California News

California Drought Spawns Well Drilling Boom

The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands. He’s buying a drilling rig for $1 million to make …

U.S. Agencies Join Probe of Fatal California FedEx/Bus Crash

FedEx Corp. will be in the spotlight of U.S. safety investigations operating alongside local law enforcement inquiries after a fiery truck-bus collision killed 10 people in California. Two federal agencies said that they were joining the probe into the April …

49ers Stadium Death Results in $37K Fine for Steel Company

California officials have fined a steel company nearly $37,000 in connection with the death of a worker at the site of the San Francisco 49ers new stadium. Edward Lake II, a truck driver with Gerdau Reinforcing Steel West, was crushed …

Tsunami Advisory In Effect for Hawaii from Chile Quake

U.S. officials say they’ve found no imminent threat of a tsunami along the coasts of Hawaii, Alaska, California, Oregon or Washington after a major earthquake near Chile. Paul Whitmore, the director of the National Weather Service’s West Coast and Alaska …

Crestbrook Insurance Expands into California, More States to Come

Crestbrook Insurance Co., an affluent market personal lines carrier, has expanded its products and services to independent agents and their clients in California. After launching in Illinois last October, the Nationwide Insurance subsidiary will continue to expand into Washington, Arizona, …

Snowpack In California, Colorado Being Measured by NASA

The snowpack atop mountain peaks in California and Colorado has a new set of eyes watching from high above to better gauge the amount of water that will rumble down rivers and streams each spring as runoff. In a new …

Investigators Blame Paul Walker Crash on Speed Not Mechanical

The Porsche carrying “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker was traveling approximately 90 mph when it lost control on a suburban street in California and crashed, killing the actor and his friend, according to an investigation by law enforcement agencies …

Future Tsunamis Planned for by Handful of California Harbors

Five California harbors are preparing for future tsunamis under a new state project that arms them with maps that identify potential problem areas. Officials with the California Geological Survey said Friday the participating harbors include San Diego, Los Angeles/Long Beach, …

California Targeted by Cyber-gangs: Report

International criminal enterprises follow the money, and a report  says they are increasingly focusing on California because of its wealth and innovation. Aside from long-time trafficking in drugs, guns and people, the report by California Attorney General Kamala Harris says …

Farmers to Add More Than 500 Agency Owners in California

Farmers Insurance is looking to increase its presence in California by adding 518 agency owners throughout the state. “There has never been a better time than now for those interested in becoming agency owners to join the Farmers Family,” Stephen …