Articles by Kathleen Ronayne

California Spending $20M on Campaign to Warn Public of Vaping Dangers

California will spend $20 million on a public awareness campaign about the dangers of vaping nicotine and cannabis products and step up efforts to halt the sale of illicit products amid a rise in vaping-related illnesses. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom …

Insurance Department: Claims from Deadly California Wildfires Top $12B

Insurance claims have topped $12 billion for the November wildfires in California, making them the most expensive in state history. The figure released on May 8 by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara covers the fire that largely destroyed the town of …

California to Waive Environmental Rules to Prep for Wildfire Season

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has moved to bypass environmental regulations to prepare for the next wildfire season, a move he said was necessary to prevent further loss of life even as it frustrated activists in a state viewed as a …

California Governor Proposes $150M in Wildfire Investments, 911 Fee

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has pledged fresh investments to prevent, fight and escape wildfires, including millions to help local governments improve their communication during emergencies and a fee to fund an update for the state’s 911 system.รก Newsom outlined $105 …

Utilities to Cover Power Lines, Expand Weather Monitoring in High Risk Areas

California utilities plan to insulate power lines, increase inspections and build new weather stations in areas at high risk for wildfires in an effort to combat increasingly destructive blazes. Southern California Edison told legislative employees this week it wants to …

California Seizes Small Insurer Merced P&C Due to Wildfire Claims

California regulators moved Friday to take over an insurance company that can’t pay out all claims following a massive wildfire that destroyed more than 13,000 homes. Merced Property & Casualty Company was pushed to insolvency by the fire that sparked …

California Seeking $4.4B in Federal Aid for Wildfires

California’s 53 U.S. House members are requesting $4.4 billion in federal aid to help the state recover from its deadliest wildfires ever. That’s down sharply from the $7.4 billion originally sought by Gov. Jerry Brown and California Democrats last month. …

California Wildfires: May Take Years for Full Recovery

It will take at least months and likely years to fully recover from devastating wildfires that ripped through Northern California earlier this month, destroying at least 8,900 structures and killing 42 people, Sonoma County officials said . “We don’t control …

California Governor Teaming with N.Y. Mayor to Track Climate Progress

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced yet another plan Wednesday to keep the United States on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the international Paris climate agreement. This time, he’s teaming up with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg …

California Lawmakers Release Plan to Extend Cap And Trade

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have released a plan to extend through 2030 California’s cap-and-trade program, a key piece of the state’s quest to fight climate change by drastically reducing emissions from greenhouse gases. The deal updates how refineries, …