The Union’s Boardman gets it wrong again: This time on fire insurance moratoriums

The Union’s weekly columnist “Bored Georgeman” (AKA George Boardman) has a penchant for getting it wrong, as regular readers know. In his latest snafu, this “fake journalist” defends an article in The Union that stated “An insurance moratorium was in place across Nevada County.”

WTF? An insurance moratorium “across Nevada County”? No, dumbling. What the Boardman was too ignorant to observe is that this moratorium as of 10/18 covers the following zip codes: “95975, 95946, 95959, 95945, 95949” in western Nevada County but not ones such as these “96160, 96161 and 96162” in the eastern county.

You can’t fix stupid!

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

4 thoughts on “The Union’s Boardman gets it wrong again: This time on fire insurance moratoriums”

  1. George Boardman did not run a correction on his blog (and neither has The Union, for that matter). Instead Boardman ran a comment from “fish” referring to a “minor error” and a comment from Barry Pruett that ignored the mistake all together. To repeat, it is incorrect to state the insurance moratorium is “across Nevada County.” It is not. There is no such moratorium in the Truckee area. Besides being false, the post is damaging to homeowners in Truckee. As I said, you can’t fix stupid. But what do you expect: A C-level journalist who never made it past the San Mateo Times; a guy who wrote this (; and guy who ran a gym turned lawyer in mid-career. This is not exactly the Alqonquin Round Table. Small towns are a hoot!

  2. I lived in the 95602 area code of South Nevada County for years, and never had trouble getting fire insurance. 95602 is an Auburn zip code, but we were definitely in Nevada County. We were insured through State Farm in GV when we sold the house last February, and the zip is not on the list.

  3. During a portion of the 1980s, when I lived in San Francisco, my apartment was on Bush Street above the Stockton Street Tunnel. (Across the street from the alley where Sam Spade’s partner, Miles Archer, was murdered by Brigid O’Shaughnessy). First-class hotels were nearby, as well as some top-tier restaurants.

    Unfortunately, I lived in the same Zip Code as Chinatown, with its narrow streets, heavy traffic and frequent fender-benders. Because I lived in that Zip Code, my auto insurance was very high.

    In 1988, Prop 103 was approved by the voters. It outlawed auto insurance rates based on Zip Code, but insurance companies found a way around the new law by using other data: crime, household income, occupation, eduction, credit scores, etc.

    Passage of Prop 103 meant insurance companies had to work harder and gather more information to justify higher rates for people in certain Zip Codes, but they’re pretty smart cookies, aren’t they?

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