San Francisco Chronicle | Rudy Gonzalez, October 21, 2020

California has veered into a situation we have never dealt with before as we face a series of hardships: COVID-19, an unprecedented recession and record-breaking wildfires burning up and down the state.

No one has been untouched by the effects of the devastating wildfires. We woke up a few short weeks ago to apocalyptic orange skies and were instructed to stay indoors so as not to breathe in the hazardous air from the wildfires bringing destruction to our neighboring cities. But our inability to go for a walk or enjoy a breath of fresh air under blue skies fails in comparison to the nightmare being lived just miles from our doorsteps.

This year, there have been over 8,200 wildfires in California that have burned over 4 million acres, and a quarter of the 20 largest wildfires in California history have occurred in 2020. This is a trend, and something must be done to protect those who find themselves in the path of these ever-increasing and dangerous wildfires.

That is why I have put my support behind Proposition 19.

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