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San Gabriel Valley Mayors Urge Governor to Reimburse for Windstorm Costs

San Gabriel Valley Mayors Urge Governor to Reimburse for Windstorm Costs

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and the mayors of six other San Gabriel Valley cities have signed a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown urging him to consider state reimbursement for windstorm-related costs under the California Disaster Recovery Act.

Pasadena was ground zero for the hurricane-force windstorm that swept through the city and neighboring communities overnight on Nov. 30/Dec. 1. Estimates from the seven cities combined did not qualify for Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement.

“Receiving word that this event did not qualify for FEMA reimbursement was devastating to every jurisdiction affected. Even though the statewide per capita damage did not meet the FEMA threshold, we sustained an extraordinary level of damage in a fairly concentrated area,” the letter states. “In addition, although critical facilities did not suffer permanent, long-term damage, the economic impact to affected cities, already straining financially, has been huge.”

The letter was also signed by Arcadia Mayor Gary Kovacic, La Cañada Flintridge Mayor David Spence, San Marino Mayor Allan Yung, Sierra Madre Mayor John Buchanan, South Pasadena Mayor Michael Cacciotti and Temple City Mayor Tom Chavez.

It can be found online at www.cityofpasadena.net/windstorm_2011 (scroll down to Statements from City Officials).

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Ann Erdman
Public Information Officer
City of Pasadena
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Posted: 1/20/2012 07:55:00 PM