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California Protects Homeowners From Having Fire Insurance Dropped — Again

By James Bikales November 5, 2020 As this year’s historic wildfire season winds down, Californians living in fire-prone territory got temporary relief from another threat: they can’t lose their homeowners’ insurance policies for another year. Premiums and nonrenewal rates have skyrocketed in California’s fire-prone regions since 2015 as companies are loath to pay for damages wreaked by the state’s increasingly devastating fires. This year, more than four million acres have burned, twice the…

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The ‘Speed of Trust’: California Wants Statewide Panel to Review Any COVID Vaccine

By Ana B. Ibarra October 19, 2020 Coronavirus vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in coming months will not be distributed in California until a statewide panel of health experts can ensure they meet safety requirements, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday. While there is no…

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Register for Rebuilding and Resiliency: How We Need to Handle Wildfires From Now On

By Vanessa Richardson, CalMatters October 8, 2020 California has been hit hard in recent years by wildfires, but the deadliest and most destructive one in its history was the Camp Fire. On the morning of November 8, 2018, a spark turned into a firestorm that barrelled through the town of Paradise,…

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Unsafe To Drink: Wildfires Threaten Rural Towns With Tainted Water

by Rachel Becker, Cal Matters October 5, 2020 "Homes destroyed by the LNU Lighting Complex Fire are interspersed with untouched homes above Lake Berryessa, a resort area and water supply reservoir, on Sept. 21, 2020. After the fire in August, residents were advised not to drink or boil the tap…

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