Articles by Jonathan J. Cooper

Allstate, State Farm, USAA Sue California Utility Over Wildfires

Several insurance companies have filed lawsuits blaming Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a deadly California wildfire that destroyed 14,000 homes and triggered billions of dollars in insurance claims. The lawsuits filed by Allstate, State Farm, USAA and their subsidiaries …

Schools Open 3 Weeks After Northern California Wildfire

Monday marked a return to school and some semblance of routine for thousands of children who lost their homes to a deadly wildfire in Northern California. Schools in Butte County have been closed since Nov. 8, when the Camp Fire …

California Legislation Aims to Clarify Mudslide Insurance

The California Senate has approved legislation that seeks to clarify homeowners’ insurance coverage following deadly mudslides near Santa Barbara. Insurance policies generally cover damage caused by fires but not by mudslides. That creates confusion in cases like the mudslides in …

California Chief Justice Expects an Influx of Wildfire Claims

California courts are preparing for an influx of lawsuits tied to last year’s historically destructive wildfires and mudslides, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye told lawmakers this week in her annual “state of the judiciary” address. Cantil-Sakauye, who has sparred with President …

Fire Chiefs in California Want Money to Prepare for Wildfires

California fire chiefs said that reinforcements were too slow to arrive in last year’s ferocious firestorms and asked lawmakers for $100 million to call in extra firefighters when weather conditions are ripe for a conflagration. The fire chiefs said drought …

California Looking for Balancing Act for Harassment Discipline

California Sen. Tony Mendoza’s resignation this week spared his fellow lawmakers from a difficult decision about appropriate punishment after an investigation found he likely engaged in flirtatious and sexually suggestive behavior with a half-dozen women. But the Legislature’s reckoning with …

California Governor Wants 5 Million Zero-Emission Cars

Gov. Jerry Brown outlined a $2.5 billion plan to help Californians buy electric vehicles and expand a network of charging stations as part of a goal of getting 5 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2030. The ambitious proposal …

California Governor Looking Around World for Climate Changes Allies

Looking for allies in the fight against climate change, California Gov. Jerry Brown headed to China this week in a push to build foreign support for carbon-cutting efforts that have found resistance in Washington. California will work with governments around …

California’s Single-Payer Bill Comes with $400B Price Tag

A California bill that would eliminate health insurance companies and provide government-funded health coverage for everyone in the state would cost $400 billion and require significant tax increases, legislative analysts said. Much of the cost would be offset by existing …

California Lawmakers Pondering Move to Dump Health Insurers

California lawmakers are considering an audacious proposal that would substantially remake the state’s health care system by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. The idea known as single-payer healthcare has long been popular on the left. It’s gaining …