Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors speical meeting, 9 a.m. Aug. 25, 2020
5:36PM Aug 25, 2020
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will now call the August 25 2020. special meeting of the Board of Supervisors to order will the clerk please call the roll?
Good morning. supervisor Leopold here, bred here.
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here. Okay. We'll have a moment of silence and prayer and Pledge of Allegiance. And
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care I hope well we'll think about the the one life lost in the fire so far as we've as we take our moment of silence. We've been very fortunate that not have a lot of loss of life but one life is too many.
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Palacios if you have any later additions or changes,
there are no additions or changes to the agenda chair temporarily.
We'll go to our agenda item number four consider resolution ratifying the proclamation of a local emergency for 2000 and 20s. CZ eu lighting complex fires as for claimed by the county Administrative Officer of director of emergency services on August 19 2020. And take Related Actions as outlined in the memorandum of the county administrative officer resolution ratifying proclamation of local emergency. Are there any questions from board members? or comments?
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Yesterday I toured some of our most devastated areas with supervisor Clooney and our CEO. Carlos Palacios and fart CAL FIRE CHIEF Ian Larkin and others. And it's really indescribable in in many ways, and I know some of our county team has lost their homes and so forth. This was mentioned we've only had one life that has been lost to date that we know of. And that's one too many. But more the sheer power of the fire was evident and everywhere we went I, I have the utmost gratitude to the men and women of Cal Fire and the coordinated efforts that they're now putting together with our fire districts are battling these fires. sheriff's heart, Jim Hart and his team who have I think close to 80 deputies out there on patrol, California Highway Patrol, State Office of Emergency Services, the California guard, National Guard and all the other cooperating agencies who are working to contain the fire and serve the needs of our residents. I've been told, I think our county council Jason Heath to some of the distribution areas that some of our places he may want to comment I asked him to please do so it's just unbelievable what how many people are doing so much for 10 hour, 12 hour days continuously. I do think we, we, we were fortunate to have a lot of free planning and disaster coordination. We have had disasters in the past in this county. And what we've done in the recent years has been helpful to get us help us get a grip, what we're, what we're doing today, and I'm really proud of our county staff and the leadership of our CEO and his staff for their incredible work and providing services to our impacted community. They provide daily, twice daily or a couple of times a day, sometimes three times a day, updated information and this is one of the troubling things is that some people start spreading rumors are there. This is happening. This is not happening. Please, just Go to an authorized source of information, such as we're going to hear from chief Larkin here shortly about what is happening and what we're doing, because what we're doing is really, really significant. And I just want to thank the members of our community that faith organizations that have opened up their, their organizations and local businesses and other groups who have provided food and shelter, in some respect, and sometimes, to so many people. And I just want to the biggest message I want to send comes from Cal Fire Chiefs who have had a lot of experience from other fires, and we're in for a long haul here. This is I think we're starting to get a grip on it. We're going to hear about that in a minute. But this recovery is going to be a long process and one that we are committed to within this county. And I can just assure everybody, we're going to do everything we can to give them factual information and upload information. And I just want to thank to our state and federal partners who are working to get us more resources. We will we need more than ever. I think we have at least a half a dozen helicopters now driving hundreds, thousands of gallons of water. We'll hear more about that. That's a critical activity that we need to do to fight this but it just can't be overstated how much and how much dedication and professional effort has gone into in so many avenues to help the people of this county under some really dire situation. So I just want to say thank you to so many people, but it was disheartening, but unbelievable how the the the people want to stick together and help each other in this county. It's not surprising, but it sure is impressive. Just wanted to make this statement. Thank you.
Maybe we should have a presentation chair. From the from Carlos Palacios in the chief, okay,
yes, thank you very much. Chair kaput,
members of the board Carlos Palacios county administrative officer. In my role as county administrative officer I also serve as director of emergency service services. On August 19. I declared an A local emergency proclamation due to the CCU August lightning complex fires which began on August 15. When a local emergency is proclaimed by the director of emergency services, the county code requires that the Board of Supervisors ratify the proclamation within seven days and that's why we are here today. I have asked our chief Ian Larkin to come and give an update to the board and the public on the status of the fire. And so he will do that at the present time and then after that
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Good morning, Chair cabinet members of the board.
Mr. Palacios and members of the public. Ian Larkin. I'm the callfire unit chief here for the San Mateo Santa Cruz unit. I'm also your county fire chief for the Santa Cruz County Fire Department. As Mr. plusses said on the late hours of August 16. And Sunday, August 17, the San Mateo Santa Cruz unit in both counties experienced a significant lightning event. from that event, we had 22 fires that were ignited by lightning throughout both counties. And if we can just scroll out on the map a little bit to get a much wider view. What I can say is as you look if you can see the smaller red dots that are outside the perimeter, those were additional lightning strike fires that were that were caused by the that event that came through, we were able to contain those smaller fires. Due to their geographical location. They were much easier To locate the other fires outside Earth within that perimeter you see now more in much more remote areas and had difficult access to get those.
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So those remote areas, it was more it was more difficult to get in and access those fires. So it basically took the commitment of all of our callfire resources from our local unit. All 13 engines are two bulldozers, and all available crews that we had, which was at the time to inmate crews and one firefighter hand crew. We had to staff those fires with minimum staffing unfortunately, because the number of fires in order to get them under control. We also were reached out to our local cooperators within Santa Cruz County in San Mateo County to start a rescue as well and augmented our CAL FIRE response. Fortunately, we were able to contain most of the small fires in those some of those geographical areas, but the larger fires in the remote areas, the resources just they had to literally cut themselves into the try to get into the fire. And that took an exhaustive amount of time to try to get in there. Those are those fires continued to grow over the next couple days. We immediately started asking for resources, and to supplement and augment our initial attack responses. We did receive minimal resources, because at the same time throughout the state of California, there was numerous other fires starting at the same time, they were growing at a much rapid rapid rate than what we had here locally. So that drew down the statewide mutual aid system which is a very robust system here in the state of California. And we rely on that much of the time to help suppress these large fires on August 19 18th I'm sorry, it was a it was very evident that we were outpacing ourselves as far as not getting the available resources we needed. We had already asked for a type three incident management team to come in and assist us with the current fires and help us set up our plans organization and our logistical support for the fire fire resources that we hadn't seen. We had a lot of success of being able to maintain that status quo of about 250 to 300 firefighters, but it was evident that it was going to outpace us, so we requested a Cal Fire incident management team come in and supplement our response and assistance in managing this larger event. During the process of getting that team here, we had a significant wind event that occurred. We had a north northeast when that came over the fire. Most of the fires were a backing fire, so they were in the ground fuels they weren't on in the canopy, but that North northeast wind kicked up embers into the canopy and started a crown fire in San Mateo County up in the north part of empire I'm sorry, trying to grade the San Mateo County line on the width and called the old Hall Road near the beautiful state park. Those embers basically cast a large Ember cast over the fire area and spread spot fires six miles in front of the main fire. They were dropping embers into the Boulder Creek area. At that point, we started to make evacuation notices. That night that fire burned an approximate 40,000 acres. And that one night, the team came in and assumed command the next morning and immediately started to implement new tactics and strategies based on our new fire perimeter. And we had already started augmenting those resources significantly that night during the time that we we saw that this thing was expanding much rather much more rapidly. We'd already had resources on order that just hadn't been here. But we just had to augment even more because we knew we were going to need more resources to combat this fire. So today, we're at sitting currently at 78,600, I'm sorry, 78,869 acres. It's 17% contained, that containment is a direct result of the changing weather.
The one factor that creates rapid fire rate and spread here in our area in most areas, when you have these large complex fires, is the wind. So the wind has subsided, it's favorable, it's coming out of the west southwest. So and it's in a much milder rate. So it's not forcing the spread of the fire. It's actually pushing the fire back on on itself in some areas, which allowed us to get in and get some containment lines in and get a better control of that. So the 17% containment along with the additional resources and the weather, we're getting making very, very good progress out there on the fire line, we're able to put some indirect line in where we're putting line out in front of the firearm, we're able to do some small firing operations in a controlled environment to tie in those lines. So that we're not in that very steep, treacherous terrain. This fires burning in very, very steep drainage ditches and things that are very dangerous to get firefighters into the other impact that we're having. We're day 10 into this fire. I think it's day 10. And these the trees and the vegetation out there have been exposed to fire over these periods of time and it's starting to make it very dangerous for the firefighters that are out in that area, let alone the members of the public that remained in the fire area and did not evacuate. So those trees are coming down daily. Their constant threat. There is potential for some of those trees if they're burning near the fires edge can fall and go across the fire line. So we're out there diligently trying to mitigate those hazards as we're trying to put in perimeter control. And we still continue to have 25,000 structures threatened. And we have confirmed through our damage inspection that we have 330 structures that had been destroyed. Of those 330 structures. 319 of those structures are in Santa Cruz County. Currently to date we have 1611 personnel assigned to the incident. And as supervisor MacPherson stated, yesterday was a good day for us. We had some some lifting of the smoke column and we were able to get helicopters in and make significant progress with our water dropping capabilities. Yesterday alone, we dropped over 200,000 gallons of water. We timed out all of our aircraft that were assigned. And when we say timeout, we flew them the maximum hours that they had available to them. They're limited for the number of hours they can fly each day. They can fly seven hours of flight time, so We timed him out yesterday, which which is a good thing. We still don't have any fixed wing, the fixed wing are a little more difficult because of the smoke column, the smoke hasn't lifted enough. But our air tankers have not made any drops in the last day due to that smoke column. But we'll continue to fly those helicopters daily as we have a good air and I can get them in there to drop. We currently still have a boat in both counties, about 68,000 people evacuated. That's a large number of people. And the team is doing everything they can to make the environment safe enough and make sure that we have good control lines and to make sure that we don't have any rapid spread of this fire before we start releasing or allowing people back into their home. So it's a difficult situation to be in but we're erring on the cautious side of caution and safety of the public. And having those members of the public out of those areas can drastically help us in our efforts. To make sure we have good containment lines and before we allow folks back in. That's kind of the brief update. I'll just kind of give you a brief overview of the map real quick. The real concerns that they still have or the highway nine corridor, which are on the eastern portion of the fire are in there doing the containment line today. They did a few little firing operations yesterday just to tie in some lines, especially down in the Felton fountain area, fall Creek State Park. So they're hopefully gonna have that operation all tied in today. The fire is currently backing down felt an empire grade road towards the community of fountain but there is a dozer line in there and containment line and they're going to build some additional depth on that line by doing a small firing operation to burn out that unburned fuel between the main fire and the fires edge. The Bonny doon area, we're making good progress in the bunny Dune area, they're still doing Point to Point To structure protection, and they've gotten some good perimeter control in that area now, getting dozer lines put in and trying to go direct where they can. So I'm hoping to see some additional percentage of containment in that Bonnie Dune area over the next few days.
We still have a some folks that are still in Bonny doon, that we got word today that a lot of them are having difficulty in maintaining water and feed for their livestock that they still have in place there. So I've been in contact with the team, the team has been in contact with the EEOC. So we're going to try to get them some support out there and see if we can get maybe a fuel tender or something out there that they can buy fuel from to help support their generator operation so that they can water their animals and maybe get some feed to them. So they can support that so we don't have a large loss of livestock in that area. The Last thing that I just wanted to touch on I know there's there's a lot of folks that are feel that they're starved for information. We've been very diligent in our pursuit of getting information out there. But I just want to give folks a few items where they can get information. They can just search out if you have your Android app store to get the CCU Twitter application and just follow CCU Twitter, we post all of our updates and any new information on the CCU lightning complex to that we also in our cemetery of Santa Cruz, Facebook page, post that same information to that page as well. And then if you just if you don't have any of the Facebook or any of the social media and you have a way to search the internet, you can just search CCU lightning complex. And that will bring up all the factual data sheets that are out there. The other one, if people want to see what evacuation zones are have been implemented, there is a link you can go to if you just in your search. engine or spacebar, you can just type in as MC vo dot community dot zone haven. And that will take you to a link it's SMC co dot community dot zoning haven. And now we'll take you to a map that will actually show you all the zones and we'll be using those that same application. When we start to do the repopulation, once the law enforcement and fire personnel from the management team three have determined that it's safe to repopulate any areas. So with that, if you have any questions, I would be more than happy to answer them.
Let's go to supervisor khundii. Next because his areas been affected not quite
sure, man, I suggest that if Chair of heart is on the call that we get a presentation from him as well. Before we go to questions from board members,
yes, sharp heart is is available and he's on the call and he can give an update as well. And then perhaps then you can go to questions from board members.
Good morning board, cio, or Sheriff coroner.
And I just want to touch on the evacuation first. My office along with a lot of local agencies and some mutual aid agencies were able to evacuate about 50,000 people out of the San Lorenzo Valley. When this fire what initially happened, and then eventually Scotts Valley, and we were able to do that efficiently without clogging up the roadways. There was no injuries, there was no report accidents, and we were able to get everybody and that was with a lot of coordination with callfire. We are working very closely with callfire. I have a lot of staff that are assigned to the command We are in constant communication with them and we're really going off of their lead if chief Larkin or chief see who's in charge of team three makes recommendations for for something, then we're following those recommendations very closely. We have been blessed with a lot of mutual aid. And so how mutual aid works is you exhaust your office resources than your county resources. And then we go into region two mutual aid. And we've we've reached deep into region two mutual aid, where they're providing about 40 law enforcement officers every 12 hours, in addition to the 35 or 40 Deputy Sheriffs and local police that we have, and we are closely monitoring what's going on in the evacuation zone. We have a lot of staff up there who are stopping cars and making sure that people aren't preying on them. victims of this fire we've gone from we've transitioned from evacuation to now, we're more of a security and a property protection team that's up there to make sure that people's possessions are safe. Today we've made about 18 arrests for looting related charges or for people who are in the evacuation zone that don't belong there. We have 13 hard road closures occurring from the lower Scotts Valley pasatiempo area all the way up to Boulder Creek and Davenport. And I really want to commend the California Highway Patrol they brought in not only their own local staff, but they brought in staff from other regions to help us with these road closures. There's two people per road closure 13 road closures. So it's 26 people, a shift 52 CHP officers a day are working on these roads. closer's and it's been a tremendous help and it's allowed our deputies and our police officers to be in the evacuation zone, stopping people who don't belong there and making sure that property is safe. We're today and yesterday we started working on a repopulation plan. So we're developing that plan. So that when callfire gives us the okay to start repopulating certain areas, we're going to have that plan in hand and we'll implement that as soon as possible. I know that people are they're antsy people want to get back to their homes, I get it. But we're not going to allow that to happen until callfire tells us it's safe. I know that personally, I've been evacuated. I've had 74 staff members that have been evacuated supervisor MacPherson has been evacuated. So we're all feeling this. And it's hard. It's hard on families. It's hard to be away from our homes and but the good news is, is that to date, we only have one Confirmed loss of life. And as several of you have stated one is too many. But compared to what this could have been, it could have been a lot worse. We do have seven missing person cases pending. And we've taken 28 so far and we've cleared 21 We've located and reunified them, those folks with family. But we do have seven cases that our investigators are following up on right now.
And I just want to end with I I'm sure the board is in the same position, but all day long. I get emails and phone calls. With a lot of misinformation that's being passed yesterday, there was a rumor going around Scotts Valley that that, that they were to repopulate immediately due to insurance reasons. And that was just bad information that was being passed around and we can't have that it takes a lot of resources to tamp that down. So get your Get your information please, for the community gets your information from reliable sources, as chief Larkin was explaining, we're posting right now information on our Twitter and on our Facebook and callfire is doing similar. So please get your information from a credible, credible source. But I know I know I've been here a long time. This is this is the biggest event that I've seen since the 89 earthquake. And I know that callfire is doing everything they can to contain this fire, sheriff's office, local and regional police are doing everything we can to keep the community safe. And we look forward to repopulating and getting back to some semblance of normalcy, particularly in the areas that have not been impacted. And we all know it's going to be a long haul to get those impacted areas back up and running. But that's my report. Thank you
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Thank you, Mr. Chair, I want to add my deep appreciation to, to Cal Fire to the sheriff's office to all the cooperating agencies and county staff who is mobilized quickly to help people in need with both in an effective way but also in a really compassionate way. I've appreciated the values that have been demonstrated by the county staff as they try to help so many of our citizens in this chaotic time where we're not only having to help people but do it in the context of a pandemic and an economic crisis at the same time. I want to check on check with Chief Larkin about the status of getting more support here and, and then also, patrols or, you know, efforts to put out the small flare up fires that, that although we've gotten firebreaks may threaten homes and what's your what's the callfire strategy to protect people's homes going forward.
Our plan consists of we still have resources heavily committed to the Vani Dune area and those that are doing perimeter control. And then we have resources that are doing point for track protection where they're patrolling the areas, finding hotspots, and extinguishing those hotspots in and around structures to mitigate that from taking any more structures as far as destroying them. So the strategy is to continue that as we get additional resources come in. Yesterday, we had a very, very small number of resources come in, we're hoping that we have outstanding orders for additional resources. And just to put it in perspective, if this was a time where we didn't have so many fires in the state, and we would have had all the available resources to our to our requests. We would have probably had anywhere from 3000 to 4000 firefighters on this fire. Today we're just over 1600. So we're probably at half of what our normal staffing would be for a firefighter of fire of this size. So that is hampering our efforts. But we continue to allocate those resources to those areas, with the six most significant concerns and we're doing a balance of that resource level so that we can protect all the communities that are affected.
Right. Thank you. We'll continue to advocate in every way we can to get you the support you need and the resources you need understanding we're in a difficult situation statewide. Can I Another question is as the as the evacuation continues. You know, I think we're all getting flooded with requests for people who need to help animals that have been left behind or access medicine. Different they need different things. But vital business records or other things. Is that how, how, what do we say to folks as they're trying to replacing generators that may have run through or refilling generators? What's the response? And how? How do people figure out whether they there's a possibility for them to get back up there?
Yeah, sure, sure. Far hartel have a comment on this as well. But we've evacuated those areas for a reason those that stayed behind, made a personal choice. We're going to do what we can to try to help support that. We've been in discussions with the EEOC about the possibility of getting a fuel tender up for those that are still there to help them with potentially giving them fuel to keep their generators going for the preservation of their livestock and things that they may have around the area. Those that have not taken medication or they're running low on medication, they can reach out to their local doctors and local pharmacies and get an emergency fill on their medication. So there are resources available to them for those aspects, as far as allowing people back into those areas is still just too dangerous to allow people to go back in for general needs such as business paperwork and things of that nature. It's just, it's just too dangerous and we have trees coming down across roadways. It's even dangerous, really dangerous for our firefighters that are in there trying to do perimeter control and protect structures. Just over the last couple of days. We've had trees come down across the road. I personally was driving through the area and within five minute turnaround coming back down the road, there was a large limit he come down into the roadway. And I know the Sheriff's Department reported they had a limb come down strike one of their patrol cars while they're out doing the protection of the community so it's just too dangerous. Just allow people back into that area right now.
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Thank you chair and a remarkable amount of thank you and praise to both Sheriff Hart and his team and Chief Mark and your team. I mean, realistically, none of us thought that in 2020, we would face another thing that individually taken would be take every resource that currently has but on top of everything else that we've been facing, it's, it's just unbelievable. And I believe that supervisor MacPherson asked many of the questions actually, that I had, but I just wanted to acknowledge the fact that that there are those that are still wondering what to do and where to go next. There are still a lot of untapped resources. Not all the shelter spaces are full. Both the county lead facilities, the Red Cross partner facilities, Local faith based community facilities, there are intake people there to help you with benefits. There are people there working on SBA loans. There are a lot of options still that are currently not fully being utilized. I want to be sure that the community knows that the partners of the county, the state and the federal government, as well as the nonprofit community have all come together to ensure that people have everything that we can provide during this time. And to echo a point that Sheriff Hart made. It seems as though much of the day is spent trying to correct misinformation that seems to find its way through social media, there are official sources. Jason Hartman with the county has been putting out outstanding information through the county sites. As as CAL FIRE and the team over at the sheriff's office. Every single supervisor has been putting out information that mirrors this information. Please get your information from official sources so that we can not address some of the fears that have been stumped through the misinformation But just a massive amount of praise to the leaders on this, both in the fire and police response on this. It's just been amazing what you've been able to do with limited resources. And to my colleagues on here, supervisor qunar, de Leopold and MacPherson that are facing issues within your districts or, or soon anyway, essentially, I just wanted you to know that the whole board stands with anything you also need. From a backup standpoint, we're here to help you as well. But thank you for your leadership and also Mr. Palacios, I can't say enough about the amount of information and providing us and your leadership during emergency but I hear from a lot of my constituents as asking how they can help. They've been willing to be plugged in to help so I want people that have been affected and displaced to know that there's resources available. Thank you, Chair.
You're welcome. The supervisor loopholed.
Thank you chair. Larkin, thank you for your presentation and for the work Have you and your team when faced with something as catastrophic as fire has been the largest fire that we've seen in decades here in Santa Cruz County, and recognizing that the resources aren't what we would want, because of just the large number of fires, you and your team and the team that has been assembled has done incredible work. In fact all the first responders have done amazing work the same thing with a sheriff heart in our sheriff's office who both of you have been steady leaders during times of crisis which is incredibly important. It's amazing all the first responders who've come down out of Nono, not only out of the the cow fire in our local fire districts and and fire agencies and volunteer fires, but that other jurisdictions have sent support before here from Santa Cruz County I meant when I was up at the at the base camp the other day, folks from LA folks from other parts of the state. I know that we have folks from out of state that are helping fight this fire. And in talking with Sheriff heart, and in his presentation he mentioned the large number of police that we are getting from other communities to help us during our time of need. And it's really a credit to the the strong mutual aid system that that has been built. And it's why we help out other people during their time to crisis as well. I also want to just acknowledge the county staff that have really stepped up. We've been in disaster mode since March. And the think that would be that before the start of this fire. We had 10 shelters with 600 people. And now we have countless number of shelters for almost 2000 people and then happen within a week is a real credit to just the commitment that county staff have to make resources available to people during a time of crisis. And I especially want to just acknowledge the CEOs office, our CEO, Lisa Benson, Nicole Colburn, David Brown sets fen Stafford, Jason hoppin, they've done incredible work to get these resources out to people. I also want to acknowledge Michael bieden, the EEOC staff and all the volunteers who have been helping there to help coordinate all the different aspects of this. There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes in order to make that happen. It's also been incredible to just see the the number of people who've wanted to volunteer and to help out. And that happens at the shelters that have been stood up. And all the different ways that people who have opened their homes have have made resources available to people in need, who have contributed To Go Fund Me, who are volunteering at Emmeline to accept donations. The what I hear is that you know, you have a bunch of young people who are out there really stepping up and we hear about young people being apathetic and not being involved. What this year has shown me is that that's quite the opposite is that we haven't engaged and involved a younger generation and that now they've also stood up and helped out. their neighbors, their friends, their parents, the
community as a whole. I've also been impressed by the the number of people who've wanted to give money, and it's great to have a partner in the community foundation of Santa Cruz County. People have have contributed an extraordinary amount of money so far. To help out people in the time there need yesterday. Most of us were part of a briefing. That was held in Scotts Valley at the base camp. And you and your staff gave a great presentation, the sheriff gave a great presentation. And we also heard from the leader of Cal OES, we had the CHP Commissioner there, we had the National Guard leadership there. We had FEMA representatives, just coordinating those forces to be able to be there to help out people during their time of need. It was it was great to see that there. And the commitment that everybody had made to help make that happen. I also want to commend you, chief and the sheriff's office and the team for the daily briefings. You know, that's most of us now wake up in time to make sure that we can get our 6am briefing. We make sure that we end the day with our 6pm briefing, but through that, Twitter, Facebook, all the different ways in which you and your staff are providing accurate information so people can understand what's really going on in this fire. Don't have to depend on what they heard on next door or, you know what they they think must be happening because because they smell smoke. It's really important. And it's these are powerful tools that we now have. And sometimes we complain about the social media and its impact on society. But in this case, it's been very useful in spreading accurate information. And I just want to appreciate your staff. And so, to all the people who've responded so far on this community, we are all grateful for that. And to all the people who've been impacted by this, I just want you to know that this board, the county stands with you, and we're going to do everything we can to support our community during this time of crisis. Thank you for your work, and I look forward to us voting on this resolution.
Yeah, sure. I want to thank
everything you guys are doing out there. Very dangerous work and you're putting their lives on the line and we really appreciate it. Oh god God bless you for all the work you're done. I know in South County, the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds is becoming a is a shelter and it's got over 1000 people their tents all all over the place and people inside the larger buildings and it's just amazing to see everything come together. Red Cross Salvation Army. They're, you know, helping out. And it's also a place for local ranchers. farmers to bring their livestock their animals over there to the fairgrounds. There's horses everywhere. And cattle and pigs, chickens rabbits, who even have turtles out there when I was out there and That's amazing. We have no maybe idea how much livestock has been lost. And what is the other measures maybe on people that you know, I guess in a in a fast moving fire, like this one that really had no playbook. Some people would just have to let their animals go and let them run off and try to get off on their own.
Yeah, we, we don't have any specific numbers on the loss of livestock or animals at this point. I know as they're out doing damage inspection. They're documenting some of that a lot of people were able to get their small animals and things out, but the livestock most of the ranchers were well in advance of this were able to get their animals moved to a safe location. And some of them are all still trying to get their animals out of the area. As we speak, so we don't have any specific numbers on the loss of that type of
statistic on the fire. So
the question yeah, I did want to point out a couple of things that supervisor Leopold brought up. For folks that are out there that may have needs. There's some additional resources that are available, they can go to disaster assistance. gov, that's a debt disaster assistance. gov to that webpage, and there's resources available to you. You can also download the FEMA app. Or you can from your either google play store or your Apple store, or you can call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362. And that's 1-800-621-3362. Or it's just spelled out FEMA. So those are some resources that you can get to right away or you can also reach out to the small business in ministration for some of those business owners to try to get some assistance moving forward. The other thing I wanted to point out are damage inspection numbers. The data is being given to each of the counties. And those the county is going to be disseminating that information here readily once they've validated the information and have it in a format that the public can use as far as a searchable website for addresses for damaged
or destroyed structures.
Mr. Fisher, here, supervisor McPherson, there's one question I forgot to ask this morning's briefing. And that's the greenwaste pick up. Some people are concerned about spoiled food and so forth. And are they are they able to operate in some of the areas or what's the status of that? I'm not sure.
to go back and ask that question. I know in Scotts Valley where I reside I've been evacuated, and there was a greenwaste truck going through on normal delivery days. So it sounded like they maybe have let them through in certain areas. But in the highway nine corridor, those areas that are directly impacted. It may just be an anomaly that they got through the checkpoint, but I'll go back and check and we'll make sure that that gets put out in the press release. Thank you.
Yeah, quickly, I want to thank the community for all the help that they're doing people bringing you down all kinds of either food or blankets are brand new clothing and everything. The churches are all organizing in South County and they're helping out. And also the Lakeview middles school. is a staging area is a shelter area in watsonville High School will also be open for overflow. And like, with all the good stuff for, you know, complementing, there's always a few people that take advantage of the situation. My understanding is hotels and motels. A few of them are taking advantage of the situation by charging double or triple their normal prices. Have you seen that at all?
I haven't seen it personally but I've heard of it, that some people are paying well over the the rate that would normally be charged, sometimes in excess of three to $400 a night. So I know that has been addressed and being brought back for appropriate action,
Chair chair, people who
are experiencing that should contact the district attorney's office. To have them investigate,
though, they will look Look into it. District Attorney Jeff results and definitely they'll, they'll look into all of that and hopefully find them or something like that. Okay. That's pretty much it. Thank you.