California News

Drought-Weakened Trees Are Falling Hazards in Rainy California

Drenching winter rains combined with the punishing effects of six years of drought are causing trees to topple across California, in some cases with deadly results. At least two people have been killed in the past month. Seemingly sturdy oaks, …

California College Pays Hacker Ransom for Compromised Student Data

A California community college has paid a $28,000 ransom after a hacker took student data hostage. The Los Angeles Daily News reported that 1,800 Los Angeles Valley College teachers and staff were locked out of their computers last week, leaving …

Uber Seeks to Help Cities Better Understand Traffic Patterns

San Francisco, Calif.-based Uber is offering a helping hand to some of the same city leaders it sometimes antagonizes with the aggressive way it runs its popular ride-hailing service. The assistance will come in the form of a free website, …

West Regulation Report Card: California Most Politicized State

A report gives California’s insurance regulatory environment low marks for auto body repair rules, the insurance commissioner’s call for insurers to divest from coal, its prior approval law and being the “most politicized state in the country.” California was given …

Moderate Quake Shakes California’s Central Coast

California’s central coast was rattled overnight by a 3.9-magnitude earthquake. San Luis Obispo County Sgt. Dave Nottenkamper says he felt a single sharp jolt just before 4 a.m. Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake’s epicenter was about five …

Atlas General Insurance Services Expands Workers’ Compensation Footprint in Southeast

San Diego, CA, December 15, 2016 – Atlas General Insurance Services, LLC (‘Atlas’), a national multi-line program administrator, announced the addition of four more states eligible for workers’ compensation coverage through their exclusive partnership with an A.M. Best ‘A’ rated …

Survey: California Leads Nation in Insurers Contracting with Diverse Businesses

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones hailed the results from the first national survey of the insurance industry around supplier and governing board diversity issued today. Insurance commissioners from six states – California, District of Columbia, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, and …

California Lawmaker Introduces ‘Superbug’ Infections, Death Reporting Bill

A California state senator introduced a bill on Monday that would mandate reporting of antibiotic-resistant infections and deaths and require doctors to record the infections on death certificates when they are a cause of death. The legislation also aims to …

California is Taking Global Warming Fight to Dairy Cows

California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. The nation’s leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock. Despite strong opposition from farmers, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September …

PG&E in California Announces $85M Diablo Canyon Closure Deal

Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to pay $85 million to neighboring cities and a school district affected by the closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, the California utility announced. The state’s largest utility reached a deal to …