California is a big state when millions of people — and happens to be the sixth largest economy in the world, which makes it a political behemoth when it comes to getting things done. Even though the state largely leans left, all that does is inflame the right. And the right rarely agrees with the priorities of the left. Right now, the state is suffering from severe drought, a public outrage at the DDT Dump Site off the coast, and the recall of a governor after a Tea Party official managed to collect the required signatures to force a new election, likely later this year.
Socal Injury Lawyers describe this sequence of events as business as usual, but recognize that each new emergency will likely result in fresh legislation — and that means new lawsuits and legal battles with corporate empires.
Governor Gavin Newsom — who will face significant battles ahead after his recall — declared a state of emergency due to the drought, but failed to put into place water conservation measures. Residents of Sonoma and Mendocino counties are suffering the most. And both regions are home to popular wineries, which means businesses could be stuck in a financial hole too, should the emergency continue.
The controversies in leadership — and pushback from people in his own party — could result in lawsuits against government figures who didn’t do everything they could have done to prevent the emergency from getting worse.
Republican State Senator Scott Wilk said, “While the overwhelming majority of the state is experiencing extreme drought conditions, Governor Newsom has chosen to only serve his French Laundry wine and cheese crowd.”
Newsom defended his decision not to mandate conservation by pointing out the reduction in overall water use by Californians when compared to the last major drought, which occurred back in 2012.
The recently discovered dump site might mean new trouble for DDT. Reporter Demarco Morgan said, “Stunning result of a recent survey of the seafloor near Catalina Island, scientists say an underwater DDT dump is much bigger than they anticipated. Scientists used two deep sea robots to map the sea floor off the coast of LA for two weeks. Sonar images and computer analysis from 3,000 feet below show over 100,000 objects on the sea floor.”
Morgan continued, “Of those objects, 27,000 were classified as barrel-like. The concern is the barrels contained DDT and insecticide that was banned back in the 1970s. Scientists said they will need to take samples and do chemical analysis to see what was inside the barrels.”
Companies that are found to have dumped the chemicals will likely face steep fines and additional legal damages for this illegal activity. Democrats will likely seek to drop the hammer, but Republicans tend to prefer capping damages that exceed specific thresholds to reduce the impact to businesses.