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Statement of Commissioner Lara on Governor Newsom's State of the State Address

News: 2020 Press Release

For Release: February 19, 2020
Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566
Email Inquiries: cdipress@insurance.ca.gov
Statement of Commissioner Lara on Governor Newsom’s State of the State Address

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State address focusing on housing and homelessness in California:

“I strongly support Governor Newsom putting housing and homelessness at the top of the agenda and will do what I can to help him achieve this important goal with the Legislature. As the state tackles increasing its housing stock, we have to also protect people from losing their existing homes to wildfire or to insurance non-renewal that is unraveling the fabric of many communities. We all must renew our approach to home-hardening to bring down wildfire risk that threatens home and real estate markets — and that includes the ability to obtain and renew your insurance if you do.”
 

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The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.

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