California News

Cal/OSHA Finds Employer at Fault in Window Washer’s 11-Story Fall

Cal/OSHA has cited Century Window Cleaning for five safety hazards following an investigation into a window washer’s 11-story fall from the roof of a San Francisco building last year. Two of the five hazards cited were for serious violations, including …

Northern California Children’s Home Hit With Abuse Lawsuit

A group of former foster children alleging abuses at the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home in Northern California dating back to 20 years ago has filed a lawsuit against the facility. The lawsuit was filed earlier this month in …

Beer Bikes Bill Advances in California Legislature

California lawmakers have advanced a bill that would allow so-called beer bikes to operate on streets, but leaves cities to decide if alcohol is allowed on board. The Senate this week unanimously passed the bill by Sen. Richard Pan, a …

California Man Pleads Guilty to Setting Car Ablaze to Cash in on Insurance

Richard Peters, 36, of Lakeside, Calif., pleaded guilty to one felony count of insurance fraud after being arrested last week by the San Diego Urban Auto Insurance Fraud Task Force on suspicion that he set fire to his vehicle in …

Students in Deadly California Bus Crash Not Given Safety Instructions

The high school students who struggled to escape from a burning tour bus after a collision with a tractor-trailer in California last year that killed 10 never received the required safety instructions from the driver before the crash, according to …

Family Sues Southern California Gym Over Dad’s Heart Attack

A Los Angeles gym is facing a lawsuit from the three kids of a man who had a heart attack and died while working out. City News Service reports Marc Palotay’s son and two daughters filed the lawsuit earlier this …

Self-Driving Cars Getting Hit in California

Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars now rolling around California have gotten into accidents since September, when the state began issuing permits for companies to test them on public roads. Two accidents happened while the cars were in control; …

California Apartment Fire Displaces Hundreds, Causes $850,000 in Damage

About 200 residents are assessing the damage after a two-alarm fire emptied their Southern California apartment building for the night, shutting off power and burning units and cars. The Orange County Register reported more than four dozen firefighters put out …

Compass Specialty Risk Launched in Wisconsin

Compass Specialty Risk LLC, a new wholesale insurance broker and managing general agent has commenced national operations. The firm is headquartered in Middleton, Wis., with another office in Sacramento, Calif. Compass Specialty Risk is led by Michael R. Morman, who …

Unprecedented Water Cutbacks Approved by California Regulators

California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state’s ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation. The State Water Resources Control Board approved rules this week that force …