Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Press Democrat

By Bill Swindell

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed two minor bills that would provide additional consumer protections in the aftermath of the October wildfires, where many homeowners found themselves underinsured.

Brown signed AB 1799 by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, that would mandate the specific information carriers are required to provide to fire victims after a loss. It would include the full insurance policy, any endorsements to the policy and the declarations page. Some fire victims said they had trouble accessing those documents from their companies after the North Bay fires.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Insurance Journal

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to requires insurance companies to let homeowners know whether their policies are sufficient to rebuild or replace their homes after a disaster.

Assembly Bill 1799, by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-Marin County, addresses consumer protection and underinsurance issues uncovered by the devastating 2017 wildfire season.

AB 1799 standardizes what information about policies insurance companies are required to provide to fire victims after a loss.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Jewish Federation of San Diego

By Elissa Einhorn

Assemblymember Marc Levine represents the 10th Assembly District in California, which encompasses the North San Francisco Bay Area. He is also Chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus.

Why does California need a Jewish Legislative Caucus?

When I was first elected, there were not a lot of Jews in the Legislature. The two of us who ran were not supposed to win. We were the underdogs. It made sense to join together like the African-American, Latino, Women’s, LGBT, and Asian Pacific Islander Caucuses.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control just issued a report confirming something we’ve suspected for years — the suicide rate has been on a steady rise throughout this young century.

Nationally, the rate rose about 30 percent from 1999 to 2016. In California, it’s closer to 15 percent. Only one state — Nevada — showed a decrease, and that was a single percentage point.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Ronhert Park Patch

Assemblymember Marc Levine recognized The Wattle Guys as the North Bay's 2018 Small Business of the Year. The California State Assembly annually recognizes small businesses throughout the state.

The Wattle Guys were early pioneers in the storm-water technology industry. Their namesake product, straw wattles, look something like thick lengths of rope, which can be draped along denuded hillsides and staked in place to prevent erosion and help retain pollutants.

Monday, June 18, 2018

J Weekly

By Rob Gloster

The California state budget for 2018-19 includes $3.6 million for social service agencies to care for Holocaust survivors, $1.2 million for a training program on hate speech at public universities, and other items supported by leaders of the Jewish community.

Approved late last week by both houses of the state Legislature, the budget also includes $10 million to maintain and restore the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and $5 million to assist in rebuilding the 6 Points Community Center at Camp Newman that was destroyed last October in the Sonoma County wildfires. The budget still needs to be signed by the governor.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Press Democrat

By Hannah Beausang

California lawmakers this week approved a nearly $200 billion budget that includes an “unprecedented” investment in recovery for fire-ravaged counties and future disaster response, state Sen. Mike McGuire said Friday.

“This is a historic budget for the state of California,” said McGuire, D-Healdsburg. “Never in our history have we invested as much as we have this year in fire recovery, rebuilding and response.”

It provides critical relief to the North Bay, including $29.1 million to cover the costs incurred by local governments during the debris cleanup, the largest since the 1906 earthquake. The estimated $13 million Santa Rosa and Sonoma County each would have owed will be covered, said state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa.

It’s the first time Gov. Jerry Brown has backed such an agreement, McGuire said.