Gov. signs order to aid quake victims

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Gov. signs  order to  aid quake  victimsCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom addressed a crowd of national media and local leadership during a July 6 press conference in the wake of 6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes, pledging his support for local recovery efforts.

He made good on at least one of those promises Oct. 18 when he signed an executive order to suspend certain regulations and restrictions so as to help expedite re-housing mobilehome residents displaced during the earthquakes.

According to city officials monitoring the 80-some homes redtagged following the earthquakes, the vast majority of those were mobile homes. At the peak of recovery efforts, an estimated 200 residents were believed to have been displaced.

While government agencies have qualified for state and federal grants, homeowners — particularly those without earthquake insurance — have been left largely without resources to recover.

Newsom’s declaration of the state of emergency following the quakes gives some flexibility, such as his executive order, to temporarily waive some permits, fees and bureaucratic obstacles to facilitating housing solutions.

“California will require immediate additional resources to assist in responding to, recovering from and mitigating the effects of these earthquakes,” states Newsom’s order.

“Under the provisions of Government Code Section 8571, I find that strict compliance with various statutes and regulations specified in this order would prevent, hinder or delay the mitigation of the effects of the these earthquakes.”

“The governor’s executive order will provide some relief to mobile-home owners,” said Assemblyman Vince Fong.

“We will continue to work with our local, state and federal partners to advocate for the needs of those affected. This is one of many steps that will help the communities of Ridgecrest and Trona continue to recover from the earthquakes.”

Story First Published: 2019-10-25