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Labor Unions Power in Sacramento Continued....
His interview at the Commonwealth Club a few months ago is very informative about both the efforts of Govern for
California and the political climate in Sacramento.
Crane is also a prolific political fundraiser known as a " bundler " - Someone who can pull together several very large
contributions to a candidate or campaign. He has little patience for labor unions, or any special interest that demands
control of the legislature. Consequently, he has become the target of labor union leaders, including Gonzalez.
The labor unions will continue to exert uncontrolled power in Sacramento unless Californians elect lawmakers who are
willing to stand up to them. Political engagement by business political action committees (like CAWG PAC) and groups
like Govern for California are vital to that effort.
Wildfires and Hurricanes, Oh My.
Florida is politically and geographically on the other side of the continent from California. Yet, as Floridians grapple with
recovering from Hurricane Ian, Californians dealing with the realities of increased wildfires are very empathetic, as they have
had a similar experience.
In Florida, meteorologists report that the rapid intensification of the hurricane was caused by an increase in the temperature
of the water in the Gulf of Mexico, which they attribute to climate change. In California, we are told that climate change is
making wild fires a year-round reality instead of a potential seasonal disaster. Like the escalating number of fires in California,
climate scientists also attribute the increased frequency of hurricanes in the Gulf (for example, Hurricanes Maria and Fiona in
Puerto Rico) to climate change.
Regardless of the potential causes of fires and hurricanes, there are shared and serious challenges that Floridians and
Californians face in response to disasters. In California, growers need to rely on crop insurance when a harvest is lost due
to smoke exposure from wildfires. In Florida, flood insurance is often the only means of recovery for those on the Gulf or
Atlantic coast. Both crop insurance and flood insurance are backed by the federal government.
Additionally, in trying to rebuild and move on, Floridians are being told that maybe rebuilding is not the best idea as
hurricanes will just keep coming. In California, policymakers are pushing regulations that would require growers to switch
crops based solely on climate and ignore the economic realities of those crop choices.
And sadly, in both states, insurance companies are taking a walk. Property insurance is getting harder and harder to find as
premiums and deductibles are through the roof and in many cases policies are being cancelled outright. In short, actuaries
have determined that the risks attributable to hurricanes and wildfires are both no longer insurable.
While Florida and California are 3000 miles and a political universe apart, the experience of both states in facing natural
disasters have some very unfortunate similarities. The definition of leadership demands that these states recognize this rare
opportunity to put aside political differences and learn from each other's experience in dealing with natural disasters. | Page 5

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