Chick Seeks to Extend Quake Debris Aid

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Laura Chick has proposed that the city extend its free earthquake-debris removal program for four months.

Chick wants the federally funded program, scheduled to end Sept. 30, to continue through Jan. 17, 1995.

In a letter to Mayor Richard Riordan on Friday, Chick said the extension is needed because some earthquake victims are only now beginning to settle their insurance claims, process their loan applications and hire contractors.

Karen Constine, Chick’s chief of staff, said 10 to 20 people a day call Chick’s office to say they need more time.


The city administrative officer would request the extension from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Maria Biessels, an analyst with the CAO’s emergency operations unit, said she expects the request to be sent next week.

“We don’t think there’s going to be any problem getting FEMA’s authorization for an extension,” Biessels said.