January has been a series of natural disasters for the state of California, with storms leading to mudslides, power outages, flooding, erosion, and several deaths; and now Governor Jerry Brown has sent a letter to President Trump asking for federal assistance.
This is particularly interesting, as there has been a growing movement in California to leave the United States to avoid dealing with a Trump presidency. Governor Brown also made a series of comments in 2016 saying “If Trump were ever elected, we’d have to build a wall around California to defend ourselves from the rest of this country.” Apologies were later made for this comment, with Brown claiming it was a joke.
Also, the 9th circuit court, which blocked the President’s travel ban last week, putting the country at risk, is also located in California.
The AP reports:
Gov. Jerry Brown has asked President Trump to declare a major disaster for California because of damage from January storms.
The letter sent Friday says the relentless series of storms caused flooding, mudslides, evacuations, erosion, power outages and at least eight deaths. Northern California was hardest hit.
Brown says the storm system was so severe and widespread that state and local governments need federal assistance to continue dealing with the problems it created.
In a separate action, the governor added Amador, Mono and Riverside to the 49 counties included in an emergency proclamation Brown issued last month.
Governor Jerry Brown also recently made headlines when he announced that there was a prediction that California would have a $1.6 billion deficit by next summer – when just four years ago, upon election, Brown proudly stated that California’s budget was “balanced for the foreseeable future.”