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    County receives $20 million settlement from Southern California Edison for wildfire claims

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    VENTURA, Calif. – The County of Ventura has agreed to a $20.8 million settlement with Southern California Edison to resolve claims resulting from the 2017 Thomas Fire and the 2018 Woolsey Fire. After costs and attorney’s fees, the County will receive a net total of $16.7 million.

    “This settlement is a big step in offsetting taxpayer losses we incurred in the fires and during the recovery process,” said Mike Powers, County Executive Officer. “During the disasters, the County lost revenues; property; environmental and recreational resources; infrastructure; and had to increase expenditures as a result of the emergency responses. The settlement will help to recover those losses.”

    The County will decide how it will allocate the settlement money between the General Fund, Fire District and the Watershed Protection District.

    “It’s important to note that this settlement resolves only the claims of the public entities which agreed to the settlement,” said Powers. “It does not affect the claims of individuals, families, residents or businesses.”

    In addition, the settlement will not affect ongoing advocacy over issues such as Public Safety Power Shutoffs and wildfire prevention.

    The settlement comes after days of in-person mediation sessions held in Los Angeles involving Southern California Edison and 23 public entities. Ultimately, a settlement was brokered for claims arising from the Thomas Fire, the Montecito Debris Flow and Woolsey Fire for a total of $360 million.

    The County was represented by County Counsel Leroy Smith and the law firm of Baron & Budd in the matter.


    El Condado recibirá $20 millones de Southern California Edison para las demandas relacionadas con incendios forestales

    VENTURA, Calif. – El Condado de Ventura ha llegado a un acuerdo de recibir $20.8 millones de Southern California Edison para resolver las demandas que resultaron del Incendio Thomas en el 2017 y el Incendio Woolsey en el 2018. Después de los gastos y honorarios de abogados, el Condado recibirá un total neto de $16.7 millones.

    “El convenio es un gran paso para compensar las pérdidas de los contribuyentes que incurrimos en los incendios y durante el proceso de recuperación,” dijo Mike Powers, Funcionario Ejecutivo del Condado. “Durante los desastres, el Condado perdió ingresos; recursos ambientales y recreativos; infraestructura; y tuvo que aumentar los gastos como resultado de las respuestas de emergencia. Este convenio ayudará a recuperar esas pérdidas”.

    El Condado decidirá cómo asignar los fondos del convenio entre el Fondo General, el Distrito de Protección contra Incendios, y el Distrito de Protección de Cuencas.

    “Es importante tomar en cuenta que este convenio resuelva solo las demandas de las entidades públicas que aceptaron el convenio,” dijo Powers. “No afecta las demandas de individuos, familias, residentes o negocios”.

    Además, el convenio no afectará la promoción en curso sobre temas tales como los cortes del suministro de electricidad y la prevención de los incendios forestales.

    El convenio llega después de días de sesiones de mediación en persona en Los Ángeles con Southern California Edison y 23 otras entidades públicas. Últimamente, se negoció un convenio por demandas derivadas del Incendio Thomas, el Flujo de Escombros de Montecito, y el Incendio Woolsey por un total de $360 millones.

    El Condado estuvo representado por el Abogado del Condado Leroy Smith y el bufete de abogados de Baron & Budd en el asunto.

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