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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.
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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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October 30, 2002 | Virginia Ellis, Times Staff Writer
As the election nears, the Republican Party has dropped $1.2 million into the campaign of insurance commissioner candidate Gary Mendoza, enabling him to unleash a spate of negative commercials against his opponent, former commissioner John Garamendi. The donation -- the largest the party has given this year to any statewide candidate, including gubernatorial hopeful Bill Simon Jr.
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October 30, 2002 | Stephanie Stassel, Times Staff Writer
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.
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March 6, 2002 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California voters cast ballots Tuesday on an array of statewide primary races, including Democrat March Fong Eu's campaign to recapture the secretary of state job she held for two decades. Eu, the first Chinese American elected to statewide office in California, was trailing in a tight race with San Francisco Assemblyman Kevin Shelley, who enjoyed strong party support.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2001
The most frightening item in "How State's Junk Became French Riches" [Sept. 9] is that John Garamendi has announced that he will again run for insurance commissioner. Forget whether or not the French duped Garamendi on the Executive Life takeover through the use of an illegal tactic. If it was illegal, that's not what made it a bad deal for the policyholders. It was Garamendi's overwhelming need to do the popular thing at the expense of any sound business logic. Garamendi took the easy out. Swayed by the cries of a small but very verbal Executive Life Policyholders Assn.
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