03/13/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/13/2018 12:42
SACRAMENTO - Following a year of devastating floods, fires, mudslides and other extreme weather, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) joined Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and other legislative leaders: Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle (R-Bieber) and Senate President pro Tempore-designate Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) in partnering on solutions this year that will make California more resilient against the impacts of natural disasters and climate change.
'It is critical we take strong and comprehensive action to protect all Californians from the threat of natural disasters and climate change,' said the leaders.
The administration will work closely with legislative leaders and the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, as well as the relevant standing policy committees to craft solutions to:
This work will give state and local governments effective tools to reduce risks and enhance the resiliency of communities and infrastructure. It builds on the ongoing work by the Legislature and administration - alongside the federal government, private sector, non-governmental organizations, community members and other stakeholders - to improve fire threat evaluation, hazard mitigation, carbon storage capacity and tree mortality and forest management practices.
Eight of the state's most destructive fires have occurred in the past five years. This winter's Thomas fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties was the largest in recorded history. The mudslides that followed were among the most lethal the state has ever encountered.