When we make a recommendation for an election, we hope that we will be able to say that the person we are recommending will work properly, ethically and responsibly. No person can be qualified to be a public insurance officer who has passed the test.
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This is advice to hold your nose because we feel we have a responsibility to provide guidance to voters when they are choosing between two bad candidates.
Californians deserve better choices to lead the 1,400-employee department responsible for managing health, auto and homeowner’s insurance — for regulating companies that collect more than
As we said before the first election, Lara’s time has been embarrassing to remember the embarrassing time of
Since the scandal began, for nearly two decades California insurance executives have refused campaign contributions tied to the one business they control — recognizing the importance of independent oversight untainted by political money.
Until Lara came. After vowing not to take corporate money, he broke that promise in 2018 and after being elected quickly began raising more from his administration during this year’s campaign.
When a consumer watchdog group sued Lara for access to communications in her office and with lobbyists representing campaign donors, her agency last year suddenly adopted a policy to delete emails after six months. But after media scrutiny, the agency dropped the plan in January.
It’s hard to imagine someone who could be worse. Then Mr. Howell enters, who does not reveal why he is running or what the insurance policy entails. He was the most ill-prepared person for public office that we have ever met.
“What can I do as a commissioner?” He repeated our first question. He sat for a while and then said “Okay, that’s fair” as if he was looking for an answer.
At one point, he finally said he would stop home insurance companies from paying more for coverage in fire-prone areas. And how could he do that? “Good question,” he replied. “The 1,400 people who work in the office should know how to organize things. That’s what people in the sewers do. They have to do their job. “
Howell is president and chief engineer of Exatron, a
If Levine had run, this would have been a different race – with a credible and ethical candidate on the ballot. Instead, Californians are faced with a terrible choice between Lara and Howell. Try not to shake while casting your vote.