Thursday, December 14, 2017

VENTURA, CA—Assemblymember Monique Limón (D - Santa Barbara) issued the following statement on the report of a firefighter fatality in the line of duty that occured on the Thomas Fire Incident.

Our collective hearts are broken by the loss of Cory Iverson.

 Para información sobre centros de evacuación, residentes evacuados y cierres de carretera mande un mensaje de texto con su código postal a 888777

ACTUALIZADO 12/7/2017 11:20 A.M.

 Para información sobre centros de evacuación, residentes evacuados y cierres de carretera mande un mensaje de texto con su código postal a 888777

UPDATED 12/14/2017 5:10 P.M. 

Below are some important websites you can use to find more information about the devastating fires in Assembly District 37 and throughout Southern California. Click on the links for updated information from these sources, and please continue to check back as we will be updating this page with new details and resources as they become available.

As always, please remember that you can contact the staff in my district offices in Ventura and Santa Barbara if there is anything else we can do to help: (805) 564-1649 or (805) 641-3700.

Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Be safe.

Monique Limón
Assemblymember, 37th District

The fire is fast moving and rapidly changing. Visit http://www.readyventuracounty.org/vc-alert to sign up for VC Alert and text your Zip code to 888777 for the latest information. 

Wildfire Recovery: To access comprehensive information and updates from FEMA and CalOES please go to: http://caloes.ca.gov/ICESite/Pages/December-Wildfires.aspx and for Thomas Fire Incident Information please call the Ventura County Emergency Operations Center Hotline at 805-465-6650

Local Assistance Centers: The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has established Local Assistance Centers (LACs) in affected counties to assist those impacted by the fires. Each LAC is staffed and supported by local, state, and federal agencies, as well as non-profit and voluntary organizations.  The LAC provides a single facility at which individuals, families and businesses can access available disaster assistance programs and services. 

Ventura Local Assistance Center:

Poinsettia Pavilion

3451 Foothill Road, Ventura, CA 93003
Open: Wednesday, Dec.13 – TBD, Monday - Saturday 9am - 7pm, Sunday 9am - 6pm



Employers in both Ventura County and Santa Barbara County who are directly affected by the Thomas fire which began on December 4, 2017 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit payroll taxes without penalty or interest. This extension may be granted under Section 1111.5 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC). A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. For details please go to: http://www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Taxes/Emergency_and_Disaster_Assistance_for_Employers.htm#VenturaDec12017


Shelters, Clinics, Closures: For an updated and comprehensive list of evacuation orders, shelters, animal shelters and road closures please go to http://readyventuracounty.org/


N95 Masks: N95 Masks are currently being handed out for free to those residents and businesses that have been impacted by the Thomas Fire. For details and updates on the locations where such masks are being offered please go to: http://readyventuracounty.org/


Water Boiling Advisory: For details and updates please see Ventura Water at https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/885/Ventura-Water


School Closures: For updated information on which schools and school districts have closed, as well as updates on when schools plan to reopen please go to: http://www.vcoe.org/


Santa Barbara Updates: For an updated list of evacuation orders, shelters, animal shelters, school closures, road closures and mask distribution specifically in Santa Barbara County please see: https://www.countyofsb.org/thomasfire.sbc#update


CalOES is the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. This page on the December Wildfires has information on the status of the emergency and local evacuation orders and shelters. Incident Overview


CalTrans: The California Department of Transportation is updating this link with current highway and road information. Road Conditions 


Contacting Loved Ones: The American Red Cross has created a tool to check in with your friends and family that may have been impacted by the fire. If you are in the area, you can let others know you are safe by checking in here. You can also use this website to look for loved ones. Safe & Well



Evacuating Safely

  • Listen to your local media for updates on the fire and be ready to leave quickly. Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing your direction of escape.
  • Keep your pets in one room so you can find them quickly if you have to evacuate.
  • Arrange for a temporary place to stay outside the threatened area.
  • Keep your indoor air clean – close windows and doors to prevent the smoke outside from getting in your home.
  • Use the recycle mode on the air conditioner in your home or car. If you don’t have air conditioning and it’s too hot to be inside, seek shelter somewhere else.
  • If smoke levels are high, don’t use anything that burns and adds to air pollution inside such as candles, fireplaces and gas stoves.

Don’t go home until fire officials say it is safe. Be cautious entering a burned area – hazards could still exist.

  • Avoid damaged or downed power lines, poles and wires.
  • Keep your animals under your direct control. Hidden embers and hot spots could burn them.
  • Wet down debris to minimize breathing dust particles.
  • Wear leather gloves and shoes with heavy soles.
  • Throw out any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.
  • Recheck for smoke or sparks throughout your home for several hours after the fire, including in your attic. Wildfire winds can blow burning embers anywhere so check for embers that could cause a fire.


Ten things firefighters tell their own families about how to prepare:

  • Have an emergency supply kit ready and in your car. Make sure valuables are in a secure location, either in a safe or packed securely in your vehicle.
  • Keep your car's gas tank full. Park facing out and keep car keys in an accessible location.
  • Have two ways out of your community in case one way is blocked by fire.
  • Decide on a pre-established meeting location and out of area contact person in case of separation.
  • Plan ahead, prepare pets for transport and think about moving them to a safe location early, especially large pets and livestock.
  • Stay tuned to local media, verified social media accounts and emergency notification systems.
  • Connect with your neighbors and share verified information.
  • If you do not feel safe, then don’t wait to evacuate! Those with young children, elderly and people with disabilities in the home should plan ahead and evacuate early.
  • If a fire starts near you, follow all emergency personnel direction. Leave as soon as evacuation is ordered by emergency officials or if you feel unsafe to avoid being caught in fire, smoke or road congestion.
  • Stay calm and stay alert!





For further information, visit the California Department of Insurance website.

Assemblyman Lemon Fire Resources graphic in Spanish

Te escribo con los últimos avances del incendio Thomas. La situación está cambiando rápidamente, y la siguiente  información puede cambiar.   Se espera que la información que aparece a continuación cambie. Se han emitido nuevas evacuaciones obligatorias y voluntarias. Es importante que usted y su familia estén preparados en caso de una evacuación — visite http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Spanish/  para asegurarse de tener un plan.

SE HAN EMITIDO NUEVOS EVACUACIONES OBLIGATORIOS. Para obtener la información más reciente sobre incendios y evacuación, vaya a

Ventura County:



Santa Barbara County:


También puede marcar 2-1-1 en los condados de Santa Bárbara o Ventura para obtener información actualizada sobre incendios, incluyendo cierres de carreteras, cierres escolares, refugios y áreas de evacuación.  Este servicio es gratuito, confidencial y disponible 24/7 en varios idiomas, incluyendo español.

El Departamento de Policías ha declarado toque de queda, empezando a las 10 pm a 5 am,  efectivo desde el 5 de Diciembre 2017 hasta próximo aviso.

El Condado de Ventura, y las ciudades de Santa Paula, Ojai, y Ventura han proclamado emergencia local. Es muy importante que tú y tu familia estén preparados en caso de evacuación.

El incendio Thomas ha dañado aproximadamente 115,000 acres, con 10% de contención. 

En este momento, en la ciudad de Ventura más de 400 estructuras han sido destruidas y al menos 81 estructuras han sido dañadas. 15,000 estructuras permanecen amenazadas. Los aumentos de los daños han aumentado en parte debido a mejores condiciones que han permitido una mejor evaluación.  

El fuego continúa creciendo hacia el norte y el oeste hacia la línea del Condado de Santa Bárbara.  El fuego también continúa amenazando las estructuras en varias partes de las ciudades de Ventura, Ojai, Santa Paula, Carpinteria, y las áreas no incorporadas del Condado de Ventura y del cañón de Matilija. El Bosque Nacional de Los Padres, Sespe Wilderness y el Santuario del Cóndor de Sespe también permanecen amenazados. Se espera que el tiempo crítico de fuego continúe durante los próximos días. Los bomberos continúan trabajando agresivamente para proteger la vida y la propiedad mientras trabajan en los esfuerzos de control alrededor del perímetro de fuego.

Durante el trayecto de la noche el incendio se extendió rápidamente debido a los fuertes vientos de Santa Ana. El incendio ha crecido ampliamente en el Norte de Ojai, y está llegando muy cerca del límite del Condado de Santa Barbara, Lago Casitas, y hacia el Bosque Nacional de los Padres y Sespe. Nuestros bomberos continúan combatiendo las llamas y trabajando para proteger propiedad y vida.

Aviso de agua hervida sigue en efecto

El distrito municipal de agua de Casitas ha emitido una orden de hervir agua para el alto valle de Ojai, Casitas Springs Foster Park y partes de la ciudad de Ventura debido a la pérdida de presión y el suministro de agua de los apagones relacionados con el fuego. Todo el agua del grifo que se usa para beber y cocinar debe hervirse a un hervor durante aproximadamente 1 minuto.  Este es el método preferido para asegurar que el agua sea segura para beber.  Por favor visite el sitio web de la ciudad de Ventura http://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/para ver si su área está afectada.

Mascarillas N95

Así como el fuego de Thomas continúa quemándose  se anticipa que habrá preocupaciones continuas sobre la calidad del aire. Las Máscaras N95, cuando están ajustadas correctamente, ofrecen cierta protección limitada contra partículas finas en humo. Estas máscaras son las mejores para aquellos con sensibilidad que tienen que estar al aire libre por cortos períodos de tiempo.  Estas máscaras no filtran todos los gases nocivos. También deben encajar correctamente para ser efectivos. No hay suficientes máscaras para proporcionar una para todos en el Condado del sur.  Las máscaras de polvo ordinarias y las máscaras quirúrgicas no son eficaces.  Las instrucciones sobre el uso correcto de las máscaras N 95 se pueden encontrar aquí.

Sitios para la distribución de la máscara de la cara de N 95:

  • Franklin Community Center
    • 1136 E Montecito St Santa Barbara, CA, 805-897-2582
  • Goleta Costco:
    • 7095 Market Pl Dr, Goleta, CA 93117, (805) 685-3199
  • San Marcos High School:
    • 4750 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, (805) 967-4581
  • UC Santa Barbara:
    • programado para recibir 9.000 máscaras el viernes, 8 de diciembre.
    • por favor vuelva a consultar el 8 de diciembre para más detalles en:


  • Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) Office

Ha sido desgarrador ver la devastación y la pérdida. Si tiene alguna duda o pregunta, por favor llame a mi oficina, al 805-564-1649. Mi pagina web, es monitoreada frecuentemente con nueva información y recursos. Mi sitio web se actualiza periódicamente con información como cierres escolares, refugios para animales, información de seguros y otros recursos útiles


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

(Sacramento) – In her first year in the state Assembly, Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) has had several pieces of impact legislation signed into law. Check out this Assembly Access video to learn more about Assemblymember Limón’s measures that make it easier to help patients, creates greater efficiencies in oil spill clean ups, combats student hunger and teaches students about California Indians.

Monday, November 20, 2017

I recently was in Washington, DC, and had the opportunity to talk to legislators from across the country who all shared concerns about the pervasive culture that allows some to abuse power, trust, laws, and ethics in our Statehouses. This issue is not simply an issue in California’s Statehouse but an issue that impacts every Statehouse in our country, all professions and industries, and individuals from all backgrounds.

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - State Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) paid a visit to UC Santa Barbara's food pantry to highlight what the campus is doing to combat food insecurity. Limón authored AB 453 which was adopted into this year's state budget and went into effect in July. Over five years, 7.5 million dollars will be available to help feed students pursuing higher education at campuses across California.

"This is something we've seen as a big issue and not just in the state of California, but around the country," Limón said.

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