Add California’s secretary of state to the ranks of Southern Californians displaced from their homes by the massive natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon.
Alex Padilla told NBC 4’s “News Conference” in an interview aired Sunday that his family has been living in a Burbank hotel for the past month and a half, while a leak from a well near the Los Angeles neighborhood of Porter Ranch continues to vent fumes in the San Fernando Valley.
Thousands of residents have been relocated since the leak started in October, with reports of headaches, nausea and other health effects. Gov. Jerry Brown declared the leak a state of emergency in early January.
Padilla, a former state senator, told NBC 4 that he bought a home in the area about a year and a half ago, “never imagining that, you know, our American dream come true would be interrupted like this.”
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“Between the kids and my wife feeling some of the side effects that we’ve heard about in the news, and just not taking any chances with three little ones, we’re temporarily dislocated,” he said.
Padilla, a Democrat, said he and his family are “making do” in their Burbank hotel.