On Friday, April 7, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown issued an executive order ending the drought emergency in all but a few California counties. This came about 27 months after he declared a state of drought emergency for California on January 17, 2014. At that point, the state was headed into its fourth straight year of drought. Private wells were drying up, trees were dying, as was ground water. It was going to take the combined efforts of all Californians to change the way we behaved to save our water, and make sure we had enough for tomorrow. It was also going to take an unprecedented level of cooperation and leadership from local, state, federal, private and non-governmental agencies to respond effectively to the mounting problems resulting from the drought, and change the direction California … continue reading »
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small, nonfarm businesses in five California counties and one neighboring county in Arizona are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). “These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought that began on February 18, 2014, in the following primary county,” announced Tanya N. Garfield, Acting Director of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West.
Primary California counties: Riverside and San Diego;
Neighboring California counties: Imperial, Orange and San Bernardino;
Neighboring Arizona County: La Paz.
“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” Garfield said.
Small, non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses … continue reading »