WHEREAS on October 9, 2017, I proclaimed a state of emergency to exist in Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma Counties, and on October 10th, 2017, I proclaimed a state of emergency to exist in Solano County, as a result of the numerous wildfires burning in those counties; and

WHEREAS on October 18, 2017, I issued an executive order to help streamline recovery efforts in communities impacted by devastating wildfires that burned across California; and

WHEREAS recovery efforts are ongoing in these counties; and

WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8571 of the Government Code, I find that strict compliance with the various statutes and regulations specified in this order would prevent, hinder, or delay the mitigation of the effects of the wildfires.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, and in particular, Government Code sections 8567 and 8571, do hereby issue the following order to become effective immediately:

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT the provisions of Penal Code section 396, subdivisions (b) and (c), prohibiting price gouging in time of emergency, will remain in effect until December 4, 2018 in Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma Counties. The time period limitations under those subdivisions are hereby waived.

This Order is not intended to, and does not, create any rights or benefits, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity, against the State of California, its agencies, departments, entities, officers, employees, or any other person.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this Order be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this Order.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 13th day of April 2018.



Governor of California