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Ridesharing Insurance Legislation Advances In California

A bill that would impose insurance requirements on ridesharing companies in California passed a state Senate committee 9-1 on Wednesday, although with somewhat lower costs to the industry than previously written into the bill. Companies such as Lyft, Sidecar and …

California Sweep Leads to Citations for Underground Operators

A multi-agency task force consisting of more than 100 detectives and investigators focused on curbing California’s underground economy conducted a sweep across major metropolitan areas statewide issuing more than 60 citations for various violations and six work stop-orders, according to …

Settlement Reached In California Boy’s Suicide After Bullying

The mother of a Central California teenager who committed suicide after years of anti-gay bullying has reached a $750,000 settlement with her son’s school district. Wendy Walsh, whose 13-year-old son, Seth, hanged himself in 2010, accused the Tehachapi Unified School …

Hash Oil Suspected Behind Blaze at California Complex

A hash oil operation is suspected in an explosion that burned a man and several units of a Redding, Calif. apartment complex during the weekend. The Record Searchlight newspaper reported the 9:30 a.m. Sunday blast and resulting fire sent a …

State Auto Acquires Partners General Insurance Agency

Columbus, Ohio-based State Automobile Mutual Insurance Co. (State Auto) has completed its purchase of Partners General Insurance Agency (PGIA), a managing general underwriter specializing in excess and surplus lines general liability and excess liability insurance. With offices in California, Illinois …

Self-Driving Car Testing Rules Adopted by California

California has new rules that govern the testing of self-driving cars on public roads. The rules, approved Monday by state attorneys, require a human to be in the driver’s seat when a computer takes control during testing. They’re a response …

California’s Next Mega Fire, This Could be The Year

When Thomas Jeffery visits states like California, he likes to take some time out to drive around and take a hard look at the conditions and the landscape. As a scientist, Jeffery feels this helps put first-person observations into his …

California Injured Workers Medical Costs Moderated Before Reforms

A study issued by the Workers Compensation Research Institute shows medical costs for injured workers in California moderated before sweeping reforms were implemented. WCRI looked at the potential impact of recent reform legislation on price and utilization of medical services …

California Top Court to Decide on Retailer Defibrillator Issue

Are large California retailers required to have a device on hand to treat customers who fall victim to sudden cardiac arrest? The California Supreme Court is taking up that question during oral arguments. At issue is a Southern California family’s …

Seawater May be Drought Solution for One California City

With California in a drought, the coastal city of Santa Barbara is thinking about firing up a desalination plant that has been in storage for more than two decades. The city built the plant in the 1990s during the last …