Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer – and the leading candidate to replace Gavin Newsom – presented “Lives, Homes and Property,” his plan to put California on the warpath to prevent wildfires. This proposal includes declaring a state of emergency and restoring much-needed funds to fight wildfires.
This comes after Newsom was found to have been misleading Californians about his wildfire preparedness efforts by actually cutting Cal Fire funding. Mayor Faulconer’s plan represents a much-needed change in the way things have always been done.
Gavin Newsom’s outdated ideas and his failed leadership have burned millions of acres and ruined countless lives. He reneged on his promise to protect California families from wildfires. Like he did with homelessness,” Faulconer said, “The reopening of schools and our unemployment system, Newsom has ignored the problem and misled the public. Californians deserve better. ”
Other state officials are in favor of this measure.
“California needs a new direction in wildfire prevention. Gavin Newsom has let our state burn down while offering only empty promises. Mayor Faulconer will bring a much-needed change to the status quo and will do whatever it takes to protect the lives of Californians. I am proud to support your plan,” said California State Senator Jim Nielsen.
“Now he is trying to add last-minute funds to keep up appearances after being rejected in a bipartisan way by the legislature. Fire safety should be our top priority, not our last. I am going to double the funds for fire prevention to ensure that it is at least a trillion dollars each year,” the former Mayor proposed.
Faulconer will declare a state of emergency to remove dead trees and vegetation and simplify the environmental assessment process for state and local government fire prevention projects throughout California.
“I will use this power across the state to save property and lives,” he said.
Rather than having fire prevention divided among CalFire, CalOES, and other agencies, Faulconer proposes to simplify the process through a single department that coordinates and directs all wildfire prevention efforts with help from federal and local governments.
“The government should not be the only solution; we need the help of all Californians. Californians currently have to go through a lengthy bureaucratic process to receive financial assistance to help prepare their homes for wildfires. I will allow them to have automatic access to up to $10,000 in tax credits to remove vegetation, create 100 feet of defensible space, and replace flammable building materials, such as wooden roofs,” Faulconer said.