Dixie Fire settlement | Storm aid | Gas car transition
The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Jan. 19.
PG&E settles with public entities over Dixie Fire damages
Ten public entities in the North State announced a $24 million settlement agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric Tuesday for damages incurred in the 2021 Dixie Fire. The suit was brought by Shasta, Plumas, Lassen, Butte, and Tehama counties — as well as five other public entities — to seek reimbursement for the costs associated with fire recovery.
— Ken Devol, NSPR
Paradise Town Council backs bill for tax relief on Camp Fire settlements
In a discussion that turned heated, the Town Council in Paradise voted Tuesday to sponsor a council member’s trip to Washington, D.C., to advocate for a bill to waive federal taxes on settlement money Camp Fire survivors receive from the Fire Victim Trust.
— Jamie Jiang, NSPR
More California counties added to major disaster declaration
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has added Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties to its major disaster declaration, which was initially approved for Sacramento, Santa Cruz and Merced counties. More counties are expected to be added after President Biden visits the state today.
— CapRadio Staff
Interview: Experts skeptical California’s grid can handle plan to phase out gas cars
California’s plan to phase out the sale of new gas cars by 2035 could put unprecedented demand on the state’s electric grid. While state officials say the grid won’t be strained, many experts are skeptical. Listen to an interview with CalMatters reporter Nadia Lopez in today’s episode of Headlines.
— CapRadio Staff
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In case you missed it
- Paradise council member to advocate for tax relief for fire survivors in Washington — NSPR
- Corning lavender farm devastated by winter storm flooding — NSPR
- Biden to visit California to survey flood damage — The California Report
- Number of ‘red-tagged’ homes estimated to be in the thousands — NSPR
- Residents oppose decision to close three Butte County fire stations for the winter — NSPR
- Winter storms reignite debate over water storage — CapRadio
- To recruit substitutes, Shasta County simplifies application process — NSPR
- Newsom urges Californians to document flood damages — NSPR
- New broadmap map to be used to distribute federal funding — NSPR
- Why you should file taxes even if you don’t owe any — CalMatters
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