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President Trump will travel to California to meet with wildfire victims

President Trump will travel to California to meet with wildfire victims

Seventy-one people are confirmed dead and over 1,000 are unaccounted for

President Donald Trump will travel to California this Saturday to meet with victims of several deadly wildfires currently burning in the region that have already claimed the lives of over 70 people.

The state is currently fighting two fires, one outside of Los Angeles and another far more deadly fire north of Sacramento. As of Thursday afternoon, authorities had confirmed 56 deaths in the northern California fire known as the Camp Fire, and another three deaths in the southern fire, known as the Woolsey fire.

It was unclear Thursday precisely which area of the state Trump planned to visit. The White House said more information would be released in the coming days.

The President will have a lot of devastation to view. Drone footage of the City of Paradise shows that that a gorgeous, small town is little more than ash and soot.

The death toll is expected to climb over the next few days, having already reached 71 as of Saturday morning.  There are also more than 1,000 missing people, and that list is expected to expand as well.

It appears that a temporary truce has been called between Trump and the political leaders of the #Resistance from California.

Trump has visited California once since taking office — to view border wall prototypes along the U.S.-Mexico border. The president tweeted on Wednesday that he had spoken with Gov. Jerry Brown “to let him know that we are with him, and the people of California, all the way!”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is glad to see the president come to California.

“I welcome the president’s visit to see the extent of the damage from these ongoing wildfires and look forward to working with his administration to ensure California receives all the federal support possible in the response and recovery,” Feinstein said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the quest for the origins of this year’s fires, especially the Camp Fire that incinerated Paradise and the Woolsey fire that destroyed numerous celebrity homes and 83% of the cherished Santa Monica National Recreation Area. The park had been the site used for filming many TV shows and movies.

There are many theories being offered about why these fires began.

An electrical cause is certainly on the table, [James Engel, the deputy chief of law enforcement and fire prevention at the northern division of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection] said, from a power line that could have fallen in the wind, or some other malfunctioning electrical equipment.

Other causes will also be considered, from a tossed cigarette to a power-mower blade sparking a rock to a hot vehicle tailpipe. Many investors in Pacific Gas and Electric, one of California’s largest utility companies, have already placed their bets and reduced their risk, with the company’s share price plummeting in a wave of selling in fear that the company will be held liable.

It should be noted that in 2016, the state’s electric utility was poised to be the center of bipartisan legislation from both state houses, but Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the bill. California investigative reporter Katy Grimes recently offered this background:

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bipartisan wildfire management bill in 2016, despite unanimous passage by the Legislature, 75-0 in the Assembly and 39-0 in the Senate. SB 1463 would have given local governments more say in fire-prevention efforts through the Public Utilities Commission proceeding making maps of fire hazard areas around utility lines. In a gross display of politics, this is especially pertinent given that Cal Fire and the state’s media are now blaming the largest utility in the state for the latest wildfires.

In his explanation of the veto, Brown indicated that map-making and threat-assessment was already occurring between the utilities commission and Cal Fire.

After Brown’s veto California Senator John Moorlach predicted:

“One of the paramount responsibilities of government is to provide for public safety. The consequences of wildfires include loss of life, property damage, impacts on ecosystems, etc. Communities in my district, particularly Laguna Beach, are rightfully very concerned about fire safety.

“SB 1463 would have not only safeguarded Laguna and other high fire-risk communities in Orange County, but would have helped other vulnerable communities throughout the state that are often threatened by wildfires caused by sparks from shorted or fallen utility lines. The Governor’s veto impedes the necessity to more urgently address the California Public Utilities Commission’s focus on identifying high risk areas that should be prioritized for appropriate mitigation measures.”

If it turns out the a powerline is responsible for these blazes, Moorlach would have been tragically prescient.


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Bucky Barkingham | November 17, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Will Antifa’s and NeverTrumps stage demonstrations to protest his visit?

The trouble with these high profile political visitors is that they require enormous resources that are needed by the disaster areas.

“I welcome the president’s visit to see the extent of the damage from these ongoing wildfires and look forward to working with his administration to ensure California receives all the federal support possible in the response and recovery,” Sen Feinstein

Hey Diane, how is Dr Ford doing, you lying pos.

No federal dollars for any sanctuary cities or states. Period.

Why? Seriously, why? Will he man a soup kitchen, or a fire hose, or do triage?

When local conditions equal a war zone, and a POTUS appearance – by definition – creates huge disruptions and a drain on local resources, what good will it do for those suffering a horrid trauma to have the POTUS meet victims or tour the area?

I said the thing concerning GW Bush and hurricane Katrina in 2005, plus BO Obama and the Joplin tornado in 2011.

This is little more than political circus for the masses. And in Trump’s case, it’s an excuse for the violent orcs of the Left to spew their ignorance that ‘literally hitler’ is to blame.

I understand it’s a ‘spot light moment’ for any potus to show the misguided that he cares, but I view it as political circus and a waste of time.

    This is one of those situations where the president has to go, lest the media accuse him of being heartless.

      Anchovy in reply to snopercod. | November 17, 2018 at 6:56 pm

      I don’t think this will make any difference to the media. It’s not like they are going to trade in their Obama knee pads for Trump knee pads.

      Politics has no place when peoples lives have been uprooted to this degree. Gov. Brown will cause even a bigger problem as all the agency big wigs snuggle up kissing ass instead of doing their jobs.

Body language is amazing:

Trump looks in charge, jerry brown looks cowed, and idiot-elect gavin newsome likes like a child.

Trump Tours Ravaged Town Of Paradise After Deadly Camp Fire: