In response to storms and flooding last month, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proclaimed a state of emergency that covers most of the Central Valley.

Brown’s declaration activates the state’s anti-price gouging law, which bans rent increases exceeding 10 percent while a state of emergency is in effect.

Gov. Jerry Brown

The declaration was issued for Amador, Fresno, Kern, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties.

At this point, the declaration is set to expire …

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