San Diego Union-Tribune

“lobbyists spoke personally with California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and his senior deputy, contrary to what state officials have said in a public-records lawsuit… [lobbyist] Rusty Areias said he told Lara in 2019 that he had been hired by the workers’ compensation firm Applied Underwriters… At the time Applied Underwriters was seeking state approval from Lara’s office for a change in ownership… state insurance regulators typically are not supposed to take up the cause of companies they regulate…”