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Parisotto Named Administrative Director of California Worker’s Comp Division
George Parisotto has been named administrative director of the California Division of Workers’ Compensation. His appointment was made official by California Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. on Thursday. Parisotto has filled the post of acting administrative director since February 2016, following …

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2017 11:00 PM
Early Data Shows Insured Losses from California Wildfires Already at $1B and Growing
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today released preliminary data provided by eight California insurers processing claims for tens of thousands of policyholders that shows $1.045 billion in losses to commercial and residential structures, personal and commercial vehicles and agricultural equipment. The …

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2017 10:01 PM
ICW Group in California Names Guy Carpenter’s Novak Chief Operating and Strategic Execution Officer
San Diego, Calif.-based ICW Group Insurance Cos. has named John Novak chief operating and strategic execution officer. Novak will succeed David Hoppen, who accepted the position of president of VerTerra Insurance Co. (a member company of ICW Group). Novak has …

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2017 7:59 PM
California Workers’ Comp Institute Recaps Year in Legislation
The California Workers’ Compensation Institute this week released a report on a list of bills that will affect the workers’ comp system. The bills were recently signed into law at the end of the Legislative session by Gov. Jerry Brown. …

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2017 5:59 PM
In ‘Energy City’ USA, Hurricane Harvey’s Fury Lingers
It took five weeks for the largest U.S. oil refinery to get back to normal after Hurricane Harvey. It’s taking Port Arthur, Texas, a lot longer. Nearly two months after Harvey inundated Port Arthur, a crucial hub of the global …

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2017 4:35 PM
Rockport Mayor Says Much of Town Won’t Be Rebuilt Following Harvey
The mayor of the Gulf Coast community of Rockport says Hurricane Harvey destroyed about a third of the town and that 30 to 35 percent of it will probably never be rebuilt. Mayor Charles “C.J.” Wax said during a panel …

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2017 4:22 PM
Renewed Push for Underground Water Storage Projects Sparked by Harvey
For state Rep. Lyle Larson, Hurricane Harvey was not only a tragedy but also a wasted opportunity. The San Antonio Republican, who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, estimates that the amount of rain the storm dropped on the state …

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2017 4:14 PM
Fire at Large California Oil Refinery Doused
A fire that erupted at the West Coast’s largest oil refinery threatened storage tanks and sent huge flames into the sky and black smoke across neighborhoods before crews quickly smothered it. Dozens of firefighters responded late Tuesday to the 1,000-acre …

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2017 3:03 PM
New Rules for Oil-Gas Lines Proposed Following Colorado Blast
Colorado energy regulators are proposing tighter rules for shutting down oil and gas pipelines after a fatal explosion blamed on natural gas leaking from a line that was thought to be out of service but was still connected to a …

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2017 3:00 PM
California’s Chief Utility Regulator Says We May Never Know If PG&E Caused Fires
California’s chief utility regulator said the state may never determine whether PG&E Corp.’s electrical equipment played a role in igniting the deadly blazes near San Francisco earlier this month. The wildfires, which have killed at least 42 people and destroyed …

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2017 2:44 PM

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