IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
As election day approaches, California’s wildfire crisis is on the ballot.
1. CAL FIRE Local 2881 President Tim Edwards released a new video endorsing Prop 30 as California’s solution to devastating wildfires.
- Citing climate change, drought, and development in the wildland-urban interface, Edwards highlights California’s catastrophic wildfires, which are becoming increasingly severe and frequent — threatening lives, livelihoods, and California’s iconic landscape.
- Prop 30 dedicates $20 billion to CAL FIRE for a 30% increase in staffing, advanced equipment and forest management.
- According to a Wildfire Conservancy study, Prop 30 will enable faster wildfire response and decrease the damaging effects of wildfires, including:
- Preventing 150 large wildfires of 10 acres or greater each year
- Stopping 300,000-500,000 acres from burning each year
- Lowering carbon emissions by over 12 million metric tons each year
- Hardening 50,000 of the most at-risk homes
2. November 8 — Election Day — marks the fourth anniversary of two of California’s most devastating wildfires: the Camp and Woolsey fires.
- The Camp Fire, which ignited on November 8, 2018, killed 85 people and destroyed the town of Paradise, California.
- The Woolsey Fire, which started on the same day, killed 3 and forced the evacuation of over a quarter million Southern California residents.
- Years later, the victims of these fires still struggle with housing displacement and economic recovery. Firefighters deployed to those fires live with the severe health consequences, both physical and mental, of battling mega-blazes.
Prop 30 proposes a tiny tax increase on annual income above $2 million to help millions more Californians afford an electric vehicle, create a statewide EV charging network, and reduce catastrophic wildfires by funding forest management, more firefighters, and firefighting equipment. The Clean Air California coalition supporting Prop 30 has experts on California wildfires, environmental justice, public health, air quality and climate change available to speak with the press. Contact Deborah Camiel at 818-299-3656 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on Prop 30, go to YESon30.