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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1994
County welfare workers will stop accepting applications for emergency food stamps after today, an official said Monday. After today, "earthquake victims could possibly qualify for the regular food stamp program," said Mary Robertson, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Social Services. "It would depend on their income and expenses." The U.S. Department of Agriculture authorized the emergency program for 15 days only.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
For the third time in five years, the Pritzker Prize is going to a Japanese architect. Shigeru Ban , a 56-year-old architect born in Tokyo, was named the winner of his profession's top honor on Monday. Yet Ban's architecture is markedly different, in form and sensibility, from the work of recent Pritzker winners from Japan. He's best known for quickly assembled buildings, many made of cardboard or shipping containers, designed for parts of the world reeling from war or natural disaster.
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NEWS
August 29, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
As FEMA's budget is under new strain in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, a top House Republican maintained that any new funds allocated for federal disaster relief must be offset by budget cuts elsewhere. Speaking on Fox News Channel, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said a natural disaster like Hurricane Irene is an "appropriate instance" for a federal role, but that the government can't go deeper into debt to pay for unexpected outlays. "We will find the money if there is a need for additional monies," he said.
OPINION
March 9, 2014
Re "Top House Republican proposes tax overhaul," Feb. 27 Your article misleadingly labeled the depreciation schedule for business aircraft as "special treatment. " The depreciation system that applies to the purchase of a business aircraft has been on the books for decades, and also applies to the purchase of delivery vehicles, trucks and forklifts. Unfortunately, each time someone mischaracterizes business aviation, they are really taking aim at an industry that generates more than 1 million American jobs and is responsible for more than $150 billion in economic impact.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Kate Mather
President Obama signed a disaster declaration Friday for the state of California, making federal funds available for recovery efforts related to  the massive Rim fire near Yosemite National Park. The money is available to state and local governments and eligible private nonprofits for emergency work and to repair or replace facilities damaged by the blaze, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a statement. The 410-square-mile fire - the state's third largest on record - sparked Aug. 17 by a hunter's illegal campfire in the Stanislaus National Forest.
SPORTS
December 18, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has donated $50,000 to the disaster response veteran service organization Team Rubicon , which helps send experienced military veterans as  rapid emergency response relief teams to natural disaster sites and other crisis areas around the world. "Military veterans choose to serve even after they take off the uniform because they want to dedicate themselves to a cause larger than their own," Peterson said. "Supporting organizations like Team Rubicon before, during, and after times of disaster allows them to continue their important missions in communities worldwide.
WORLD
November 19, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
One in three overseas Filipinos lives in the United States and the U.S. government is leading the international relief effort after Typhoon Haiyan, but most Americans are tuned out of the disaster's aftermath, the Pew Research Center reported Tuesday. A Nov. 14-17 survey of 1,013 U.S. adults found less than a third of them were following the tragic consequences of the monster storm, the Pew pollsters found . Even fewer, 14%, said they had contributed to disaster relief, although donations typically tend to be slow in the early days after a devastating storm or earthquake, the researchers noted.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
For the third time in five years, the Pritzker Prize is going to a Japanese architect. Shigeru Ban , a 56-year-old architect born in Tokyo, was named the winner of his profession's top honor on Monday. Yet Ban's architecture is markedly different, in form and sensibility, from the work of recent Pritzker winners from Japan. He's best known for quickly assembled buildings, many made of cardboard or shipping containers, designed for parts of the world reeling from war or natural disaster.
OPINION
September 5, 2006
Re "The flood next time -- disaster relief for profit," Aug. 29 Whenever a disaster strikes, it seems that the job of relief and reconstruction goes to some agency run by someone well-connected politically and staffed by well-meaning people with little formal knowledge in the field of disaster relief. Universities should have a discipline known as disaster relief and reconstruction. Experts would teach courses in evacuation, emergency healthcare, debris removable, providing temporary shelter and other phases of disaster relief.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1994
Local victims of the Northridge earthquake who still need housing and other disaster-relief information are invited to meet with federal and state officials tonight at a Valencia elementary school. "We want to make sure that everybody who needs assistance gets it," said Vytautas Adomaitis of the Santa Clarita Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services.
OPINION
January 31, 2014 | By Eric Friedman
It seems to happen at a disturbingly frequent rate. A massive typhoon, hurricane, earthquake, tsunami or other horrible catastrophe occurs. The media show heart-wrenching images of disaster beyond anything most people have seen or could even begin to imagine. People want to help; it is human nature to want to help. And many aid agencies offer just that opportunity as they fundraise for relief efforts. But if we give to them, does it actually make a difference? This isn't about deceitful and fraudulent charities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Kate Mather
President Obama signed a disaster declaration Friday for the state of California, making federal funds available for recovery efforts related to  the massive Rim fire near Yosemite National Park. The money is available to state and local governments and eligible private nonprofits for emergency work and to repair or replace facilities damaged by the blaze, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a statement. The 410-square-mile fire - the state's third largest on record - sparked Aug. 17 by a hunter's illegal campfire in the Stanislaus National Forest.
WORLD
November 19, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
One in three overseas Filipinos lives in the United States and the U.S. government is leading the international relief effort after Typhoon Haiyan, but most Americans are tuned out of the disaster's aftermath, the Pew Research Center reported Tuesday. A Nov. 14-17 survey of 1,013 U.S. adults found less than a third of them were following the tragic consequences of the monster storm, the Pew pollsters found . Even fewer, 14%, said they had contributed to disaster relief, although donations typically tend to be slow in the early days after a devastating storm or earthquake, the researchers noted.
WORLD
November 14, 2013 | Alexandra Zavis and Sunshine de Leon
Five days after Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the central Philippines, panic was spreading Wednesday and parched, hungry residents were resorting to increasingly desperate measures, including breaking into the homes of the dead. Eight people were crushed to death when a huge crowd stormed a rice warehouse near Tacloban, one of the worst-hit cities, authorities said. More than 100,000 bags of rice were carted away in the melee, according to news reports Wednesday. Elsewhere, residents dug up underground pipes and smashed them open to get water.
OPINION
August 19, 2013 | By Craig Mackey
On Aug. 7, the head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority called for federal disaster relief to address the consequences of water scarcity in the Colorado River system. On Friday, the Bureau of Reclamation announced it would be forced to cut the flow of water into Lake Mead in 2014 to a historic low. Dominoes may now fall from California to Washington, D.C. A nearly century-old body of agreements and legal decisions known as the Law of the River regulates water distribution from the Colorado River among seven states and Mexico.
NATIONAL
June 19, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Federal spending on community preparedness for extreme weather events is a fraction of the amount paid to clean up damage from storms, tornadoes and drought, according to an analysis of federal data. The report by the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning Washington think tank, estimated that from 2011 to 2013 the federal government spent about $136 billion on weather-related disaster relief and recovery, compared with $22.4 billion on 43 preparedness programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1996
San Fernando Valley residents still recovering from the 1994 Northridge earthquake got a bit of good news this week when officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency extended the deadline for those receiving disaster relief rental funds. FEMA representatives pushed back the deadline of Jan. 17 to April 17 in hopes of giving victims of the quake more time either to find affordable housing or to move back into homes that are being rebuilt or refurbished because of structural damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1995
With President Clinton's disaster declaration, Ventura County homeowners, farmers and businesses that sustained flood damage can qualify for assistance. Programs include: * Rental payments for temporary housing. * Grants for minor home repairs. * Grants for up to $12,600 for serious repairs or losses not covered by insurance or other programs. * Unemployment payments for workers who lost jobs due to flooding. * Low-interest loans as high as $200,000 for homes and $1.
NEWS
May 26, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
President Obama visited Moore, Okla., on Sunday to view the devastation left by last week's vast tornado and to reassure the community of sustained support from the federal government on its cleanup and rebuilding. "Oklahomans have inspired us with their love, their courage and their fellowship," Obama said, surrounded by state and federal officials and tornado survivors clustered in front of high mounds of debris. "This is a strong community with strong character. There's no doubt they will bounce back.
SPORTS
May 21, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
As the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore recovers from a tornado which left 24 dead Monday, the capital city's NBA team and All-Star forward Kevin Durant have pledged $2 million in support for the community that has so embraced the organization. "As the day went on and I saw the footage and the casualties and the houses being blown away, it was tough to see," Durant said, according to the Associated Press. "I call Oklahoma City my home. I go through Moore all the time. It's unfortunate.
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