Governor: Gavin Newsom | Newsom has achieved a lot, but what really makes him the top choice for this gubernatorial race is his institutional knowledge, thanks to years of working in California politics. Not only does he stand for more progressive platforms, he has the experience and connections to enact real change as California’s next governor.
It was Newsom, as mayor of San Francisco, who first recognized and allowed gay marriage. That took courage and vision. Newsom also was part of the vanguard pushing a package of gun control bills as a state initiative two years ago. On cannabis legalization, Newsom was there, again fighting for it long before it, too, became sanitized and inevitable.
The nation’s most populous, prosperous and yet perpetually challenged state needs a governor who can at once be bold, daring and resolutely pragmatic. ... Of the 27 candidates for governor, Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor and former mayor of San Francisco, has the track record, policy command and vision best aligned to take on the challenges in the governor’s office.
Newsom has the grasp of issues and leadership skills to ensure the state doesn’t slip back fiscally, but moves forward on a variety of fronts. These remain legion: Housing affordability. Homelessness. Public-employee pensions. Immigration. Climate change. Income disparity.
On these and other issues, Newsom, a former mayor of San Francisco, has shown he has the nimbleness of mind and political skills to make a good run at solutions.
Voters must now decide who can best lead the state when Brown leaves office in January. All the candidates vying to replace him are flawed, some more than others. Among them, the one who offers the strongest leadership skills and mastery of the issues is clearly Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Articulate and direct, he best understands the fiscal realities that lie ahead and the social problems that remain unaddressed.
The state’s debts. Energy and climate change. Homelessness. Housing affordability. Education. Immigration. Increasing wealth and income disparities. Newsom rattles off issues that concern most Californians and then discusses them with nuance not heard from any of the other six leading candidates.
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is warning that President Trump is trying to turn Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) into "his own personal army of hate."
Newsom on Tuesday tweeted a cartoon video of President Trump saying the president "has finally worked up the nerve to come to California and visit his precious wall, a 1,900 mile monument to idiocy that is literally IMPOSSIBLE to complete. We cannot let this small, scared bully hurt our economy and turn ICE into his own personal army of hate."
In a letter to state school leaders, Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday said that students should not face disciplinary action for participating in walkouts next week protesting gun violence.
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Wednesday fired back at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling his actions on immigration policy “an embarrassment” to the state. “Jeff Sessions just called me an embarrassment. A man whose legacy is targeting immigrants, re-waging the failed War on Drugs, sucking-up to private prison profiteers, and apologizing for white supremacists… I take that as a HUGE compliment,” Newsom tweeted.
The Service Employees International Union, one of the most powerful and deep-pocketed labor unions in the state, endorsed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s gubernatorial bid on Tuesday.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who sits atop most polls and has raised the most money in the 2018 California governor’s race, begins spending some of it Monday with his first campaign ad. It features the then-San Francisco mayor presiding over the first same-sex marriages in the city on this day 14 years ago.
Gavin Newsom was a fresh-faced mayor a week into his job when he walked into the House of Representatives chamber for the State of the Union address in January 2004. While he watched from the balcony, President George W. Bush declared his support for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex unions — inspiring a political gamble that would change lives and transform Newsom’s career.
As he left the chamber, Newsom overheard a couple talking about how glad they were Bush was confronting the “homosexual agenda.” That pissed him off — “it was the way they said homosexual,” he remembered — and by the time he walked out of the Capitol, he was calling his staff to talk about how the city of San Francisco could respond.
California will block the transportation through its state of petroleum from new offshore oil rigs, officials told Reuters on Wednesday, a move meant to hobble the Trump administration’s effort to vastly expand drilling in U.S. federal waters. California’s plan to deny pipeline permits for transporting oil from new leases off the Pacific Coast is the most forceful step yet by coastal states trying to halt the biggest proposed expansion in decades of federal oil and gas leasing.
Equality California formally endorsed Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom for Governor of California on Tuesday. Newsom, who famously stood for marriage equality as Mayor of San Francisco when President George W. Bush advocated for a constitutional amendment to ban it, is running against fellow Democrats former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, state Treasurer John Chiang and former state Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin.
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, endorsed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for governor on Friday citing his championing of gun control efforts.
As Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia explained why he was endorsing Gavin Newsom for governor on Thursday, he recalled two key moments in his life. The first was in 2004, soon after Garcia graduated from college and was trying to figure out how to tell his family that he was gay.
“I remember clearly watching the TV and seeing Gavin Newsom as the mayor of San Francisco telling the country and the world that gay people, that the LGBTQ community were equal and should be allowed the right to marry,” Garcia said. “It impacted me. It left a piece of my heart really, really touched by that moment.”
One in every five children in the U.S. has a learning and attention issue. Dyslexia is the most common of those issues, impacting as many as 8.5 million American school kids. I was one of them.
El secretario de estado de California y ex senador Alex Padilla dio la sorpresa al anunciar su respaldo al vicegobernador Gavin Newsom para que sea gobernador de California en el 2018. En su cuenta de Twitter, Newsom dijo: Me siento honrado de tener el apoyo de mi buen amigo @AlexPadilla4CA, uno de los más funcionarios electos más progresistas e innovadores.
On Sunday, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom won an endorsement that bodes well for his chances to become California’s next governor. The National Union of Healthcare Workers doesn’t support candidates based on polling numbers or backroom deals. Our 350 elected stewards get to decide who we support, and they’re not afraid to go against the grain.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was endorsed for governor by the National Union of Healthcare Workers after expressing his support for a single-payer health care system that would insure all Californians.
The endorsement vote Sunday followed a forum at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim involving all four major Democratic gubernatorial candidates.
Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom says California officials should set a goal to help 3.5 million new homes get built by 2025 to stem the state’s housing problems.
“Simply put, we’re experiencing a housing affordability crisis, driven by a simple economic argument,” the lieutenant governor said in a post on Medium outlining his housing plan. “California is leading the national recovery, but it’s producing far more jobs than homes. Providing adequate housing is fundamental to growing the state’s economy.”
The two leading Democrats for California governor on Sunday split over how to achieve universal health care, with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom defending his support for a government-run, single-payer system and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa dismissing as “pie in the sky” plans that don’t include viable financing methods.
In what can be described as a “primary before the primary,” 350 stewards, local leaders of the National Union of Healthcare Workers, voted Sunday to endorse and direct the politically active union’s energies and resources to back the campaign of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in the 2018 California governor’s race.
“Gavin has long supported increased funding for education and is committed to making investing in students a top priority as governor,” CTA President Eric Heins said in a written statement Saturday. “He supports a public education system that attracts, not attacks, teachers, universal preschool and affordable college for all.”
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has asked the courts to lift an order that blocks California’s ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines, which was approved in November by voters when they passed Proposition 63.
Well, Tuesday night, September 26, 2017, in a rare small-group appearance in front of a hundred or so progressive democrats, Gavin Newsom gave us the answers. It was a jam-packed event at the monthly East Area Progressive Democrats (EAPD) meeting. Here’s my take...
It’s still nine months away, but Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to lead the pack of contenders in next June’s “top two” primary election for governor, according to a UC Berkeley poll released Friday.
Californians from all walks of life derive personal benefit from access to national monuments, parks and other outdoor places. National monuments also help drive the Golden State’s thriving outdoor economy. In parts of the state where logging and mining were once the economic mainstays, today outdoor recreation is generating approximately $85 billion in annual consumer spending, supporting 730,000 jobs and providing an estimated $6.7 billion in state and local tax revenue. Beyond that, these public spaces pay homage to our shared history and raise the overall quality of life in surrounding communities.
But these natural wonders in California — along with others across the state and nation — are under threat.
Today in America, people are in jail solely because they don’t have enough money. They haven’t been convicted of anything — they simply can’t afford to pay pre-trial bail.
Over-incarceration has failed us in America. The United States has 5 percent of the global population yet 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. In 2013 there were more African Americans incarcerated, on probation, or on parole in the U.S. than were enslaved in 1850. Most people in American jails have not yet been to trial, and the vast majority remain locked up merely because they can’t afford cash bail.
Shamefully, California continues to use a cash bail system. The only two countries that even allow for-profit bail operations are the United States and dictator Duterte’s Philippines.
School did not come easy for me. I bounced between elementary schools struggling to read while my sister’s report cards went up on the fridge. Thanks to the perseverance of my mother, and the dedication of my teachers, we finally named the problem — dyslexia.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the early frontrunner to become California’s next governor, may be best known for championing liberal causes — including gay marriage and legal recreational pot — but a central message during an Orange County stop Wednesday was the need for the state to become more business-friendly.
A large turnout of citizens showed up at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union office in Salida last week to hear from Gavin Newsom, California's lieutenant governor who wants to succeed Jerry Brown as governor.
Newsom appears to be the frontrunner among Democrats heading into the June 8, 2018 primary for office of governor.
Gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom raised more money this year than his three top Democratic rivals combined, continuing his front-runner status in the money race.
Gavin Newsom has a reported net worth of more than $10 million, an ownership interest in more than a dozen businesses from wineries to hotels and a steadfast, almost lifelong friendship with plutocrat Gordon Getty.
Yet he's running for governor (and has led the polls since he declared for the office well over a year ago) as an advocate of poor people.
Gavin Newsom brought his campaign for governor to a Salida union hall on Tuesday evening, with messages about health care, homelessness, taxes and other topics.
The Democratic lieutenant governor said he would work to increase home construction in Califormia and assure that its public universities are affordable. He supports high-speed rail, with caveats, and wants undocumented immigrants to feel safe.
It’s still early in the California gubernatorial race for 2018. But the state’s Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has consistently lead with nearly $3.6 million in fundraising from January to June 2017, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Newsom has held political office since 1997, and gained notoriety as a member on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He then became mayor of that city before taking a seat as lieutenant governor in 2010 under Jerry Brown.
Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom called on the National Rifle Assn. to take down a controversial new video that he argued villanizes political rivals and could lead to violence.
“Come after politicians. Come after policy makers. Come after ME,” Newsom wrote on his Facebook page Thursday. But “do not implicitly call for demonstrations of force against your fellow Americans in a country that is already reeling. You are powerful. People are listening to you. And your message could lead to tragedy.”
For John Burton, the question was never about whether he was going to endorse Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for governor, but only when.
Burton, recently freed from the political shackles of his job as chairman of the California Democratic Party, made that endorsement official this week, giving the former San Francisco mayor his blessing in next June’s crowded Democratic primary.
Only a quarter of California's high schools offer computer science. And sadly, that disparity is punctuated by striking gender and racial gaps. That is unacceptable. California is better than this.
Today, I'm calling for Computer Science For All to make sure every California student has access to computer science education.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday took to a stage in Santa Rosa before a crowd of leading North Bay environmentalists to tout activism and government policies that have made California a global leader in the green economy.
“California is a climate of hope. If you don’t like the way the world looks when you’re standing up, stand on your head, because remarkable things are happening at the local level,” Newsom said.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom paid a visit to Santa Barbara on Wednesday.
Newsom met with voters and grassroots activists at La Casa de la Raza community center. He is acting governor while Gov. Jerry Brown is China on a business trip making plans to combat climate change. But Newsom is also one of four candidates running for governor in 2018.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom told California Democrats on Saturday that they must be the resistance to President Trump and offer an alternative vision for the rest of the world.
“We are all Californians. Wear it with pride. This is our moment,” the gubernatorial candidate said to thousands of delegates and activists gathered at the state party’s annual convention in Sacramento. “California Democrats: Let’s show the world that Donald Trump is the last vestige of a darker, obsolete past and offer a bold, new vision for a progressive and prosperous future.”
On Tuesday, the State Lands Commission, an agency that regulates offshore oil drilling in state waters and submerged tidal lands, sent a letter to CEMEX officials demanding that the company obtain a lease from the commission and begin paying royalties, or shut down.
“Stealing public resources for private profit without a lease is a violation of the state constitution,” said Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, chairman of the State Lands Commission. “This mine is a relic of an era that California and the nation rejected a long time ago, and it is past time that CEMEX engage in a dialogue on the future of operations.”
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is releasing six years of tax returns. It’s partly to answer questions about his finances, which are in the 1 percent stratosphere, and partly to pressure his competitors in next year’s race to do the same.
In either case, it’s a welcome move. Voters should know the financial background of candidates, especially in a age in which wealthy contenders seek top elected offices. Where their money comes from, what tax rates they pay and what loopholes they tap are worth knowing. Yes, we’re talking about President Trump and his refusal to divulge his returns.
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom will visit the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) after school program in San Diego Thursday at 4:30pm.
Located in a traditionally low-income community, BLCI promotes higher education as a ticket out of poverty. It is the only after school program in San Diego that offers college preparation services beginning in 3rd grade, and ensures that 100% of its students enroll in college.
SAN FRANCISCO - Maria Consuelo believes she's alive today because of a groundbreaking program this left-leaning city created a decade ago - one that guarantees health coverage to every one of its 864,000 residents.
It's made San Francisco the only place in the country where truly universal health coverage exists, similar to what's available in every other developed nation. Called Healthy San Francisco, it offers health care to those who can't afford private insurance and are ineligible for other government health programs.
The second-ranking politician in California is calling out the No. 2 official in the federal government for "astounding" hypocrisy after a United States Senate vote on Planned Parenthood funding.
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom sounded off on Facebook after Republican legislation letting states deny federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers squeezed narrowly through the Senate on Thursday. The legislation was rescued by an ailing GOP senator who returned to the Capitol after back surgery and a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is maintaining a clear edge over other declared candidates in the 2018 California governor’s race, according to a new poll by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies.
Though he may have been 45 minutes late for his own “meet and greet” at San Benito High School on Saturday, March 4, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom had to know by the enthusiastic standing ovation from the crowd of seemingly like-minded county residents that he was in a friendly neighborhood. The former mayor of San Francisco and current lieutenant governor made a whistle stop of sorts in Hollister to speak and press the flesh as he campaigns for the governorship. And there was no shortage of eager folks who sought to get closer to the Democratic candidate for selfies and handshakes.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a leading supporter of Proposition 64, sent a letter to President Trump on Friday, urging him not to carry through with threats to launch a federal enforcement effort against recreational marijuana firms that will be legalized in California.
The letter, which was copied to Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, came a day after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters, "I do believe that you'll see greater enforcement” against recreational-use marijuana.
Newsom’s letter attempts to persuade the president that a regulated market for adult-use marijuana is preferable to what has existed in the past.
“The war on marijuana has failed,” Newsom wrote. “It did not, and will not, keep marijuana out of kids’ hands.”
Six years into it and aspiring to move over to the governor’s suite, Newsom is using the position of lite guv to be everywhere. As a UC regent, he voted against a tuition hike. That heartens younger voters. As a State Lands Commission member, Newsom is challenging venture capitalist Vinod Khosla’s effort to restrict access over his property to Martins Beach in San Mateo County. That plays well to environmentalist activists.
Mostly Newsom is in the face of President Donald Trump, giving voice to horrified liberals by using the president’s medium of choice to regularly tweet smack to his 1.29 million followers.
As hundreds of outraged protesters descended on SFO last week to protest President Donald Trump‘s travel ban on refugees, they were joined by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Newsom, dressed in a dark suit and fresh out of a Chinese New Year event in San Francisco, said he didn’t go to the airport as lieutenant governor, but as someone who felt “sick to my stomach” about the travel ban.
Fundraising is already ramping up for California’s 2018 gubernatorial race, and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has an early lead over his announced competitors.
According to memo his campaign sent to donors Tuesday, Newsom raised $2.7 million in the second half of 2016, giving him a total of $11.5 million cash on hand. That’s far more than his major announced rivals, who include state Treasurer John Chiang, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former state Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin.
Newsom’s camp reported having more than 30,000 individual donors. Thanks in part to winning two statewide races and having a national profile, Newsom also led the field of announced and potential 2018 candidates in a November Field Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley Poll, with 23 percent of the registered voters surveyed.
California’s public colleges and universities should be declared “sanctuary campuses” and protect law-abiding students from the threat of deportation, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote in a letter to leaders of Cal State, UC and the community college system.
“We must take urgent stock of current policies and vulnerabilities pertaining to the personal data held and processed by the University of California, to shield students from federal agencies under a Trump administration,” he wrote.
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is the early favorite to succeed fellow Democrat Jerry Brown in the 2018 gubernatorial race, as the state’s second-in-command holds large advantages among Democrats and independents, according to a new Field Poll.
Newsom, leading with support from 23 percent of registered voters, is followed by a pair of rising Republicans: San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer (16 percent) and outgoing Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin (11 percent).
As many as 8.5 million American school children may have dyslexia. Here in California, our own Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has the learning disorder. He spoke with ABC7 News about how he's passionate about raising awareness about dyslexia because it affects him every day.
"I think for me it was two things - one, it was very difficult for me in terms of my own academic experience," he said. "School was a terrible and terrorizing experience. I will just be candid with you -- spelling, reading, writing."
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was greeted by raucous applause and blasts of confetti Wednesday as he took the stage to receive his first major endorsement in his 2018 campaign for governor from a labor union representing nurses in California.
The Democratic hopeful was swarmed by dozens of attendees who ran onto the stage to snap selfies as rock music blasted through the conference center ballroom. Newsom joked the scene felt as if he had already won the race, which is three years away.
The endorsement from the California Nurses Assn. was "one of the the easiest endorsements" the union has ever made, said Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro. She said the union's board did not interview any other potential candidates.
They selected Newsom because he launched the country's first universal healthcare initiative while he was mayor of San Francisco, three years before President Obama's healthcare package was approved by Congress, she said.