Assistance Information for Valley Fire Survivors From Congressman Mike Thompson


September 28, 2015Dear Friend,


Our community was recently devastated one of the top-three worst fires in California’s history. The Valley Fire, which started on September 12, 2015, has burned nearly 80,000 acres. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate.  More than a 1,200 homes, 23 multi-family residences and 68 commercial properties were burnt to the ground. At least four people lost their lives. Many families were left with nothing.

Funds from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may be available to help individuals rebuild, repair and replace housing and other personal property not covered by insurance.

All individuals who were impacted by the Valley Fire should register with and apply for FEMA assistance. You can register and apply in the following ways:

  • Online at; (Spanish)
  • Via smartphone at; (Spanish)
  • Constituents may call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-3362; those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

The deadline to register with FEMA is November 23, 2015.

Small Business Administration (SBA) loans may also be available to individuals and businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property, inventory, and supplies. Homeowners and renters may also be eligible for SBA loans to repair or replace disaster-related damages to homes or personal property.

After registering with FEMA, businesses and homeowners that would like to apply for SBA loans can do so online at:

Face-to-face help is also available atthe Lake County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Middletown. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, State of California, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies are among those represented to explain assistance programs and help survivors register. Survivors with losses are encouraged to register with FEMA for assistance beforegoing to the disaster recovery center. The center will open today, Monday September 28, from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. It will be open 8 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday September 29th, 2015.

DRC Location:

Middletown Senior Center

21256 Washington St., Middletown, CA 95461

Food assistance is also available to Valley Fire survivors. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has approved a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) for survivors of the Valley Fire in Lake County. Households who resided or worked in Lake County on September 12, 2015, and suffered disaster related damage or disaster losses from the Valley Fire may be eligible for D-SNAP. The California Department of Social Services’ (CDSS) will accept D-SNAP applications from September 29, 2015 through October 5, 2015.  Application sites will be located at the Lake County DSS office (15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway Lower Lake, CA 95457) and Middletown Senior Center (21256 Washington Street Middletown, CA 95461) between the hours of 9:00am and 7:00pm.

People who are out of work due to the Valley Fire may be eligible for unemployment benefits. The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has a table and representative at the Calistoga shelter inside the Tubbs Building. You can file for unemployment benefits online at You can also file by phone, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm by calling:

  • English: 1-800-300-5616
  • Spanish: 1-800-326-8937
  • Chinese (Cantonese): 1-800-547-3506
  • Chinese (Mandarin): 1-866-303-0706
  • Vietnamese: 1-800-547-2058

If you have problems with a federal agency and need additional assistance, please call my office. For additional information you can visit

Our recovery is only just beginning. Please know I am committed to working with our local, state and federal officials to ensure that the federal government provides all necessary resources to support our community in this time of recovery. And, I stand ready to help expedite any support and resources that our communities need to rebuild and repair our homes, businesses, and infrastructure.

Our district pulls together in tough times. We’ve overcome challenges before by working together, and we will do so again. Should you need anything, my staff and I are here to help.


Mike Thompson
Member of Congress



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Weekly Address: Congress Should Do its Job and Pass a Serious Budget

October 03, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President emphasized that we need to do everything we can to strengthen economic growth and job creation.  This week, despite the fact that more than half of Republicans in Congress voted to shut down the government for the second time in two years, Congress managed to pass a last-minute bill to keep the government open for another ten weeks.  That means that in December, we could face yet another Republican threat to shut down the government.  The President emphasized that Congress needs to stop kicking the can down the road and do its job.  He stressed that Republicans and Democrats need to work together to pass a budget that fully funds the government and reverses the harmful sequestration cuts, and vowed that he would not sign another shortsighted spending bill like the one Congress sent him this past week.


Mike Thompson’s September Legislative Report to the Democratic Party of Lake County

October 1. 2015

Mike Thompson’s September Legislative Report to the Democratic Party of Lake County 

Say No To Walmart’s Plan For A Job Killing Supercenter In Clearlake

October 1, 2015

The City of Clearlake has scheduled a public scoping hearing to discuss Walmart’s plan to dramatically expand their current 103,000 square foot store on Dam Road in Clearlake into a 150,000 square foot Supercenter so that they can sell groceries, hard alcohol, beer and more cheap foreign goods.

Please add your name to the petition and circulate among your email lists:
The public scoping hearing is set for Tuesday, October 6th from 6:00p.m. – 7:30p.m. at City Hall, 14050 Olympic Drive in Clearlake.

We strongly encourage everyone who can to please attend the public scoping hearing on October 6th. It is important that we let the city know what impacts you want studied as part of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that Walmart must conduct. This is our one chance to make sure that Walmart and the city study the negative impacts that the proposed Supercenter will have on traffic, crime, public safety, small businesses, property values and our overall quality of life.

Simply put, Walmart’s proposed expansion is the wrong kind of growth for our city and we hope that you will join us in this effort to support our local businesses and strengthen our local economy by attending the public hearing.


Via Sierra Club Lake Group:

Watch Out for Walmart

As previously announced, after several years of on-again off-again and murky proposals to move to Lakeport, Walmart has decided to move forward with expansion plans at their Clearlake store. The proposal will involve adding about 39,000 square feet of additional retail space, a full-service grocery and hard liquor sales, and the closure of the tire and automotive service department.

Although segments of an Environmental Impact Report have already been prepared, the city has wisely decided to restart environmental review from the beginning, with a Notice of Preparation of an EIR and request for scoping comments from the public to identify the information that should be included. Formal written comments are due at 5PM on Thursday October 15, and should be sent to City of Clearlake Planning Department, 14050 Olympic Drive, Clearlake, CA  95422 or via email to


Say No To Walmart’s Plan For A Job Killing Supercenter In Clearlake


Congressman Garamendi’s September Democratic Central Committee Update

October 1, 2015

Congressman Garamendi’s September Democratic Central Committee Update

The President Delivers a Statement on the Shooting in Oregon

October 1, 2015

President Obama delivers a statement on the shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon. October 1, 2015.


LkCo News: Dodd, McGuire celebrate opening of new Lake County district office

September 30, 2015

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Lake County’s two state legislators celebrated the opening of their new district office in Lakeport with a gathering of local, state and federal officials and community members.

Assemblyman Bill Dodd and state Sen. Mike McGuire together cut the ribbon at the Tuesday evening grand opening of the new office, located at 885 Lakeport Blvd., next door to the Lake County Agriculture Department.

Even before the two men were elected to their first terms in the state Legislature last year, they had discussed opening a district office in Lake County, Dodd said.

McGuire reported that the opening represents the first time in nearly four decades that a joint legislative district office has been located in Lake County.

“We’re committed to Lake County now, we’re committed to Lake County tomorrow,” McGuire said.

Both Dodd and McGuire have given Lake County considerable attention since taking office last December, with both advocating for the county on myriad issues, from lake health to education to affordable water rates.

This summer, as Lake County has been devastated by three major wildland fires in a row – the Rocky, Jerusalem and the Valley – the advocacy of both Dodd and McGuire has become even more concentrated on the community, with both men working to get the county the needed resources and assistance.

Read more


LkCo News: ValleyFire Friday press conference in Lakeport

September 25, 2015

Lakeport, Calif. — County officials provide vital fire survivor information and answer questions Friday afternoon during courthouse press conference

Topics include relief efforts, housing, health and environmental concerns as well as an update about the Valley Fire.

Weekly Address: Dispose of Your Expired and Unwanted Prescription Drugs

September 26, 2015

In this week’s address, on “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day,” the President spoke about the importance of preventing and treating substance use disorders.

Democratic Central Committee to meet October 1, 2015

September 25, 2015

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee will meet Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the Lakeport
Senior Center Conference room at 527 Konocti Ave. in Lakeport at 6:30 p.m.

The agenda for the Thursday, October 1, 2015 meeting includes reports from representatives for Congressmen Mike Thompson and John Garamendi, Assemblyman Bill Dodd and State Senator Mike McGuire, as well as reports from the Stonewall Democratic Club Chair and the representative from the Lake County Democratic Club.

October 1 2015 Lake County Democratic Central Committee Agenda

September 2, 2015 Lake County Democratic Central Committee Minutes

If you would like to get involved, please come to the meeting and we will find a way for you to participate.

Meetings are open to the public and committee membership is open to all registered Democrats.

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee is the official governing body of the Democratic Party in Lake County.

For more information about the Democratic Party in Lake County please visit our Facebook page

Contact the Democratic Party of Lake County at 707-533-4885 or by email at .

DNC Communication Update

September 25, 2015

September 25 2015 DNC Update

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