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Bass secures reimbursements owed to greater Los Angeles


More than $300 million

Mayor Karen Bass, Council President Paul Krekorian and members of the Sacramento Delegation have announced that the Los Angeles region would be receiving more than $300 million in emergency reimbursements.

During a meeting on Feb. 26 in Sacramento, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services informed the delegation of that amount, the City of Los Angeles will receive nearly $60 million in reimbursements for COVID-19 expenses from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The delegation also met directly with Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“We must continue to do all we can to join forces at every level of government to save lives and bring Angelenos inside,” Bass said. “I want to thank the governor for continuing his work to lock arms with us to deliver for the people of Los Angeles.”

“State, local, and federal partners are united in helping our communities recover from disasters and emergencies," said Gov. Gavin Newsom. "California is proud to support Mayor Bass and the city’s efforts to help Angelenos rebuild from damaging storms, access housing, and recover from the pandemic.”

“When emergencies strike, the City of Los Angeles doesn't wait for outside help; we act immediately,” said Los Angeles City Council President Paul Krekorian. “The measures we took during COVID and our recent storms saved lives and bolstered the economy of the entire region, far beyond our City’s borders. I want to thank Governor Newsom for ensuring that the City of Los Angeles is receiving its share of federal funds to reimburse us for the outsize share of the burden we assumed.  The mayor and the city council will never stop working to protect Angelenos in crisis, and we’re fortunate to have a reliable ally in Governor Newsom.”

City representatives have met regularly with federal officials to raise the issue of outstanding FEMA payments. In recent months, Mayor Bass met with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Acting Deputy Secretary Kristie Canegallo, and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. The other entities in the Los Angeles region receiving reimbursements announced by the delegation include the Los Angeles Unified School District, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and the Loma Linda University Medical Center.