Gavin Newsom wants fire-spotting cameras in California forests

Leslie Hanson
January 11, 2019

It would also help two California counties recover from property taxes lost due to wildfire destruction.

California lawmakers last year approved a fresh $1 billion over five years for forest management activities.

As part of his initiative, Newsom said he wants to spend $10 million this year and $50 million next year on overhauling the state's 911 system, but eventually wants the expenses to be covered by Californians through a fee on their monthly phone bills.

He'll spend "tens of millions" to aid Lake and Butte counties with lost property tax revenue.

In addition, Newsom's new budget "proposes increasing the size of the subsidies for families who already receive it, and it would make California the first state to make subsidies available to middle income families", his office said. Jerry Brown past year.

Gov. -elect Gavin Newsom and his family attend an Inauguration Family Event at the California Railroad Museum in Sacramento on January 6.

In his first executive order, Newsom directed the state to create a single government purchaser for prescription drugs to increase negotiating leverage with pharmaceutical companies.

"We are stepping up our game", Newsom told officials and reporters in the northern California community of Colfax, one of many places in the Sierra Nevada foothills at high risk for wildfire.

Trump has blamed California for its wildfires, saying the state hadn't done enough to clean up its forests - ignoring the fact that about 60 percent of California's forests are on federal lands.

Newsom's office says he'll take executive actions that "prioritize and accelerate" the state's response to fires.

November's fire in the northern California town of Paradise was the deadliest US wildfire in a century, killing at least 85 people and destroying almost 14,000 homes.

The new governor will also have to confront the thorny issue of how much responsibility utilities should hold when their equipment starts wildfires.

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