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October 24, 2007 Blog Roundup: Special SoCal Fire Edition

by: jsw

Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 17:59:36 PM PDT

Normally I go through between two and three hundred blog posts for one day of California Blog Roundups. Today there were right around 500 posts in my feed reader, and almost the entire difference was the fires in Southern California.

To that end, everything below the fold is about the fires, and there's a lot. I will try to catch up with everything else tomorrow.

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Heck of a job Brownie is Baaaaaack (8.00 / 2)

Former FEMA Director and Director of Corporate Strategy for Cotton Companies Michael D. Brown Available for Interviews Regarding California Wild Fire

... Mr. Brown can speak to the turmoil being caused by the California wild fires as well as to some of the new processes in disaster relief efforts that will help to restore California communities. He can offer advice to residents and businesses on proper relief and recovery efforts and provide suggestions for future disaster preparedness.

Since its inception in 1996, Cotton Companies, the nation's leading provider of disaster recovery services, has been coming to the aid of businesses and communities coast to coast with its ability to react, take charge, mobilize and execute on the spot crisis management. Cotton has responded to such high-alert disasters as Hurricane Katrina and the tragedy of 9/11 in New York City.

(can we call this company "disaster mercenaries?")

The same guy (8.00 / 1)
who headed the agency that refused to help us clear out the brush and dead trees, and could have helped us prevent the disaster of 4 years earlier.


Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and some other California members of Congress have criticized the Federal Emergency Management Agency for not declaring a disaster area in Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties last spring because of the bark beetle infestation.

The bugs killed drought-stricken trees over 415,000 acres of forest, making them particularly prone to fire. On April 16, [then-Gov. Gray] Davis wrote to President Bush urging a disaster declaration. Eight days later, Boxer, Feinstein and 10 House members from Southern California - seven of them Republicans - urged Bush to approve the request.

The request was passed to FEMA, which turned it down last week. [San Jose Mercury News, 11/1/03]

And I got snapshots of the Repugs' sites showing their sympathy for California, or lack thereof. Though McCain did put a little link to a "cause greater" on his site.

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