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Preparing for the Next Wildfire Season

2021 Speaker Series on California's Future — Virtual Event
May 19, 2021
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
(Pacific Time)



About the Program

After unprecedented losses last year, Californians are bracing for another difficult wildfire season. Lower-than-normal winter rainfall has created dry conditions across the state, putting many areas at risk. Join us for a conversation with insurance commissioner Ricardo Lara and other state leaders about the steps California is taking to prepare for wildfire season—this year and beyond.

PPIC’s Speaker Series on California’s Future invites thought leaders and changemakers with diverse perspectives to participate critically, constructively, and collaboratively in public conversations. The purpose is to give Californians a better understanding of how our leaders are addressing the challenges facing our state.
PPIC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. PPIC does not take or support positions on any ballot measure or on any local, state, or federal legislation, nor does it support, endorse, or oppose any political parties or candidates for public office. Any opinions expressed by event participants are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect any position of the Public Policy Institute of California.


11:00 a.m. Welcome
Mark Baldassare, president and CEO, PPIC

11:05 a.m. Opening Conversation
Mark Baldassare, president and CEO, PPIC
Ricardo Lara, California insurance commissioner

11:25 a.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Julie Cart, reporter, CalMatters
Senator Bill Dodd, California State Senate District 3 (Napa)
Jessica Morse, deputy secretary for forest and wildfire resilience, California Natural Resources Agency
Assemblymember Kelly Seyarto, California State Assembly District 67 (Murrieta)

12:00 p.m. Audience Q&A

12:15 p.m. Adjourn



Steven Bliss
Media Contact
Kelly Holt
Event Contact


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