Letter: Not believing city’s stance on fire danger

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Dear March 5 voters, Note the fire dangers where Valley’s Edge is proposed to be built, i.e., southeast of Chico. City government failed to fully analyze fire conditions and evacuation routes when approving Valley’s Edge. After all, wildfires burned on that land in 1999, 2007, and 2018; it is adjacent to Paradise – a town still suffering from the horrendous Camp Fire of 2018.

Moreover, this lovely undeveloped land would be in a Wildland Urban Interface – officially designated as one of the most dangerous urban areas for fire. New and currently existing nearby homes would be vulnerable to fire. And water availability is a special concern — even more so with ever uncertain amounts of rain in coming years. How will Valley’s Edge supply enough water for residents and for putting out fires?

Other fire related concerns: 1- lack of fire evacuation routes, and 2-huge costs the city would have to pay to the Fire Department — using our tax money, and 3- ever decreasing certainty about the cost or even the availability of fire insurance.

Turn down both Resolutions O and P on the ballot to protect this land for wildlife instead of wildfires.  Thank you.

— Grace M. Marvin, Chico

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.