Homeowners angry as rebuilding of homes lost in CZU complex fire delayed by Santa Cruz County rules – CBS San Francisco
SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) – Dozens of homeowners whose homes were destroyed in the CZU wildfire accused Santa Cruz County officials of making reconstruction nearly impossible for them on Tuesday when the supervisory board heard updates on the situation.
The fact that we are a year away and have not innovated is not shocking. The fact that we’re not even close to innovating or getting our licenses approved and we’re stuck in limbo is what’s so surprising, ”says Jessica Bready, Boulder Creek resident.
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Bready says her family and other owners have struggled with onerous red tape and demands for more than a year after the devastating fire. A grove of charred redwoods stands guard on the wasteland where Bready’s house once stood.
“We really feel like we’re being punished because our house burned down, which we had no control over,” she said.
Dozens of homeowners filled out the Santa Cruz County Supervisory Board meeting to express their frustration with the rebuilding process.
The county commissioned a geological survey of the burnt area and found an increased risk of terrain and mudslides. County supervisors were considering a policy in which the results of the study would be recorded in the title of reconstructed homes of fire victims.
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“My house was built in 1939 and has survived several natural disasters,” says Tracy Walker, whose house was destroyed by fire.
Walker says the policy, which does not apply to homes spared by the fire, is unfair and will affect the ability of fire victims to obtain insurance and sell their homes in the future.
“It’s ridiculous. They promised they would help us in any way they could. They were going to do whatever they could. They were going to streamline the process. But nothing was streamlined,” she said. declared.
County supervisors say they’re doing their best to help homeowners rebuild, but can’t ignore known dangers. However, they agreed to go back to the drawing board to see if they could come up with a better and fairer policy.
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“We have a duty to help people get home as quickly as possible. We used an outside licensing company. We’re trying to streamline the process, ”says supervisor Ryan Coonerty.