Fourteen months after the fatal La Conchita mudslide, Governor Schwarzenegger announced funding for a study designed to protect the small seaside community from future disasters. Last Thursday’s announcement was music to the ears of disgruntled residents who have waited over a year for the governor to come through on his promise to “help rebuild” their community. The $667,000 study calls for a coalition of representatives from La Conchita, Ventura County, and state and federal governments to explore safe, feasible ways to rebuild the community and prevent future slides. Funding will be provided by the Federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the state’s Disaster Assistance program.

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