California = disaster

It’s official: California is a disaster.

2012Oh, a disaster area, that’s what I meant. Sorry.

President Barack Obama today declared a major disaster exists in California and ordered federal aid for recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows from Dec. 17 through Jan. 4.

That funding will be made available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofits on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows in Inyo, Kern, Kings, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Tulare counties. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

We still have to deal with the rest of our disasters on our own.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.