Assembly Select Committee on Natural Disaster Response, Recovery, and Rebuilding Holds First Hearing

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

(Sacramento, CA) – Local and state government representatives, as well as labor and building leaders, joined Assemblymembers Monique Limón and Marc Levine for the first Assembly Select Committee Hearing on Natural Disaster Response, Recovery, and Rebuilding on the afternoon of Monday, May 14th.

“The rebuilding challenges facing our communities need to be heard here in Sacramento. I am thankful for the unique insight of our local representatives, and look forward to continuing to find opportunities to assist in the recovery and rebuilding process.” said Limón.

How agencies will respond during future natural disasters, and the recovery and rebuilding efforts from the recent most deadly and costly disasters were all part of a lengthy discussion in the State Capitol during the hearing held by Committee Co-Chairs Assemblymembers Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) and Marc Levine (D-Marin County).

“On behalf of Santa Barbara Country I want to thank Assemblywoman Limón for holding a hearing in Sacramento to focus the State on the importance of disaster recovery.” said Mona Miyasato, the CEO of Santa Barbara County. “Santa Barbara Country appreciates keeping the attention of the State focused on the ongoing challenges facing county government, the city, and private business and homeowners in rebuilding.  We also want to make sure that the State remains aware that the ongoing effects of the Thomas Fire and January 9th debris flow may not be over and the situation remains a potential threat of further damage.”

Natural disaster responders and weather scientists have reported increasingly long fire seasons, nearly year-round in many parts of the state. To meet the growing needs of Californians after the disasters and going forward, the Select Committee covers a range of issues related to wildfires and mudslides, including climate disruption and causation, streamlining the recovery process for affected communities and preparation efforts for the future.  

“We’re really pleased with the attention that Assemblymember Limon is paying to the distress in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.” said Scott Nyborg, a Disaster Recovery Operations Manager for Allen Construction. “Central Coast communities are facing serious and long term challenges in rebuilding from the Thomas Fire and the mudslides that followed…the Allen Construction team is proud to be part of the solution and very appreciative of Assemblymember Limon’s focus on this issue.”

Monique Limón represents the 37th Assembly District which includes Santa Barbara, Ventura, Goleta, Carpinteria, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Buellton, Solvang, Summerland, Isla Vista, Montecito and parts of Oxnard. She currently serves as Chair of the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee.