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California Earthquake Authority

November 24, 1996
We protest! Now it's our state agency, the California Earthquake Authority, that carries discrimination to a new high through adoption of a "redlining" policy. On behalf of Tarzana Property Owners Assn. members, the following letter has been sent to Charles Quackenbush, California state insurance commissioner, with copies to Gov. Pete Wilson, Sens. Tom Hayden and Herschel Rosenthal, Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky: "With earthquake faults crisscrossing the entire state, the San Fernando Valley should not be singled out as 'most vulnerable, therefore most liable financially' (our quote)
July 2, 2012 | By Jon Healey
The big news for California homeowners Monday was the Legislature voting to bar lenders from moving ahead with foreclosures while they were negotiating with borrowers over an alternative, such as a modified mortgage with lower monthly payments. The millions of borrowers who aren't defaulting, however, may be more pleased by a less-heralded development: the California Earthquake Authority's announcement of lower-cost options for quake insurance. The new offerings are one of several efforts by the authority to persuade more people to carry coverage.
December 1, 2012
SACRAMENTO -- In California, two earthquake insurance companies are lowering their rates. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced Friday that he approved a 15.5% rate reduction for Chubb Insurance. The average annual premium will fall to $5,021 from $5,940, according to the state Department of Insurance. Chartis Insurance earthquake coverage rates are going down 15%, with average annual premiums dropping to $6,061 from $7,292, the Department of Insurance said. Overall savings to consumers will total about $15 million, it said.
March 20, 2011 | Kathy M. Kristof, Personal Finance
Japan's massive earthquake has created a surge of interest in quake insurance in a place more than 5,000 miles away ? California. "Earthquakes are clearly on the top of people's minds," said Glenn Pomeroy, chief executive of the California Earthquake Authority, a nonprofit group designed to make quake coverage available to any Californian who wants it. "The images coming out of Japan are surreal, and the news just keeps getting worse and...
November 28, 1995 | ED BOND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Although given preliminary approval by the state Legislature and Gov. Pete Wilson, the future of the proposed California Earthquake Authority is in doubt. The privately financed, publicly managed agency would sell earthquake coverage on behalf of insurance companies and limit insurers' losses in the event of a catastrophe such as the Northridge earthquake. Insurance industry experts have predicted the total payout for the 1994 temblor could exceed $12.5 billion.
November 28, 2004 | Jeff Bertolucci, Special to The Times
More California homeowners are passing on earthquake insurance. Between 1999 and 2003, there was a 52% decline in the number of earthquake policies in the state, according to the California Department of Insurance. Today, less than 15% of California homes have the coverage. Since a standard homeowners' policy doesn't cover earthquake damage, the vast majority of consumers will have to rely on federal grants or loans -- or their own bank accounts -- to pay for any future quake-related repairs.
March 19, 2011
The earthquakes that devastated Christchurch, New Zealand, and northern Japan in quick succession have prompted many California homeowners to bolt their houses to the foundations and stock up on emergency supplies. But the ultimate in protection for their homes ? earthquake insurance ? remains unappealing to the vast majority of state residents. A new bill (S 637) sponsored by the state's two U.S. senators could help remedy that by slashing the cost of coverage. It may be hard for other lawmakers, whose constituents live far from the San Andreas fault, to see why the federal government should get involved.
August 9, 1996
"Insurers Are Finding a Friend in Quackenbush" (editorial, Aug. 2) mentions that there is more than one way to approach the earthquake insurance problem. That is a given. The Northridge earthquake put 20th Century Fire and Casualty out of business. There is no actuarial method of determining an adequate premium for earthquake insurance as we know it today. Therefore, any company that sells earthquake policies could be put out of business with the next major earthquake. Does it make sense to say the insurance companies have something to gain with the creation of the California Earthquake Authority, when in reality they just want to be able to stay in business after the next earthquake hits?
The governing board of the California Earthquake Authority on Friday named Greg Butler its permanent chief executive officer, drawing an unusually sharp blast from state Senate Democratic leader Bill Lockyer (D-Hayward). Lockyer called Butler, who has been serving as interim head of the state insurance agency, "a young political hack with little or no expertise in insurance or earthquakes" and charged that the appointment is "a slap to California homeowners." "It is outrageous. It is corrupt.
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