California News

2018 Wildfire Season Outpacing 2017

This post is part of a series sponsored by CoreLogic. Examining the Risk in French Gulch and Redding Less than a year ago, California was ablaze with some of the most catastrophic fires the United States has seen. Over 10 …

Los Angeles to Begin Licensing Marijuana Growers

Los Angeles began accepting license applications from marijuana growers, manufacturers and testing companies this week, after months of delays that left many businesses in the state’s largest legal marketplace struggling to survive. The start of the process arrived with a …

California Workers’ Comp Changes Helping System, Division Chief Says

California’s workers’ compensation system has undergone numerous changes since the implementation of the sweeping reforms that started in 2013 with Senate Bill 863. In the last few years medical provider fraud has been addressed by subsequent new laws, a plague …

9 California Restaurants Cited for Failing to Provide Workers’ Comp

A joint enforcement strike force issued more than $200,000 in administrative fines to nine Contra Costa County, Calif. restaurants for failing to provide workers’ compensation insurance. Investigators from the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office, Department of Industrial Relations’ Labor Commissioner’s …

California Wildfire Continues to Grow Near Yosemite

California firefighters worked in worsening heat Monday to contain a forest fire outside Yosemite National Park. The Ferguson Fire had scorched nearly 53 square miles of timber and brush in the Sierra Nevada west of Yosemite and was just 13 …

A.M. Best Downgrades Ratings of Pacific Specialty Insurance Group in California

A.M. Best has downgraded the Financial Strength Ratings to A- (Excellent) from A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings to “a-” from “a” of Pacific Specialty Insurance Co. and Pacific Specialty Property and Casualty Co., collectively referred to as …

California’s Data Privacy Law a Concern, Opportunity for Insurance Industry

California is on track to have what will be the nation’s most far-reaching law to give consumers more control over their personal data. The new law may be both a big concern, as well as a new and important opportunity, …

Northern California Wildfires Flare up in Heat, High Winds

Thousands fled their homes as major wildfires encroached on a charred area of Northern California still recovering from severe blazes in recent years, sparking concern the state may be in for another destructive series of wildfires this summer. California officials …

California Cannabis Banking Bill Clears Senate, Heads to Assembly

A California bill to establish a state charter bank for cannabis businesses has passed the Senate Floor. Senate Bill 930, authored by state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, would enable banks to issue checks to cannabis business accountholders to be …

Family of Woman Who Died at California Music Festival Sues Promoter

The family of a 20-year-old woman who died after attending a California music festival last year is suing the event promoter. City News Service is reporting the lawsuit alleges Baylee Gatlin didn’t receive proper medical attention for hours after she …