As if California needed the crisis, the state’s seemingly eternal wildfires are forcing millions of homeowners in fire-prone areas to pay sky-rocketing insurance premiums, even when they can purchase them.
Democrat Gavin Newsom’s critics blame him for everything from California’s housing crisis to the advance of Covid and the nineties.
That month, Rep. Marc Levine, a Democrat from endangered Marin County, posted a letter to insurance groups telling them,”I do not believe that the costs of utility mismanagement, or the impacts of climate change should be arbitrarily and capriciously passed through to my constituents in the form of homeowners’ insurance being declined, non-renewed, or their insurance premiums being raised exorbitantly. Particularly when there has been no change of conditions or circumstances.”
“This is about the failure of government to do the most basic things, like manage our forests,”Kevin Kiley
“This is about the failure of government to do the most basic things, like manage our forests,” Republican nominee Kevin Kiley said.
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Hundreds of homes have been destroyed so far this year and thousands more are threatened in the worst wildfire year California has seen ever. / © AFP/Document
Newsom Can’t Be Defense, Even From His Defenders
Reducing the likelihood of destructive fires is a good first step, but the insurance crisis requires more, possibly an entirely new approach.