Gov. Gavin Newsom visits southern LA to discuss recall election

Newsom discusses issues such as the pandemic, education, the economy, homelessness, criminal justice reform and how the treatment of these issues will change dramatically if the recall is successful.

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By Jason Lewis

In the run-up to the California governor’s recall election on September 14, Gov. Gavin Newsom traveled to South Los Angeles to talk about his administration’s impact on the state, how policies since taking the oath have improved and will improve the lives of African Americans and what the consequences would be. be whether the Republican-led recall was successful.

Local black politicians stood by Newsom’s side and praised the work he did.

“I am very proud to be here as a Californian,” said rep Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles). “Let me tell you, in Washington DC, I always brag about our state. And I brag about our condition in terms of all the things we’ve done. We run the nation in so many different ways. Whether you are talking about health care. Whether you are talking about the environment. Whether you are talking about the response to the pandemic. We are showing the way.

The most pressing issue for Newsom’s administration, which began in January 2019, has been the COVID-19 pandemic. Democratic-led states have handled the pandemic in radically different ways from Republican-led states, and Newsom points out that if the recall is successful, California would have similar problems to Republican-led states.

“We’re not going to come down from the same COVID cliff as Texas,” Newsom said. “We are not going to afford to descend from the same COVID cliff as Florida. Just consider the alternative.

While many Republican politicians have focused more on the economy than the pandemic, Newsom connects the two issues.

“What’s good for public health is good for the economy,” he said. “It’s good for business. It’s an interesting fact that California has the second lowest COVID case rate in America today, and one of the highest vaccination rates today. We have had an economy over the past 18 months that has done better than Florida. It did better than Texas. It did better than red states like Indiana. It did better than the United States as a whole, with better health care outcomes. The two go hand in hand. We were in open discussion, interested in the evidence; we were led by science and public health. And as a result, we tame this latest unleashed increase in this Delta variant mutation. “

The main Republican candidate for the recall election is radio personality Larry Elder, who has similar objections to Democrats’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic as many Republican politicians. Newsom said there was a 0.5% COVID positivity rate in public schools in Los Angeles, while in Jackson, Mississippi, which is a Republican-run state, the positivity rate in schools public funds is 6.4%.

“Larry Elder wants us to come down from that same cliff,” Newsom said. “He said that before his first cup of tea after being sworn in as the next California state governor, he would use the power of an executive order to eliminate mask wear in the state of California to our public (school) children, putting their lives in danger and putting their education in danger.

Newsom explained how California is at the forefront of many issues in this country that impact the middle and lower classes, and especially black people.

“I am proud that we have led in so many areas,” he said. “In social justice, racial justice, economic justice and criminal justice reform. California remains in the lead. No state is able to maintain this progress. It’s all on the ballot. If you think I’m exaggerating, just consider the prospect if we don’t vote no in this election. You will have a governor who does not believe in a minimum wage of 15 cents let alone $ 15. He does not believe in minimum wage at all. He calls food stamps a giveaway and at the same time he calls for the elimination of corporate taxes in America. “

The problem of homelessness has had a huge impact on Los Angeles, and the city has been supported with public funds to house people and provide them with mental health services.

“We have put $ 12 billion in our budget to fight homelessness,” Newsom said. This is unprecedented in the history of California. Mark Ridley-Thomas (Los Angeles City Council member) led the co-chair of our efforts to get the state to do more.

Regarding education, Newsom said the public education budget is $ 123.9 billion.

“This is unprecedented in the history of the United States,” he said. “This is the largest public education budget ever offered by a state in the history of the United States.

“Five billion dollars to realize the platforms of those who believe not only in the after-school for all, but also in the summer school for all. For the first time in US history, $ 2 billion for every kindergarten to get a children’s savings account. Up to $ 1,500. It has never been done. We are serious about creating the mindset of the university. But you don’t have to use it for college. You can use it to start a business. But more importantly, it’s a starter account for you to focus on financial literacy and focus on something the majority of their parents never imagined doing. Half of their families do not even have access to checking and savings accounts. Each of their children will have it in their own name. It’s a really exciting thing. None of this is promoted or supported by the alternates after this recall. “

Gun violence has been a major problem for black communities for decades, and Newsom said his administration was working to create tougher gun laws.

“We fight every day to face the revenge of gun violence, and we are proud to stand up to the NRA,” he said. To stand up to the gun lobby. And to call gun issues as public health issues. This state has led the nation in these efforts, and we are proud of it. Larry Elder does not believe in any of these policies. He actually wants to eliminate the ban on assault weapons. He thinks we should have more guns on the streets and on the sidewalks. He doesn’t think there should be a waiting period to buy guns.

The governor has the power to appoint judges, which can have a major impact on issues that affect black people in California.

“Think about the judges he will appoint,” Newsom said. “Superior Court, Court of Appeal. Imagine if there is another opening at the California Supreme Court, what kind of judges it will appoint. Think about who he will put in charge of an employment agency.

Newsom spoke about programs that will impact tenants who have struggled financially during the pandemic. He said the state set aside $ 5.2 billion to pay rent and $ 2 billion to pay for utilities.

“No US state does this,” he said. “None of this was promoted or supported by Larry Elder. None of that. And none of this will be implemented if he is a governor.

“We have strategies, plans and we’re just getting started. And it all ends… if we don’t succeed.

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