Safeco said today it will increase its presence in California–an announcement that comes 12 days after Allstate revealed it would stop selling homeowners insurance in the state.

“California remains one of our key markets. Not only do we remain committed to our existing customers throughout the state but, with our more than 1,700 independent agents in California, we are determined to expand our presence there,” said Mike Hughes, insurance operations executive vice president for Seattle-based Safeco.

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