Price-gouging protections extended for counties ravaged by wildfires last year, this summer

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Gov. Jerry Brown has extended protections against price-gouging — including rent increases over 10 percent — for several counties devastated by wildfires that occurred between fall 2017 and this past summer.

Brown’s order, issued on Nov. 28, keeps California’s anti-price gouging protections in effect through May 31, 2019, for Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Santa Barbara, Shasta, Siskiyou and Sonoma counties. The protections tied to these counties had been scheduled to expire Tuesday, Dec. 4. The order also names Ventura County, although this jurisdiction already was under extended price-gouging protections until November 2019 related to the Woolsey fire.

The governor’s action comes after the city of Santa Rosa extended its local anti-price-gouging ordinance by 10 months. The local price-gouging protections are now set to stay in effect through at least Oct. 9, 2019, the two-year anniversary of the Wine Country fires.

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