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TITLE 2. GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA [8000 - 22980]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )

DIVISION 1. GENERAL [8000 - 8899.72]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )

CHAPTER 7. California Emergency Services Act [8550 - 8669.7]

  ( Chapter 7 added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1454. )

ARTICLE 16. General Fiscal Provisions [8645 - 8654.1]
  ( Article 16 added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1454. )

8645.
  

In addition to any appropriation made to support activities contemplated by this chapter, the Governor is empowered to make expenditures from any fund legally available in order to deal with actual or threatened conditions of a state of war emergency, state of emergency, or local emergency.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1454.)

8646.
  

In carrying out the provisions of this chapter, the Governor may:

(a) Procure and maintain offices in such parts of the state as may be necessary or convenient;

(b) Acquire property, real or personal, or any interest therein;

(c) Cooperate and contract with public and private agencies for the performance of such acts, the rendition of such services, and the affording of such facilities as may be necessary and proper;

(d) Do such other acts and things as may be necessary and incidental to the exercise of powers and the discharge of duties conferred or imposed by the provisions of this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1454.)

8647.
  

(a) Whenever the federal government or any agency or officer thereof shall offer to the state, or through the state to any political subdivision thereof, services, equipment, supplies, materials, or funds by way of gift, grant, or loan, for purposes of the mitigation of the effects of an emergency, the state, acting through the Governor, or such political subdivision, acting with the consent of the Governor and through its chief executive or governing body, may accept such offer.

(b) Whenever any person, firm, or corporation shall offer to the state or to any political subdivision thereof, services, equipment, supplies, materials, or funds by way of gift, grant, or loan, for purposes of the mitigation of the effects of an emergency, the state, acting through the Governor, or such political subdivision, acting through its chief executive or governing body, may accept such offer.

(c) Upon acceptance, the Governor of the state or the chief executive or governing body of such political subdivision may authorize any officer of the state or of the political subdivision, as the case may be, to receive such services, equipment, supplies, materials, or funds on behalf of the state or such political subdivision, subject to the terms of the offer and subject to the rules and regulations, if any, of a federal agency making such offer.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1454.)

8648.
  

The Governor may reimburse any state agency for funds expended in the performance of any and all activities as set forth in Section 8628 in accordance with orders and regulations promulgated as prescribed in Section 8567. Such reimbursement shall be subject to the provisions of Section 8649.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1454.)

8649.
  

Subject to the approval of the Department of Finance, any state agency may use its personnel, property, equipment, and appropriations for carrying out the purposes of this chapter, and in that connection may loan personnel to the Office of Emergency Services. The Department of Finance shall determine whether reimbursement shall be made to any state agency for expenditures heretofore or hereafter made or incurred for those purposes from any appropriation available for the Office of Emergency Services, except that as to any expenditure made or incurred by any state agency the funds of which are subject to constitutional restriction that would prohibit their use for those purposes, that reimbursement shall be provided and the original expenditure shall be considered a temporary loan to the General Fund.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 177. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

8650.
  

Any funds received by state agencies as reimbursement for services or supplies furnished under the authority of this chapter shall be deposited to the credit of the appropriation or appropriations from which the expenditures were made.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1454.)

8651.
  

The Director of Emergency Services may procure from the federal government or any of its agencies such surplus equipment, apparatus, supplies, and storage facilities therefor as may be necessary to accomplish the purposes of this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 178. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

8652.
  

Before payment may be made by the state to any person in reimbursement for taking or damaging private property necessarily utilized by the Governor in carrying out his or her responsibilities under this chapter during a state of war emergency or state of emergency, or for services rendered at the instance of the Governor under those conditions, the person shall present a claim to the Department of General Services in accordance with the provisions of the Government Code governing the presentation of claims against the state for the taking or damaging of private property for public use, which provisions shall govern the presentment, allowance, or rejection of the claims and the conditions upon which suit may be brought against the state. Payment for property or services shall be made from any funds appropriated by the state for that purpose.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 31, Sec. 63. (SB 836) Effective June 27, 2016.)

8653.
  

In the event that the Governor, during a state of war emergency or a state of emergency and in the exercise of the emergency powers vested in him, shall order the officers, employees, or agencies of any county, city and county, city, or district to perform duties outside of the territorial limits of their respective agencies, any services performed or expenditures made in connection therewith by any such agency shall be deemed conclusively to be for the direct protection and benefit of the inhabitants and property of such agency. During a state of war emergency or a state of emergency in the event that any equipment owned, leased, or operated by any county, city and county, city, or district, is damaged or destroyed while being used outside of the territorial limits of the public agency owning such equipment, the public agency suffering loss shall be entitled to file a claim for the amount thereof against the State of California in the manner provided in Section 8652. Such agency shall have no claim against the state for services of such personnel or for the rental, use, or ordinary wear and tear of such equipment, except such extraordinary services incurred by local governmental agencies in executing mutual aid agreements.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1454.)

8654.
  

(a) Whenever the Governor has proclaimed a state of emergency and the President has declared an emergency or a major disaster to exist in this state, the Governor may do any of the following:

(1) Enter into purchases, leases, or other arrangements with any agency of the United States for temporary housing units to be occupied by disaster victims and make those units available to any political subdivision for that purpose.

(2) Assist any political subdivision within which temporary housing for disaster victims is proposed to be located to acquire sites necessary for that temporary housing and to do all things required to prepare those sites to receive and utilize temporary housing units by advancing or lending any funds available to the Governor from any appropriation made by the Legislature or from any other source, by transmitting any funds made available by any public or private agency, or by acting in cooperation with the political subdivision for the execution and performance of any project for temporary housing for disaster victims, and for those purposes to pledge the credit of the state on terms as the Governor declares necessary under the circumstances, having due regard for current financial obligations of the state.

(3) Under regulations as the Governor shall make, temporarily suspend or modify for not to exceed 60 days any public health, safety, zoning, or intrastate transportation law, ordinance, or regulation when by proclamation he or she declares the suspension or modification essential to provide temporary housing for disaster victims.

(4) Upon his or her determination that financial assistance is essential to meet disaster-related necessary expenses or serious needs of individuals or households adversely affected by a Presidential declaration of a major disaster or emergency that cannot be otherwise adequately met from other means of assistance, accept assistance in the form of grants by the federal government to fund that financial assistance, subject to those terms and conditions as may be imposed upon the grant.

(5) Enter into an agreement with the federal government, or any officer or agency thereof, pledging the state to participate in the funding of any grant accepted pursuant to paragraph (1), in an amount not to exceed 25 percent thereof, and, if state funds are not otherwise available to the Governor, accept an advance of the state share from the federal government to be repaid when the state is able to do so.

(6) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, make financial grants available to meet disaster-related necessary expenses or serious needs of individuals or households adversely affected by a Presidential declaration of a major disaster or emergency in accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and Sections 13600 and 13601 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.

(b) Whenever the President at the request of the Governor declares a major disaster to exist in this state, the Governor may do any of the following:

(1) Upon his or her determination that a local government will suffer a substantial loss of tax and other revenues from a major disaster and has demonstrated a need for financial assistance to perform its governmental functions, apply to the federal government, on behalf of the local government, for a loan, and receive and disburse the proceeds of that loan to the local government.

(2) Determine the amount needed by a local government to restore or resume its governmental functions, and certify that amount to the federal government. However, that amount shall not exceed 25 percent of the annual operating budget of the local government for the fiscal year in which the major disaster has occurred.

(3) Recommend to the federal government, after reviewing the matter, the cancellation of all or any part of a loan made pursuant to paragraph (2) when during the period of three full fiscal years immediately following the major disaster, the revenues of the local government are insufficient to meet its operating expenses, including disaster-related expenses incurred by the local government.

(c) The Governor shall make those regulations as are necessary in carrying out the purposes of paragraphs (4), (5), and (6) of subdivision (a), including, but not limited to: standards of eligibility for persons applying for benefits; procedures for application and administration; methods of investigation, processing, and approving applications; formation of local or statewide review boards to pass upon applications; and procedures for appeals.

(d) Any political subdivision is expressly authorized to acquire, temporarily or permanently, by purchase, lease, or otherwise, sites required for installation of temporary housing units for disaster victims, and to enter into whatever arrangements (including purchase of temporary housing units and payment of transportation charges) are necessary to prepare or equip the sites to utilize the housing units.

(e) Any person who fraudulently makes any misstatement of fact in connection with an application for financial assistance under this section shall, upon conviction of each offense, be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both.

(f) The terms “major disaster,” “emergency,” and “temporary housing,” as used in this section, shall have the same meaning as those terms are defined or used in the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (P.L. 93-288, as amended by P.L. 100-707). It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this section that it shall be liberally construed to effectuate the purposes of that federal act.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 158, Sec. 3.1. Effective January 1, 2006.)

8654.1.
  

(a) The Legislature finds and declares that financial assistance is essential to meet disaster-related necessary expenses of the state and local governments and the serious needs of individuals or families affected by the Northridge earthquake which occurred January 17, 1994. The Legislature further finds and declares that the federal government will advance to the state, and will authorize local entities to advance from specified federal funds made available to them, the nonfederal share of the costs of this financial assistance.

(b) In order to implement the advance of the nonfederal share from federal funds, in accordance with subdivision (a), the Director of Finance may enter into agreements for the acceptance of these advances, subject to the following:

(1) Funds may be obtained directly from agencies of the federal government or from funds provided to local agencies by the federal government.

(2) Advances may be accepted beginning in the 1994–95 fiscal year, and in no event later than the 1997–98 fiscal year.

(3) The cumulative amount of advances accepted shall not exceed three hundred million dollars ($300,000,000), unless additional amounts are authorized subject to the 30-day notification of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee under Section 28 of the 1994 Budget Act and any substantially similar provision of subsequent budget acts. The state shall accept as advances only so much as may be needed to pay the expenses incurred herein and as may be repaid, consistent with this section, in a short period of time, having due regard for the current financial obligations of the state.

(4) Funds received by the state shall be deposited in the Special Deposit Fund, subject to Article 2 (commencing with Section 16370) of Chapter 2 of Part 2 of Division 4, and may be expended, allocated, or transferred, upon order of the Department of Finance, only to meet the nonfederal share of disaster assistance costs incurred by state or local agencies as a result of the Northridge earthquake.

(5) Funds received under this section, together with interest at a rate agreed upon by the state and federal or local agencies involved, shall be repaid, upon order of the Director of Finance, to the federal government or advancing local agency, from the General Fund as soon as the state is able to do so, but in no event shall any advance remain outstanding after July 31, 1997. The state shall repay no less than one-third of the funds advanced in each of the 1995–96, 1996–97 and 1997–98 fiscal years.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 745, Sec. 73. Effective October 12, 2001.)

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