How to Help Los Angeles Recover From the California Fires

Every burned town is tragic. But Newsom needs to lead with science, not sentimentality or fear. We need to think about how we can make a positive difference in the wake of this disaster. And we need to look to science for the solutions.

As Mayor of Los Angeles, I have been on the front lines of the California drought. I saw what science was telling us. And I saw a desperate need for California to look to science and innovation for solutions. And that’s why I’m proud to announce today that I’ve signed AB 2485 – the California Climate Protection Act – a bill that would provide incentives for the development of clean energy and energy efficiency in California. This bill will create jobs — nearly 500,000 — in the state, generating billions and billions of dollars in new revenue as well as new industry. I am also proud that the Governor — Jerry Brown — has taken the time to sit down with leading scientists and make sure their voices are heard.

So, I’m asking for your help — for you to make a one-time donation of $1000 to help Los Angeles with the recovery from the fires.

This is your opportunity to do something tangible to support science and the recovery process.

This month, I’m kicking off a two-part series on helping communities recover from the fires while promoting science and innovation. I am grateful to the California Alliance for Healthy Homes, which I have been honored to work with, for joining me in this effort.

It’s a great opportunity for businesses — startups, small businesses — to help people during recovery.

Last week, on a radio show hosted by Bob Seger, he sang the song “Smoke Rings in the Ashes.” The song is about the great fires of the past — the fires of the 1800s, and the fires of the 1930s. Those fires ravaged the landscape, leaving behind their aftermath — smoke rings, smoke-filled cemeteries, ash-covered farm fields, burned-out barns, and rambling homes. People spent all their lives trying to build up those scars, trying to rebuild their lives after those disasters.

It was a song about the terrible storms of the 1950s-1980s, but that’s also what the fires of

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