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KNX-AM (Radio) – Los Angeles, CA: State Farm Claims It’s Just Too Expensive to Rebuild After Wildfires

By Staff Reporters, KNX – Los Angeles, CA Click below to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment.

KNX-AM (Radio): State Farm Cited Wildfire Risk and High Rebuilding Cost as the Reason They Won’t Accept New Policies for Homes in California 

State farm insurance hitting the pause button company says it will stop issuing new policies for homes and properties in California because of the high risk it faces state farm specifically cited the wildfire risk and high rebuilding cost critics say they are not so sure.

KCBS-AM (RADIO) – State Farm is No Longer Accepting Applications for Property Insurance in California

Consumer Watchdog's founder, Harvey Rosenfield, is calling out CA insurance commissioner Ricardo Lara to take action and protect the public.

Los Angeles Daily News – New Setback for Efforts to Protect Californians Living Near Oil Wells

Advocates want to hold 'reckless' oil companies liable for health and climate impacts. Companies are counting on support from legislators, courts and voters By Brooke...

Detroit Free Press – Vehicle Cybersecurity Gets Boost from Defense Department

By Eric D. Lawrence, DETROIT FREE PRESS Kevin Tierney said he has been talking to officials at various universities for at least a decade about...

Senator Portantino, Shame on You

California State Senator Anthony Portantino abused his power to side with oil drillers and threaten the public’s health. He prevented a vote on a key bill to hold oil drillers accountable. Shame on you, Senator Portantino. – Study on Oil Field Buffers IDs Surprising Tradeoffs

By John Cox, BAKERSFIELD.COM A policy study published last week concludes California can best advance its oil supply-related climate goals by resuming and possibly expanding...

Times of San Diego – Medical Board of California Faces Reform During ‘Sunset Review’ by Legislature

By JW August, TIMES OF SAN DIEGO In our state it’s the job of the Medical Board of California to investigate complaints against doctors. The board is facing...


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