California Update for Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Nov 1, 2017

Berkeley firefighter Matt George picks through the ash of a Santa Rosa neighborhood looking for smoldering materials. "It's unbelievable, the destruction," he says.
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• Total insured losses from California's October fires tripled over the past two weeks to $3.3 billion. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says insurance companies may rethink the coverage they offer in some areas.

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• California gas and diesel taxes are higher Wednesday, under a law approved this past spring by the state Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown. The tax hikes will raise several billion dollars a year for road repairs, public transit and other projects.

Today' reporting by Randol White and Ben Adler.