Assemblyman Mathis Calls on Governor to Power Schools
Visalia – Today, Assemblyman Devon J. Mathis (R-Visalia) calls on the Governor to allocate funding to the Office of Emergency Services (OES) for the purchasing and deployment of large-scale generators in areas affected by the recent power shut offs.
“With the normalization of these power shut offs and the expectation for continued outages in the future, something needs to be done to make sure our schools have power to continue our children’s educations,” said Mathis. “If we supply OES with large-scale generators that the can easily deployed in communities affected by the shutoffs, we can ensure that our schools are not left in the dark.”
These generators have a number of practical uses, including deployment during future natural disasters. Across the state, there are a large number of communities that could benefit from these generators, helping to restore a sense of normalcy to our most impacted areas. While the primary goal would be to restore power to our schools, these generators could be deployed at crucial community facilities.
“I hope the Governor is willing to think out of the box to try find solutions to help the people during these black outs,” said Mathis. “We cannot normalize frequent and ongoing power shut offs in the 5th largest economy in the world. Simply put, there needs to be more infrastructure readily available to deal with these potential crises. We need to act now in order to secure an illuminated future for all of our communities.”
Assemblymember Devon J. Mathis represents the 26th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Tulare, Inyo, and Kern Counties. Follow him on Facebook at Facebook.com/AssemblymanDevonMathis and on Twitter at @AD26Mathis