California is now dead to me.
California is dead to me…a smoldering ruin of a once prosperous state. I spent a glorious Thanksgiving week in Michigan, enjoying my first snowfall in many years and escaping coverage of the wildfire disaster. Before leaving, I went through my jewelry collection and packed sentimental favorites and valuable items in the event that San Diego was hit with a fire during my vacation.
While I was organizing my case, my anger at the choices made by both federal and state politicians and bureaucrats that led to the loss of life was heating up as hot as any of those flames. And instead of meaningful change, Governor Jerry Brown’s solution to this is to let the utilities charge us for the fire settlements likely to stem from this disaster.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a measure allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires.
Brown announced Friday he’d signed the bill, which is aimed at preventing bankruptcy for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The massive utility faces billions of dollars in liability if investigators determine its equipment caused the Tubbs Fire that destroyed thousands of homes and killed 22 people in Santa Rosa last year.
The measure is the most hotly contested part of a wide-ranging plan to reduce the growing threat of wildfires.
Long-time readers will recall the Legal Insurrection team has been diligently covering the climate-change-centered, environmental-activist policies that have made lumber industries an enemy-of-the state.
Some highlights over the last 5 years I have monitored the state’s blazes include:
- Our review of Scorched Worth: A True Story of Destruction, Deceit and Government Corruption, covers the hard fought legal battle between Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI), the second largest lumber producer in the nation, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) and the United States Forest Service.
- In 2016, the state’s electric utility was poised to be the center of bipartisan legislation to enhance fire protection from electrical system that was offered from both state houses, but Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the bill.
- When California’s famous wine country burned, we covered the reports from scientists and land-use experts that local-solutions to site-specific problems that arise when urban areas meet the wild offer more effective protection that taxation to implement untried, expensive regional and global solutions.
- I gave a front-line report the time I was trapped on Interstate 15 while a wildfire raged less than 1 mile ahead.
- We noted that the water restrictions that have been imposed under Governor Jerry Brown are likely to have contributed to the intensity of the wildfires that occur.
Every time there has been a wildfire catastrophe, I have hope that it will be the last. We are taxed, lectured, and regulated to the based on the promise of “fire security”…and all is well until the next Santa Ana or the next arsonist.
Now, Paradise has been literally destroyed. As of this report, the historic and deadly Camp Fire is now 100% contained as 85 are confirmed dead and over 200 are still missing.
My rage at Sacramento has also been fueled by the “Sanctuary State” antics that have helped create the disruption at the border less than 30 miles from my home.
I came to California from Michigan in 1985 because it offered more opportunities for success. Now, my husband and I are planning to move once my son is in college, as the voters, unions, and politicians have incinerated the pathways to life, health, and prosperity that once existed in the state.DONATE
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