A letter to the Governor in support of SB1463

Please help us protect Laguna Beach from catastrophic wildfires caused by overhead utility lines.  Write to the Governor and urge him to support SB 1463.  Copy and paste this letter into your own document in your word processing app and sign.  Email your letter to cwilliams@townsendpa.com and the letter will be hand delivered to the Governor’s office next week, or print it out, sign and mail!  The Governor has until September 30 to sign so please get your letters in soon.


August 31, 2016

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown


State Capitol Building, Room 1173

Sacramento, CA95814


Re: SB 1463 (Moorlach) – Request to Sign

Dear Governor Brown,

I would like to urge you to sign SB 1463, which will develop future heightened utility fire mitigation standards for at-risk communities throughout the state. Your leadership in this effort to provide greater public safety in our communities is commendable and extremely important to us.

Recently, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) instituted a process to develop fire maps that do not take into account all of the appropriate factors to ensure that a high level of safety is maintained in our communities.  SB 1463 would resolve these concerns by requiring the PUC to prioritize areas in which communities are at risk from the consequences of fire from overhead utility facilities. In addition, this bill will require the PUC to incorporate the concerns of local governments and fire departments into their analysis.

I believe that one of the paramount responsibilities of government is to provide for public safety. For these reasons, we are pleased to support SB 1463 to ensure that our communities continue to provide the public safety that our residents deserve. 

Thank you for your consideration.







cc:       Camille Wagner, Legislative Affairs Secretary

Martha Guzman Aceves, Deputy Legislative Affairs Secretary