A U.S. Senate subcommittee will meet at City Hall tomorrow to discuss firefighting policy and budget issues in the wake of the wildfires that swept through the region last month.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the Senate appropriations panel for the interior and environment will hear testimony from various officials about the preparation, response and recovery efforts that were coordinated during the October firestorms.

Among those who will testify are Council President Scott Peters, who will speak in Mayor Jerry Sanders’ absence, and county Supervisor Ron Roberts. Sanders was scheduled to speak on behalf of the city of San Diego, but he is now slated to travel to Sacramento to testify about funding for San Diego transportation projects.

Others speakers include supervisors from Orange and San Bernardino counties, California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, and officials from CalFire, the state Office of Emergency Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the local chapter of the American Red Cross and the San Diego County Farm Bureau.

The meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the council chambers, located on the 12th floor of 202 C St. in downtown San Diego.


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