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.