Orange County Wants Financial Assistance in Wake of La Habra Temblor

Orange County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Patricia Bates signed an emergency declaration today on behalf of the county.

Several items were damaged at this home near the quake's epicenter, in Placentia. Photo credit: Hannah Hirzel.
Several items were damaged at this home near the quake's epicenter, in Placentia. Photo credit: Hannah Hirzel.

Orange County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Patricia Bates signed an emergency declaration today on behalf of the county seeking financial assistance from the state for damage related to last week's La Habra earthquake.

The board of supervisors is expected to vote to ratify the declaration at their Tuesday meeting. If the governor and the White House grant the county's request, it could free up aid for the county as well as residents and businesses.

Orange County officials estimate more than $10.5 million in costs related to quake damage and the response to it.

--City News Service

OldTimer April 05, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Well, the liberal democrats of San Francisco elected the Honorable Leland Yee to the California Senate because he was a fervent anti-gun crusader who wanted to save the children. Then, after Leland attained high office by a large margin of democrat votes, we learned he negotiated with an undercover FBI agent to obtain illegal assault weapons from a foreign country and run them in the same country that he took an oath to honor and defend. All done in the name of those almighty campaign contributions. Leland chose the wrong government entity to work for. Had he worked for Obama and headed the 'Fast and Furious' operation he would have been immune from those dastardly gun laws. Leland is a victim (sarc). As long as the people continue to support one of the two major political parties in this nation and fight amongst ourselves in the process - your trusted leaders will continue to fool us. They are like Grizzly bears. They just do what they are designed to do. You, the voters, are the ones who continue to elect them to office and then fight with one another over who's best while they laugh at you. You 2-party system proponents are the ones to blame. Those who vote Republican or Democrat along party lines. If you play with a Grizzly bear and he eats you - whose fault is it? Yours or the Grizzly's?
OldTimer April 05, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Furthermore, I think the situation about payment for earthquake damage has an easy remedy. Obama can simply step in and make earthquake insurance mandatory and form an exchange of government approved insurance companies that you must pay to obtain a policy. However, if you have EQ insurance now and you like it......you can keep it no matter what. Period. We could call it ObamaQuake. Those property owners who refuse to buy EQ insurance are subject to a government penalty, enforceable by the IRS. We could hire 16,000 more IRS agents to enforce the new law. So this would help stimulate the economy and create new jobs. Oh, and if you have EQ insurance now you won't have to pay an extra dime for ObamaQuake coverage and you will get the same EQ insurance plans that congress has. Sure, some may get exemptions from ObamaQuake coverage. For further information contact your local DNC campaign fund organizer. Call your local democrat HQ's and ask the the community organizer. He or she will help you. I know that some of you may vociferaciouly argue this is not fair. But it is for your own good and for the good of our homeland. So buck up and pull out your wallets. Like it or not, we are a village. And you are a village member. So don't be a village idiot. Support ObamaQuake. Oh, and don't you dare throw up legal obstructions because our wise SCOTUS justices have already determined by a 5-4 vote that Obama can justify anything by calling it a 'tax'. So don't waste your time. Instead, obey and submit. Just pretend that you're doing it for the gipper. God bless America. Signing off.................
Tom Cagley April 05, 2014 at 06:06 PM
I recall the President saying after he was elected in 08 that the "seas would stop rising, weather would moderate, etc, etc." Too darn bad he didn't think to add the earth would stop shaking or quaking! But, then again, he always has Bush to blame it on.
OldTimer April 05, 2014 at 06:47 PM
It's like I told you before, Tom. The political rot in America is a systemic problem. Some like to focus all their attention on local city councils since it's way easier to tear apart the neophyte amateurs and make them look foolish, than it is the long ball hitter heavyweights. But the amateurs are simply watching the bigs boys and following their cues. Some like to slam just the Republicans. Others just the Democrats. Some say it's all the conservative's fault. Others say the liberals got us into this mess. Just a handful of adroit, insightful commoners have the ability to understand that the power brokers belonging to all these purported adversarial political and ideological groups work hand in hand to maintain the status quo. Look in the rearview mirror over the last decade. Did it really matter which political party held the majority in the nation's capital as far as where we are as a country today? Of course, the answer is a resounding 'no'. There is as much corruption and bullying and confiscation of civil rights and damage to Main Street under Obama as there were under Bush. The players change. The status quo remains steadfast. And nothing changes at the bottom. The bottomfeeders just follow the cues of their mentors who clawed their way to a higher rung on the ladder of 'go along to get along'. And let's face it. To get a shot at public office you have to get pre-approved by the big boys. Why do you think we literally have no third party legislators in county or state government? To my knowledge there are none in the national government either. Oh, and the 'Tea Party' is not a third party. It was formed to fool you into believing you had an alternate choice. An option. But if you look closely you would know it's been co-opted (bought out) by the Republicans. Many of the Tea Partiers elected in 2010 are now accepting large contributions from the TBTF banks. And I can prove that if you don't believe me. It's systemic. And anyone who claims otherwise IMO is in deep denial.
Shripathi Kamath April 06, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Good thing we live in Orange County: all Republican all the time, and only prosperity as far as the eye can ignore.


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