The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.
I had the opportunity to tour parts of the devastation caused by the Northern California wildfires, and I want to thank Sonoma Supervisor James Gore for bringing me to see the stunning aftermath firsthand.
It was shocking to see entire neighborhoods – like Coffey Park – almost completely vaporized. 8,400 homes and buildings have been destroyed. Hundreds of families lost everything, yet the community has banded together to help those most in need. It was also very inspiring to hear about the response of local, state and federal government officials, all of whom are cooperating in the aftermath of this disaster, and are there to help start the process of cleaning up and rebuilding.
As someone who spent 18 years in the housing industry – building communities and delivering affordable homes – I know areas affected by the fires can rebuild.
But we must also prepare for future disasters by ensuring that emergency plans include ways to safely evacuate seniors, low-income families, people with disabilities, and others who are the most vulnerable.
As Lt. Governor, disaster preparedness and strengthening our emergency response systems will be a top priority. There is nothing more important than protecting the public safety of all Californians.
Our hearts are with all of those affected. Learn more on how you can help victims of the Northern California fires at: www.eleniforca.com/wildfires