The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.
It was 127 degrees in Death Valley this week. Planes were grounded in Phoenix because it was literally too hot for them to fly. Wildfires burn across the land.
Massive heat waves are deadly. And yet we have a President in the White House making decisions that turn back the clock on protections for air and water and acting as though climate change is something to be ignored.
California’s next governor needs to be an international leader for our planet and our people.
I have been an environmental warrior my entire life. As a first term Assemblywoman, working with a Republican governor, I authored the largest landfill clean up bill in California’s history, creating a fund of $100 million to clean up our landfills. The fund was created by a tipping fee on garbage, so it had the added benefit of also promoting recycling as waste haulers tried to limit the amount of garbage they dumped. I have the legislative and executive record to get things done.
As governor, I will ensure California leads the world, not just in fighting climate change, but also in innovative solutions. Solutions like those currently being tested in Los Angeles, to mitigate the impact of these heat waves on our cities, which are often several degrees warmer due to asphalt streets, parking lots and the lack of shade trees.
Today is supposed to be the hottest day of this heat wave. Please stay cool and hydrated, and look out for your neighbors, particularly the elderly living alone.