Sept. 18, 2020

Rob Lauer Political Reporter

As fires rage across California, set by arsonists, many victims are prohibited from returning to their own properties to access the damages and start the process of healing and recovery. But Gov. Newson and Sen. Harris ignored the restrictions and went up to an area devastated by the wild fires in Auberry, California, on Tuesday to use damage as a photo op to push a climate change talking points.

But the problem is they did’t have permission from Trampas Patten, the homeowner’s proprieties they used and “neither Newsom or Harris have reached out to see if the family needs any help.”

Dear Governor Newsom,

You don’t know me but I’m one of your CA citizens. That truck you are standing by is my dads work truck. He has had that thing for as long as I can remember. That land with all the rubble your standing next too, that’s my house I grew up in. You never got my parents permission to go on our property, nor did you ask if we needed help. What you did do is take my families loss and parade it all over social media and news networks to push your agenda. That agenda can wait, right now you should be caring about the families of this state. Thankfully this community is #mountainstrong and we will thrive.

Home Owner Trampas Patten went on to say on his Facebook page:

For the friends of mine that don’t recognize the fireplace in the background, that is what is left of my parents house! What has me really frustrated right now is the fact that these two politicians used my parents loss for a photo opportunity to push their political agenda! Political party wouldn’t have made a difference in this moment. Decent human beings that have character and class, wouldn’t air someone else’s misfortune on national television! Think about this when you go to the polls in a few weeks to vote. Look at this picture closely, imagine it is what is left of your hard work, hopes, dreams, place of sanctuary. Do you want this kind of leadership, using you and your loss for political gain?!

For the record, my parents haven’t even been let back in yet themselves, to sort through what is left of their lives, but these two felt the need to go traipsing around my parents property without permission. I guess those property taxes my parents pay allow politicians to do this! Private property doesn’t exist in California anymore!


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