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Sacramento, CA - U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen G. Mills announced that low-interest disaster loans are now available to residents and business owners affected by the Jesusita fire that began May 5 in Santa Barbara County. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a May 18, 2009 request from Matthew R. Bettenhausen, Acting Secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency, on behalf of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Santa Barbara County and the neighboring counties of Kern, San Luis Obispo and Ventura.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA's Customer Service Center by calling SBA toll-free at (800) 659 2955, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting SBA's Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Hearing impaired individuals may call (800) 877 8339.
The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is July 20, 2009. The deadline to return economic injury applications is February 22, 2010.
Roger W. Busch
U.S. Small Business Administration
Office of Disaster Assistance
Field Operations Center - West
P.O. Box 419004
Sacramento, CA 95841
(916) 735-1500 Voice
(916) 735-1681 Fax
County Building and Safety officials have inspected properties that sustained fire damage and tagged them with one of three tags which indicate structural safety: a red tag indicates a structure is unsafe to occupy; a yellow tag indicates that limited entry is possible and residents should enter at their own risk; a green tag indicates that the property was inspected and deemed safe to occupy. Areas unaffected by the fire will not be tagged. If your property has a red tag, the structure is unsafe to occupy.
Contact the County Planning and Development Department:
123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara 93101-2058
805-568-2090 or 805-568-3030
Hours: 8:30a.m.-12:00p.m and 1:00p.m.-4:30p.m. M, Tues, W, F
10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. and 1:00p.m.-4:30p.m. Thursday
Case managers have been assigned to properties damaged and/or destroyed. Residents may contact the Planning Supervisor, Petra Leyva, at 805-568-2071 to determine their case manager. Residents should be prepared to provide property address, description of damage, and any other information the property owner may have. If the property is serviced by a septic tank, the case manager will need to know where the septic tank is located. Please also include any past service records of septic tank service. The property owner will then apply for a demolition permit. All fees will be deferred until a building permit is ready to be picked up. All permits will be a priority of the Planning and Development Department.
Jesusita Fire - Listing of damaged or destroyed properties as of May 28, 2009.
Planning & Development: Jesusita Fire Maps and Imagery to be added