Even President Trump has taken shots at the grim condition of California’s wildlands lately, calling for more active forest management. Federal officials are working with state and local governments to try to restore the health of the forests, but they’re up against a die-off that’s become increasingly entrenched and only hastened by a warming climate. … [Read more...] about Report: California’s tree die-off reaches 147 million, boosting fire threat
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8:45 p.m. Fire in Southern California caused by device at gender reveal party: Cal Fire officials determined that the El Dorado Fire burning in San Bernardino County was caused by a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used during a gender reveal party — a gathering in which parents-to-be unveil the sex of their baby in splashy ways. The fire began Saturday, and burned 7,050 acres by Sunday. The blaze is 5% contained. Those who start fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible, CalFire said. … [Read more...] about California Wildfires: Live Updates Sept. 6-7
“I can never condone or support an unsustainable business model that operates at the expense of low wage workers,” Gonzalez said, her voice cracking. “They have no lobby, they have no union … They’re just trying to get by.” … [Read more...] about California Lawmakers OK More Exemptions From Labor Law
“I think what we learned from TRIA is that terrorism was a very difficult risk to ensure, and if there is going to be a robust private market for insurance, some kind of public private partnership is needed, some kind of government involvement and backstop is needed,” said Lloyd Dixon, director of the Feinberg Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation at the RAND Corporation. … [Read more...] about Business groups back pandemic insurance bill modeled on post-9/11 law
Price gouging, when a supplier increases the cost of a product or service in high demand to take advantage of a disaster declaration, is illegal in Texas. But high prices don’t necessarily mean that a seller is price gouging, because businesses are “generally allowed to determine the prices for their products,” according to the Texas Office of the Attorney General. … [Read more...] about Insurers bearing the brunt of COVID-19 test costs. That might mean higher premiums.