Gov. Brown declares state of emergency for LA County

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Santa Ana winds tear through a McDonalds sign in Arcadia

A car in South Pasadena, crushed by a falling tree

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A car in South Pasadena, crushed by a falling tree from strong Santa Ana winds.

Christmas trees knocked down by winds

Valerie Campbell

Christmas trees for purchase are left toppled after Santa Ana winds.


Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles County Saturday, 10 days after a ferocious windstorm toppled trees and cut power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.

The governor's action Saturday allows local governments to apply for state and federal funds to repair infrastructure damaged during the Nov. 30 storm that unleashed winds approaching 100 mph.

All of L.A. County, its cities, and the City of Rancho Cucamonga in San Bernardino are covered by the declaration.

A total of 643,000 utility customers in the region lost power. Service was out for more than a week in some areas.

The state Public Utilities Commission said it would investigate the cause of the outages and the length of time Southern California Edison took to respond to safety-related calls.

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