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California Farmers Hire Dowsers To Find Water

With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of dowsing use rudimentary tools – usually copper sticks or wooden …

California Carbon-Permit Auction Sees $330M Spent

State officials say California’s latest carbon-permit auction has raised nearly $330 million. The Sacramento Bee reported industrial firms and others bought emissions allowances that can be used this year and in 2017. At the auction on Monday, the 2014 allowances …

AIA Western Region Vice President Marjorie Berte To Retire

Marjorie Berte, vice president for state affairs for the American Insurance Association’s Western region on Tuesday announced plans to retire on March 31 Berte joined AIA in January 2011, and has been responsible for overseeing AIA’s government affairs efforts in …

Running of the Bulls Ok’d in California City

A Southern California city has announced plans to host a Pamplona-style bull run, months after a neighboring town nixed the event because of safety concerns. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported the Golden State edition of the Great Bull Run will be …

Lobbyist Gives Update on Insurance-Related Bills

There are a number of bills currently under consideration by state Legislature that may be of interest to agents, brokers and insurance professionals in general. Lobbyist John Norwood, owner of Norwood Associates in Sacramento, recently issued an update on pending …

2 Californians Convicted for $154M Medical Insurance Fraud

A Southern California doctor and an attorney face prison terms for participating in a $154 million medical fraud scheme in which hundreds of healthy patients underwent unnecessary surgeries to fraudulently bill insurance companies. The Orange County Register reports 66-year-old Mario …

California School District to Pay $8M For Teacher Attack

Eight Northern California families of special-needs students who were physically and verbally abused by a teacher during school will receive $8 million to settle a lawsuit. The Contra Costa Times reported the trustees of the Brentwood Unified School District voted …

Twenty Years Later Big Lesson From Northridge Quake Lost

Twenty years ago today a big one hit the Los Angeles area, killing several people and injuring thousands, damaging tens of thousands of properties, shutting down businesses, putting out of operation some of the nation’s busiest freeways and radically changing …

California Energy Drink Maker Monster Eyed by Prosecutors

The San Francisco city attorney and New York state attorney general have joined forces to investigate whether Monster Beverage Corp. is marketing its highly caffeinated drinks to children. The joint probe began last month just before a federal judge in …

Workers’ Comp Law Firm ATB Opens Office In Los Angeles

Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez, a national law firm focusing on workers’ compensation defense, opened an office in Los Angeles and has named Michelle Y. Wu as managing partner in the new office. The Los Angeles office gives ATB …