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As California braces for another wildfire season, Newsom proposes $536 million in prevention efforts

As California braces for another wildfire season, Newsom proposes $536 million in prevention efforts

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square (The Center Square) – After a record-breaking 4.1 million acres were scorched by wildfires in California last year, the state is bracing for another potentially deadly season due to worsening drought conditions and higher than normal temperatures, Gov. Gavin Newsom says. “We had world record-breaking high temperatures in our own […]

Property Tax Postponement Deadline Extended for Homeowners in California Counties Affected by Wildfire

Property Tax Postponement Deadline Extended for  Homeowners in California Counties Affected by Wildfire

SACRAMENTO—State Controller Betty T. Yee today reminded California homeowners recently affected by wildfires that they have more time to apply for the Property Tax Postponement (PTP) program. Administered by the State Controller’s Office, PTP allows homeowners who are seniors, are blind, or have a disability and who meet income, equity, and other requirements to delay […]

California wildfires result in insurance companies dropping homeowners at faster rate

California wildfires result in insurance companies dropping homeowners at faster rate

By Travis Fedschun FOXBusiness The growing risk of devastating wildfires in California has resulted in insurance companies dropping tens of thousands of homeowners in the most vulnerable communities, according to date in a new state report. The California Department of Insurance said Monday in a report that nonrenewals grew by 55,792 policies, or 31%, to 235,250 in 2019 statewide. In areas where there […]

Is sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander – Should Sierra Club Join PG&E in Pleading Guilty to Manslaughter?

Is sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander – Should Sierra Club Join PG&E in Pleading Guilty to Manslaughter?

    By John Grant PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter… (LA Times, March 23, 2020)  PG&E plead guilty because it acknowledged failing to properly maintain… equipment.  Should the Sierra Club also be held guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter?  Per NPR (National Public Radio) At Least 14 People Killed In West Coast Wildfires!  […]

Record-Breaking California Wildfires Surpass 4 Million Acres

Record-Breaking California Wildfires Surpass 4 Million Acres

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Jocelyn Gecker SAN FRANCISCO—Deadly wildfires in California have burned more than 4 million acres this year—more than double the previous record for the most land burned in a single year in the state. California fire officials said the state hit the astonishing milestone Sunday with about two months remaining in the fire season. The previous record was […]

Armed Oregon Residents Set Up Roadblocks After Fire Was Ignited Intentionally, Police Say

Armed Oregon Residents Set Up Roadblocks After Fire Was Ignited Intentionally, Police Say

By Jake Dima  Bands of armed Oregonians blocked roads and demanded identification from motorists after a small fire was ignited intentionally on Saturday, police said. Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese said the blaze was started by an illegal firework and was put out quickly, according to a Saturday tweet from the department. Oregon has been plagued by wildfires in […]

Community Raises $50,000 for Special-Ed Teacher Who Lost House in California Wildfire

Community Raises $50,000 for Special-Ed Teacher Who Lost House in California Wildfire

BY ROBERT JAY WATSON A Central California special education teacher who first lost his fiancé to an aneurysm and then his house to wildfire has become the focus of a major community fundraising effort. Fifty-six-year-old Nelson Southward has worked at Los Arboles Elementary School in San José for 23 years and is loved by students and teachers alike. […]

California Gov. Newsom says 367 wildfires, 23 of them major, continue to burn in statewide emergency

California Gov. Newsom says 367 wildfires, 23 of them major, continue to burn in statewide emergency

By Michael Ruiz | Fox News 23 major fires were raging, with hundreds of smaller ones around the state Hundreds of wildfires were raging across California Wednesday, with almost two dozen considered major or complex, Gov. Gavin Newsom said as the state faces evacuations and scorching conditions. A historic heat wave and sustained winds have complicated firefighters’ efforts, according to the governor’s office. The National […]

Fight fires with facts – not fake science

Fight fires with facts – not fake science

  Paul Driessen & Duggan Flanakin “We are all born ignorant,” Benjamin Franklin once said, “but one must work very hard to remain stupid.” Greens are incensed over suggestions that anything but fossil fuels and climate change might be turning green California and Australian ecosystems into black wastelands, incinerating wildlife, destroying homes and killing people. […]

Fire insurance renewal mandate worries insurers, experts

Fire insurance renewal mandate worries insurers, experts

By Chris Reed California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara’s recent decision to put a one-year moratorium on insurance companies refusing to renew policies on homes in areas adjacent to recent devastating wildfires has garnered widely mixed reaction. Lara’s decision ensures roughly 800,000 homeowners can have policies renewed. It’s allowed under Senate Bill 824, which Lara shepherded […]

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