U.S. Treasury Slashes Puerto Rico $4.7 Billion Disaster Relief LoanPuerto Rico's governor said Tuesday that the U.S. Treasury Department has cut a $4.7 billion disaster relief loan available to the U.S. territory by more than half, and he demanded help from Congress.
Massive Moraga Sinkhole Finally Fixed 18 Months LaterIt's an East Bay sinkhole so famous that on Thursday, the city of Moraga threw a party to celebrate the long overdue fix.
California Asks For $7.4 Billion To Help Wildfire RecoveryCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown is joining lawmakers to request $7.4 billion in federal funding for wildfire relief and recovery efforts.
Mounting Disasters Strain FEMA's Ability to Deliver Promised ReliefA string of large-scale disasters across the United States means FEMA could have a hard time making good on all its promises to localities of recovery funding.
White House Approves Direct Aid to Individuals in Fire-Ravaged CountiesThe White House has approved California's request for direct aid to people in Napa, Sonoma, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, and Yuba counties who have suffered losses in the fires.
Bay Area Red Cross Volunteers Travel To Hawaii To Provide Relief After Tropical Storm IselleFive Red Cross Bay Area Chapter volunteers are helping provide disaster relief to those affected by Tropical Storm Iselle, the American Red Cross said Monday.
Opinion: Sandy Reminds Us Of The Need For FEMA And That Romney Would Shut It DownRomney was asked at a presidential debate whether FEMA should be shut down in light of the deficit. Romney replied that FEMA should "absolutely" be shut down. He was asked specifically if that included disaster relief. He replied that it was "immoral" to provide such relief in the face of "larger debts", emphasizing that "it makes no sense at all" to have such programs.
Opinion: As Hurricane Isaac Threatens The GOP Continues To PartyAs Hurricane Isaac threatens the Gulf again, we will see if Katrina and Isaac serve as bookends of GOP hostility to federal disaster relief. An odd stance for a party that claims to "choose life" while watching people die in natural disasters rather than provide an adequate response.
San Francisco Marks 105th Anniversary of 1906 EarthquakeThere are only three known survivors left from the devastating quake and ensuing fire that killed thousands. And only one of them - Bill DelMonte, who was just a few months old at the time - was able to make this year's ceremony.