Update on a story we began to tell you about last week:
Several Tubbs Fire victims are suing a Central Valley contractor for fraud. The Santa Rosa-area homeowners say Chiaramonte Construction and Plumbing of Tulare broke promises, made numerous mistakes and improperly charged them for unfinished work. They say the company had the lowest bids by far, but it didn’t occur to Chiaramonte that its low-paid Central Valley workers, forced to live in trailers, would be hired away by better-paying, local contractors. The state Contractors Licensing Board and the Sonoma County DA’s office are also investigating Chiaramonte. The company calls the allegations false.