Kenwood press

Recovering, Reimagining, Rebuilding

It’s eight months since the fire and what do we have to show for our rebuild and recovery? A half-finished set of plans, a lot that’s clear of debris but all torn up with a hole where our home used to be. ... But the waiting brings unexpected gifts. The landscape company we hired told us we could pile up as much small brush as we wanted and they would feed it through their chipper.

By Arthur Dawson


The Press Democrat 

Coffey Park Man Vows to Bring Back to Life Vintage Chevy Damaged in Wildfire 

As the Tubbs fire tore through Steve and Wendy Johnson’s Coffey Park home last October, it took everything: Their house, their photographs, the brand-new laptop Steve Johnson had bought a couple weeks before. ... After taking stock of their losses, Wendy Johnson, 51, got started on the home-rebuilding process right away.They plan to be back in their home on Kona Place by Thanksgiving.

By Christi Warren 


THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

PG&E may try to shift liability for North Bay wildfires to governments

As Pacific Gas & Electric Co. braces for the possibility that its power lines will be named by investigators as the cause of the North Bay wildfires, the utility’s legal strategy appears to involve trying to spread the blame for billions of dollars in fire losses on local governments.

By Kevin McCallum


THE SACRAMENTO BEE

PG&E responsible for three Northern California wildfires, Cal Fire alleges

Cal Fire alleged Friday that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. failed to remove and cut back trees around power lines that sparked three wildfires in Butte and Nevada Counties in October.

By Taryn Luna


BLOOMBERG

California faults PG&E lines for four Smaller October fires

Cal Fire found evidence that PG&E violated state laws in three of the smaller blazes, including not leaving adequate clearance between trees and power lines.

By Mark Chediak


FOX & HOUNDS

Why inverse condemnation is one of the most American things we do

Over the last five months, corporate executives from PG&E and SCE have been lobbying the Governor and California State Legislature to take away fire victims’ ability to enforce their constitutional, Eminent Domain rights in order to reduce their corporate liability for causing the 2017 fires.

By John Fiske


LOS ANGELES TIMES 

Big utilities are desperately trying to stick customers for the bills from California wildfires

The utilities, which earned a combined $3 billion in profits last year on nearly $41 billion in revenues, are moving on several fronts to limit their liability for wildfires sparked by their own lines or equipment. Their goal is to stick taxpayers or their customers — rather than their own shareholders — for the costs of damages resulting from those fires.

By Michael Hiltzik


CAPITOL WEEKLY

Wildfires, insurance: Avoid the quick fix

After a barrage of devastating wildfires raged across our state in recent months, it is time for all Californians to accept a sobering fact: this is the new normal.

By Christian Rataj


BLOOMBERG BUSINESS WEEK

Why is California rebuilding in fire country? Because you’re paying for it.

After last year’s calamity, officials are making the same decisions that put homeowners at risk in the first place.

By Christopher Flavelle


The San Diego Union-Tribune

Property owners in high-risk fire zones should pay more for fire insurance

California’s natural environment is changing and becoming more fire-prone. But insulating those at risk from the impacts of this shift from the true cost of the risks that they now confront cuts against California’s otherwise enlightened approach to climate awareness.

By Ian Adams