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Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. Many Butte County residents live in one of the five incorporated towns or cities: Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville or Paradise. Butte County government provides services to residents through 23 diverse departments. Services include elections, road maintenance, public safety, solid waste disposal, and health and human services to name a few.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Categories: News and Announcements

For Immediate Release

Today, Butte County announced that it and PG&E have accepted a mediator’s proposal of $252 million to resolve the County’s Camp Fire claims, resulting from the 2018 Camp Fire. The Mediator’s proposal is exclusive of and does not affect the claims of any residents, individuals, or businesses.

The payment is to be incorporated in, and subject to confirmation by the Bankruptcy Court, a plan of reorganization to be filed by PG&E in its pending Chapter 11 case. The settlement is part of a total settlement of $1 billion to be paid to local government entities pursuant to the confirmed plan of reorganization.

JAMS Mediator Judge Jay Gandhi (Ret.) presided over several days of in-person mediation sessions held in San Francisco, California. Participants in the mediation included 14 public entities with various claims from the 2015 Butte Fire, the 2017 North Bay Fires, and the 2018 Camp Fire. Judge Gandhi’s global proposals included a total payment of $1 billion to be made pursuant to PG&E’s confirmed plan of reorganization. PG&E and all 14 public entities accepted the proposals.

“This is an important step towards stabilizing the County so we can continue to provide key services to residents, especially as our communities recover from the Camp Fire,” said County Counsel Bruce Alpert. “There will be long-term impacts to the County that are unknown and unquantifiable at this time. We know this is the first step in a long process, and many more approvals have to happen before the County receives any money.”

Butte County was represented by County Counsel Bruce Alpert, and outside counsel Scott Summy and John Fiske of Baron & Budd, and Ernie Washington and Peter Washington of Washington & Washington.

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