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Camille von Kaenel

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Burn scars from the Valley Fire are seen from H...

Gov. Newsom Signs Law To Give Farmers Help With Fire Insurance

July 28
By Camille von Kaenel / inewsource

San Diego County has a nearly $1.8 billion agriculture industry and it is facing significant risks as fire insurance becomes harder for farmers to get. Now a new law will provide farmers with backstop insurance.

Old Highway 80 is shown as it runs through Jacu...

Developer’s Deals With Community Organizations Under Fire As Giant Solar Farm Moves Closer To Approval

July 19
By Camille von Kaenel / inewsource

As California seeks 100% zero-carbon electricity by 2045, momentum is building behind renewable energy projects. Several wind or solar projects are moving forward in southeastern San Diego County, where backcountry residents’ interests sometimes clash with those of the developers and public officials.

Bill Bozarth climbs a ladder to install an embe...

County Nixed Spending $1.5 million For Fire Retrofits In Backcountry

June 29
By Camille von Kaenel / inewsource

About 66,200 homes in the region’s fire-prone backcountry, including Palomar Mountain, Mount Laguna and Julian, would have been eligible for the county’s ember-resistant vents grant program. But it never got off the ground.

Wind turbines dot the landscape along Interstat...

East County Group Sues To Stop Wind Project On Campo Indian Reservation

April 30
By Camille von Kaenel / inewsource

One of the largest renewable energy projects to be proposed in San Diego County is snared in a second lawsuit alleging environmental violations.

Nathan Rakov finds shelter during a rainstorm o...

Proposed Bill Would Give California Farmers Last-Resort Option For Fire Insurance

April 5
By Camille von Kaenel / inewsource

State lawmakers are moving forward with a bill that would give farmers in high fire risk areas like San Diego County’s backcountry an insurance option if no company is willing to cover them.

Old Highway 80 is shown as it runs through Jacu...

Jacumba Residents Fear 650-Acre Solar Project Will Ruin Their Rural Community

March 22
By Camille von Kaenel / inewsource

The tiny community of Jacumba Hot Springs in southeastern San Diego County could soon be dwarfed by nearly 650 acres of solar panels at the edge of town, but residents are fighting the project.

Burn scars from the Valley Fire are seen from H...

Few Fire Insurance Options Left For San Diego County Farmers

Feb. 15
By Camille von Kaenel / inewsource

Our partners at inewsource say an Alpine chicken rancher got a denial last year from California’s last-resort fire insurance plan. It was a surprise that launched a statewide push to change the law.

Emergency responders are shown at Steele Canyon...

Wildfire Evacuations Amid COVID-19 Restrictions Proved Challenging Last Year

Jan. 11
By Camille von Kaenel / inewsource

Our partners at inewsource say an after-action report on the Valley Fire shows how COVID-19 complicated the disaster response. An evacuation any larger would have required calling in more workers to staff multiple group shelters.

Two visitors wear face shields and masks while ...

Tribal Casinos Keep COVID-19 Details Private While Juggling Economics, Safety

Oct. 16, 2020
By Camille von Kaenel / inewsource, Jennifer Bowman / inewsource

Tribal leaders said they needed the revenue from casinos to fund essential government functions and created strict policies to reopen early in the pandemic. But our partners at inewsource say some workers have raised safety concerns.

From left, Cindy Luster, Alfredo Gomez and Char...

New COVID-19 Funding Now Available For San Diego County Farmers

Sept. 24, 2020
By Camille von Kaenel / inewsource

A lobbying effort made it possible for growers of the region’s most lucrative crops to be able to apply for federal aid initially denied them.

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