San Diego Union Tribune | By Bob Ilko and Kristy Militello, September 18, 2020

We know all too well the ravages of wildfires in San Diego and across the state. Our wildfire seasons are becoming longer and more catastrophic. This month, our neighbors to the north are experiencing severe firestorms with destruction of homes and businesses. Our collective fire resources are stretched too thin.

Unfortunately, this is now a new normal for all Californians. We know that every year, horrific wildfires will occur, causing severe loss of lives, homes and businesses. We just do not know which of our communities will be next. It’s a matter of when, not if.

This is why we are supporting Proposition 19 on the Nov. 3 ballot.

First and foremost, Proposition 19 will create a historic fire response fund that will generate annual funding for local fire staffing and emergency response as well as for CalFire. This is the first time voters across the state will have the opportunity to support firefighters with dedicated funds that can be relied on for desperately needed staffing and emergency response.

Under Proposition 19, fire districts are projected to gain a total of nearly $100 million within the first year of implementation with a 12-year total of additional funding of $6.1 billion, according to a recent analysis by former state Finance Director Michael Genest and his firm.

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