Wildfire Oversight Hearing Cancelled...So We Hosted Our Own

As I mentioned in my email last week, three crucial oversight hearings were recently cancelled.

The Wildfire Prevention and Forest Resiliency hearing was scheduled for August 18th after a CapRadio report found that the governor slashed wildfire prevention funding and overstated the total amount of acres treated to prevent wildfires by 690%.

Frustrated with the Democratic leadership’s cancellation and indefinite postponement of this hearing, my colleagues in the Assembly Republican Wildfire Working Group and I hosted our own informational forum to discuss the barriers, challenges, and solutions to preventing catastrophic wildfires.

Fire and forestry experts traveled to the State Capitol to testify before lawmakers on best practices to prevent wildfires. They spoke on opportunities to improve firefighting operations, wildland fire mitigation, and recovery services and measures to prevent wildfires and improve forest health.

At a time when wildfires are raging across California, it is unconscionable that the wildfire oversight hearing was abruptly cancelled. Families are being evacuated and displaced, homes and habitats are being destroyed, and entire communities are burning to the ground. 

The people of California deserve transparency and accountability. They weren’t getting it from the current administration, so my colleagues and I took action.

2020 was the worst year for wildfires in California’s recorded history. 4,257,863 acres burned, over 10,000 structures were destroyed, and 33 people lost their lives. 2021 is on trend to surpass these numbers.

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Assemblymember, 67th District

The meeting’s agenda can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/3jHnSZz
My remarks can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/3jycGOK