October 3, 2013 |
Some of the West's leading fire scientists are calling for the increased use of managed burns to reduce fuel levels in the region's forests, warning that climate change is leaving them more vulnerable to large, high-severity wildfires. In a paper published Friday in the journal Science, seven fire and forest ecologists say the rate of fuel reduction and restoration treatments is far below what is needed to help sustain forest landscapes in an era of rising temperatures and increased drought.
September 6, 2013 |
The 10 most expensive ZIP Codes for car insurance in California are all in Los Angeles County, and Beverly Hills is most expensive city in the state to insure a vehicle, according to a new study. "Where you live is playing a big role in the rate you're paying," said Laura Adams, senior analyst for the website InsuranceQuotes, which commissioned the study. With a higher population density than anywhere else in the state, Los Angeles has more traffic, more accidents and more claims, Adams said.
September 5, 2013 |
Here's another item to add to the "That costs more in Los Angeles" list, and it isn't pretty: car insurance. The 10 most expensive ZIP Codes for car insurance in the state of California are all in the L.A. metro area. L.A. County is also the most expensive county in the state, while Beverly Hills wins the honor of most expensive city in the state to insure a vehicle. The findings are from a study commissioned by InsuranceQuotes.com. "Where you live is playing a big role in the rate you're paying," said Laura Adams, senior analyst for the website InsuranceQuotes.
August 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Congress no longer has sole claim to the dysfunction in the nation's capital -- District of Columbia drivers have joined the fray. They have been ranked as the nation's worst drivers, according to an Allstate Insurance Co. survey, which listed D.C. last among the nation's 200 biggest cities. Fort Collins, Colo., drivers are the best, taking the No. 1 spot, followed by Boise, Idaho, and Sioux Falls, S.D., according to the report, based on the company's auto collision claims.
August 10, 2013 |
Californians shopping for health insurance in a new state-run market this fall may not see quality ratings for those health plans alongside the monthly price. To the dismay of consumer groups, state officials are dropping plans to post those insurance company ratings in their online enrollment system, which opens Oct. 1 under the federal healthcare law. The state's health exchange, called Covered California, said this week that it reversed course because the latest state rankings examine performance from 2011, and they don't reflect many of the new health plans and provider networks being offered for the first time.
August 1, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- California's small businesses next year will have a range of competitively priced options offered by a state government health insurance exchange. The agency, Covered California , unveiled its portfolio of coverages Thursday afternoon. They include both health maintenance organizations and preferred provider networks and will be available in all parts of the state as of Jan. 1. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees can buy the insurance but are not required to do so under the new federal Affordable Care Act. Californians who are not covered by employer or government programs, however, will be hit with financial penalties if they fail to obtain health insurance.