felony Insurance Fraud in Sacramento

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office in California reported that Paige Nolasco, who pled no contest to felony insurance fraud, has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years’ formal probation, and ordered her to pay $1,781 in …

Oregon Workers’ Comp Provider Sees Big Hike in Slip, Fall Injuries in January

As a result of the heavy snow and ice statewide in January, more Oregon workers suffered slips, trips and falls than in any recent January, according to SAIF data. SAIF is Oregon’s not-for-profit, state-chartered workers’ compensation insurance company. More than …

Watson Joins Cavignac & Associates in San Diego

Cavignac & Associates, a San Diego-based risk management and insurance brokerage firm, has hired Stephen Watson as a junior account executive. His principle area of focus will be on professional liability. Watson previously was employed as assistant manager of Walmart …

Woman Arrested in Connection with 28 California Fires

A 24-year-old woman has been arrested in connection to 28 fires set throughout the city of Fullerton, Calif., since September. The Orange County Register reports that the woman was arrested after investigators found her trying to set fire to bushes …

Beecher Carlson Names Newell as Managing Director in California

Beecher Carlson Insurance Services LLC is expanding its West Coast operations with the appointment of Keith Newell as its managing director. Newell will be primarily based in the firm’s Woodland Hills, Calif. office. Newell’s focus is on new business strategies …

California Surplus Lines Association Elects Ciardello Chairman of the Board

The members of the Surplus Line Association of California have elected Tom Ciardello, senior executive vice president of Worldwide Facilities LLC, as the chair of the SLA board of directors. Ciardello’s election was finalized after the SLA tallied the final …

Reality Star Sues Alaska-Based Reality Show over Safety Claims

A star of the Alaska-based reality series “Life Below Zero” is suing the show’s producers, alleging she was hurt while forced to perform dangerous acts in support of false story lines. The lawsuit against BBC Worldwide Reality Productions and others …

The Path to Let Rideshare Companies into Alaska Not So Smooth

The drive to allow rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in Alaska has hit speed bumps. The bill, from Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, faces opposition from taxi companies worried the entrance of rideshare groups will drive down wages …

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