Tuesday, October 23, 2007

San Diego Fires: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Rocks

The San Diego Fires continue to burn. I am most proud of our Governor and the Mayor of San Diego. In times of difficultly, we often look to our public leaders. The San Diego fires today, I found it to be a great relief when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger arrived in San Diego this afternoon and promised to give San Diego County whatever help it needs to fight the fires. Here is the rest of the story from http://www.signonsandiego.com/: Governor Schwarzenegger said: "The San Diego fires are the worst in the state. San Diego has the biggest fires right now. I think the fact you had to evacuate 250,000 people, that's huge,” the governor said at an afternoon news conference at Cal Fire's local headquarters.
Schwarzenegger said President Bush called him while he was in Rancho San Diego and said “anything we need, he would immediately provide.”
“This is a tragic day for San Diego County and the state of California,” Schwarzenegger said. “The fire is fast moving.”
Schwarzenegger said U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer also offered help. “We are stretched to the limit when it comes to resources,” the governor said. “We need as much help as possible.” The governor said 800 National Guard troops will be freed from border duty to help law enforcement with evacuations and crowd control. He said military aircraft also will help fight the fire. “Planes are coming up as we speak, helicopters,” the governor said.
That might not be the only military assistance San Diego County gets.

Later in the day, a Schwarzenegger spokesman said the governor has asked President Bush to authorize federal military forces to assist with the emergency. That might include Marines stationed around the county, but no details have been worked out.
Before the news conference, Schwarzenegger met with fire officials and other elected officials to review the extent of the fires, looking over poster-sized maps depicting how the fires were spreading.
From Rancho San Diego, Schwarzenegger said he would go visit four firefighters injured Sunday battling the Harris fire. One of the four has reportedly been put into an induced coma to treat her injuries.

-Rick Rockhill

6 comments:

Desert Songbird said...

I hope all government officials act more quickly than was done in NOLA after Katrina. Of course, you know people will raise the race stink again, but I say shut up and go help.

Todd said...

What else did you expect the idiot Schwarzenegger to do? He had to act quickly. I can't believe that you would say he rocks when he continues to veto legislation not allowing Gay men and women to marry. He absolutely does not rock! He is doing his job as Governor, nothing more, nothing less!

I do pray for the people that have been affected by these fires. I can not imagine the loss they have endured.

Palm Springs Savant said...

Todd- I'm not a one issue voter, and actually he has been very supportive of other measures that have supported broader causes. When I wa at the Equality California event this past Saturday they even discussed this topic and while they were disappointed in that veto, they acknowledged he is generally supportive and considered friend. Perhaps if you made a comment with your e-mail address I could share some more of the facts with you...Thanks for your comment though.

CRUSTYBEEF said...

I'm glad that you and your martini's are so far safe! Stay that way..we enjoy your postings too much!! :)
Always,
crusty~

CRUSTYBEEF said...

by the way...I enjoyed your classy response to the comment from Todd...what does one do when you're faced with that disgruntled person? I may have to hire you and Captn Corky to act as my wordy bodyguards to ward off the evil...or if not, I may borrow Dr Wang? :)
Always,
Crusty~

Naomi said...

Glad to hear Arnie is doing his bit to help all those poor people Rick.

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