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Commissioner Lara supports Governor Newsom’s call for creative approaches to reduce wildfire risk to our communities

News: 2019 Press Release

For Release: February 12, 2019
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Commissioner Lara supports Governor Newsom’s call for creative approaches to reduce wildfire risk to our communities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara released this statement in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State address:

“I applaud Governor Newsom’s call for a comprehensive plan within 60 days that brings justice to wildfire survivors and protection for all Californians from the risks of wildfire. As part of the Governor’s strike team, I will engage the insurance industry in creative approaches. In the face of extreme wildfires, we need to be open to new products and models that reduce risk to our communities and budgets. Making California resilient to climate-driven disasters will have a positive impact on the availability and affordability of insurance.”


El Comisionado Lara apoya el llamado del Gobernador Newsom a enfoques creativos para reducir el riesgo de incendios forestales para nuestras comunidades


“Aplaudo el llamado del Gobernador Newsom para un plan integral dentro de 60 días que trae justicia a los sobrevivientes de incendios forestales y protección para todos los californianos de riesgos de incendios forestales. Como parte del equipo de ataque del Gobernador, involucraré a la industria de seguros en enfoques creativos. Para enfrentar los extremos incendios forestales, debemos estar abiertos a nuevos productos y modelos que reduzcan el riesgo para nuestras comunidades y presupuestos. Hacer que California sea resistente a los desastres provocados por el clima tendrá un impacto positivo en la disponibilidad y la asequibilidad de los seguros.”

Led by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, the California Department of Insurance is the consumer protection agency for the nation's largest insurance marketplace and safeguards all of the state’s consumers by fairly regulating the insurance industry. Under the Commissioner’s direction, the Department uses its authority to protect Californians from insurance rates that are excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory, oversee insurer solvency to pay claims, set standards for agents and broker licensing, perform market conduct reviews of insurance companies, resolve consumer complaints, and investigate and prosecute insurance fraud. Consumers are urged to call 1-800-927-4357 with any questions or contact us at via webform or online chat. 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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