San Francisco officials last Friday opened extra shelter mats to help homeless people escape the dangerous air. The city's Homeless Outreach Team also offered masks to people living on the streets.
But some homeless advocates say that was not enough and that the city should have handed out more masks.
Ronen could not find a respirator mask in San Francisco to fit her 6-year-old child, an experience other parents have had in the Bay Area. She said that has led her to call on the air district and city officials to make sure there are enough masks on hand.
Last Friday the San Francisco Unified School District canceled classes due to the smoke.
"I find that scary and unacceptable," Ronen said.
District officials say they've worked to improve the situation.
"Many of our schools were built before the 1950s, but they have all gone through modernization," SFUSD spokeswoman Laura Dudnick said. "As part of that modernization program, we check to make sure there's proper air circulation. Schools with mechanical ventilation systems have standard air filters as well."
It's unclear how much it would cost to purchase thousands of masks and hundreds of air filtration systems. Ronen said she would work with the city's legislative and budget analyst, the SFUSD and the air district to determine a price tag and a proper source of funding to pay for them.
Relying on PG&E
Ronen also said Pacific Gas & Electric's actions and the concerns about its future financial health in the wake of the Camp Fire mean San Francisco should accelerate its transition away from relying on the company for electricity.
Power lines operated by PG&E have been scrutinized as potentially starting the Camp Fire. Cal Fire has blamed PG&E for causing more than a dozen wildfires that ravaged parts of Northern California last year.
Those investigations and a string of lawsuits have some observers predicting the utility could file for bankruptcy.
CleanPower SF, the city's program providing customers with energy from green energy sources, relies on PG&E to deliver that energy.
The city should start the process of becoming independent from the company, Ronen said.
"It's time for San Francisco to either buy that grid from PG&E or build our own."
Tony Khing, a PG&E representative, declined to comment on Ronen's remarks.