Acting Governor Tom Torlakson today issued emergency proclamations for Los Angeles and Monterey counties due to the effects of the Sand and Soberanes fires, which have burned tens of thousands of acres of land, destroyed home and property, threatened thousands of homes and other structures, and caused the evacuation of hundreds of residents in each respective area.
Among the provisions of the emergency proclamation are suspension of fees to replace lost birth certificates; marriage, birth and death certificates; and department of motor vehicle records. The waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits beginning July 22, 2016.
The proclamations enable quicker response by state and local officials to the residents affected by the blazes.
Governor Brown is in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention and Torlakson, elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction, is the sole statewide elected official in California this week. It is the first time in state history that the job of chief executive has fallen to the schools chief.