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Sacramento, California - Following a statewide emergency declaration due to wildfires in Northern and Southern California, as well as the utility-directed power shutoffs that have impacted millions of residents this month, Governor Gavin Newsom today highlighted new and existing partnerships in which local, state, business and philanthropy entities are working together to assist families and businesses during these difficult times.

“Californians are bearing the brunt of these wildfires and power shutoffs, with daily lives and routines being disrupted and turned upside down. I am a firm believer that it takes a community to get us through the tough times together,” said Governor Newsom. “That’s why my administration is pulling together resources to make sure people have access to their basic needs, and that businesses have resources to help them get back on their feet.”

Resources for Residents:

For Businesses:

·         California Capital Access Program

For Business Operations, the State:

Community and Corporate Philanthropy:

The Governor yesterday declared a statewide emergency due to the dangerous weather conditions. Earlier today, Governor Newsom announced the launch of a new state website, RESPONSE.CA.GOV, which serves as a one-stop portal for tools and resources available to Californians who have been impacted by wildfires and utility-directed power shutoffs. The Governor today also announced the state has secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant to help ensure the availability of resources to fight the Getty Fire, met with firefighters and volunteers at the CAL FIRE Base Camp in Sonoma, and joined the state’s top fire and emergency management officials to provide an update on fire and wind conditions. California has also secured Fire Management Assistance Grants to bolster the response to Kincade and Tick fires, for which the Governor previously declared a state of emergency in Sonoma and Los Angeles counties.

Over the course of the past week, the Governor has met with emergency responders, health officials, residents and local leaders in Petaluma, Napa, Geyserville and Los Angeles, and held public briefings regarding the ongoing fire threats and the need to hold utilities accountable for the consequences of their power shutoff decisions.

Today, the Governor called on the California Public Utilities Commission to investigate the power shutoff events of the last month. He has also announced a $75 Million Program for state and local governments to mitigate the impacts of power shutoffs, and unveiled a series of new partnerships and new tools to help secure medically vulnerable populations during these events.

Under Governor Newsom’s leadership, California passed AB 1054, wildfire safety and utility reform legislation that expands the CPUC’s ability to hold utilities accountable for their safety record — a central part of the Governor’s wildfire safety actions.

The legislation created a new wildfire safety division at the CPUC and a board of independent expert advisors to more effectively regulate the safety of publicly owned utilities. The law mandated that utilities tie executive compensation to safety performance, invest $5 billion in safety improvements without profit, and go through a new yearly wildfire safety review and certification process. It also requires new inspections of utility electrical equipment. Under the law, utilities must create a wildfire safety committee in their corporate board, and provide direct board-level safety reporting to the CPUC.