Federal officials have again denied millions of dollars in disaster aid for survivors of the San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion that destroyed 35 homes.
The San Jose Mercury News says California officials learned Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency turned down Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's appeal to reconsider a Sept. 24 decision denying aid.
FEMA spokeswoman Rachel Racusen says it was decided additional federal help was unnecessary. The agency has said state and local resources weren't overwhelmed by the Sept. 9 explosion and fire that killed eight people and left a neighborhood a smoldering disaster zone.
FEMA is reimbursing up to 75 percent of the firefighting costs.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.