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March 12, 2004 | From Associated Press
Hoping to give the state's costly workers' compensation system a jolt of price-cutting competition, Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi said he would meet with about half a dozen insurers to urge them to pump up their share of the California market. "Right now is the time to pitch California as a very good market for the workers' compensation industry," Garamendi said before leaving for a National Assn. of Insurance Commissioners meeting in New York.
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February 13, 2004 | Kenneth Reich, Times Staff Writer
State Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, often a critic of the industry he regulates, said that insurance companies have been "behaving properly" in "the great majority of cases" arising from last October's wildfires. Garamendi said a compilation of complaints reaching the Department of Insurance taken toward the end of January showed that there had been 123 complaints involving the more than 3,700 homes totally lost in the fires.
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November 19, 2003 | Kenneth Reich, Times Staff Writer
State Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi expressed concern Tuesday that some people who lost their homes in the Southern California wildfires might have inadequate insurance to meet their losses. Garamendi's comments came after he oversaw a series of hearings last week in Claremont, Moorpark, San Diego and San Bernardino in which residents who lost homes expressed their concerns about the rebuilding process.
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November 7, 2003 | Marla Dickerson, Times Staff Writer
California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi turned up the heat Thursday on workers' compensation insurers by recommending that they slash employers' premiums by an average of 14.9% early next year to reflect the effects of recently passed reforms. If implemented, such cuts effectively would roll back average premiums to July 2002 levels and deliver much-needed relief to California employers, who have been torched by skyrocketing costs for the mandatory coverage.
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October 23, 2003 | Kenneth Reich, Times Staff Writer
California's insurance chief, saying the Legislature's recent overhaul of the state's workers' compensation system was "inadequate," on Wednesday called for additional reforms including further cutbacks to outpatient surgical centers and a crackdown on costly litigation.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2003 | Marla Dickerson, Times Staff Writer
California's state-owned workers' compensation insurer Tuesday lost a round in its legal battle with Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi. A Superior Court judge in San Francisco denied a preliminary injunction that would have muzzled the state's head insurance watchdog and required him to keep his hands off the troubled carrier.
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May 30, 2003 | Kenneth Reich, Times Staff Writer
City attorney's offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland, joined by several consumer and community groups, petitioned state Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi on Thursday to order lower auto insurance rates in urban neighborhoods. Nearly 15 years after the passage of the insurance reform initiative Proposition 103, the groups said that the measure's intent to base car insurance pricing more on individual drivers' safety records than their ZIP Codes has not been enforced.
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November 6, 2002 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
Democrats led in balloting for attorney general, lieutenant governor and most other down-ballot offices, while Republican Sen. Tom McClintock and wealthy Democratic businessman Steve Westly were locked in a tight race for controller. A Democrat, Sen.
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November 1, 2002 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
A former Republican rival of Democrat John Garamendi took the unusual step Thursday of endorsing him for insurance commissioner. Wes Bannister of Huntington Beach was the GOP nominee for the post in 1990, running again in 1994 and this year. He lost this year's primary race to Republican Gary Mendoza.
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October 30, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
After touring a Northridge home with toxic mold infestation, insurance commissioner candidate John Garamendi said Tuesday he would work to boost construction standards and protect homeowners whose policies are canceled after filing a claim. Joined by consumer activist Erin Brockovich, Garamendi said mold problems are made worse by insurance companies that process claims too slowly, allowing mold to spread. Garamendi, examined the home of Laura and Rob Boles.
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