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Nevada County planning public forum with state insurance commissioner

From left, Nevada County Supervisor Ed Scofield, state Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, Supervisor Dan MIller and CEO Alison Lehman.
Courtesy of Nevada County

Mounting concerns over many people’s loss of home insurance have led Nevada County officials to plan a public forum here with the state insurance commissioner.

Officials hope Commissioner Ricardo Lara will attend a tentative Aug. 22 forum at the Foothills Event Center and field questions from attendees.

The forum hasn’t yet been finalized.

“We are working to confirm schedules and look forward to addressing residents’ concerns,” the commissioner’s office said in an email.

Supervisor Dan Miller said people have questions for Lara. The proposed forum would give them a chance to have them answered.

“People want to know — ‘How much authority do you have over insurance companies?’” Supervisor Dan Miller said, asking a rhetorical question to Lara.

According to Miller, people question why they’re losing their home insurance when they’ve improved their defensible space. They also want insurance examiners to make site visits, not merely look at an aerial picture when making policy decisions.

Supervisor Ed Scofield in an email said he’s pleased Lara is willing to come to Nevada County for a forum.

“This issue is very important to me with so many Nevada County citizens being cancelled and unable to find reasonable policies,” he added. “I support the commissioner bringing all the players together. He will need the cooperation of the insurance industry, legislators, and first responders to achieve the goal of bringing a reasonable, competitive insurance industry back to Nevada County.”

Lara met Wednesday with Nevada County supervisors and county staff. At that meeting he discussed concerns over insurance availability and its affordability.

Nevada County was one of three counties the commissioner visited on Wednesday. People in those counties have experienced an uptick in non-renewals for insurance policies.

During his visit Lara announced the creation of insurance strike teams, which over the coming months will connect people to resources and help local governments with insurance issues, a release states.

To contact City Editor Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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