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Posted by: thepinetree on 01/10/2019 10:30 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 01/10/2019 10:30 AM
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Governor Newsom Announces Executive Actions to Strengthen California’s Emergency Preparedness and Response

Colfax, CA...After touring a high-risk fire area with his top emergency management team, Governor Newsom signed two executive actions to enhance disaster preparedness and resilience. Following years of decreases in management of California federal forestlands, Governor Newsom is joining Western State Governors in calling on the White House to double its investment in managing federal forestlands. He also announced that senior, experienced California officials will be leading his Administration’s emergency preparedness and response team.

Prioritizing disaster resilience and response in his first full day as California’s 40th Governor, Governor Gavin Newsom today met with emergency responders at the State Operations Center and toured a high-risk fire area.

“It’s not a coincidence that my first full day as Governor is focused on emergency preparedness. It’s deliberate, it reflects intentionality, and it speaks to the priority that I place on emergency preparedness, response and recovery,” said Governor Newsom.

While standing beside his emergency management and response team, Governor Newsom announced a series of actions aimed at protecting Californians from the growing threat of wildfires and other natural disasters.

Spurred by recent fires where many elderly, low-income and socially-isolated individuals found themselves without the means to escape, Newsom signed an executive order that directs state agencies to consider risk management through an added socioeconomic lens. It asks agencies to identify geographic areas with populations that are particularly at risk during natural disasters. Paired with traditional natural risk factors, this data paints a more accurate assessment of the real human risk and can help guide preventative action to help prevent loss of life — especially for vulnerable groups.

The second executive order modernizes the way the state contracts for technology systems, and the order’s first application will be fire detection. Instead of government prescribing specific technology solutions — something government doesn’t always do well — this Innovation Procurement Sprint allows an agency to specify to the private sector what problems it is trying to solve. And it allows agencies to convene outside experts to source innovative solutions and systems. In fire detection technology, this new process comes with the goal of having cutting-edge technology in the hands of emergency responders by next fire season.

At the event, Governor Newsom also announced that he has joined with Governors Kate Brown of Oregon and Jay Inslee of Washington in requesting President Donald Trump double the federal government’s financial investment in managing federal forestlands in California, Washington, and Oregon.

The Governor will invest in a five-year, $1 billion forest management plan in his next budget and the state has already invested $111.3 million in forest health since 2017. But the U.S. Forest Service has seen its budget cut by more than $2 billion since 2016, reducing the agency’s capacity to manage federal forestland in California.

This letter emphasized that the western states’ significant state-level efforts will not be as effective without a substantial increase to wildland management by our federal partners.

Governor Newsom today also announced the Administration’s leadership team on emergency and natural disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

His Administration will establish a Senior Advisor on Emergency Preparedness and Management within the Governor’s Office to directly coordinate with Administration officials across agencies and departments, as well as federal, state and local officials and public safety experts. The position will be filled by respected Capitol staffer Rhys D.J. Williams, who previously served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.

With an emphasis on continuity and expertise, Governor Newsom will also retain and reappoint Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Director Mark Ghilarducci, California Military Department (CMD) Adjutant General David Baldwin, and California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Warren Stanley in their current positions.

Newsom will also appoint as Director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Thomas Porter, currently serving as Acting Director.

Williams will serve as Senior Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Management within the Governor’s Office. Williams has served in senior leadership positions for two California Senate Presidents (Steinberg and Perata) since immigrating to the United States in 2009. Most recently, Williams was the Chief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor Newsom.

Ghilarducci was appointed the Director of Cal OES in July 2013 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., having previously served as Secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency under Governor Brown. He has also served as Deputy Director of Cal OES under Governor Gray Davis, where he oversaw statewide emergency operations, planning and training.

Porter is currently serving as Acting Director at CAL FIRE, where he will continue to serve as the appointed Director. Porter began his career with CAL FIRE in 1999 and has held multiple responsibilities, including vegetation management, pre-fire programs, and fuel management grant programs. Porter was promoted to Southern Region Chief in 2015, and later to Chief of Strategic Planning.

Stanley, appointed by Governor Brown in February 2018, will continue his service as the leader of the largest state law enforcement agency in the nation. Stanley is the first African-American to hold the rank of Commissioner in the history of the CHP. Stanley has served the people of California within the CHP since 1982 — and has held every available rank from Officer to Commissioner.

Baldwin was appointed the Adjutant General of California in April 2011, where he is responsible for the operation of the State Military Department. General Baldwin enlisted in the California Army National Guard in 1982 and his military assignments have included Rifle Platoon Leader, Operations Officer, and Executive Officer. He has held command posts on deployments to the Middle East and Afghanistan.

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That thing with his hands..
Posted on: 2019-01-10 11:05:54   By: Anonymous
Mr. Burns on the Simpson does the same thing when he grimaces.

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    Re: That thing with his hands..
    Posted on: 2019-01-10 11:26:14   By: Anonymous
    Notice his hands , that's the way he greets President Trump only on his knees !

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      Re: That thing in his hands..
      Posted on: 2019-01-11 20:36:40   By: Anonymous
      Look at the faces of all the uniformed men surrounding Gavin.
      They want to see him in the showers.

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    Truth is poison to Liberals
    Posted on: 2019-01-10 12:43:15   By: Anonymous

    If Gavin Newsom has funds to fully fund Illegals before Fire Victims then Commiefornia does not need any Federal Funding! Seriously. He claims we have a $15 Billion Surplus of Funds but he chooses to fully fund Illegals before his own Legal Citizens. So yes I fully agree with President Trump on yanking Federal Funding! Which is the more important our own Legal Citizens in need or Illegal Immigrants?
    #NeverVoteDemocrat #NeverVoteRino
    #NeverVoteSocialist #NeverVoteLiberal
    #MAGA2020 #Trump2020 #NODACA
    #BuildTheWall #FundTheWall #VoteThemOutIn2020
    #FundBorderSecurity #NoGlobalism

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    Posted on: 2019-01-12 16:51:19   By: Anonymous

    Sadly we have been duped, deluded, lied to, programmed, coerced and forced into voting for Party Lines!! Do the research and prove me wrong! People need to wake up and not allow themselves to be all of the above mentioned!! George Washington himself warned us long ago about the danger of Party Lines yet today it is no longer taught.
    No where in the Constitution are Political Parties even mentioned!! This would imply if we follow the Constitution that Political Parties are actually Illegal or contrary to the Constitution. So why are we forced to vote in any election along their lines? This is where Voter Reform is needed!
    Education is POWER and with that Power you are the more informed Citizen! The Government does NOT want you knowing that. Political Party Leaders do not want you knowing that. Globalists do not want you knowing that. Do you know why they do not want you knowing that? Because then you won't contribute or donate to their respective Cash Cows and Coffers! The Political Party System is one of the biggest lies put upon the American Citizens from long ago. The Founding Fathers knew though what was going to happen. George Washington warned us and Thomas Jefferson warned us by writing the Federalist Papers. Now I will also warn you.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-01-10 11:55:01   By: Anonymous
If I was in law enforcement, I wouldn't want to stand behind this creep, he, like Jerry are anti law enforcement, doesn't have the balls to protect our own citizens, just a matter of time and he will be working at the DMV, cleaning toilets!

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    Posted on: 2019-01-10 21:16:48   By: Anonymous
    That guy in blue, to Gaavins left, looks like he wants to kiss the Gov.

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Posted on: 2019-01-10 11:57:59   By: Anonymous
Are those Newsom's own teeth or fabricated dentures?

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    Posted on: 2019-01-10 23:32:08   By: Anonymous
    Plastic hair.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-01-10 12:10:56   By: Anonymous
I hope President Trump tell Newsom to let the federal forests burn or better yet, require a better forest management program for federal forests. Only if Newsome agrees to similar forest management program for California forests.

VIVA LA RAZA!! Ladies and gentlemen, you live in the new California, a third world country, where elected officials, state and federal live with walls around their abodes. We the People are not important enough to require a border barricade. Are Pelosi's teeth coming loose? She's always adjusting her jaw.

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    Posted on: 2019-01-10 12:23:01   By: Anonymous
    Thats what Shumer asks her, "are your'e teeth coming loose?" He loves a good gum job

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    Posted on: 2019-01-11 19:27:50   By: Anonymous
    Hey ignoramus. Why don't you move if its so bad?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-01-10 12:27:50   By: Anonymous
Newsom, Brown and Grey Davis, all the same.

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    Posted on: 2019-01-11 07:31:04   By: Anonymous
    Let’s talk about what is really important. Trump’s SHUTDOWN. More damage from the moron and chief. The wall just got thirty feet shorter. This fool never stops bull sh—ing America. We have a credibility problem alright, our president....

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      Posted on: 2019-01-11 10:22:14   By: Anonymous
      Hey ignoramus. Why don't you move if its so bad?

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        Posted on: 2019-01-11 20:10:17   By: Anonymous
        ^ Say it again, and maybe it might make sense.

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