Insurers Say California's Inaction Threatens Auto Policies

By Don Thompson, ASSOCIATED PRESS

September 26, 2022

https://apnews.com/article/health-california-covid-traffic-02c6d9215243…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Top U.S. insurance companies and associations say California is risking a crisis in the nation’s largest automobile insurance market by refusing to approve any rate increases for more than two years, since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

2022 Rage for Justice Awards

The Rage For Justice Awards were held on September 24, 2022 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Charles Johnson was honored as the Citizen Activist of the Year. Tom Morello received the Phillip Burton Public Service Award. Nick and Courtney Rowley accepted the Lifetime Legal Achievement Award.

2022 Rage Backdrop

KNX 1070AM Los Angeles, CA: Insurance Companies Are Using Your Private Information To Raise Your Rates

By Emily Valdes, KNX 1070AM Los Angeles, CA

September 25, 2022

Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment.

Harvey Rosenfield, author of Proposition 103 from 1988, tells KNX how insurance companies are using AI and online tracking to collect our private information without our consent and in violation of Prop 103.

Consumer Watchdog Says California Drivers Need Protections Against Misuse Of Technology By Insurers

By Dave LaChance, REPAIRER DRIVEN NEWS

September 23, 2022

https://www.repairerdrivennews.com/2022/09/23/consumer-watchdog-says-ca…

Consumer protection organization Consumer Watchdog is urging California’s insurance commissioner to protect the state’s residents against the misuse of computer algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) by insurers.

Editorial: Californians Deserve Better Than Ricardo Lara and Robert Howell For Insurance Commissioner

Editorial by SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NEWS GROUP EDITORIAL BOARD

September 21, 2022

https://www.dailynews.com/2022/09/21/californians-deserve-better-than-r…

Our editorial board interviews candidates for public office with the goal of helping voters gain the greatest possible understanding of the offices, the issues and the options before them.

Will New Regulations Do Enough To Keep Homeowners From Losing Fire Insurance?

By Michael Finney & Randall Yip, KGO ABC TV-7 San Francisco, CA

September 9, 2022

https://abc7news.com/fire-insurance-home-risk-score-danger/12213902/

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (KGO) -- Homeowners in California who live in a high-risk fire zones could find it easier to get their home policies renewed. That's if new state regulations work as intended. Not everyone is convinced it will work.

Proposed California Recycling Bill Includes Glass Bottles

By Shawnte Passmore, KMAX CBS TV Sacramento, CA

September 6, 2022

https://www.cbsnews.com/sacramento/news/bottle-recycling-bill-includes-…

SACRAMENTO - Lawmakers are hoping the governor signs a bill to expand the state's recycling program. 

The goal is to increase glass recycling. 

You know you can recycle your cans and bottles. But wine drinkers may also be able to cash in their bottles of red and white wine.

As Auto Insurance Rates Rise, Legislative and Non-Commercial Action and Other News Emerge

By Peter Kavinsky, CARE FREE TV

September 2, 2022

https://cablefreetv.org/as-auto-insurance-rates-rise-legislative-and-no…

Legislative and non-profit action on high auto insurance rates was recently announced in California and Illinois, as news of GEICO and State Farm’s June rate hikes are just a couple of many that don’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

Opinion: California’s Failed Bottle Deposit System

Opinion column by Jim Shields, MENDOCINO BEACON

September 1, 2022

I’ve always thought California’s preeminent citizens’ advocacy organization is Consumer Watchdog (“CW”).

This week, the group urged Governor Newsom to reform a hopelessly shattered bottle deposit system via a budget trailer bill as the group unveiled its top 10 signs of the system’s collapse.

They’ve got a lot of work to do though because there’s two weeks left in the legislative year.

A Last-Minute Twist In Effort To Expand California Bottle Bill

By Melissa Heffernan, RESOURCE RECYCLING

August 29, 2022

https://resource-recycling.com/recycling/2022/08/29/a-last-minute-twist…

Just days before the end of the legislative session, lengthy amendments were tacked on to California bottle bill expansion legislation, greatly increasing the cost of the program. In response, some previous backers rescinded their support.

CA Wildfire Insurance 'Loophole' Impacting Bay Area Survivors Dropped From Carriers

By Stephanie Sierra, KGO ABC TV-7 San Francisco, CA

August 27, 2022

https://abc7news.com/california-fair-plan-wildfire-insurance-commission…

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A state regulation aimed to help Californians access affordable wildfire insurance is being used as a potential loophole, impacting Bay Area residents living in high-risk areas.

California Lawmakers Use Secretive Process To Kill Would-Be Laws: ‘Where Good Bills Go To Die’

By Andrew Sheeler, Lindsey Holden, and Stephen Hobbs, SACRAMENTO BEE - CAPITOL ALERT

August 16, 2022

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article26…

Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, R-San Luis Obispo, went into the last month of California’s legislative session somewhat hopeful about prospects for his biggest bill.

CSAA Faces Lawsuit Over Claims It Overcharged Auto Insurance Policyholders $150 Million

By Lyle Adriano, INSURANCE BUSINESS AMERICA

August 11, 2022

https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/us/news/breaking-news/csaa-faces-l…

A lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court claims that CSAA – California’s seventh-largest auto insurance company – overcharged customers during the COVID-19 pandemic by at least $150 million.

California Commissioner Withholds Auto Insurance Rate Approvals, Rattles Market

By Renée Kiriluk-Hill, BESTWIRE

August 10. 2022

https://news.ambest.com/NewsContent.aspx?&refnum=243607

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara is pumping the brakes on private passenger auto rate hike requests from carriers, including Geico, which he said overcharged policyholders during COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, according to spokesperson Gabriel Sanchez.

CVS Can't Escape HIV Patients' Disability Bias Suit

By Patrick Hoff, LAW 360

August 8, 2022

https://www.law360.com/health/articles/1518877/cvs-can-t-escape-hiv-patients-disability-bias-suit

CVS Pharmacy can't avoid a proposed class action alleging its prescription drug benefits program discriminates against people with HIV and AIDS, as a California federal judge said the company's separate corporate entities can't shield it from federal health care law.