I decided to change legal representaion at the 1st of the year to a wildfire specialty firm out of CA, Singleton Schreiber. They specialize in wildfire litigation with a very good track record. From their website:
"Hiring a lawyer when in such a predicament can seem expensive, but it will be well worth it if it means getting compensation for the property you have lost. Most insurance agencies have ways to twist and bend the rules so as not to pay claims; your attorney will come in handy to make sure that you get paid the full value of what your belongings were worth. In California, Singleton Schreiber is your trusted property damage attorneys. We are experts in taking care of you when it comes to wildfire claims."
So far so good but still dealing with quantifying and qualifying the economic losses then will discuss non-economic damages as well. I sumbitted my public comments last night so I'm on the "Federal Register" of The National Archives.
The will be a Townhall Meeting on Jan. 19th as per this fire for Singleton Schrieber clients and those currently not represented as follows:
Obviously, this is going to go on over time and the "emergency dislocation" cost reimbursement was promised to me to be paid over 6 months ago so it (the fire) is still affecting my finances up here to the point of scraping the bottom and facing disconnects and loan default and whatever, if anything, I get in the form of a settlement will be too little, too late to keep this ship afloat so I am finishing up my pitch deck and finacial projections now in order to seek bridge financing.
So, I've pitched a beeotch far and wide, have not stood down, have not remained silent but it's now time I leave this fight in the capable hands of Singleton Schrieber as I'm out of propane, out of firewood and just lodge stuff to do.
I got mad, really mad with the way they treated this Honorably Discharged Veteran but by speaking up about it is what connected me to Bunker Labs and the community of veteran entrepreneurs which has been most welcoming thus far (I've been on good behavior) so, there is something good to have come out of this entire ordeal and I'll end on that. I got heard buy the three articles published in The Taos News and am grateful for their attention. I was so angry the day I called the editorial desk I was rattling on looking for criminal prosecutions I later deemed to not be in order. Communication was tight lipped and not forthcoming but after spending months researching the situation everybody involved did their sworn duty to the letter from County Commissioner up to the Governor followed protocal as far as I have concluded. The FEMA laws state that up to 15% of a population as a total loss is "acceptable" and Taos County claims did not reach 4,800 claims filed out of the 32,000 residents of Taos County so their request for assistance was not submitted to FEMA as they did not meet the 15% rule. It's called "acceptable loss" as explained very well here. I would also like to apologize publicly to the many local and state officials and legislators I at times bedeviled on social media outlets and my offer to come on out and have a cup of cowboy perk coffee and look at my property still stands. So far in 9 months and three newspaper articles not a single public official has stepped foot on my property except a few of my buddy Jerry's guys a few times for unrelated incidents. (cough, cough).
I unfortunatly, am the most affected Taos County resident due to my close proximity to the disaster area boundaries that were moved to the county line when Taos County failed to meet the 15% hurddle. An "acceptable loss". A sacrifice for the greater good and all will feel bad if I go under in this business startup but I'm not giving up this ship just yet. Watch.
I will never forget seeing this rolling fast from my property...shot from my front circle on May 11, 2022 when my friend and Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe drove under the missing K of our sign and shook my hand and told me I had 30 minutes or less to evacuate or risk death I did as I was told.