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first_imgPICO RIVERA – The Smith Park pool is in the process of being renovated. City Council members last month approved $160,000 to upgrade the park’s aquatics center, including repairs to the mechanical systems and pumps, renovations to the diving boards and pool deck and new tile in the shower areas. More than 18,000 people use the Aquatic Center each year, officials said. Monterey Park hosting dinner LA MIRADA – The ladies auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148, 13932 Valley View Ave., will host a fund-raising roast beef dinner at 6 p.m. tonight. A donation of $7 per person is suggested. For more information, call (562) 941-4097. `Enchanted April’ opening tonight WHITTIER – The famous comedy “Enchanted April” begins a three-weekend run at 8 p.m. tonight at the Center Theater, 7630 S. Washington Ave. Directed by Regan Hunter and written by Matthew Barber – from a novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim – the play will also be performed at 8 p.m. Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 and again on March 2. A matinee performance will be at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25. For more information, or for reservations, call (562) 693-1105. Stop smoking workshop slated LA HABRA – Hynotherapist Pamela J. Schmidt will conduct a two-session workshop, “Become a Non-Smoker With Hypnosis,” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. beginning March 8 at the La Habra Community Center. The fee is $26. For more information, call (562) 905-9708. Target assists Literacy Council WHITTIER – Target in the Whittwood Town Center has donated $2,800 to the Whittier Area Literacy Council, enabling the nonprofit group to add to its tutoring materials. The council provides free tutoring for children, adults and English learners. For more information about the council, call (562) 698-6598. Little Lake board to meet Tuesday SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Little Lake City School District has called a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the board room, 10515 S. Pioneer Blvd. The meeting will focus on school plans for 2006-07 for Lakeland Elementary, Lake Center Middle and Lakeside Middle schools, among other business. `The Music Man’ coming to WHS WHITTIER – Whittier High School Theater Company will present Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” at 7 p.m. March 15, 16 and 17 at the Vic Lopez Auditorium at Whittier High, 12417 Philadelphia St. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door. For more information, call (562) 698-8121, Ext. 2010. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! bank is robbed MONTEREY PARK – A man escaped with about $6,300 after a mid-day bank robbery Wednesday, officials said The robber walked up to a teller about 11:45 a.m. at the Washington Mutual bank, 459 S. Atlantic Blvd., said Monterey Park police Sgt. Scott Wiese. He handed a note to the teller demanding money, and was last seen running from the location, said Wiese. No car was observed in connection with the robbery. VFW’s ladies last_img

ICBC applying for 5.5% increase to insurance rates

first_imgICBC issued a press release today stating they are submitting an application to the BC Utilities Commission, and will be asking for a 5.5% increase in basic insurance rates. Earlier, there was talk that the rates could be increased to 6.7%.The corporation says that if this approved, the increase will average to about $3.70 extra per month of basic insurance coverage for a vehicle.Optional extended third-party liability coverage – plus collision and/or comprehensive insurance – would be an additional $1.30 per month (a total of an extra $5 per month for their full basic and optional coverage).- Advertisement -“In the best interest of our customers, we have worked alongside government during the last few weeks to identify strategies to help lower both this year’s rate increase and to attempt to help alleviate the expected ongoing pressure injury claims will continue to put on insurance rates in future years,” said Mark Blucher, president and CEO of ICBC, in a press release.Blucher says almost all customers are honest, but fraudulent claims are becoming a bigger and bigger issue for insurers.“ICBC is increasing its resources to help better prevent exaggerated and fraudulent claims, which includes moving forward with the adoption of a new fraud analytics tool in early 2016,” the press release states.Advertisement ICBC’s bodily injury claims costs, which cover payouts for pain and suffering, future care and loss of wages, topped $2 billion in 2014.They expect those costs to reach $2.3 billion in 2015 – an increase of 64% and $900 million since just 2008. “The tool will use data, algorithms and statistical methods to help quickly flag patterns and high predictors of fraud at the beginning of the claims process.”This afternoon, Minister of Transportation and Infrastruture Todd Stone issued a release about these proposed increases.“While I’m disappointed that the proposed Basic rate increase for this coming year could not be lower, ICBC is facing serious cost pressures as a result of the complexity, frequency and severity of bodily injury claims. Last year, bodily injury costs totalled over $2.17 billion, up nearly 10% in one year, and this trend continues to grow.“Fraudulent and exaggerated claims are also affecting the cost of Basic auto insurance. ICBC has already begun to take action against fraud by increasing its resources to target fraud prevention. These expanded resources will include better fraud detection tools and an increased focus on prosecuting those who commit fraud.Advertisementlast_img read more