On Thursday, RCRC hosted its third Homeowners’ Insurance Ad Hoc Committee (Committee) meeting.  This meeting was held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Ventura County.  RCRC member counties have been disproportionally impacted by recent homeowners’ insurance cancellations and non-renewals following years of devastating wildfires in California.  

The Committee meeting including presentations from the following speakers:

  • Anneliese Jivan, President, California FAIR Plan Association
  • John Spykerman, Division Chief, Ventura County Fire Department
  • Matt Wyatt, District Manager, Ventura County Building and Safety Office
  • Winston Wright, Planning Manager, Ventura County Resources Management Agency
  • Jay Spurgin, Public Works Director, City of Thousand Oaks

In June, the RCRC Board of Directors approved a resolution creating the Committee.  The Committee is tasked with considering potential solutions for the increase in homeowners’ insurance cancellations and non-renewals in high fire risk areas.  In particular, how county governments can develop programs and measures to encourage greater community-wide access and affordability to homeowners insurance. 

The potential solutions include, but are not limited to, introducing additional insurers into rural areas, working with the insurance industry on an insurance risk-reduction model, examining insurance industry risk modeling, re-creating/revising California’s Fair Access to Insurance Requirements Plan (FAIR Plan), and working directly with policy advocates, the California Legislature, and the Department of Insurance to explore other options.

Members of the Committee include the following County Supervisors:

1. Sherri Brennan (Tuolumne; Chair)

2. Bob Williams (Tehama)

3. Lee Adams (Sierra)

4. Kevin Cann (Mariposa)

5. Diane Dillon (Napa)

6. Randy Fletcher (Yuba)

7. Dan Miller (Nevada)

8. Brian Oneto (Amador)

9. Lori Parlin (El Dorado)

The Committee is tasked with issuing a report of findings no later than the August 2020 Board of Directors meeting.