Gov. Newson declares state of emergency in SLO and Monterey counties

January 30, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday declared a state of emergency for San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties because of destruction from the atmospheric river storm.

During the storm, trees fell on homes, sinkholes developed and mud slides blocked roads. In Monterey County, about 30 miles from the SLO County boarder, a portion of Highway 1 slid away during the heavy rains.

“The conditions caused by winter storms in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties, by reason of their magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of any single local government and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to appropriately respond,”  Newsom said.

As a result of the emergency proclamation, the California Department of Transportation can request federal assistance through the Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program.

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How embarrassing, The State of California has come to this because of spending on what? Yes I understand the need for a paycheck but Californians apparently gets nothing done unless there is a declared disaster these days. How does our disaster compare to the towns literally under water elsewhere? It will get to that someday if not already.

How does this ‘State of Emergency’ designation translate into actual help for those of us (and there are many) who have sustained damage from fallen limbs, blown down fences, roof damage, gutter damage etc. homeowners policies don’t cover many of these and there is often a high deductible. With the difficulties from Covid, job losses, business failures etc, these unexpected storm related expenses may be the final economic catalyst for many struggling families. So Cal-Trans can get federal help for their road repairs and middle class homeowners get another punch in the gut.

Tourism is tourism but it would be denial to say social media and geotagging hasn’t had a greater effect on the attractions California has to offer. The 1 should and NEEDS to require a toll for future longevity between these two counties.

Not a terrible idea Corvidae. My concern however is that the State would end up using the toll money to buy iPads for kids in LA Unified, or to house homeless in hotels at $100/ night or use it for some completely unrelated purpose. I suppose there might be a way to prevent this but I’m skeptical. Also, it might shift money away from what is already allocated fir SR 1 maintenance. That means they, the California Transportation Commission or Caltrans, might have to keep increasing the tolls to cover the shortfall.

But you do make a valid point.

Put the highway on top the ridge like originally planned. It is always going to slump.

Have you seen the cracks, slumping, on the grade’s new 3rd lane already? CalTrans needs to keep an eye on it.

Governor Newsom needs to declare the entire state of California in a state of emergency for the destruction from his own policies.