• By The Financial District


Gov. Gavin Newsom gave an update Wednesday with the latest on the state's response to both the coronavirus pandemic and the massive wildfires burning throughout the state.

Newsom began his briefing Tuesday discussing the state’s efforts to house the homeless amid the pandemic.

He then pivoted to wildfires burning in the state. So far in 2020, 3.4 million acres have burned in California. At least 25 people have died in the fires and more than 4,200 structures have been destroyed.

He cited the record-setting fires as another reason for the state to "double down" on combating climate change, which he said is a "cause that knows no political party."

"We need to reconcile that fact that there are no Democratic thermometers and no Republican thermometers," he said. "There is fact and there's reality as well as observed evidence. It's not a belief system, it's an acknowledgment: the facts are the facts. It's not a question of one's belief."

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