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Explosive Growth From California Wildfire Threatens Homes

An out-of-control wildfire that was threatening more than 2,000 homes in Northern California showed explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres, fire officials said Thursday. The fire east of Sacramento had burned through 111 square miles, up from …

California Governor Signs Ridesharing Bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill to establish insurance requirements for transportation network companies and their drivers. Assembly Bill 2293, authored by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, defines with personal and commercial auto insurance is in effect, …

Wildfires Prompt California Governor to Declare State of Emergency

A pair of wildfires burning without restraint about 8 miles apart in northeast California became the focus of state and federal firefighters Sunday as authorities reported that one of the blazes had destroyed eight homes and prompted the precautionary evacuation …

California Workers’ Comp Officials Continue to Praise Reforms

Touting California’s still-young workers’ compensation reform law as a “pragmatic middle” compromise that seems to be working, two of the top officials responsible for the system talked up some of the reform’s finer points on Thursday. David Lanier, secretary of …

Wildfire Publicity Lights Fire Under California Homeowners

The recent plague of wildfires in Southern California and in neighboring states seems to have more people checking on their homeowners policies – and more people concerned about the threat of wildfires may be taking some mitigation steps insurers have …

Worries Mount Over Winter Wildfire Season Not Soon to End

A winter wildfire season offers some unique challenges for firefighters like Mike Lopez. Lopez is president of CDF Firefighters, which represents the employees of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire as it’s best known. Lopez has …

Drought Emergency Proclaimed by California Governor

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday proclaimed a state of emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for drought conditions. “We can’t make it rain, but we can be much better prepared for the terrible …

Interesting but Quiet Year for California Lawmakers on Workers’ Comp

After the behemoth workers’ compensation reform law passed in 2012, state lawmakers this year enacted only a handful of measures that may affect or relate to workers’ compensation. Bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown included laws on pharmaceutical compounding, preventing …

California Governor Vetoes Sex Abuse Lawsuit Bill

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Saturday that would have allowed some lawsuits  victims who are now barred by the statute of limitations to file lawsuits against private institutions that employed their abusers. Brown said he vetoed the bill because it …

New California Law Limits Workers’ Comp For Pro Athletes

Professional athletes who spend most of their careers with teams in other states will be prohibited from filing workers’ compensation claims in California, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. AB1309 will close a legal loophole that has let …