fact that the Governor did not see this Life-saving
as a priority is STUNNING!
Obernolte’s Bill to Fast-Track Fire Safety
Wednesday, October 2,
2019, Assemblyman Obernolte (R-Hesperia) expressed his disappointment that
Governor Newsom vetoed his bill to streamline urgent safety projects in
high-risk fire areas with insufficient egress (exit) routes.
am astonished and extremely disappointed that Governor Newsom has vetoed my
fire safety bill. As we enter into our high-risk fire season, we need to ensure
that residents who live in fire-prone communities can leave quickly and safely.
Unfortunately during the deadly fire in Paradise last year, many residents were
trapped due to the lack of sufficient exit routes. That is unacceptable,”
Assemblyman Obernolte said.
find it baffling that the Governor calls
this bill ‘premature’ when California has seen a tremendous escalation in both
deaths and loss of property due to the devastating wildfires over the last
several years. The fact that the Governor did not see this life-saving measure
as a priority is stunning. This bill would have accelerated the implementation
of the most critical fire safety projects by adding exit routes to prevent more
destruction and more importantly to save lives.”
has seen record numbers of wildfires in the past few years, causing mass
devastation to its residents. In 2017
and 2018 alone there were over 13,000 wildfires which burned almost 1.4 million
acres of the state.
The fact that the
Governor did not see this life-saving measure as a priority is stunning. Additionally, according
to census data California leads the nation when it comes to people living in
high-risk fire areas with 2,044,800 households at high or extreme risk from
wildfires. Texas is a distant second with 715, 300 households.
Assembly Bill 394 would have exempted from the California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) narrowly defined projects recommended by the
Board of Forestry that improve safety
in fire-prone subdivisions identified as lacking sufficient egress