Governor Lamont Announces Public-Private Initiative to Address Homelessness and Chronic Health Problems

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Governor Ned Lamont

09/08/2021

Governor Lamont Announces Public-Private Initiative to Address Homelessness and Chronic Health Problems

Connecticut Among First States to Connect Medicaid and Housing Services

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration has received federal approval to combine Medicaid health coverage with a range of housing services for Connecticut residents struggling with homelessness and chronic health issues.

The ‘CHESS’ initiative – short for Connecticut Housing Engagement and Support Services – will pool the efforts of state agencies and nonprofit partners to bring coordinated healthcare and housing support to individuals with mental health, substance use, and other serious health conditions.

“For the first time, the resources of Connecticut’s nationally-recognized Medicaid program will reinforce our ongoing initiatives in the areas of housing and homelessness prevention,” said Governor Lamont. “Also known as the HUSKY Health program, Medicaid will add a crucial dimension to our ability to not only stabilize a person’s housing situation, but to really improve the quality of his or her health and life. The CHESS initiative also reflects my direction to find ways to best coordinate expertise and services across our health and human services agencies.”

Connecticut Medicaid’s CHESS benefit is one of the first of its kind to receive federal approval, joining Arkansas, California, Minnesota, and North Dakota. It will combine the Coordinated Access Network and housing subsidy programs administered by the Connecticut Department of Housing; supportive housing programs administered by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addition Services; and the Money Follows the Person program administered by the Connecticut Department of Social Services (the state agency administering Medicaid).

CHESS is aimed at managing the difficulties that are often part of homelessness, including access to health care and handling chronic health issues, with the overall goal of promoting health and well-being by coordinating targeted healthcare with housing.

“Simply put, we know that housing instability and serious health issues are often related,” said Department of Social Services Commissioner Deidre Gifford, who also serves as senior advisor to the governor for health and human services. “The new Medicaid benefit offers a flexible package of services to help people find and maintain housing, and to coordinate medical and behavioral health services, chronic disease management and wellness education. With CHESS, our public-private partnership aims to reduce homelessness and unnecessary hospitalizations, while making lasting improvements in the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents. The COVID-19 pandemic has also taught us more about the close relationship between safe, stable housing and health.”

Housing subsidies for CHESS enrollees, administered by the Department of Housing, will be prioritized for applicants who meet the Medicaid program requirements and are subject to separate eligibility requirements.

“We are proud to participate in this collaborative effort,” said Department of Housing Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno. “Our goal is to reduce and end homelessness in Connecticut. The CHESS program contributes additional resources to our homeless service system, allowing it to provide the necessary supportive services to vulnerable residents and to maintain stable housing in our communities.”

“Nonprofit supportive housing providers across Connecticut have a tremendous amount of knowledge and years of experience serving people with complex needs and long histories of housing instability,” said Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Acting Commissioner Nancy Navarretta. “I’m confident that the evidence-based supportive housing model that will be available to CHESS participants will contribute to our collaborative efforts to make homelessness rare, brief, and one time.”

“The recent federal approval of Connecticut’s innovative CHESS Medicaid benefit will lay the groundwork for deeper engagement with our healthcare system partners in efforts to end homelessness in our state,” said Sonya Jelks, Connecticut Director for the Corporation for Supportive Housing. “This trailblazing approach, one of the first in the nation, will provide a new and sustainable source of funding for the critical support services that are key to successfully supporting persons who experience chronic homelessness. The Corporation for Supportive Housing is proud to have been a partner in developing and designing the CHESS approach and looks forward to continuing to collaborate to build on Connecticut’s success with supportive housing – linking services, including housing provisions and healthcare, to permanent housing solutions.”

With federal approval to use Medicaid funding for CHESS, the Department of Social Services has opened applications at www.CTCHESSDSS.com. Application information is also available by calling 1-888-992-8637 or 2-1-1.

As a new benefit to be evaluated by the UConn Center on Aging, CHESS is currently estimated to serve 150 participants through next fiscal year. The joint state/federal initiative was designed by a collaborative of the Department of Social Services, the Department of Housing, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Department of Developmental Services, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the Partnership for Strong Communities, and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness.

CHESS provides supportive housing benefits under Medicaid, coordinated with Medicaid services and non-Medicaid housing subsidies. Medicaid-covered housing engagement and support services include chronic disease management and wellness education, in addition to pre-tenancy supports (help with locating and securing housing); tenancy sustaining supports (help with maintaining successful tenancy); and non-emergency medical transportation. The CHESS staff will help participants apply for housing subsidy vouchers.

“We are especially proud of the strong and enthusiastic partnership that is bringing the CHESS initiative forward,” Commissioner Gifford said. “It’s built on leading-edge work in both state government and the private, nonprofit community as we focus on the so-called social determinants of health. In this case, the focus is on the vital area of housing and how lack of stability there relates to chronic disease and, alternatively, well-being.”

The Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership, through Beacon Health Options, will provide eligibility assessment and service authorization. Federal support is provided by the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Governor Lamont Announces Plans to Close Radgowski Correctional Center

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Governor Ned Lamont

09/08/2021

Governor Lamont Announces Plans to Close Radgowski Correctional Center

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration has developed plans with leadership at the Connecticut Department of Correction to close the Radgowski Correctional Center in Montville by December 31, 2021.

It is one of three correctional facilities that are included for closure under the FY 2022-2023 state budget that was approved with bipartisan support in the state legislature and signed into law by the governor this summer. Closing the Radgowski Correctional Center will save the state approximately $7.3 million in annual operating costs. This comes in addition the recent closure of Northern Correctional Institution in Somers, which is expected to save about $11.75 million annually. The closure of a third facility is pending.

The decision to include the closures as part of the state budget is largely attributed to the significant drop in the state’s incarcerated population, which has decreased by more than 3,200 individuals over the last 17 months. The total population among all state-operated correctional facilities currently stands at about 9,200 individuals, which is substantially down from the all-time high of 19,894 in February 2008.

Radgowski Correctional Center opened on January 10, 1991, as a medium-security facility for incarcerated men. Today, there are 108 incarcerated individuals at the facility, which is significantly down from the all-time high of 734 in 2014. Over the coming weeks, the remaining population will be methodically transferred to appropriate facilities within the state’s correctional system. Safety and security will remain the primary consideration of the Department of Correction when deciding where the population will be moved.

Radgowski Correctional Center has been staffed by about 110 employees, most of whom are correction officers. There will be no layoffs associated with its closure. The Department of Correction will work closely with staff members and their union representatives to redeploy them to other facilities that are within close proximity. Some of the reassigned staff members are anticipated to be redeployed to the Corrigan Correctional Center, which is located on the same compound as Radgowski.

“Connecticut’s incarcerated population has been steadily declining for more than a decade and is now at a 32-year low, even as those identified as being more high-risk are serving more of their original sentences than ever before,” Governor Lamont said. “Spending millions of dollars in annual operating costs on buildings that have historically low numbers of incarcerated individuals inside is just not a good use of resources. By relocating them to other facilities that have available capacity, we can deliver on our administration’s goal of reducing the cost structure of state government. I applaud the ongoing work of all the correction professionals at the Department of Correction, whose work keeps our facilities safe and secure.”

“Closing a correctional facility is an extremely complex process,” Department of Correction Commissioner Angel Quiros said. “However, thanks to the high caliber of our agency’s staff, I am confident that we will be able to successfully close this facility – just as we recently closed the Northern facility – in a well-planned, methodical manner while preserving jobs and continuing to protect the public’s safety.”

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09/08/21-REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS FOR BANYAN DRIVE PROPERTIES SET TO GO TO LAND BOARD

For Immediate News Release: September 8, 2021

REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS FOR BANYAN DRIVE PROPERTIES SET TO GO TO LAND BOARD 

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(HONOLULU)– The DLNR has received one redevelopment proposal for the former Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel, and three for the former Country Club Condominium Hotel, both located on Banyan Drive in Hilo. 

Last August a Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals (RFQ/RFP) was published and DLNR Chair Suzanne Case appointed an evaluation committee to analyze and make a recommendation to the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR). 

The committee’s recommendation to approve Tower Development Inc. as the lessee/developer for both properties could go before the BLNR as early as its Sept. 24 meeting. 

Copies of all the proposals submitted (redacted in some cases for confidential and proprietary information) are available to review on-line on the DLNR website at: 

https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/Id/public-hearings-and-notices/ 

Staff submittals detailing the reasons for the selection of Tower Development will be available for review on the DLNR website one week prior to the board meeting date at this location: 

https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/meetings/blnr-meetings-2021/

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The Financial Advisors Club NFT Project Is The First To Unite Meme Stocks and NFTs

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — If you have been following the crypto space in the past few weeks you have heard about all sorts of NFT trades from influencers like Gary Vee and Faze Banks.

If you have been in the investment world this year, you have heard of the Financial Advisors meme after the historic GME short squeeze in January 2021 – and you can now get your very own Financial Advisor on https://financialadvisorsclub.io/ Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 at 3PM EST.

The Financial Advisors Club is a branded meme-inspired series of 10,000 unique NFT mints that will live on the Etherem Blockchain as an ERC721 Token. “Degenerates” – as the community calls themselves love to wear financial advisors avatars as their profile pictures and why this project is set to be a success. It truly ties the community together and allows members to express their unique identities.

Here’s what you have to know about the anticipated TFAC drop:

Starting on September 9th, the financial advisors’ community that is known for their love of “meme-stocks” will be engaging in the project starting Tuesday, September 9th, 2021. After seeing the success and the strength of the community during the GME 2021 short squeeze, there is little doubt that would be able to reproduce the same success in this project. A success that reached the headlines all over the world will be crossing towards the NFT world.

Here is how the NFT traits will be distributed:

81%

  • The degens. The herd. The Plebs. The Yoloers. We are the 81%! Each Financial Advisor is unique in their own way. With traits such as hair, emotion, skin tone….! The question is, are you part of the 81% or perhaps you are a bit RARER?!

18.8%

  • These Are the top 18% of the TFAC collection. With super rare and desirable traits such as Lazer Eyes, Mask, Smoking, Rambo, McDonald’s hat, etc. We don’t make the rules the big bang event did.

0.2%

  • 0.2% Super Rares. Sexier, Smarter, Bigger Brained? The 0.2% of the TFAC NFT mints are undeniably easier on the eye than the other plebs. The question is, are you part of the 0.2%?

The roadmap that you can find on their website (https://financialadvisorsclub.io/) is filled with exciting plans. Not only will they be partnering up with influencers, but already in PHASE 1, they will be airdropping 20 hand-drawn NFTs of famous real-life characters know by the community. Will we see a Jordan Belfort look-a-like? Let’s say tuned on their social media to find out. Additionally, PHASE 2 and 3 include Open Sea royalty shares to their holders, a LoFi Channel as well as using the tax they collect to start their own investment pool for the community that will solely buy meme-stocks and share an equal amount of profits to every holder monthly. This is the perfect community ambiance that we look for when searching for new projects.

The best way to get involved with the project is to do so early by minting their NFTs pn Tuesday, September 9th at 3 PM EST. There will be 10,000 avatars for sale at 0.08 ETH. Once the collection is sold out, it will only be available on OpenSea.io as a secondary market.

What are Non-fungible Tokens (NFT)

Non-Fungible Tokens is a data unit stored in the blockchain that certifies that that specific asset is unique and not interchangeable. In the past recent weeks, there has been explosive growth in 2D/3D picture assets. CryptoPunk #6275 has just sold for 1.32k ETH ($5.1M), and it all indicates that this is just the start of a new sort of investment. The younger generation is starting to prefer to buy NFTs rather than the real state as they believe they will get a better monetary investment in the long run.

A simple way to find a great investment is to find new projects and mint the NFTs yourself. What exactly does this mean? Minting is when you become the very first owner of an NFT by buying it directly from the project. This event only happens once and as soon as the project sells out – you can only obtain those same NFTs in the secondary market.

How do you find new projects to buy?

You ideally want to find projects that are backed either by some sort of utility or some sort of brand – those are known to value the most over time. If you can get both, that’s even better. A new project that is about to launch on Tuesday, September 9th, 2021 at 3PM EST is the perfect example that many are intrigued by.

Want to know more? Stay tuned!

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Coronavirus – Botswana: United States Provides Additional $4 Million for Urgent COVID-19 Assistance in Botswana

U.S. Embassy in Botswana

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The United States Government—through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) —announces an additional $4 million in urgent COVID-19 assistance funding for Botswana. This additional assistance from the historic American Rescue Plan Act builds on more than $8.4 million in COVID-19 assistance to Botswana since the pandemic first emerged. This assistance supports the Government of Botswana to strengthen infection prevention and control in communities and at health facilities, establish vaccination sites, strengthen surveillance at border crossings, provide support for isolation facilities for COVID-19 patients, and support the Government of Botswana’s planning efforts.

“We will continue to do all we can – whether it be through our vaccine donations or through U.S. global health funding – to build a world that is safer and more secure against the threat of infectious disease,” said U.S. Ambassador Cloud.

This additional four million dollars will continue to support the Government of Botswana’s vaccination efforts through strengthening supply chains, vaccination sites, community promotion and education, and infection prevention and control.  It will also support the Ministry of Health and Wellness’s home isolation strategy.

These efforts build on decades of U.S. leadership in tackling global health crises. Over the past 60 years, the U.S. government has saved millions of lives globally from diseases such as Ebola, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and now COVID-19.

Diseases know no borders. The U.S. is committed to partnering with Botswana to end the COVID-19 pandemic, mitigate its devastating social and economic impacts, and build back a world that is better prepared for future outbreaks.

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Applications for tourism grant opportunity open next week

The North Dakota Department of Commerce today announced that the new 2021 Tourism Planning Grant application will open on Sept. 13, 2021.

 

The 2021 Tourism Planning Grant appropriated by the legislature is intended to support tourism developers who have a destination project that would have the ability to attract visitors from outside North Dakota and retain them for at least 4-6 hours and preferably an overnight stay-in or near the community.

 

“There is tremendous opportunity for new major attractions to be built in North Dakota,” Commerce Tourism and Marketing Director Sara Otte Coleman said. “This grant will help projects do the planning needed to build business and implementation plans to support development.”

 

Eligible projects will allow for implementation within 60 days of receipt of the funds and are intended to complete a project concept rather than for beginning stages.  Projects will fall under two priorities: 

  • Priority one – Comprehensive plans will fund the completion of a plan, or to update an existing plan that is more than five years old, specific to the development of a major new destination attraction.   
  • Priority two – Feasibility plans will fund the completion of a feasibility study identifying the potential economic and social impact a major attraction would have on the community and the state.  

 

Eligible applicants may be awarded up to $500,000 per proposed plan, with a minimum of $100,000 to be awarded.

 

Eligible entities include: 

  • Destination marketing and management organizations
  • Economic development corporations
  • Private or non-profit tourism development entities

 

More information about the grant can be found at ndgov.link/Tourism-Planning-Grant


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U.S. Donates Tuberculosis Testing Machines Worth $1 Million to Ethiopia

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Today, the United States through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), donated 46 cutting-edge tuberculosis (TB) testing machines – worth $1 million – to the people of Ethiopia. These new machines will reduce the time it takes to diagnose TB across the country from two days to two hours. These new machines are called GeneXpert Tuberculosis Diagnostic Machines and were handed over by U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Geeta Pasi, to the honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Lia Tadesse, at the Ethiopian Pharmaceuticals Supply Agency Compound.

“As longstanding partners of the Ethiopian people, the American people are proud of this enormous step toward eliminating tuberculosis in Ethiopia once and for all,” said Ambassador Pasi.

TB currently kills 24,000 people per year in Ethiopia, which amounts to nearly 3 deaths every hour. But TB is both a treatable and preventable illness, and USAID is working in partnership with the Ethiopian people and the Federal Ministry of Health to eliminate this infectious scourge as fast as possible.

Today’s forty-six (46) machines are part of USAID’s commitment to supporting the people of Ethiopia to find and successfully treat ninety percent of TB cases nationwide—the first step to eliminating the disease all together. Today, epidemiologists estimate that there are roughly 160,000 cases of TB across Ethiopia. In addition to reducing the time it takes to diagnose TB from two days to two hours, the 46 new machines are also more accurate than routine, microscope-based methods.

In September 2019, USAID signed a statement of partnership agreement with the Federal Ministry of Health to accelerate our joint effort to end TB. This event showcases that partnership.

Today’s donation of cutting-edge tuberculosis (TB) testing machines is just a part of the United States’ investment of over $4.2 billion in development aid in the last 5 years alone. Together, the United States is helping millions of Ethiopians lift themselves out of poverty and is supporting their health and wellness for a brighter future.

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2021 Main Street Awards announced

The North Dakota Department of Commerce today announced the recipients of the 2021 Main Street Awards.  

“We are deeply grateful for the efforts seen across North Dakota by communities that are passionate about applying the principles of the Main Street Initiative,” Gov. Doug Burgum said. “Creating healthy, vibrant communities with smart, efficient infrastructure that will attract and retain a 21st century workforce requires a team effort, and these awards demonstrate the success we can achieve as a state when we work as one.”    

ND Legendary Heritage Award – Lisbon, for the Sandager Park Pavilion preservation and update. The Sandager Park Pavilion was established in the early 1900s and underwent a project so it can be utilized for another 100 years.  

Healthy, Vibrant Community Award – Milnor, for creating a healthy and happy community with a mural on Main Street that celebrates the Sheyenne National Grasslands named “Gateway to the Grasslands”; excellent use of an unused space next to their City Hall, incorporating a patio, curved bench, and flowers; and the addition of a walking path and wildlife observation deck on Storm Lake to improve quality of life for residents and visitors with exercise and enjoyment of North Dakota’s outdoors.  

Smart, Efficient Infrastructure Award –Hettinger, for two years of planning and renovating a vacant, dilapidated downtown building. The project has resulted in the opening of The Rural Collective, a state-of-the-art technology space designed to support all big ideas, from events and businesses to clubs and classes.  

21st Century Workforce Award –Devils Lake, for the 20 by 20 Skilled Workforce Recruitment and Retention Program. The Devils Lake community worked together to help reduce the number of high school graduates who leave the community through the development and implementation of the 20 by 20 Skilled Recruitment and Retention Program. This program, with the help of high school counselors and administrators, educates graduating youth in high need careers all towards a goal of encouraging students to consider a local career in a skilled and technical program.  

21st Century Workforce Award – Grand Forks for the Greater Grand Forks Relocation Guide and the “What’s Cooler Today?” blog created through InternGF. As a one-of-a-kind regional internship program, InternGF provides hands-on learning experiences for students at the University of North Dakota. The program helps students achieve valuable work experience and increase employability. The workforce funding program has forged partnerships with the local university, private sector businesses, and community startups. It has also highlighted regional opportunities for college students.  

Main Street Excellence Award – Bottineau for their downtown beautification. Community members and leaders teamed up to find creative sources of funding to complete projects including new town signage, new and updated murals, updates and enhancements at local parks, remodel of the Old Main building to expand their nursing program, expanded walking paths with new benches, increased activities and safety measures for annual events, and an update to the entry and dressing room area to their ice arena.  

Main Street Excellence Award – Bowman County for completing three projects: The Main Street Garden, Mainspace, and Festival of Lights. The Main Street Garden is a garden and park space that provides free fresh and locally grown produce. Mainspace brings a modern workspace and education opportunities to numerous local businesses. Festival of Lights is an annual park lighting and community celebration event that includes over 30 businesses, churches, and organizations that make it possible.  

The Main Street Awards are a collaborative effort of the Office of Governor and Commerce. A selection committee made up of the collaborating agencies and partners judge the entries to make final awards, which will be presented at the Main Street ND Summit on Oct. 12 in West Fargo, North Dakota. Information and registration for the summit can be found at mainstreetsummitnd.com 


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Barberitos Celebrates with FREE Offers on National Guacamole and National Queso Days

Barberitos offering free cheese dip to guests on Sept. 20.

Barberitos offers a free side of its hand-smashed guacamole to celebrate National Guacamole Day.

Fast-casual restaurant offers free side items via its mobile app

The Barberitos team is excited to celebrate these two national holidays with our guests by serving up fan-favorite items for free.”

— Barberitos Founder & CEO Downing Barber

ATHENS, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, September 8, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Barberitos, a fast-casual burrito restaurant with more than 50 locations across the Southeast, is celebrating National Guacamole Day and National Queso Day by offering its fan-favorite side items for free at participating locations. On National Guacamole Day (Sept. 16), guests can claim one free small side of hand-smashed guacamole. To celebrate National Queso Day (Sept. 20), guests can receive a free small cheese dip.

These special offers can only be redeemed through the Barberitos mobile app. Guests are encouraged to redeem their complimentary hand-smashed guacamole and cheese dip as a tasty addition to any of Barberitos’ entrees, ranging from burritos, bowls, salads, nachos, tacos and quesadillas.

“The Barberitos team is excited to celebrate these two national holidays with our guests by serving up fan-favorite items for free,” said Barberitos Founder and CEO Downing Barber. “Our mobile app is an efficient way to order our farm-fresh food, and we have loved broadening our reach.”

The Barberitos mobile app provides a location finder, in-app online ordering and quick ways to earn rewards and pay online.

As a southwestern grille and cantina, Barberitos is dedicated to serving farm-fresh, high-quality food in an efficient manner. All of the restaurants’ menu items are made in-house daily, including hand-smashed guacamole, homemade salsas, fresh-cut vegetables, as well as chicken, steak, turkey, tofu, pork, fish, rice and beans.

For more information about Barberitos, the company’s food, health information, locations, franchise opportunities and its commitment to people and the community, please visit www.barberitos.com.

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Barberitos has a mission to serve others with a focus on Food, Community and People. Through exceptional service, Barberitos aspires to become the market leader of the quick-serve burrito industry. The chain is dedicated to serving fresh, high-quality food in an efficient manner. With a focus on farm-fresh food, all of Barberitos’ menu items are made in-house daily, including the hand-smashed guacamole. Founded in 2000 by Downing Barber, Barberitos has grown to 51 locations in seven southeastern states. For more information about the company or franchising opportunities, please visit www.Barberitos.com.

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Attorney General Bonta Issues Consumer Alert on Price Gouging Following State of Emergency Declaration in Lake County Due to Cache Fire

OAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today issued a consumer alert following the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency for Lake County due to the Cache Fire, which has caused major damage to homes and other structures. Attorney General Bonta reminds all Californians that price gouging during a state of emergency is illegal under Penal Code Section 396.

“The Governor’s emergency declaration puts price gouging laws into effect, protecting families that reside in Lake County from being overcharged for essential supplies,” said Attorney General Bonta. “I encourage anyone who has been the victim of price gouging, or who has information regarding potential price gouging, to immediately file a complaint with our office online at oag.ca.gov/report, or to contact their local police department or sheriff’s office.”

California law generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10 percent, the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency. For any item a seller only began selling after an emergency declaration, the law generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds the seller’s cost of the item by more than 50%. This law applies to those who sell food, emergency supplies, medical supplies, building materials, and gasoline. The law also applies to repair or reconstruction services, emergency cleanup services, certain transportation services, freight and storage services, hotel accommodations, and rental housing. Exceptions to this prohibition exist if, for example, the price of labor, goods, or materials has increased for the business.

Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to criminal prosecution that can result in a one-year imprisonment in county jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Violators are also subject to civil enforcement actions including civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation, injunctive relief, and mandatory restitution. The Attorney General and local district attorneys can enforce the statute.


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