As many of you may already know, I grew up in the hills above Montecito. I’ve seen fire and rain come and go over the years, each storm a host to memories that can’t be washed away. 

Through it all, some of my fondest memories are among those spent with lifelong neighbors and friends, many of whom have lost everything.

Words alone, simply cannot convey the heartache I feel. 

I have witnessed, firsthand, the devastation of the Montecito Flood, and since the Thomas Fire set its sights on our community, I have sought to lend a hand and help wherever and whoever I could. Like many of you, I’ve lent support to victims through supporting the American Red Cross. I’ve reached out to local and state officials encouraging their efforts to help our community in a time of crisis, and I’ve spoken with The White House to request their consideration for additional federal support, which they have since approved.

I only wish I could do more.

Amidst the devastation, our firefighters, police and first responders are working around the clock to protect our communities against all odds, and continuing their relentless efforts of search and rescue for those still lost. These unsung heroes deserve our gratitude, support and prayers.

Thank you for pulling together during this time of tragedy. I am truly grateful for each of you.

Above all, please join me in lifting up those who have lost everything, and pray for the victims and their families of this horrific disaster.

If you remain in the impacted area, please do all you can to ensure your personal wellbeing and the safety your family by following the directives of first responders and emergency operations.

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We will get through this together. We will rebuild and we will be stronger because of it.