SAN FRANCISCO — A week after a deadly wildfire that burned through a major metropolitan area, Mayor Gavin de Blasio said he has no illusions that the West Coast is dying.
“I don’t think we are seeing that death of a region,” de Blasio told reporters at a news conference in San Francisco on Monday.
“I think we have some pretty good things going on there, and we’re just seeing the loss of the West, the death and destruction of the region, as the last thing we want to do is be associated with it.”
While the devastation of a wildfire has been largely ignored by the news media, it has been particularly devastating in California, home to the country’s second-largest population.
More than 30,000 people have been displaced in the West as a result of the fires.
De Blasio said the state is dealing with “a really tough, complicated and difficult situation” and that it’s time for people to take a breath.
He said he hopes people “rethink what it means to be a Californian.”
De Blasio also said he expects to announce on Wednesday that the city will be accepting refugees from Syria and Iraq.
He noted that San Francisco, a major resettlement center for refugees, has seen a steady increase in arrivals.
“It’s been really helpful to the city and it’s really helpful that they’ve had to do this because they’re a great city,” deCuomo said.
“We are very grateful for all the support that they’re getting, and I want to be very clear that the government has been really clear with them that they can’t come here and do this work.”
DeCuomo also noted that the mayor is working to close a loophole in state law that allows undocumented immigrants who are in the country legally and who meet certain conditions to stay, despite a federal ban on sanctuary cities.
The mayor is expected to announce the closure of the loophole in a letter to state lawmakers, which is expected on Wednesday.
“This is about helping those who are trying to make their lives better,” deFoe said.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has criticized Trump and his administration for not doing enough to fight the wildfires, including the removal of some of the city’s own officials who have been at the forefront of efforts to fight them. “
And that includes not allowing them to stay here and make a life for themselves in the city.”
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has criticized Trump and his administration for not doing enough to fight the wildfires, including the removal of some of the city’s own officials who have been at the forefront of efforts to fight them.
The mayor has repeatedly called for the federal government to be more proactive in fighting the fires and said he will push for a crackdown on illegal immigration.
San Francisco also announced Monday that the San Francisco 49ers would play the NFL’s 49ers at Levi’s Stadium for the first time since the city lost its team in the 1995 Super Bowl.
The team has not played since 2000.