PARADISE, Calif. – The Paradise Recreation and Park District (PRPD) announced Tuesday it received payment to resolve the district’s Camp Fire claims.
JAMS Mediator Judge, Jay Gandhi said it determined the settlement value over several days of in-person mediation sessions held in San Francisco in 2019. Participants in the mediation included 14 public entities with several claims from the 2015 Butte Fire, 2017 North Bay Fires, and the 2018 Camp Fire.
The Bankruptcy Court later incorporated and confirmed the payments as part of a plan of reorganization filed by PG&E in its Chapter 11 case, said PRPD in a news release. The settlement is part of $1 billion paid to local government entities.
The district said it received approximately $38,558,560 as part of the settlement. The local agency claims do not affect, the claims of residents, individuals, or businesses.
“The settlement will allow the District to survive the loss of tax and program revenue over the next two decades while we rebuild a better, safer, and stronger community," said District Board Chairman Al McGreehan.
Since the Camp Fire, the district said it’s been pursuing grant and partnership chances to expand public access to land and nature. So far, it’s secured nearly $1 million in grant funding, sponsorships, and donations.
“These losses may reverberate in the region for years and yet the maintenance of existing facilities, and the development of new parks and programs will attract new residents and benefit the physical, social, and emotional health of returning residents," said District Manager Dan Efseaff. “We live in an area with extraordinary natural beauty and improved safety and access to public lands will leverage these resources to improve the quality of life, health and happiness of people inside and out of our District.”