Regulatory Update: Gender Ban In Auto Insurance Rate Setting

By Staff Writers, BEST'S REVIEW

February 1, 2019

Auto Insurance: California has issued new rules, which ban automobile insurers from using a driver's gender when setting rates. The new regulations went into effect Jan. 1. The rules bring private auto insurance prices into line with the provisions of voter-approved Proposition 103, which prohibits unfair and discriminatory pricing, said Carmen Balber, executive director of Consumer Watchdog, a California advocacy group.

Consumer Confidential: Why Are Glasses So Expensive? The Eyewear Industry Would Prefer Keeping That Blurry

By David Lazarus, LOS ANGELES TIMES

January 22, 2019

https://www.latimes.com/business/lazarus/la-fi-lazarus-why-are-eyeglass…

It’s a question I get asked frequently, most recently by a colleague who was shocked to find that his new pair of prescription eyeglasses cost about $800.

Why are these things so damn expensive?

PG&E Bankruptcy Tests Who Will Pay for California Wildfires

By Ivan Penn, Thomas Fuller and Lisa Friedman, THE NEW YORK TIMES

January 14, 2019

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/14/business/energy-environment/pge-bank…

LOS ANGELES — Pacific Gas and Electric said on Monday that it would seek bankruptcy protection as “the only viable option” as the giant California utility faces billions of dollars in liability claims from two years of deadly wildfires.

Hueso And Other Lawmakers Went To Maui With Utilities While Wildfires Burne

By Jeff McDonald, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

January 13, 2019

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sd-me-legislators-ma…

Sen. Ben Hueso, chairman of the state Senate’s Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, was one of a dozen California lawmakers to join 60 utility executives and other paid sponsors at the Fairmont Kea Lani resort in Hawaii last November.

Watchdog Group Demands Faster Disclosure Of Lawmaker Trips

By Staff Reporters, ASSOCIATED PRESS

January 9, 2019

https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/business/article224189000.html

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A consumer advocacy group is calling for California lawmakers to immediately disclose their trips to educational events with lobbyists following a report that a dozen legislators were attending an event in Hawaii with utility lobbyists while deadly wildfires raged in California.

State of California Rules Gender Cannot Influence Car Insurance Premiums

Good news (for some), only variables that can influence your car insurance premiums are age and driving record.

By James Gilboy, THE DRIVE

January 8, 2019

http://www.thedrive.com/news/25832/california-rules-gender-cannot-influ…

The California Department of Insurance announced Thursday that it no longer permits the use of gender as a variable in the calculation of car insurance premiums.

California Blocks Use Of Gender In Setting Insurance Rates

New regulations require rates to be determined only by driving records

By Mark Huffman, CONSUMER AFFAIRS

January 8, 2019

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/california-blocks-use-of-gender-in…

A lot of factors go into setting a consumer’s insurance rate but California officials say rates should mostly rest on the consumer’s driving record, not other things they can’t control.

Gender Inequality In California Auto Insurance Rates Will No Longer Be Allowed

By Bob Egelko, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

January 6, 2019

https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Gender-inequality-in-Californi…

Thirty years after California voters told auto insurers to focus on a driver’s safety record in setting rates, the state’s outgoing insurance commissioner has banned the apparently widespread practice of charging different rates for male and female drivers, regardless of their records.

Protestors Claim Victory Following Demonstration at Assemblymember Holden's Holiday Party

Protestors Claim Victory Following Demonstration at Assemblymember Holden's Holiday Party

Holden reportedly agrees to meet with activist groups opposed to support for PG&E following Woolsey Fire

By Eddie Rivera with David Cross, PASADENA NOW

December 17, 2018

http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/protestors-claim-victory-following-demo…

Op-Ed: California Voters Enjoy 30 Years Of Gift To Themselves

Op-Ed: California Voters Enjoy 30 Years Of Gift To Themselves

By Thomas Elias, THE UNION

December 10, 2018

https://www.theunion.com/opinion/thomas-elias-california-voters-enjoy-3…

As this winter's gift-giving season proceeds, California voters might want to pause a moment and pat themselves on the back for a gift that has lasted 30 years: Proposition 103.