By Bill McEwen
April 12, 2021
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack designated 50 California counties as natural disaster areas last month because of the drought.
And, over the weekend, Fresno Congressman Jim Costa said on KSEE-24’s Sunday Morning Matters program that Gov. Newsom should declare a statewide emergency because of the dangerously dry conditions.
Vilsack is a Democrat…. Costa is a Democrat.
Newsom Rejects Request for Emergency Declaration
Yet, Newsom, also a Democrat, last week rejected a request from a bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers from the Valley to declare a statewide drought emergency. State Sen. Andreas Borgeas, a Fresno Republican, is leading the effort to obtain the emergency declaration.
“Drought is a recurring feature of the California climate, and we know from experience that early action improves response. We are in a better place today because of what we have learned from the most recent drought,” said Erin Mellon, the governor’s spokesperson.
“The Administration is already taking steps to address emerging dry year impacts, and to prepare for additional efforts if dry conditions continue or worsen. … We stand ready to take additional actions if it becomes necessary.”
The time for additional action is now, Costa told KSEE-24 news anchor Alexan Balekian.
“Yes, it’s an emergency,” Costa said….
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