The insurance is as aggressive as possible, says Ricardo Lara visiting paradise

PARADISE – California's Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara made his way to Paradise on Tuesday to meet with local leaders and promote workshops for Camp Fire survivors that his department is organizing in February.

The free workshops will give people the opportunity to ask questions about insurance coverage, the rebuilding process and the resources available to them. The workshops will be held February 23 and 24 from 10 am to 11 am and individual appointments with experts from the Department of Insurance will follow from 11 am to 4 pm Saturday, February 23 and 9 am to noon on Sunday, February 24.

The meetings will be held at the Laxson Auditorium of Chico State University.

Lara has risen alongside leaders of the City of Paradise, including members of City Council and City Manager Lauren Gill, to announce the announcement at a press conference held at the Town Hall. Paradise City Hall Tuesday morning.

"We want to be very clear, the insurance department supports our community here in Paradise and we do not leave until we have answered all the possible questions for the people and the victims who unfortunately went through this terrible situation," he said. said Lara.

He added that the department wanted to be "as aggressive as possible" when it came to providing the necessary services.

Lara said that there would be assistance for people who have suffered total and partial losses. Melissa Schuster, a city council member, later acknowledged the difficulties faced by the partial losers.

"We do not want you to feel that you've slipped through the cracks, so I'm very encouraged to learn that there are opportunities for people to reach out and I encourage them to people to take advantage of it, "said Schuster.

After the press conference, Lauren Gill said the city would work with the commissioner to ensure that insurance coverage would be available for those who would choose to stay and rebuild after the camp fire.

"They need to be able to know that when they rebuild, they can get insurance," Gill said. "You know, this is one of the fears after a big fire or a disaster … Now, their fear or worry is whether I can buy insurance in the future?"

Part of that will depend on how the city of Paradise is rebuilt, Lara told Enterprise-Record.

"How to rebuild a community better protected from these fires, which then allows insurance companies to stay in business and write policies here in Paradise," he said. "These are things we watch."

Lara said the ministry saw a "slight rise" in the number of non-renewals of insurance plans following recent wildfires in the state, but that he did not find it troubling for the moment.

Lara said on Monday that the camp fire insurance claims had reached $ 8.4 billion. He told the Sacramento Bee that he expected this number to increase steadily, after a $ 1.4 billion increase from December.

He added that the sector had the ability to process claims even in the event of bankruptcy of PG & E. Several major insurers have sued PG & E – although the cause of the fire is still being discussed. An investigation – and an insurance company became insolvent.

The campfire almost completely destroyed Paradise, but it also devastated the small rural towns of Magalia and Concow. Now the most destructive forest fire in the history of the States, the camp fire has burned more than 18,000 structures and killed at least 86 people.

Contact the insurance department

Lara encouraged people to contact the Department of Insurance if a notice of non-renewal was sent. Lara also suggested that fire victims make reservations if they were interested in an individual appointment and that they call the department for help if they could not attend the workshops. .

To make an appointment with someone from the insurance department, go to or call 1-800-927-HELP. People without an appointment will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.