EDD receives up to $44 million to provide jobs for recovery efforts and employment services to thousands affected by the fires in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) announced today it has received a grant for up to $44 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide temporary jobs on fire clean-up and recovery projects to 1,350 unemployed workers and career services for 1,620 individuals who have been affected by the wildfires in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

“These funds will put people who have lost their jobs back to work, provide career services to those who cannot return to their former jobs because of the disasters and aid in the rebuilding and recovery of local economies,” said EDD Director Patrick W. Henning.

This Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant will assist the state in response to the November wildfires by providing temporary employment opportunities to workers who are unemployed or underemployed as a result of the fires. Job opportunities include clean up and repair damages to facilities, infrastructure and tribal lands located within the disaster areas of the Camp, Woolsey, Hill and other wildfires.

Career and job training services, including new skills development and certifications for local in-demand occupations, will be available for individuals who are unlikely to return to their prior employment as a result of the destruction.

Public agencies or non-profit organizations in counties with property damage from these wildfires or their after-effects – including post‑burn flooding and mudslides – should contact the project operators listed below for assistance in becoming a worksite partner.

EDD recommends that all individuals interested in applying for temporary jobs or receiving employment assistance register at a local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM locations, which also offer no-fee employment services and training resources.

For more information on the workforce and training providers operating local projects, please contact the following:

2018 CA NDWG Temporary Work Contact List
Project Operator Counties Served Contact Person
City of Los Angeles, Economic and Workforce Development Department Los Angeles

& Ventura

Donny Brooks, Assistant Chief

Grants Administrator

(213) 744-9093



County of Los Angeles Workforce Development Los Angeles Rafael Navarro, Rapid Response Coordinator

(213) 738-2496


La Cooperativa Campesina de California Butte Marina Tapia, Executive Assistant


(916) 388-2224

Julissa Garcia, Operations Analyst


(916) 388-2228

Northern California Indian Development Council, Inc. Butte Greg Gehr, Executive Director
(707) 445-8451
Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium Butte Michael Cross, Executive Director


(530) 892-9600

Workforce Development Board of Ventura County Ventura Patrick Newburn, Workforce Development Board

Administration Manager Patrick.newburn@ventura.org

(805) 477-5470






RJ Ghilarducci

RJ Ghilarducci is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). He joined the OES team to aid in 2018's Camp, Woolsey, Hill, and Holy Fire recoveries. He previously served on Governor Gavin Newsom's campaign, worked as a newspaper reporter, and coached Division 1 college football.

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