California News: Gov Newsom Discusses State and Federal Response to Earthquakes
After declaring a state of emergency, Gov. Gavin Newsom traveled to Ridgecrest to survey the damage caused by the 6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes that shook Southern California Thursday and Friday,
“You’re gonna rebuild - I don’t think that, I know that,” said the California Governor during a press conference at City Hall late on Saturday afternoon.
After touring some damaged areas in Ridgecrest, Newsom said he was very certain the rebuilding would make Ridgecrest and surrounding areas even stronger.
“The last 48 hours have been extraordinary, not only for all of us here in California, but I imagine for people around the world wondering what’s happening in our state,” he said.
“It’s been a remarkable many months in California. I just got off the phone five minutes ago, quite literally five minutes ago with the President. We were just reflecting on the fact that six months ago, we were battling a fire in Northern California, the Camp fire in Butte County battling fires at the same time, concurrently, down in Southern California, the Woolsey fire. Now, earthquakes.
Newsom recounted a couple of his experiences with earthquakes, having had similar experiences in San Fransisco.
“As a former mayor of San Francisco, fourth generation California and San Francisco, earthquakes are familiar to me as they are to everybody down here.
“The flag of San Francisco is a phoenix rising, came out of the ashes in the 1906 earthquake. And the phoenix rising is symbolic because San Francisco rose from those ashes and became stronger, more resilient city as a consequence of people committing to each other committing to a sense of community, committing to their city, the state in this nation, collectively, who we are as a people.
“And I think that resiliency that same level of commitment is demonstrable. When you walk around this community, I’ve had the privilege of spending time the mayor, with your district attorney, the police chief, many other leaders, city administrators, city council members, members, the Board of Supervisors, I had a chance to talk with people more resolved than ever, to rebuild. Rebuild with an enlightening sense of what this community can be moving forward.
“And I think some of the most interesting conversations we had, we’re in that spirit of ‘how can we be stronger? How can we be better, how can be more self-reliant, not just more resilient as a community and our expression was one of commitment.’
Newsom said he had no doubt that President Donald Trump would support the rebuilding efforts.
“We are, as a state are as well,” he said. “And so I’m here in that spirit. Spirit of gratitude, spirit of respect for the leadership behind me, to the first responders, many of them that are getting their first meal in a long time.
“Many of them haven’t seen their kids, many of their kids who haven’t seen their parents that are in shock, quite literally in shock, because they’re scared to death to go back home and tell mom or dad, get back home and make them feel safe to all of those folks here, across not only this city, in this remarkable naval base"
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