A Message from Bill Dodd
This month our region was hit by devastating wildfires, including the worst wildfire in our state’s history. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires.
State, federal, and local governments are working on recovery efforts, and resources are available to help those impacted by the fires. Examples include: unemployment benefits, debris removal, tax relief, business assistance, and housing assistance.
Sonoma County Fires Community Meetings Re-Entering Neighborhoods, Debris Removal and Clean Up, and Shelter and Temporary Housing Update.
Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, and State Treasurer John Chiang were joined by consumer advocates who supported legislation recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown that will prevent banks, including San Francisco-based Wells Fargo, from using forced arbitration in consumer fraud cases involving financial institutions.
The White House has approved California's request for direct aid to individuals and families in Napa and Sonoma counties who have suffered losses due to the fires.
Sonoma TV provided this video of local officials, including Senators Bill Dodd and Mike McGuire, addressing a town hall in Sonoma on October 13, 2017.
As the devastating wildfires continue to burn in our district, it is important for you- as a policyholder- to be informed, in the horrific event that you may suffer a loss, or need to evacuate.
As a homeowner, in the aftermath of a natural disaster, you may be eligible for reimbursement of additional living expenses (ALE) incurred due to mandatory evacuation or if a home is rendered uninhabitable due to a disaster event. ALE coverage is generally included in the homeowner’s policy and therefore is available to help homeowners maintain their normal standard of living while they go through the claims and rebuilding process.
ALE typically covers:
- Housing/ hotel expenses
- Additional food expenses
- Furniture rental expenses
- Relocation expenses
- Storage Expenses
- Telephone installation expenses
- Extra school and work transportation expenses
Policyholders need to contact their insurance carrier to obtain information about the specific expenses covered by ALE in their homeowners’ policy. Businesses may also be eligible for reimbursement due to lost business.
This morning, Governor Brown issued an emergency proclamation for Napa and Sonoma Counties due to the effects of multiple fires, including the Tubbs and Atlas fires, which have damaged critical infrastructure, threatened thousands of homes and caused the evacuation of residents.
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires. Like so many of our neighbors, I was forced to evacuate my home this morning, and I will be monitoring the status of these fires closely.
SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) to protect victims of mass fraud and identity theft. The bill was introduced in response to the Wells Fargo scandal where millions of accounts were fraudulently opened without consent, using personal consumers information from existing accounts. This new law eliminates the use of forced arbitration clauses in contracts that were fraudulently created by financial institutions, giving victims their day in court.
This month marks the end of a legislative session and Governor Brown has until October 15th to sign the bills remaining on his desk.
SACRAMENTO – Senator Bill Dodd’s (D-Napa) resolution naming the third week of September as Child Passenger Safety Week in California passed the State Legislature with bipartisan support. Dodd’s resolution recognizes that fatal vehicle collisions account for 25 percent of injury deaths for children.