Introducing: Voices of BRITE

From firefighters to scientists to business leaders, Californians from across the state are uniting around solutions that address the growing threat of extreme weather. “We need to come together, put our differences aside and find solutions that are in the best interest of our state.”

Tom O’Connor, President of SFFD Local 798

“Our grid needs to be more resilient. Our firefighters need more support. And we all need to work together to address the changing weather.”

Dr. Matt Rahn, CSU San Marcos Wildfire Research Program

CSU San Marcos wildfire expert Dr. Matt Rahn has studied the environmental changes that are creating “the perfect storm for devastating wildfires,” and he agrees “we absolutely need reform” in California.

Bob Dean, IBEW 1245

“The unions and the utilities, we have our conflicts, but the work needs to get done. We all want to provide power to the public.” – Bob Dean, IBEW 1245 

Fred Keeley, Former CA Assembly Speaker Pro Tem

Fred Keeley worries that we might be headed toward another energy crisis like we faced in the early 2000s. In order to avoid this disaster, he argues, we must upgrade our laws and work together to prepare for a future affected by climate change.

Kim Yamasaki, Executive Director of CAUSE 

Kim Yamasaki, Executive Director of the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment discusses the significant role utilities play in providing strong middle class jobs to diverse communities throughout California.