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Gov. Brown, Mayor Johnson named to president's climate task force

Mayor Kevin Johnson and Gov. Jerry Brown were named Friday to President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.

The mayor and governor were two of 26 state, local and tribal leaders from around the country who were selected for the panel by the president. Obama formed the task force as part of his Climate Action Plan.

Members of the panel “will provide recommendations to the President on removing barriers to resilient investments, modernizing federal grant and loan programs to better support local efforts, and developing the information and tools they need to prepare” for severe weather events and climate change, according to a White House press statement.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was also named to the task force.

“Our top priority is the public safety of our citizens today and in the future when the impacts of climate change intensify,” Johnson said in a statement. “Building resilient communities, and the co-benefits of job creation, risk reduction and improved public health that result will be among the topics I bring to the discussion with my fellow Task Force members.”