California — Napa Disaster Aid:
California Senator Barbara Boxer and Representative Mike Thompson — both Democrats — are pushing the Obama administration to hurry up and approve funding for individual relief for those suffering damage from the Napa earthquake a few weeks ago.
Approval for relief for the infrastructure repair — like government buildings, roads, water pipes, etc. — has been approved. That does not, however include help for individuals and families.
While thanking the administration for that help, Thompson was critical of the administration for not moving faster on the other. “Many families have significant damage to their homes and personal property. Our government cannot turn their backs on them in their time of need. I urge the White House to take the next important step and approve federal assistance for individuals as requested by the state of California,” he said.
Boxer agreed. “People get very helpless if they don’t see help forthcoming, and we know this private assistance is so important. It will provide grants up to $32,000 to help people repair their homes.”
Damage to private property from the earthquake has been set at $362 million and public property damage is $55 million.
Source: The Press Democrat
California — The Drought:
The drought is in year three. Reservoirs are empty. Lakes are vanishing. Rivers are trickling. The state’s agriculture industry is in deep trouble.
It’s a very serious time for the state and no solutions are coming. At least not yet.
Nowhere in California is more serious than Porterville and Tulare County. More than 500 residents there are out of water. Really out. No drinking water or dish washing water from the tap, no clothes washing, no showers, no toilet flushing — nothing.
Some have not seen running water for five-months.
Source: New York Times
New Mexico —Uber & Lyft Ban:
New Mexico’s cab and limo companies want a judge to stop ride sharers Uber and Lyft from doing business. District Judge Nancy Franchini said no. She says the plaintiffs did not show they’re suffering irreparable damage from the two firms and thus denied the injunction.
Meanwhile, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission still has not enforced the cease-and-desist order it issued against Lyft last May. But it is going to look soon at some new ride sharing rules.
New Mexico — Flooding Help:
New Mexico’s congressional delegation is pushing the Obama administration for help. Flooding throughout the state did major damage in July and August. Sen. Tom Udall and Sen. Martin Heinrich — both Democrats — and Rep. Steve Pearce — a Republican and Democrats Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to the Obama administration asking it to hurry.
Storms and flooding hit Bernalillo, Guadalupe, Otero, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, and San Miguel counties and the Pueblos of Acoma and Santo Domingo and damaged roads, bridges and a dam and other infrastructure was damaged.
Governor Susana Martinez has also asked for relief.
The letter said, “In light of the ongoing losses and possible long-term impacts from flooding during the time period of July 27 through August 5, 2014, we request your expedited attention to Governor Martinez’s request for a major disaster designation and the correlated public assistance. We remain committed to providing the necessary assistance to you and the governor in expediting New Mexico’s recovery efforts and ensuring an effective response from this extreme weather event.”
Oregon — SAIF Interim Administrator to Retire:
John Gilkey is the interim CEO of Oregon’s workers’ compensation program SAIF. He said he’s going to retire as soon as the state finds a permanent replacement.
Gilkey replaced fired John Plotkin who is suing the state saying he was illegally terminated. The firing was over the use of offensive language. Plotkin denies it.
Washington — SBA to Offer Wildfire Help:
The Obama administration has twice rejected Governor Jay Inslee’s request for help for individuals who suffered losses from the state’s largest ever fire the Carlton Complex Fire.
The governor refused to give up and went to the Small Business Administration for help and it approved low interest loans for qualified businesses and individuals in Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, Lincoln, Skagit and Whatcom counties.
Source: OMO TV