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Governor’s Budget Allocates Funds for County and City Budget Shortfalls from Wildfires

Posted on January 11, 2018

California Governor Jerry Brown released the proposed FY 2018-19 State budget today, which includes a number of items that support the County of Sonoma’s and City of Santa Rosa’s efforts to recover from the devastating October 2017 wildfires. Specifically, the budget designates $23.7 million to backfill property tax losses incurred by the city, county, and...

Public Service Announcement: Contractor and Construction Fraud

Posted on January 10, 2018

Source: North Bay Disaster Fraud Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Contractors State License Board The North Bay Disaster Fraud Task Force has received indications that contractor and/or construction fraud could be occurring in the North Bay Area, as part of the recovery efforts following the wildfire disaster. Contractor fraud involves illegal acts committed by...

City of Santa Rosa Water Bill Relief for Additional Water Used for Fire Protection

Posted on January 2, 2018

On December 7, 2017, the Board of Public Utilities approved Billing Adjustments for Fire Protection Water Use policy. The policy allows for a billing adjustment for properties that experienced increased use due to fire related water loss and activities during the month of October 2017. For all account types, water use must be higher than prior...

Santa Rosa Disaster Recovery Center to Become SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Posted on January 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The State/Federal Disaster Recovery Center in Santa Rosa will convert to a U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center. The center will continue to operate at the Press Democrat Building beginning Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at 9 a.m. “At this stage of the recovery process, the emphasis for assistance is to meet...

USACE Awards Additional Contracts for Wildfire Debris Removal

Posted on January 2, 2018

ROHNERT PARK, CA - With its mission over one-third complete, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District (USACE) has awarded two contracts for the consolidated debris removal program in Northern California following the October 2017 Wildfires. In Sonoma County, Environmental Chemical Corp. (E.C.C.), Burlingame, California, was awarded a $475-million firm-fixed-price Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity...

Fraud Alert: Fire Debris Removal Fraudulent Bills

Posted on December 29, 2017

Fraudulent bills for fire debris removal have been reported by property owners in Mendocino County who are participating in the state-sponsored fire debris removal program. While no instances have been reported in Sonoma County, both the County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa want residents to be aware of the potential scam. If...

Map Identifies Areas at Risk of Flooding, Mudflows In Aftermath of Wildfires

Posted on December 26, 2017

Multiple agencies working collaboratively to warn residents of risk of flooding and mudflows in identified medium and high risk burn areas SANTA ROSA, CA – The devastating October wildfires that swept through Sonoma County created a significant flood risk for people living in and nearby the burned areas until vegetation is restored. In order to...

Insurance regulator steps in to help hundreds of wildfire survivors with claims

Posted on December 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In the midst of the holiday season, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is asking insurers to help California wildfire survivors who are overwhelmed with the task of navigating the claims process by providing relief from detailed home inventories and following the lead of other insurers providing up to 100 percent of contents (personal...

Sonoma County Fire Debris Removal Progress Map Now Available

Posted on December 21, 2017

Santa Rosa, CA – A new map indicating the status of fire debris removal for residential properties destroyed in the Sonoma Complex fires is now available online. The map may be found at sonomacountyrecovers.org/debris-removal-status/. The map enables property owners participating in the state-sponsored U.S. Army Corps of Engineers debris removal program to search by address...

Disaster Recovery/SBA Loan Outreach Centers Will Close For the Holiday

Posted on December 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Sonoma County will be closed Dec. 23-25 in observance of the holiday weekend. The centers will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 26, and remain open through Thursday, Dec. 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Both centers will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec....

Applicants Can Revisit the Decision on FEMA Disaster Assistance

Posted on December 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Survivors of the October wildfires may still be able to qualify for disaster assistance even if they receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) saying they are not eligible. Often it’s a matter of needing to submit more information so FEMA or...

Price Gouging After Wildfire Disaster

Posted on December 18, 2017

California Penal Code Section 396 generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10 percent, the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency. This law applies to those who sell food, emergency supplies, medical supplies, building materials and gasoline. The law also applies to repair or reconstruction services,...

SBA Loan Application – Still time to register if you missed 12/11 deadline

Posted on December 15, 2017

There is still time for Sonoma County homeowners and business owners impacted by the North Bay fires, who may have missed the initial December 11th deadline, to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Residents are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Homeowners may qualify for up...

County Approves Ordinances to Reduce Sewer Service Charges and Allow Temporary Connections for Residents Displaced by the Fires

Posted on December 13, 2017

The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District unanimously approved an ordinance to prorate annual sewer charges for residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the Sonoma Complex Fires in October, 2017. The Water Agency Board of Directors and the...

Northern California Fire Response Update

Posted on December 11, 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – As part of the multi-agency response to the recent fires in Northern California, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed asbestos removals at 93 properties in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties. EPA has also completed household hazardous waste (HHW) removals at 6,527 properties in Sonoma and Napa counties. Household...

Fire Damage Property Tax Reassessments Underway for 2017-2018

Posted on December 7, 2017

Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor William F. Rousseau announced today that property owners with real property damage over $10,000 will start receiving fire damage reassessment notices over the next few weeks. The reassessment notices will be sent out in batches and the Assessor’s Office asks property owners to be patient with the process. Rousseau mentioned that the...

FEMA Is Looking To Hire

Posted on December 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – If you or someone you know is looking for a full-time job, FEMA is looking to hire across a wide range of specialties. FEMA wants to hire local talent to fill a number of positions to continue the work begun after the October wildfires. Temporary full time positions include logistics, administrative support,...

December 11th Deadline to Register for Disaster Assistance/Low-Interest Loans

Posted on December 4, 2017

  News Release: One Week Left to Register for Disaster Assistance/Low-Interest Loans SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Survivors of the October 2017 wildfires have one week left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance and to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The deadline for...

City of Santa Rosa Opens Resilient City Rebuilding Permit Center

Posted on December 1, 2017

Expanded permit center provides recovery assistance  in aftermath of wildfires for efficient and expedited rebuilding process . The City of Santa Rosa has opened a new Resilient City Permit Center for property owners affected by the Sonoma County wildfires. This new permit center is in addition to the existing permit center and provides similar services,...

Property Tax Transfer Programs for Fire Victims

Posted on November 30, 2017

Sonoma County Clerk Recorder Assessor, William F. Rousseau, announced today that properties with structures that were severely damaged by the Sonoma Complex Fires may be eligible to transfer their property tax base (Prop. 13) to a replacement property. California Revenue and Taxation Code Sections 69 (Prop. 50) and 69.3 (Prop. 110) allow owners of properties...
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