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Governor Visits Eureka


The Times-Standard, Josh Jackson
Posted: 01/14/2010 01:26:40 PM PST

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger tours the damage done to Old Town Eureka by Saturday's 6.5-magnitude earthquake.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger arrived in Eureka this morning and, after receiving a briefing on damage estimates in the wake of Saturday's 6.5 earthquake, pledged the state's support.

”I want the people of Eureka and Humboldt County to know that we will do everything in our power to help you rebuild your buildings, your businesses and your homes,” Schwarzenegger said at a brief press conference at the intersection of Second and F streets in Old Town, yards away from the Old Town Bar and Grill building that is set to be demolished due to damage sustained in the quake.

”This is a great, important part of our state,” the governor continued. “We love you and we're here to help.”

Schwarzenegger was joined at the podium by a host of local officials, including Eureka Mayor Virginia Bass, Fire Chief Eric Smith, Humboldt County Sheriff Gary Philp and Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Chair Clif Clendenen. Before the press conference, Schwarzenegger received a briefing from the officials, as well as Humboldt State University geologist Lori Dengler and California Emergency Management Agency Acting Secretary Matthew Bettenhausen.

During his remarks, Schwarzenegger said updated the countywide damage estimates, saying that 251 buildings were damaged in the quake with damage expected to exceed $43 million.

”That's why on Tuesday I declared a state of emergency in Humboldt County,” Schwarzenegger said. “It will help cut through the red tape.”