CEA News

California Earthquake Authority to Sell $350M of Bonds

The California Earthquake Authority, the largest seismic insurer in the U.S., is selling $350 million in bonds to strengthen its ability to pay claims, after the state’s first death due to a quake in 11 years. The debt, which is …

California Has Another Great ShakeOut

At 10:16 a.m. on Thursday employees at Golden Bear Insurance Co. were all under their desks practicing good risk management. Oct. 16 marked another Great ShakeOut event in California. According to California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, today more than 10 …

California Governor Signs Bill Earthquake Insurance Information Bill

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 2064, a bill aimed at changing the way Californians learn about earthquake insurance for their homes. Under California law, insurers that sell residential property insurance also must offer earthquake coverage to their policyholders. …

Insured Losses From the Napa Quake Pegged at $250M or Less

Insured losses from the Aug. 24 earthquake that struck Napa, Calif. will not exceed $250 million, according to a risk management firm. Widespread damage was expected from the 6.0 magnitude event, but there wasn’t much business interruption as most area …

Busy Week for Those Assessing Damage from Napa Quake

“It’s been a busy week,” said Glen Pomeroy, CEO of the California Earthquake Authority. The magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck Northern California in the early hours of Aug. 24 may cause up to $4 billion in economic losses by some …

Policyholders File Claims, Get Payments For California Quake

The California Earthquake Authority reported Tuesday it has paid numerous claims for damage to homes that sustained “relatively minor damage” from the magnitude 5.1 earthquake that struck La Habra on March 28. Most CEA claim payments to date from the …

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 …

Fitch Affirms California Earthquake Authority’s ‘A’ Rating

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the “A” rating on California Earthquake Authority’s outstanding fixed-rate revenue bonds, which mature on July 1, 2016. Fitch has also affirmed CEA’s Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at “A.” The Rating Outlook is Stable. “The ratings reflect …

CEA Taps First Chief Information Officer

The California Earthquake Authority named Todd Coombes as the CEA’s first chief information officer. Following a recommendation from consultant PricewaterhouseCoopers, CEA’s governing board approved adding a CIO to the executive team. Coombes starts June 3. Coombes, a business-technology executive with …

California Earthquake Authority Kicks off Second Marketing Program for Agents

The business of selling earthquake insurance to homeowners may have just gotten a bit easier. The California Earthquake Authority has launched its annual “Marketing Value Program,” in which the quasi-private earthquake insurer encourages agents to sign up to receive at …