How Will Taxed California Fare During This Heatwave?

As a continuation of my previous story, Tax-Hating Republicans Meet Mother Nature  on July 5th, I felt that since I reported the fires and the hatred of paying taxes, I shift the story to my State of California, where yes, people hate paying taxes but do and how after the long drawn-out heatwave in the Midwest and East, we too are facing this unbearable heat as well.

Weather for Pomona, CA. Courtesy of Google

It seems like the Midwest and back East, the heatwave has finally broken. Now it’s our turn in the West. So I looked online and the temperature in Pomona California will be between 97 to 104F. And to make matters worse:

Red flag fire warnings issued across Southern California

But even with the worries of another possible firestorm, because California taxed itself, we managed to protect ourselves a lot better than Colorado. The tax included paying for: removing dead brush from 100 feet from our homes, fire-breaks, back fires and other preventative measures to reduce the disaster like Colorado.

There are currently two wildfires burning. One home and two out buildings were destroyed. The fire is 80% contained with 300 firefighters on the scene. No death. But the high taxes we paid, reduced the cost of asking for federal help. Granted, we pay more in federal taxes than most red states, we also know for a fact that the money we pay in taxes pays for first responders.

I was amazed how destructive the fires were in Colorado Springs for example, but hearing and reading about how the wealthy who voted to cut taxes, got what they reaped, I was not surprised. After our 2003 firestorm, even conservative San Diego County knew that tax breaks will not work. As a matter of fact, even with several trillion of gallons of Pacific Ocean water in front of their homes were there for the taking, the resources to use the water were not there.

So many of the homes in the hill were decimated. Including the home of former Congressperson Duncan Hunter. Hunter tried to blame former governor Gray Davis for the lack of supplies, but because San Diego refused to tax themselves like: Los Angeles County, the area in which Hunter lived was turned to ashes.

So now as we wait, when the temperature goes skywards, we hope there is no fire. but if there is, we feel prepared.

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4 Replies to “How Will Taxed California Fare During This Heatwave?”

  1. Since we here in Colorado Springs were mentioned in the story, I can say that yes, taxes paid for part of the cost of fighting the fire, but the most remarkable thing that happened is that so many people living here dropped everything and ran towards it, banding together to support each other in the face of the crisis. That was a wonderful thing to see. It wasn’t until our President came to visit that the ugliness came out, and that was the most disappointing thing of all.

  2. Hate to disagree with a CO resident, but I beg to differ. My son lives in CO Springs so I was following all the reports in the local papers & TV Websites, reading all the comments. They were ugly from day one. Blaming President Obama & the Democrats for the whole thing with absolutely no knowledge of how the Incident Command System works or knowledge of what was actually going on to protect them.

    I applaud all the wonderful cooperation (as usual) between all the Federal, State & local fire & police & other local agencies, and the volunteers who rallied together to support the evacuees, the fire-fighters and the effort in general. They were the ones who celebrated the President’s visit, the RW voices tried to turn that visit into a political ploy on his side.

    Fanatics were there – politicking & evangelizing from day one and I would be willing to bet, with few exceptions they weren’t part of the aid efforts. They were there – hating.

  3. I was born and raised in Co. and for years we fought the expansion and incorporation of building in forested area’s. There were many folks who could buy property and build where ever they wanted but allowing developers into those forested areas was always considered taboo.

    I visited in the ’90’s and the 00’s and even questioned some of these folks who had bought houses in these area’s. Their response was always “the view”. Now, none of them have a view. For an evangelical community that it has become I was astounded at the selfishness and careless attitude that the locals had for such a fragile environment.

    I wondered where thier bible told them that they should leave nothing for the next generation.

  4. Really sad to hear that. Our forest, Yosemite National Park, was nearly wiped out because, the Congress promoted putting out the fire regardless of how it was started. 90% of the time, it was by lightning. Then one year, the forest was on fire and because of so many years of preemptive fire-fighting, the under-growth was so tall that the trees caught fire. It took so many years for the pine needles and leaves to grow back. Had the forest been allowed to burn, the only thing that would have burn were the weeds and the pine nuts and acorn sprout from the intense heat.

    Now they’re doing prescribed burns year round and the forest look healthy. I guess if anything, the fire trucks are there to protect property. But if property burns, well, it burns. Reminds me how at Curry Village, there was a granite slide. tons of granite broke off naturally and fell. Unfortunately, people died, but this is the result of humans being where they are and are at the wrong place at the wrong time.

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