Gaines Gazette: August 1, 2018

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Carr Fire: Update & Available Resources

Senator Gaines visits the Carr Fire devastation in Shasta County.

Senator Gaines visits the Carr Fire devastation in Shasta County.
Senator Gaines visits the Carr Fire devastation in Shasta County.

I wanted to give you a brief update on the status of the Carr Fire and share information on some local and state resources that are available for recovery assistance.

As of this morning, the Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity counties is 115,538 acres and 35 percent contained. So far, nearly 1,500 structures have been destroyed and nearly 250 damaged. Two firefighters and four Shasta County residents were tragically killed. The Unified Command Agencies of CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit, Whiskeytown National Park, Redding City Fire Department and other cooperating agencies do not currently have an expected date of when this fire will be fully contained.

All current evacuation and repopulation orders as well as road closures can be found here.

Evacuation shelters are currently established at:

  • Shasta College (11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding)
  • Simpson College (2211 College View Drive, Redding)
  • Cross Point Community Church (2960 Hartnell Ave., Redding)
  • Trinity High School (321 Victory Lane, Weaverville)
  • Foothill High School (9773 Deschutes Road, Palo Cedro)

A large animal shelter is open at the Tehama County Fairgrounds (650 Antelope Blvd., Red Bluff) and a small animal shelter is open at Haven Humane (1816 CA 273, Anderson).

A Local Assistance Center for residents impacted by the fire will be opening at Shasta High School (2500 Eureka Way, Redding) this Thursday, August 2 through Wednesday, August 8 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

The Local Assistance Center is a one-stop-shop for recovery services and resource referrals following a disaster or significant emergency. Representatives from various local, state and federal agencies will provide counseling support, resource and housing assistance, information to aid in rebuilding, permitting, hazardous materials clean-up, loss of business or employment, basic health and human services.

If they are available, it is recommended that you bring the following documents to the Local Assistance Center:

  • Photo ID
  • Household income information
  • Insurance documents

The DMV is also available to issue duplicates of Photo IDs and driver’s licenses. Also, California Employment Development Department (EDD) provides temporary unemployment benefits to people whose jobs or work hours were directly impacted by the fires. Affected individuals are encouraged to apply here https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/UI_Online.htm. Claimants can also file by phone at 1-800-300-5616 (English) or 1-800-326-8937 (Spanish).

For the most current information and updates on the Carr Fire, please follow this link, where you can be added to the CAL FIRE mailing list.

Finally, if you are looking to help fire victims, click here for a list of the charities accepting donations.

My heart goes out to those of you who have been affected by this devastating and destructive fire. Please feel free to contact my office at senator.gaines@senate.ca.gov or at (916) 771-5840 if you have any further questions.

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CHP Officer Nathan Taylor Memorial Overcrossing

Senator Gaines dedicates memorial overcrossing with family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers of CHP Officer Nathan Taylor.
Senator Gaines dedicates memorial overcrossing with family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers of CHP Officer Nathan Taylor.

I recently joined the family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers of California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Nathan Taylor at a dedication ceremony naming in his memory the Interstate 80 overcrossing at Baxter Road in Placer County as the “CHP Officer Nathan Taylor Memorial Overcrossing.”

Officer Taylor was tragically killed in the line of duty by a vehicle on Interstate 80 near Donner Summit. He was standing outside his patrol vehicle providing traffic control for a previous injury crash near the Donner Lake Interchange when he was hit. Officer Taylor is survived by his wife and three children.

During the last legislative session, I coauthored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 24 to allow the highway naming and presented it to Nathan‘s family during the ceremony. I know that his family, his brothers and sisters in law enforcement, and everyone whose lives he touched, miss him dearly. God bless this man who gave his life serving others.

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Celebrating HJTA!

Senator Gaines celebrates 40 years with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
Senator Gaines celebrates 40 years with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

Congratulations to the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association on 40 years of protecting Prop. 13 and California taxpayers. I joined HJTA’s Jon Coupal and David Wolfe along with Assemblyman Matthew Harper to check out thousands of petitions they received from taxpayers around the state in support of Prop. 13. Keep up the great work defending this landmark tax-limiting measure!

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Habitat For Humanity

Senator Gaines supports Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento's efforts to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter for seniors and Veterans in need.
Senator Gaines supports Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento’s efforts to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter for seniors and Veterans in need.

JoAnne and Glenn Claghorn moved into their home in Fair Oaks 40 years ago. Glenn served our country in Vietnam and both suffer with various health issues. When their house was in dire need of a roof repair, they weren’t sure if they would be able to afford to fix it. That’s when the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento stepped in. They teamed up with local community volunteers on the week-long project to get the Claghorn’s roof back in working order. Thank you to Habitat for Humanity for your amazing contributions to our community!

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Bill To Help Taxpayers Passes Assembly Committee

My Senate Bill 1246 that will streamline and modernize the process for expediting property tax refunds to California taxpayers, passed out of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation.

I’m pleased to have the Committee’s support on this important taxpayer protection bill. SB 1246 is simple and fair, two elements of good governance that are too often missing in California. We must resolve any overpayment issues as efficiently and quickly as possible, and get taxpayers back what is rightfully theirs.

Under current law, an outdated and archaic “refund claim form” is required to be mailed to a member of the public who is owed money due to an overpayment of taxes, penalties, assessments, interest or other costs associated with local taxes. The claim form must be signed and returned by the taxpayer before the county can issue a refund.

SB 1246 will speed up the process to allow the county to simply pay the taxpayer what is owed when an overpayment or refund is discovered without the time-consuming paperwork required under current law.

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CAAPS Capital Business Exchange

Senator Gaines attends 2nd Annual CAPPS Capital Business Exchange.
Senator Gaines attends 2nd Annual CAAPS Capital Business Exchange.

I was honored to present CAAPS Vice President Brandon Macklin and President & CEO Kevin Phan with a Senate Certificate of Recognition at their 2nd Annual Capital Business Exchange. CAAPS is a non-profit organization with over 1,200 members in the region that offers programs and events benefitting small businesses, entrepreneurs, corporations and students. As a small business owner, I understand the difficulties of starting and owning a business in California and how important these types of events are to help build connections and network. Thank you for the invite!

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Intern Appreciation

Senator Gaines celebrates hardworking interns.
Senator Gaines celebrates hardworking interns.

We had a great night celebrating this wonderful group of students interning this summer in my Capitol and Granite Bay District Offices. I am incredibly thankful for their hard work and dedication to the 1st Senate District!

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