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FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- It's been more than a month now since the devastating Creek Fire broke out in parts of Fresno and Madera Counties. Firefighters are still battling the flames, but the focus is beginning to shift towards the massive cleanup efforts. To clear up any confusion for homeowners eager to rebuild, Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) discussed some of the cleanup options. "There are two options available. There's a government cleanup with no cost to the homeowners. The other option is you can hire your own contractor to do the cleanup at your own expense," Patterson said. If…
Has your job been hit by the Creek Fire? Here's how to get financial help Unemployment benefits will be paid retroactive to the day the disaster was declared, which is September 6th for the Creek Fire. FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The staff at Shaver Lake's Pub N Grub spent hours spraying away the ash and cleaning up the rest of the mess left behind by the Creek Fire. The freezers are now empty after spoiled food and alcohol bottles topped with pour spouts had to be thrown away. Owner John Wright estimates the losses at around $10,000 but says it's nothing compared to what many others have…
CREEK FIRE: Top Ten Tips for Wildfire Claimants  
  Obtain a complete copy of your residential homeowner's insurance policy, including your declarations page. The law requires your insurance company to provide this to you free of charge within 30 days of your request.  Ask your agent or insurer representative to explain how much coverage you have (1) to rebuild or repair your home, (2) for your personal belongings, and (3) for living expenses. This should include an explanation of Extended Replacement Cost and Building Code Upgrade coverages if applicable.  Ask how to most effectively claim your coverage benefits.   Take note of your…
CREEK FIRE: Need Help with the FAIR Plan?
Our office is available to help you get information on your FAIR plan claim. This can be a frustrating and confusing process. If you have concerns, complaints, general questions or your adjuster has not contacted you after you’ve filed your claim online, we can help.HOW TO NAVIGATE THE FAIR PLAN REPORT YOUR CLAIM ON THE FAIR PLAN WEBSITE Report your claim here: https://www.cfpnet.com/  After you’ve completed this step, your adjuster should reach out to you. IF YOUR ADJUSTER DOES NOT REACH OUT TO YOU AFTER YOU REPORT YOUR CLAIM ONLINE OR YOU HAVE SPECIFIC CONCERNS ABOUT YOUR CLAIM File a…
FRESNO | KMJ – A groundbreaking new report released Monday afternoon spells out the economic disaster for farmers in the Central Valley and statewide as a result of California’s water policies.
FRESNO |  BUSINESS JOURNAL - Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) has joined a fellow legislator in introducing a bill that would make it easier to get occupational licensees to work faster. Assembly Bill 2185 would allow people occupational license holders in good standing from other states to transfer those licenses to California. The bill would apply to people working in fields requiring state licenses, such as nurses, makeup artists and travel agents, according to a news release from Patterson’s office.
SACRAMENTO | LA TIMES - California is falling perilously short of its targets for issuing Real IDs and will have to more than double the number issued each month to reach the millions of drivers still without the federally required identification card before an Oct. 1 deadline, officials said Thursday.
FRESNO | FRESNO BEE - Susan Gladding was never one to take on causes. Never one to make public speeches. Or serve a source of strength and inspiration to others. Those traits belonged to her husband, Gavin, a well-liked Clovis Unified administrator and former Peace Corps volunteer. Susan, despite his frequent encouragement, preferred to stay in the background. Where she always felt more comfortable.
FRESNO | KFSN - Just about a week after Rogelio Alvarez Maravilla was released from prison early in the death of Gavin Gladding, the Gladding family and supporters of Gavin's Law cleared a major hurdle Tuesday in getting the necessary votes to move the bill onto the next round of legislation.  "That we received a unanimous vote from that committee today, it's frankly pretty overwhelming," says Susan Gladding. "And as I was hearing the vote, it's just very emotional."
SACRAMENTO | KSEE - A bipartisan bill to close a loop-hole in the law that benefits DUI drivers who leave the scene of a crash is heading to the California State Assembly floor. Gavin’s Law (AB 582), was approved unanimously Thursday morning in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, according to Alisha Gallon, spokeswoman for Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno).