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Kevin Faulconer Unveils Plan To Put California On A War Footing For Wildfires

Lives, Homes and Property

SACRAMENTO – Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer – the leading candidate to recall Gavin Newsom – today unveiled “Lives, Homes and Property,” his plan to put California on a war footing for wildfire prevention. This proposal includes declaring a state of emergency and restoring much-needed funding.

This comes after Newsom was caught misleading Californians about his wildfire preparedness efforts, having actually reduced funding for Cal Fire. Mayor Faulconer’s plan represents a much-needed shift to this status quo.

“Gavin Newsom’s stale ideas and failed leadership have left millions of acres burnt and ruined countless lives. He has broken his promise to protect California families from wildfires. Just as he has on homelessness, school reopenings, and our unemployment system, Newsom has ignored the problem and misled the public. Californians deserve better. My plan will put us on a war footing against wildfires, making fighting them our top priority. Lives are at stake and we need to treat this problem with the seriousness it deserves.”Mayor Kevin Faulconer

“California needs a new direction on wildfire prevention. Gavin Newsom has let our state burn while offering nothing but empty promises. Mayor Faulconer will bring much needed change to the status quo and do what is needed to protect the lives of Californians. I am proud to support his plan.”Senator Jim Nielsen

“There seems to be no end in sight to ever increasing property and lives lost to wildfires in our State. Kevin Faulconer understands that preventing and fighting wildfires is a top priority for the people of our state. Having personally survived California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire, the Camp Fire, I know how devastating these fires can be. Kevin Faulconer knows what is necessary to protect lives and property for California communities. I believe he will provide critical leadership on improving forest health and wildfire safety as our next Governor.” Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter

“As Mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer demonstrated leadership rarely seen from public servants. He knows that wildfire prevention is critical for all of California and as Governor he will do whatever it takes to protect our communities. His bold leadership will represent a much-needed change in how our state approaches this vital issue.”Poway Mayor Steve Vaus

Here are the highlights of Mayor Faulconer’s plan:

As Governor, I will STOP cutting wildfire funding. This will be a major change from Newsom, who cut $150 million from the state’s wildfire budget after the worst fire year in California history. Now he’s sneaking more funding in last minute to save face after receiving bipartisan pushback from the Legislature. Fire safety should be our first priority, not our last. I’m going to double fire prevention funding to guarantee at least $1 billion every single year.

I will declare a state of emergency for fires on day one as Governor. It’s shocking that Gavin Newsom has not created statewide tools given the urgency of the situation. I will use emergency powers to speed up the clearing of dead trees and vegetation while streaming the environmental review process on fire prevention projects led both by the state and local governments across California. We will use this power statewide to save both property and lives.

We will establish a new California Department of Wildfire Prevention. Instead of having fire prevention split among CalFire, CalOES and other agencies, we will streamline our approach with one department to coordinate and lead all state wildfire prevention efforts with federal and local governments.

I will offer tax credits for residents to protect their homes from wildfires. Government should not be the only solution; we need to help every Californian. Right now, Californians have to go through lengthy bureaucratic processes to get financial assistance to help prepare their homes for wildfires, I’ll allow them to automatically access up to $10,000 in tax credits to remove vegetation to create 100 feet of defensible space and replace flammable building materials like wood roofs.

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Kevin Faulconer Releases New Ad: “This Is California”

With fresh ideas and new leadership, we can help the homeless and clean up California

SAN DIEGO – Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer – the leading candidate to recall Gavin Newsom – released a new ad today highlighting his “Streets to Shelter” plan to fight homelessness and his record of results on the issue in San Diego.

While homelessness has skyrocketed in Newsom’s California, San Diego saw a double-digit decrease under Mayor Faulconer as he got people off the streets and into shelter. He will bring real change and address this crisis with action as Governor.

WATCH the new ad here and download it here:

SCRIPT:

This is California

GAVIN NEWSOM: “You want to know who the homeless czar is? I’m the homeless czar”

Gavin Newsom has failed, his homeless crisis is worse than ever

I’m Kevin Faulconer, as Mayor of San Diego I didn’t allow tent encampments on sidewalks

If you allow tent encampments on a sidewalk, you’re condemning people to die on our sidewalks, we’re better than that as Californians

With fresh ideas and new leadership, we can help the homeless and clean up California

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Kevin Faulconer Statement On The Announcement Of The Recall Election Date

“Change is coming for California and retirement is coming for Gavin Newsom.”

SAN DIEGO – Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer – the leading candidate to recall Gavin Newsom – released the following statement on the announcement of the recall election date on September 14:

“The people have spoken and this recall is happening. This movement is powered by Californians from every community – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. I am ready to lead this recall and begin the California Comeback to clean up our streets, cut taxes on the middle class, and reopen our schools. Change is coming for California and retirement is coming for Gavin Newsom.”

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WTAS: Kevin Faulconer Sets The Tone With Homelessness Plan In Recall Race

“You can throw all the money in the world at this. If you don’t have the political will to make a difference … it’s not going to change.”

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer continued to separate himself from the field in this recall election with the unveiling of his “Streets to Shelters” plan in Los Angeles and Sacramento yesterday.

Mayor Faulconer’s plan – which features providing a right to shelter and an obligation to use it – represents a much-needed departure from the status quo under Gavin Newsom, where homelessness has continued to grow worse.

Here are some highlights of the coverage:

Fox 11 Los Angeles reported on Mayor Faulconer’s rollout in Los Angeles, across the street from a tent encampment:

In their report, The Los Angeles Times detailed how Mayor Faulconer’s approach would have an impact on homelessness in California:

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kevin Faulconer released a plan to address homelessness on Tuesday that would couple the creation of more shelters across California with significantly stricter enforcement of no-camping laws in public spaces.

The former San Diego mayor’s proposal is modeled after actions he took in that city to reduce the number of people living on the street by 12% at a time when encampments were on the rise, but drew criticism for his reliance on law enforcement to clear them from sidewalks.

“I did not allow tent encampments on the sidewalk, because we care about people,” said Faulconer, who intends to run in the recall election to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom. “If you let people live in a tent on your streets and sidewalks, you’re condemning them to die in that tent.”

Under his plan, Faulconer would use an executive order to form a state-run network of temporary shelters on state property and push for a “right to shelter” law that could allow local governments to bar people from sleeping in streets, parks and other public spaces once they have been offered a shelter bed.

Fox 40 Sacramento covered Mayor Faulconer’s rollout event in the area later that day as he visited a large homeless encampment:

The AP noted how Mayor Faulconer’s innovative plan differs from past approaches on homelessness:

Faulconer’s plan centers in part around a federal court order that says cities can’t criminalize people for sleeping on the street if adequate shelter isn’t available. He wants to put that ruling into state law, along with a measure that gives the state power to require people to vacate public spaces if they refuse shelter. He called for extra state funding to help local governments build shelters and to put some on state-owned land. There’s no price tag attached.

He’d bypass the Democratically controlled state Legislature with an executive order to create a “network of state-led shelters” by working with local governments and nonprofits. He wants to create a new California Highway Patrol unit to work on homelessness and encourage people to get shelters.

Encampments could be cleared and people arrested after warnings if they refuse shelter. Former San Diego police chief Shelly Zimmerman, who joined Faulconer, spoke about the creation of a new city police division aimed at helping the homeless. The goal, she said, was to get people the help they needed and to intervene when people don’t want to accept it.

And Fox News highlighted Mayor Faulconer’s scathing criticism of Newsom, and how he has not delivered after declaring himself the “homeless czar:”

Republican California gubernatorial candidate Kevin Faulconer unveiled his plan to fix the state’s homelessness crisis Tuesday, just over a month after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom took heat for his plan that breaks down to spending roughly $75,000 per homeless person.

“The governor has failed. He called himself the homeless czar,” Faulconer told Fox News in an interview. “You can throw all the money in the world at this. If you don’t have the political will to make a difference … it’s not going to change.”

Read more about Mayor Faulconer’s “Streets to Shelter” plan HERE.

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Kevin Faulconer Unveils “Streets to Shelter” To Help Homeless Californians

LOS ANGELES –  Former San Diego Mayor unveiled the “Streets to Shelter” Plan, a homeless plan based in reality. This proposal follows the same approach Faulconer used in San Diego that led to a double-digit drop in homelessness while cities across California experienced the opposite. 
 
By establishing a right to shelter and an obligation to use it, this plan will clean up homeless encampments while increasing shelters, supportive services, and access to housing. This approach will not only fill gaps in the state’s homeless policies but will also give local governments new tools to reduce homelessness.
 
Gavin Newsom promised to lead with compassion, but he broke that promise and left 161,000 Californians out in the cold. Shattered lives are piling up on our sidewalks, in our emergency rooms, and in our morgues, Newsom is a phony politician whose only concern is saving his own career, not getting homeless Californians the shelter they need. My approach to homelessness is based on a simple belief: People are not made to live outdoors. If you condone people living on the streets, you’re condemning them to die on the streets.” – Mayor Kevin Faulconer
 
Gavin Newsom has shown he doesn’t have the political will to help people off the streets and into shelter. Mayor Faulconer’s plan represents a much-needed change from the status quo. He has the experience taking on this issue head-on and getting results. He’s the only candidate who can get the job done and that’s why I’m proud to support him.” – Senator Scott Wilk
 
Rising homelessness has reached crisis levels in CA, but Kevin Faulconer wants to change that.   As Mayor of San Diego, he showed that there is a way to get people help and proved himself to be a rare humanitarian. He will bring real change as Governor and finally bring support for thousands of homeless Californians who are desperate for help.” – Assemblymember Marie Waldron
 
As a 35-year law enforcement professional, one of the many reasons why I loved being a police officer was that every day you had an opportunity to make a positive difference in someone’s life and often at their worst possible moment. Working to better the lives of our homeless population will always be a priority for me. That’s why I support this statewide approach introduced by Mayor Faulconer. He will bring the same resolve to the Governor’s office that he brought to our city.” – Shelley Zimmerman, former San Diego Police Department Chief
 
When Kevin Faulconer was Mayor of San Diego, he worked with the Alpha Project and all our other homeless services providers to get people off the street. He took compassionate measures to expand access to shelters and services while also enforcing city ordinances to keep sidewalks clear. The results speak for themselves, no city in California had better outcomes on homelessness than San Diego when Kevin Faulconer was Mayor. I am proud of his commitment to keep fighting on this issue.” – Bob McElroy, CEO, Alpha Project
 
 
 
Here are the highlights of Mayor Faulconer’s plan:
 
Right to Shelter law:
The Faulconer administration will finally enable widespread enforcement of laws against unsafe and unsanitary tent encampments by creating a California law that requires the level of shelter mandated by these legal precedents.
 
State Shelters to Enable Encampment Cleanups:
For the first time, the state will play a direct role in helping to establish shelters. Governor Faulconer will sign an executive order to immediately begin establishing a network of state-led shelters to add to the overall number of shelter beds in California, helping to comply with federal court rulings that require shelter to be available before a homeless individual is obligated to vacate the property.
 
Establish a Public Right to Public Spaces:
The Faulconer administration will craft a law establishing the public’s right to access public spaces and require state and local governments to guarantee this right.
 
Issue Executive Order to Keep State Property Clean:
Governor Faulconer will sign an executive order that supports the right of California residents to use public spaces on state property by making the adequate maintenance of these lands a standard duty of state agencies. This sends a clear message to Californians that they should be able to use state beaches, parks, open spaces, freeways and other state-owned properties. 
 
Create Housing California’s Heroes Program:
Governor Faulconer will issue an executive order to create “Housing California’s Heroes,” a  statewide program to house homeless veterans. This policy is modeled on San Diego’s nationally-recognized “Housing our Heroes” program.
 
Audit Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Other Homeless Funds to Improve Outcomes:
The Faulconer administration will identify solutions to increase the effectiveness of homeless services by auditing all state funds used for mental health, drug and alcohol substance abuse programs and homeless services. The audit will also recommend metrics and help target resources at the most effective programs.


 
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