Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Gavin Newsom Begins Tackling California's Wildfire Problem His Second Day In Office

Gavin Newsom Begins Tackling California's Wildfire Problem His Second Day In Office

"We will offer an alternative to the corruption and incompetence in the White House".

He gently scolded President Donald Trump's administration for reducing federal fire-safety budgets by $2 billion but also reached out to Trump.

Democratic U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, also of California, had challenged McCarthy to condemn Trump's comments.

Newly inaugurated California Gov. But he says California's wildfire victims are "American citizens who require our help".

Newsom is keeping former Gov. In his first budget this week, the governor is expected to revive ideas to improve access that fell flat under predecessor Jerry Brown. "People's lives, freedom, security, the water we drink, the air we breathe - they all hang in the balance".

"Disasters and recovery are no time for politics", Newsom added in a subsequent tweet.


The dispute comes a day after Newsom joined the governors of Washington and OR in sending a letter to Trump asking for more federal dollars to clean up forests.

Appearing at a Cal Fire station on his first full day in office, Newsom said the new funding would come on top of $200 million already earmarked for forestry management by the Legislature last fall, bringing the total to $305 million in new spending.

"We are stepping up our game", Newsom told officials and reporters in the northern California community of Colfax, one of many places in the Sierra Nevada foothills at high risk for wildfire. He praised Trump then for quickly providing disaster relief money in the past.

President Trump has repeatedly threatened to cut federal grants to California; citing the state's "illegal" and "unconstitutional" policies that bar local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration agents.

California's new governor wants to reinstate the individual mandate at the state level. "I hear you, I get it, we have to do more", Newsom said.

Last year, the deadliest wildfire in state history ravaged the town of Paradise north of Sacramento, destroying almost all of the housing stock and killing more than 80 people.

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