Marin Independent Journal | By John Bagala, October 29, 2020

For the last few years, residents of California have had to deal with a constant onslaught of emergencies.

Our frontline personnel have been working tirelessly trying to mitigate these disasters, and the job has become much more difficult; major wildfires in urban and rural communities, “red flag” days, high-wind events, power outages and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic.

These events have, in turn, created their own economic crisis, one that is affecting nearly every municipality in our great state.

So far this year, we have witnessed firsthand the burning of over 4.1 million acres, which is more than the last three years combined. Five of the six largest fires in California history have burned this year, including the largest fire we’ve ever recorded.

hese massive wildfires left fire districts with severe budgetary and workforce setbacks. With resources stretched thin and some of our agencies severely understaffed, agencies have had to make extremely tough decisions about financial priorities.

We have a long road ahead and one fact cannot be disputed – our firefighters and emergency workers are in dire need of funding to prepare us for what is to come. That is why, as president of Marin Professional Firefighters Local 1775, I would like to say that California’s professional firefighters have put their strong support behind Proposition 19.

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