California’s $300 million COVID-19 FEMA bill: Who is responsible?

California cities and counties are on the hook for $300 million in coronavirus aid the state says was promised to them by the Federal Emergency Management Agency but then reneged, leaving many communities already facing financial shortfalls, scrambling to cover their portion of the bill. 

Sonoma County, for example, has $32 million to pay back, while San Diego County has up to $28 million, and San Francisco is looking at a $114 million bill. 

FILE – In this Monday, April 13, 2020, file photo, pedestrians walk to the edge of the sidewalk to avoid stepping on people in tents and sleeping bags in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

The surprise clawback comes after Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) launched a program during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic
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