Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times

Joseph Serna

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent:
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Govtech.com
Past:
  • The Union-Tribune
  • Sun Sentinel
  • chicagotribune.com
  • The Morning Call
  • Hartford Courant
  • The Baltimore Sun
  • Orlando Sentinel
  • Emergency Management

Recent articles by Joseph:

Trump administration, in a reversal, OKs more funds for Oroville Dam repairs

FEMA has approved an extra $170 million for repairs to California's Oroville Dam, whose spillways almost failed catastrophically in 2017. → Read More

Bill would force companies to keep insuring homeowners in wildfire zones. Will it work?

Homeowners in fire zones fear losing their insurance. Sacramento lawmakers and regulators have introduced a bill that would help them stay insured - if they take steps to prepare for wildfire. → Read More

Could Companies Be Forced to Insure Homes in Wildfire Zones?

The bill is the latest move from Sacramento to force insurance companies to continue issuing policies in the wildland-urban interface, the gray zone where millions of homeowners reside between suburbia and the forest. → Read More

Deadly fires turn Australians into climate change converts, similar to California

Deadly fires in recent years have heightened concerns in California about the impacts of climate change. The same shift is happening in Australia. → Read More

Despite repeated high-rise fires, L.A. still doesn't require sprinklers in dozens of buildings

The high-rise that caught fire on L.A.'s Westside was not equipped with fire sprinklers, fire officials said, despite a fire in 2013 in the same building. → Read More

Australia's fires are burning through a key part of its economy — tourism

Many small towns untouched by Australia's flames are nonetheless paying a steep price. Australia estimates its $152-billion tourism industry will take a $4.5-billion hit this year because of the bush fires. → Read More

Three U.S. firefighters killed in Australia air crash were on a California-based tanker

Firefighters in Australia and the Western United States mourn the deaths of three Americans who died battling Australian wildfires. → Read More

More Than 170 U.S. Firefighters Adapting to Australia’s Bush Fires

Helping their Aussie counterparts, these American firefighters have been adjusting to a unique firefighting culture, unusual lingo and landscapes that, while similar in some respects, differ from those of the U.S. → Read More

In Australia, U.S. firefighters help to battle blazes

More than 170 U.S. firefighters are helping their Australian counterparts battle the nation's worst blazes ever, an assignment that requires adjustment to a new terrain, culture and lingo. → Read More

On Australia's Kangaroo Island, rescuers race to save wildlife from fire

Wildfires in Australia are overrunning vast ecosystems and their wildlife. Nearly half of Kangaroo Island has burned. → Read More

Man pleads not guilty in vandalism of Beverly Hills synagogue

The man accused of vandalizing a Beverly Hills synagogue in a hate crime has pleaded not guilty to vandalism and burglary, prosecutors say. → Read More

Audit: State Disaster Planning Still Ignores Disabled People

The audit focused on the emergency alert, evacuation and shelter plans in place for the California Office of Emergency Services and Ventura, Sonoma and Butte counties ahead of their respective wildfires in 2017 and 2018. → Read More

California disaster planning continues to forget people with disabilities, audit finds

California's emergency planners have done little to help cities and counties identify citizens most vulnerable during wildfires and other disasters, and devise communications strategies to assist those people, says a new state audit. → Read More

California bans insurers from dropping coverage to another 200,000 fire-prone homes

With insurance companies increasingly wary of liabilities, California ordered them Wednesday not to drop coverage to another 200,000 homes in areas that have been declared wildfire emergencies. → Read More

Insurers in California Can’t Pull Policies in Fire-Ravaged Areas

As fires have grown increasingly destructive, the state has seen a corresponding exodus of insurers from the hardest-hit areas. More homeowners are having to resort to the FAIR Plan, a form of insurance of last resort. → Read More

California bans insurers from pulling policies in fire-ravaged areas

State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on Thursday announced a one-year moratorium banning insurers from not renewing policies for homeowners in wildfire-ravaged areas of the state. → Read More

U.S. government sues LADWP over Creek fire

The federal government alleges the utility failed to clear brush from beneath its equipment in the Angeles National Forest. → Read More

California should take over PG&E and possibly other utilities, former top regulator says

California should take over utilities that have failed to prevent their equipment from causing huge wildfires, says former top regulator Loretta Lynch. → Read More

Threat of mudslides returns to California after devastating fires. How do they work?

With parts of California yet again burned by severe fires, the state is facing a new winter of mudslides. → Read More

Southern California Edison strikes $360-million settlement over wildfires and mudslide

Southern California Edison settles with 23 public agencies for damage it allegedly caused in the Thomas and Woolsey fires, and Montecito mudslides. → Read More