January 13, 1999 |
In his first official journey outside the capital, Gov. Gray Davis came to the farming heart of the San Joaquin Valley on Tuesday for a firsthand look at what last month's freeze did to California citrus. Trudging through a foggy field in Fresno County, Davis examined the juiceless core of a damaged lemon and pronounced it useless. He told a group of growers, politicians and idled farm laborers that he is working on several fronts to obtain prompt federal and state relief.
January 9, 1999 |
December's freeze packed a $634-million punch for California's farm industry, agricultural officials said Friday in revising upward their earlier damage estimates. Separately, Gov. Gray Davis declared a state of emergency in Monterey and Kings counties because of the cold weather. Last week, outgoing Gov. Pete Wilson issued a similar proclamation for Fresno, Kern, Madera and Tulare counties.
December 30, 1998 |
Moving to provide financial relief to the state's ravaged citrus industry, Gov. Pete Wilson declared a state of emergency Tuesday in four Central California counties hit hardest by last week's freezing temperatures that destroyed a major portion of the lemon and orange crops. Wilson's declaration--affecting Fresno, Kern, Madera and Tulare counties--was welcome news for citrus farmers who recorded more than $500 million in losses from four straight days of bitter cold.
May 1, 1998 |
Storm-damaged California will get federal help fixing roads, farms, parks and levees, as both houses of Congress approved $2.59 billion in federal disaster aid Thursday as part of an emergency spending bill that will also fund military operations in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. The bill earmarks about $250 million for the Golden State to use in cleaning up El Nino's mess. Overall, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to get $1.
April 1, 1998 |
The House narrowly approved a disaster relief bill Tuesday containing about $200 million for storm-torn California, but Republican lawmakers muddied the waters for the measure by inserting budget cuts likely to provoke a presidential veto. The catchall $2.9-billion spending measure, approved 212-208, is designed to help several states recover from natural disasters. In California's case, the money would help pay for damage caused by El Nino rains.
March 27, 1998 |
The Senate approved an emergency funding package Thursday that includes an estimated $200 million in disaster aid for California to help it recover from El Nino related damages. The money would go to repair freeways, military bases, parks and agricultural areas that have been washed out by recent rains.