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Will the loss of insurance carriers lead to a coverage crisis in California?

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Californians now have even fewer insurance carriers to choose from, following a recent announcement from Farmers Insurance.

The company stated it saw a spike in applications for homeowners insurance and as a result will be limiting the number of new homeowners policies in the state, effective July 3.

State Farm and Allstate had already announced that they would stop writing new policies.

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Legislative Survivor: Which big California bills were shelved in ‘suspense file?’

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The potential costs of a new policy or program always factor into the legislative process — but that’s especially true when the state is facing down a $31.5 billion budget deficit.

As the Legislature completed a key milestone this week, deciding the fates of nearly 1,200 measures with significant price tags, California’s looming revenue shortfall was on the mind.

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Heat wave could bring 90-degree temperatures to these Bay Area cities

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A ridge of high pressure will expand its heat across the West Coast on Thursday and a warming trend across much of Northern California is set to pick up. This warmth will continue to build across the North Bay, East Bay and South Bay before some of it eventually begins spilling into communities along San Francisco Bay by Friday.

Weather models are signaling a sharp rise in daytime temperatures between Thursday and Saturday as the ridge reaches its maximum intensity. And that will lead to some far-reaching heat concerns as some Bay Area cities are set to experience their first 90-degree day of the year.

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Hundreds of forced sterilization survivors are owed money from California. Only a handful have received it

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On the final day of 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a program meant to soothe some of the harm the state had inflicted on its wards over the span of a century.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, and continuing through the end of 2023, California would work to identify and compensate survivors among the 20,000-plus victims of involuntary sterilization in state institutions and prisons.

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‘The Big Melt’ Has Begun in California

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It finally feels like spring in California, always a half-full kind of season. Earth Day celebrations this weekend saw temperatures in the 80s in some parts of the state. After the driest three years on record, the storms that hammered the state all winter have effectively banished the drought and left reservoirs brimming. A wildflower “super bloom” is running rampant, as my flower-loving colleague Jill Cowan reported recently.

On the half-empty side, though, a hard reckoning is coming. Financial losses from the storms are expected to add up into the many billions of dollars, and that’s not even counting a bumper crop of potholes on the state’s streets, roads and freeways.

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California salmon season is canceled for the first time since 2009. Here’s what it means

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Federal regulators overseeing West Coast fisheries have effectively called off California’s entire 2023 ocean salmon fishing season, in an effort to protect fish populations that have dwindled during the ongoing drought. In California, most fisheries had been set to open their season April 1. Instead, the National Marine Fisheries Service on Friday canceled all ocean salmon fishery openers between Cape Falcon, Oregon, through the U.S. border with Mexico through at least May 15, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a news release. The Pacific Fishery Management Council, a federal conservation council that manages fishery operations for Washington, Oregon and California, has proposed three regulatory options for the window of May 16 of this year through May 15, 2024.

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Sen. McGuire Hosting Neighborhood Meeting Friday In Oakmont

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SONOMA COUNTY, CA — California state Senate Majority Leader Mike McGuire will be joined by Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin and Santa Rosa Vice Mayor Dianna MacDonald this Friday, March 3, for a neighborhood meeting in Oakmont.

The event is an opportunity to discuss all of the critical issues facing residents at home in Sonoma County, the North Coast and the Golden State, McGuire’s office said.

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Bay Area gets a short break from winter storm. Here’s when the rain and snow will return

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But the intense onslaught of winter weather will come to a pause today. A high-pressure system off the coast of California will spread into the Bay Area and Sierra Nevada this morning. Look for mostly sunny skies and a steady stream of warm daytime temperatures this afternoon and over the next few days as its warm, dry air reaches all corners of the state, stomping out any lingering rain and snow showers. But the high-pressure system’s brief pause in wintry weather will last only through Friday afternoon.

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Sunshine returns to Bay Area: Here’s how warm temperatures will get this week

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After a wet weekend, a weather pattern shift will bring clear skies and frigid morning lows to the Bay Area on Monday — but a big warm-up is on the way.

A low-pressure system moving through Northern California over the weekend delivered rain, wind and heavy Sierra snow. That low has moved out of the state and on Monday was near the Four Corners region of the Southwest.

Before leaving, the storm helped San Francisco reach a major milestone: As of Saturday, seven months into the 2022-23 rain season, the city had received a full season’s worth of rainfall.

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What’s Driving Relentless Storms Against the West Coast?

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Due to two catastrophic anomalies occurring at the same time over the West Coast, two terms, “atmospheric river,” and “bomb cyclones” will be forever remembered as the cause of record amounts of rain, flash flooding, and mudslides this year as a near continuous storm lasting from Dec. 31 to Jan. 9 occurred throughout the region. 

Breaking a years-long dried streak, the 2022-2023 winter season brought in unseasonably wet conditions as multiple atmospheric rivers, frontal systems, and a “bomb cyclone” inundated the entire coastline, resulting in heavy rainfall that saturated much of California, and caused localized riverine and flash flooding, causing mudslides in the process.

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