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Gov. Brown Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA for CA Fire Agencies to Cover Costs of Boles Fire in Siskiyou County

Photo of California Governor Jerry BrownAs extreme drought conditions, high temperatures and strong winds persist, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enable the availability of vital firefighting funds for local, state and tribal agencies responding to the Boles Fire in Siskiyou County.

So far, the fire has consumed more than 300 acres, threatening structures and causing evacuations near Weed, Calif.

The grant, which is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund on a cost-share basis, will assist local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their fire suppression costs.

The Boles Fire’s dangerous rate of spread is threatening hundreds of homes with extreme fire behavior, while evacuations are ongoing. Around the rest of California, red flag warnings are in effect and other fire outbreaks are a major concern for local officials. Meanwhile Southern California is experiencing near-record high temperatures.

Additional information is available at:

  • Fire Management Assistance Grants – http://bit.ly/10v6hjJ
  • Cal OES Twitter @Cal_OES
  • Inciweb – http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ 
  • Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – www.caloes.ca.gov

Gov. Brown Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA for CA Fire Agencies to Cover Costs of Courtney Fire in Madera County

Photo of California Governor Jerry BrownExtreme drought conditions and summer’s high temperatures have California firefighters battling the Courtney Fire in Madera County. Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enable the availability of vital firefighting funds for those local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire.

So far, the fire has consumed more than 320 acres, threatening structures and causing evacuations near the Bass Lake and Oakhurst communities.

The grant, which is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund on a cost-share basis, will assist local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their fire suppression costs.

The Courtney Fire’s dangerous rate of spread is threatening hundreds of homes with extreme fire behavior, while evacuations are ongoing. Around the rest of California, red flag warnings are in effect and other fire outbreaks are a major concern for local officials.

Additional information is available at:
• Fire Management Assistance Grants – http://bit.ly/10v6hjJ
• Cal OES Twitter @Cal_OES
Inciwebhttp://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
• Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – www.caloes.ca.gov

SBA Disaster Assistance Available to California Private, Nonprofit Organizations

SBA LogoSACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private, nonprofit organizations (PNPs) in California, following President Obama’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of an earthquake during the period of August 24 – September 7, 2014, announced Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). PNPs that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

SBA disaster assistance is now available in the counties of Napa and Solano.

“PNP organizations should contact Peter Crase, Recovery Program Manager with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services at (916) 845-8203 or Peter.Crase@CalOES.ca.gov  to obtain information about applicant briefings,” said Tanya N. Garfield, Director of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West.  “At the briefings, PNP representatives will need to provide information about their organization,” continued Garfield.  FEMA will use that information to determine if the PNP provides an “essential governmental service” and is a “critical facility” as defined by law.  If so, FEMA may provide the PNP with a Public Assistance grant for their eligible costs.  If not, FEMA may refer the PNP to SBA for disaster loan assistance.

SBA may lend PNPs up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For certain private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  EIDLs may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact.  EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the nonprofit suffered any property damage. 

The interest rate is 2.625% with terms up to 30 years.  The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is November 10, 2014.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2015

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339.  For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster

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FROM THE NEWSROOM: Top Notch Teamwork Demonstrated in Response to Napa Quake

When the Napa Earthquake hit in the very early morning hours on August 24, 2014, it rocked people in the Bay Area out of their sleep.  Local emergency responders reacted immediately, and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services quickly went into action to aid them.  This is an exclusive, inside look at the first 48 hours. 

Then, just over a week after Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for California following the South Napa Earthquake, President Barack Obama declared a Major Disaster in the state.

The President’s action, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, makes federal funding available to state and eligible tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the earthquake in Napa and Solano counties.  Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and tribes within the state.

 

California to Receive Federal Aid in Wake of Napa Earthquake

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake in the City of Napa

SACRAMENTO – A little over a week after Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for California following the South Napa Earthquake, President Barack Obama declared a Major Disaster in the state because of the earthquake on Aug. 24, 2014 and made available disaster aid to affected areas.

“This is reassuring news for the areas hit by this devastating earthquake,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “Even though the ground has stopped shaking, the impacts to the community, local economy, environment and region haven’t gone away and won’t for quite some time. We look forward to FEMA’s continuing assistance in the important recovery efforts that began within minutes after the initial shaking.”

The President’s action, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, makes federal funding available to state and eligible tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the earthquake in Napa and Solano counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and tribes within the state.

Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency shortly after the 6.0 magnitude South Napa Earthquake on August 24, 2014 and issued an executive order to provide additional financial assistance to local agencies and non-profit organizations. The order ensured residents can replace important documents and access key services without shouldering additional costs or other burdens.

Stephen M. De Blasio Sr. has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. De Blasio said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

California’s Homeland Security Advisor Releases Statement on 9/11 Anniversary

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SACRAMENTO – Today marks the 13th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, United Airlines Flight 93 and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. It also marks the second anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. In conjunction with those anniversaries, Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and homeland security advisor to California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., issued the following statement:

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Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

 

“The 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, UA 93 and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the second anniversary of the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya are stark reminders that terrorism remains a threat to our nation.

Today, especially, our hearts and thoughts are with those who lost their lives and those whose lives have been forever changed by such acts. We will never forget them, or the brave actions of the first responders who died while trying to rescue victims of those horrendous acts.

In the last 13 years, California has done much to reduce the state’s vulnerability to terrorism, including the establishment of the State Threat Assessment System, which serves as the centerpiece of our information sharing environment, and the administration of more than $2.8 billion in federal grants awarded to help make our state safer and better prepared at the local, regional and state levels.

Recently, Cal OES successfully hosted the Department of Homeland Security’s Building Communities of Trust roundtable to deepen the relationships of three critical partners: the community, local law enforcement and the fusion centers to improve information sharing and protect our local communities. Manmade threats such as terrorist activity, gangs, trafficking of narcotics and persons must also be addressed when we talk about prevention of criminal activity and building communities of trust. In many instances, suspicious activity relating to crime and terrorism is observed by members of the communities in which that activity occurs.

We are committed to working with our local, regional, state, federal and private sector partners to protect our critical infrastructure and resources, such as a food and water supplies, as well as to reduce the risk of cyber attacks.

As we mark the anniversaries of the attacks on the World Trade Center, UA Flight 93, the Pentagon and the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, I ask all Californians to help in our efforts by remaining vigilant. Unfortunately, this solemn anniversary is another reminder that the threat of terrorism, foreign and domestic, is ever present. Please remember your individual responsibilities to report any unusual or suspicious activity.”

 

 

BOE Member Betty T. Yee Invites Residents to Local Assistance Center for Napa Earthquake Recovery

4Clr-BOESeal gold.jpgSacramento – California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Member Betty T. Yee is reaching out to taxpayers affected by the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck the Napa Valley on August 24, and letting them know that assistance will be available to affected residents and business owners from September 8 through September 13 at the Napa Local Assistance Center (LAC).

“As residents and businesses continue to assess the damage from this devastating earthquake and resume their daily lives, they should know the BOE is prepared to help,” Member Yee said.

Taxpayers in Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties may be eligible for extensions on tax filings, audits, billings, and assessments, and possible relief from penalties and interest on taxes and fees administered by the BOE. BOE staff can answer taxpayers’ questions about these and other related matters. Businesses in the wine industry impacted by the earthquake will have the opportunity to receive assistance with excise tax questions they might have regarding lost or damaged product or other circumstances affecting their business.

BOE is one of several state agencies that will staff the LAC to help those who may have lost important tax and other documents, or who may need assistance with rebuilding their homes or business properties. The response to the August 24 earthquake has been a statewide effort, with Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declaring a state of emergency, issuing an executive order to allow faster unemployment benefits and free copies of many state records for impacted residents, and requesting federal aid from President Barack Obama. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has been coordinating the response to the earthquake.

Event:             Napa Local Assistance Center (LAC)

Date:               September 8, 2014 – September 13, 2014

Time:              Monday through Friday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Place:              301 1st Street (corner of 1st Street and Silverado Trail)
Napa, CA 94559

Spanish-language assistance will be provided on request.

Those unable to visit the LAC can go online to request relief from penalties and/or interest, and an extension of time to file a tax/fee return. Any tax or feepayer can use the online system to make their request for the tax and fee programs listed below. Tax and feepayers may also call the BOE Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-800-400-7115 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific time), for assistance.

Sales and Use Taxes

Oil Spill Prevention and Administration Fee;
Oil Spill Response Fee

Fire Prevention Fee

Lumber Assessment

Alcoholic Beverage Taxes

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee

Cigarettes and Tobacco Products
Excise Taxes

Integrated Waste Management Fee

Energy Resources Surcharge

Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee

Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge

Electronic Waste Recycling (eWaste) Fee

Natural Gas Surcharge

Marine Invasive Species Fee
(Ballast Water Management Fee)

Timber Yield Tax

California Tire Fee

Fuel Taxes (Diesel Fuel Tax, Interstate
User Tax, Use Fuel Tax,
Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax,
Aircraft Jet Fuel)

Hazardous Substances Fees
(Environmental Fee, Activity Fee,
Generator Fee, Disposal Fee,
Facility Fee)

Underground Storage Tank Maintenance Fee

Water Rights Fee

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Board Member Betty T. Yee was elected to her post in November 2006. Her district includes many of California’s coastal counties, from Del Norte to Santa Barbara, and includes the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Yee previously served as Chief Deputy Director for Budget at the California Department of Finance, covering a wide array of state and local finance policy matters.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects $56 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes.  For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit www.taxes.ca.gov.

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