UNDERSTAND HOW TAXES MAY APPLY TO YOUR INSURANCE AND SDG&E RECOVERIES RE: 2007 WILDFIRESIn a federally declared disaster, such as the 2007 San Diego Wildfires, special federal and state tax law provisions provide some tax relief for fire victims:PERSONAL PROPERTY RECOVERY EXEMPT FROM TAXAN ADDITIONAL $250,000 PER PERSON CAPITAL GAINS EXCLUSION IRS § 121 HOMEOWNER’S EXCLUSION MARRIED COUPLE FILING JOINTLY--$500,000 SINGLE HOMEOWNER--$250,000DISASTER...Read More
The City of Santa Barbara is sending you this courtesy notice to inform you of a pending deadline for reconstructing nonconforming structures that were damaged in the Tea Fire which occurred November 13, 2008. The definition of a nonconforming building is the following: A building, structure, or portion thereof which does not conform to the regulations of the ordinance and which lawfully existed at the time the regulations with which it does not conform became effective. (SBMC 28.04.495)
Please be advised that the City has an ordinance that allows for the reconstruction of damaged nonconforming structures which have been damaged or partially destroyed by fire, flood, wind, earthquake or other calamity or act of God or the public enemy without a zoning modification as long as certain conditions are met. These conditions are described in Santa Barbara Municipal Code section 28.87.038.B. A building permit for the reconstruction, restoration, or rebuilding of damaged non-conforming structures must be issued within three (3) years of the occurrence of the damage or destruction: November 13, 2011.
Communities in the mountains surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area are in more danger from landslides than other places in California, scientists say.
A map of the state's most landslide-prone areas released Thursday by the California Geological Survey is an effort to determine the most vulnerable spots in the event of a once-a-century superstorm, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.