Gov. Jerry Brown declares state of emergency over windstorm damage


Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Saturday in Los Angeles County to provide state and federal assistance to cities affected by the Nov. 30 windstorm.

The announcement comes a day after state officials toured the storm-damaged region, led by Mike Dayton, acting director of the California Emergency Management Agency.

Assemblyman Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) praised the governor’s actions.

“CalEMA director Mike Dayton toured the [San Gabriel] Valley with me and others to meet with elected officials and survey damage on behalf of Gov. Brown,” he said in an email. “Today the [governor] has acted.… I am extremely gratified at his actions and look forward to helping local government entities to qualify for state and federal assistance as quickly as possible.”


Eng said he also would call on local leaders to assess how the region can prepare for the next natural disaster.

Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) said he was “ecstatic” that Brown had declared the state of emergency and happy that the San Gabriel Valley “can be reimbursed for their costs and we can dig out of this disaster before the rains come that might do further harm to our neighborhoods.”