Santa Clarita’s state rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­spond to Trump FEMA tweet

The Signal - - News - By Caleb Lunetta Sig­nal Staff Writer

The Sacra­mento leg­is­la­tors who rep­re­sent the Santa Clarita Val­ley is­sued state­ments re­gard­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s com­ment about Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency aid for ar­eas struck by nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in Cal­i­for­nia.

“Bil­lions of dol­lars are sent to the state of Cal­i­for­nia for for­est fires that, with proper for­est man­age­ment, would never hap­pen. Un­less they get their act to­gether, which is un­likely, I have or­dered FEMA to send no more money. It is a dis­grace­ful sit­u­a­tion in lives (and) money,” Trump said in a tweet Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

In re­sponse, As­sem­bly mem­bers Christy Smith, D-Santa Clarita; Tom Lackey, R-Palm­dale; and state Sen. Henry Stern, D-Canoga Park, joined in with other Sacra­mento lead­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives to is­sue state­ments in re­sponse to the pres­i­dent’s com­ment.

Smith, who sits as chair­woman on the Joint Leg­isla­tive Com­mit­tee on Emer­gency Man­age­ment, said it was dis­ap­point­ing that the state of Cal­i­for­nia had to spec­u­late as to whether res­i­dents could count on fed­eral aid in the wake of a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter.

She joined in with Stern, as well as a hand­ful of other leg­is­la­tors whose dis­tricts were af­fected by the Woolsey Fire, to is­sue a joint state­ment Wed­nes­day.

“It is un­ac­cept­able to use vic­tims of the fires in Cal­i­for­nia as a bar­gain­ing chip in the ne­go­ti­a­tions to get the fed­eral gov­ern­ment work­ing again,” the joint state­ment reads.

It con­tin­ues: “As we move for­ward, we urge the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to rec­og­nize this cri­sis and work along­side our state as we fight for cli­mate jus­tice in Cal­i­for­nia and across the na­tion.”

Lackey, whose dis­trict has worked with FEMA in the past to ad­dress the needs of first re­spon­ders and res­i­dents’ nat­u­ral dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness, voiced his con­cerns by is­su­ing a state­ment Wed­nes­day through his Twit­ter ac­count.

“This is an ex­tremely sen­si­tive topic be­cause it in­volves lives. These types

of tweets strike un­nec­es­sary fear,” Lackey said. “(The 36th As­sem­bly Dis­trict) ex­pects bet­ter.”

The of­fice of state Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, de­clined com­ment on Wed­nes­day.

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