Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, March 2, 2024

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Mountain View News Saturday, March 2, 2024 


Last week, the Los Angeles County Board of 
Supervisors unanimously passed a motion 
introduced by Supervisor Kathryn Barger 
and co-authored by Supervisor Lindsey 
P. Horvath that mobilizes the County’s 
advocacy on behalf of homeowners who are 
struggling to get or keep their insurance 
coverage due to wildfire threat. 

The County will ask California Insurance 
Commissioner Ricardo Lara to investigate 
the compliance measures that insurance 
companies require from homeowners to 
keep their coverage. 

“It’s no secret that insurance providers 
have become more conservative due to 
increased wildfire threats statewide,” 
noted Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “As a 
result, homeowners are increasingly being 
put in a very tough position: pay higher 
premiums and comply with varied, costly, 
and inconsistent mitigation requirements or 
lose your insurance. I’ve heard from many 
of my constituents district wide who are 
facing steep cost increases or being dropped 
altogether by their insurance carriers and 
left to fend for themselves. That’s simply 

“As our climate warms, our hillside and 
mountain communities face increasing 
fire danger and limited options for fire 
insurance,” said Board Chair Lindsey 
P. Horvath. “This dichotomy results in 
mounting financial challenges putting 
Angelenos even more at risk. Los Angeles 
County is standing up for impacted 
communities to make sure they are able to 
access life-saving insurance coverage.” 

The motion also mobilizes Los Angeles 
County’s legislative advocacy team, 
directing them to seek opportunities for the 
County to support proposed laws that would 
stabilize California’s fire insurance market 
and enhance protections for homeowners. 

A recent constituent call to Supervisor 
Barger’s office reported a 600 percent 
increase in the annual premium for 
insurance for homeowners in the City of 

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