Senator McGuire’s statement on Governor Newsom’s actions on Emergency Preparedness

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire released the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s new executive actions to prioritize and accelerate the state’s response to wildfires.

“These mega wildland fires have been devastating to this great state and we all need to work together to ensure a more proactive and effective emergency response system. The safety of our communities depends on it. We are grateful to see the steps Governor Newsom is taking in his first week in office responding to our new normal and we look forward to working with him and the Legislature on enhanced fire prevention, response and emergency planning and technology.

“Sixty percent of Lake County’s land mass has been impacted by wildland fire since 2015 and the results have been devastating to residents and municipal budgets. We have been working with the Department of Finance and the County of Lake on this proposal for months and we are beyond appreciative to Governor Newsom and Governor Brown for backfilling the property tax losses that are still being felt since the Valley Fire.”