With wildfires taking a tremendous toll on the lives of tens of thousands of Californians, it is essential that LA County is fully prepared for the impacts of climate change-driven extreme weather conditions. Today, the Board of Supervisors passed a motion, authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, to determine how extreme weather conditions are being addressed by the County.
“It is clear that extreme weather conditions are a byproduct of human-driven climate change, and abnormal weather is the new normal,” said Supervisor Solis. “Historically, Los Angeles has been known for our idyllic weather, but the Creek Fire, Rye Fire, and the Skirball Fire are stark reminders of humanity’s fragile coexistence with nature. Today’s vote is a call to action: with the safety of our residents our top priority, Los Angeles County will never ignore facts and data simply because they are inconvenient.”
In the middle of what should be our wet season, Southern California is experiencing record-breaking wildfires in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Diego counties. Los Angeles is poised to end the Fall and Winter seasons this calendar year without a rain storm. However, the next rain storm will bring its own dangers, including mudslides and trapping sediment in our dams, further hampering our ability to conserve water.
Today’s motion directs the Office of Emergency Management, the Chief Sustainability Officer, the County Department of Fire, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Public Works to report back within 30 days on how the County is addressing climate change-driven extreme weather impacts on LA County.