Jerry Brown seeks tsunami disaster declaration

Gov. Jerry Brown today wrote to President Barack Obama to request a Presidential major disaster declaration for California following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Japan, which generated a water surge that caused over $48 million in damage to California ports, harbors, boats, businesses and infrastructure.

Brown’s letter asks for additional federal resources to supplement state and local repair and recovery efforts. The governor earlier had issued emergency proclamations for Del Norte, Humboldt, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Mendocino and San Luis Obispo counties, as well as an executive order to waive the waiting period for victims to apply for unemployment insurance, expedite the hiring of emergency and cleanup personnel and request state tax officials to accommodate those affected by the water surge.

Read Brown’s letter to President Obama, after the jump…
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