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The amount of insurance claims for the November 2018 wildfires is almost 11 and a half billion dollars. This makes the series of fires the most expensive ever in Calif. The State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara says more than $8 billion of the losses are from the Camp Fire which killed 86 people and destroying around 15,000 homes. The other three or so billion dollars from two Southern California wildfires. The commissioner says the total losses are just below the amount in the October 2017 wildfires throughout Northern California and others in Southern California that December. The commissioner says the losses could go up too. No word yet what caused the 2018 wildfires, but PG&E equipment is nearby where the Camp Fire in Paradise started.

Speaking of the Camp Fire, a woman in Oroville with a half dozen trailers on her property is being told they have to go. Butte County reportedly warning Jennifer Jones she’s violating an ordinance, but that she can keep two trailers on her property. She has about five acres, but the code enforcement manager says Jones is violating the county camping ordinance. She says she’s going to fight it so she can continue to allow the evacuees to stay on her property. She says nobody is paying to stay on her property and the code enforcement department says they’ll give Jones a lot of warning before she has to do anything.

First 5 Lake Commission has awarded local Children’s Champions for going above and beyond to help kids in the community. The nonprofit supporting kids in the first five years of their lives. The nonprofits Children’s Champions this year are Dr. Barbara Gardner, a local pediatrician working on early literacy and launching the Reach Out and Read program was the last named champion of 2018.

The full list of 2018 Children’s Champions is:

– Christopher Veach and Barbara Green, Lake County Libraries;
– Jeff Smith, former District 2 Supervisor;
– Kari Donley, Adventist Health Clear Lake;
– The QRIS Team at Lake County Office of Education (Angel Coppa, April Straight and Angela Cuellar-Marroquin);
– Ana Santana, Wendy Gattoni, and Tanya Biassoti, LCOE’s Healthy Start Program;
– Mary Prather, Easter Seals Bay Area;
– Brandy Perry, North Coast Opportunities Inc.;
– David and Denice Solgat, foster and adoptive parents;
– Sarah Fuchs and Pam Inman, Lower Lake High School;
– Jacqui Joyce, child care provider;
– Natalie Baker, community volunteer;
– Jordan O’Halloran, Lake Family Resource Center;
– Dr. Barbara Gardner, Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, Lakeport Office.

Community members are encouraged to nominate other Champions for Children in Lake County for this year at www.firstfivelake.org/childrens-champions.php

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