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Gavin Newsom report card: What he has done, and what he hasn't

Original post made on Aug 25, 2021

Since taking office in 2019, California's governor has made progress on education and other key issues, but left much to be done.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2021 at 11:57 am

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Gavin is latest in a long line of poor leadership who would rather talk about climate change and what can be done over 30 years rather than make changes that will affect next year's fire season.

Other issues, such as water and drought, have had no real changes for the last 30 years yet the population has increased during the same period. We need 21st century distribution for the 21st century population.

Gavin inherited most of the problems, but he has not made any progress on any of those inherited problems.

In the early days of the pandemic, he traveled all over the state for a news conference in some other part of the State. We had been told to stay at home, but his public image showed that he was not staying at home.

As a leader, he is more interested in getting his resume reading for the next aspirations including the presidency rather than sorting California's problems.


Posted by resident
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 25, 2021 at 4:37 pm

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Gavin Newsom has done more than I knew about. And of course, he could do more. But some of the things he has not done are nearly impossible (e.g. prevent wildfires, end homelessness, etc.).
The people who are vying for his job are way worse. I hope we do not "cut off our nose to spite our face".


Posted by Mike-Crescent Park
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 25, 2021 at 4:43 pm

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One very big item against Newsom is missing.

From the LA Times: “California officials in charge of the state's unemployment benefits system failed for months to heed warnings of widespread fraud during the covid-19 pandemic, resulting in billions of dollars paid out on fraudulent claims, a state audit reported Thursday.
The report by state Auditor Elaine Howle said that at least $10.4 billion in fraud has been identified on the first $112 billion in benefits paid since the pandemic began. But more claims have been paid since the audit was finalized -- the number is now $114 billion -- so officials of the state Employment Development Department said they now have confirmed more than $11 billion in fraud, and are investigating $19 billion in other suspicious claims.”

Under Newsoms watch now at least $11B of California taxpayers money has been paid to fraudulent claims. And maybe as much as $30B. It’s such a mess they don’t know the top end.

$30B. That’s serious money. And Newsom is in charge. And there were warnings about fraud before this happened.


Posted by Andy
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 25, 2021 at 6:30 pm

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There's so many reasons to remove Gavin Newsom, it's hard to pick one.

From increasing the housing crisis to the crime epidemic, from raising the gas tax on July 1st to the California state auditor report last week showing he mismanaged SEVENTY ONE BILLION in federal COVID-related funding, we cannot afford to let this go on.

There are both Democrats and Republicans running to replace Newsom, but we need to stop being partisan and start saving California.

A replacement would have around a year to start to fix the mess, but at least it might not get worse.

We must vote YES to recall Gavin Newsom or we risk the exodus and collapse of the state to accelerate.


Posted by WilliamR
a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2021 at 7:19 pm

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If Gov. Newsom is recalled, who would replace him? My cat knows more about running California than any of the listed replacement candidates.


Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 25, 2021 at 7:20 pm

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I like him. Despite being attacked all the time by malcontent social media warriors and would be right wing nuts who want to ban abortion, etc., he's worked hard and done a mostly good job.


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2021 at 8:17 pm

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Newsom has done a terrible job. He signed his own recall warrant. And it's not just Republicans and Independents who want him kicked out of office. 54% of Los Angeles registered voters who signed the recall were DEMOCRATS. It's not only his incompetence, it's his extremist views. The far left and right right are a threat to democracy. We need a moderate who will bring California back to being a moderate state prior to running California into the ground. Enough is enough.


Posted by JB
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Aug 26, 2021 at 10:42 am

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This recall election is a blatant attempt by right-wing Republicans to take over a solid blue state. If they succeed here, they will probably try it in other blue states. To blame Governor Newsom for the catastrophic wildfires last year (they started by the freak occurrence of thousands of lightning strikes last August) is ridiculous. He stood up to President Trump, who wanted Newsom to just rake the forests! Climate change is real, causing drought in the West and leading to more fires. Right-wing Republicans, not Governor Newsom, are saying that climate change is a hoax. I just read that the leading Republican contender on the recall ballot, Larry Elder, thinks that climate change is a hoax and that it's okay for employers to ask female employees if they plan to have children, a blatant attack on women's rights. Governor Newsom appointed Alex Padilla to replace Kamala Harris in the US Senate. He firmly believes in women's rights and environmental protection. If Mr. Elder or another right-wing recall candidate had to select a replacement for an ailing Senator Feinstein, he would select a right-wing extremist who doesn't believe in climate change, women's rights, or the importance of protecting the environment. He/she could also enact executive orders in these areas of concern. I agree that the EDD badly handled the unemployment situation, but you can't just blame it on the governor. Do you expect him to go to EDD and create a new computer program that handles millions of requests? It's well-known that many computer systems that handle big problems like this are not up to date, It's bad enough that we have to pay something like $275 million for this power grab election. If Governor Newsom were to get only 49% of the state vote, the leading recall candidate could become governor with only 10-20% of the state vote. That is outrageous! Please vote no on the recall and just wait to the next scheduled election for governor to select your favorite candidate. Thank you.


Posted by Jim Colbin
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 26, 2021 at 11:20 am

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I am voting AGAINST Gavin Newsom because now he wants to admit Afghan refugees into California, many of whom are not fully vetted or vaccinated.

Add to the equation...only 1.3% of all Afghanis are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Given the serious nature of Covid-19 and the Delta variant, this what we want for California?


Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 26, 2021 at 12:34 pm

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Anti-democratic, Jennifer? Your leader, Larry right-wing radio host guy, has the support of less than 1 of 5 Californians. Gavin will get at least mid 40's. I don't think that's the word you were looking for.

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Posted by dudleysharp
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2021 at 1:32 pm

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You seem to have forgotten that Newsom lied about the death penalty:

Gov. Newsom lied and, then, he lied . . .

"As a gubernatorial candidate, Newsom solemnly pledged to abide by the voters' death-penalty decisions, despite disagreeing with them. He promised to be "accountable to the will of the voters" and not let his "personal opinions" interfere with "the public's right to make a determination" about capital punishment. His spokesman last year told the San Francisco Chronicle that Newsom "recognizes that California voters have spoken on the issue and [would] respect the will of the electorate." In editorial-board meetings, Newsom agreed that "it would be an affront for a governor to say 'Here's what I'm going to do by fiat.' " (Gavin Newsom's death-row betrayal, by Jeff Jacoby, The Boston Globe March 20, 2019)


Posted by dudleysharp
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2021 at 1:37 pm

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Posted by Judith Perry
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 26, 2021 at 1:37 pm

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Gavin Newsome is too freewheeling, arrogant, and shallow.

We are voting against Newsome in September 2021 and against Biden in 2024 if he has the nerve to run again.


Posted by Blaine Alston
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 27, 2021 at 11:47 am

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There are no quality candidates currently on the horizon...presidential or gubanatorial.

The choices are limited...Biden (senile), Trump (narcissist madman), Newsom (an opportunistic clown), Harris (unqualified to be president) plus a host of other pompous wannabes.

We're screwed.


Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 28, 2021 at 6:30 am

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Thanks, Blaine. Until now, I never knew the real name of the Comic Book Guy on 'The Simpsons'...


Posted by Ari Fleischman
a resident of Atherton
on Aug 28, 2021 at 9:48 am

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In some ways, both Biden and Newsom should consider resigning from office rather than being forced out by costly recall election implementations and time-consuming impeachment procedures.

There is no true leadership in either Sacramento or Washington DC.


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Aug 28, 2021 at 10:57 pm

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Resigning from office is the honorable thing to do, but it takes humility. Politicians aren't the most humble folks. As far as no true leadership -- we get who we vote for.


Posted by AlexDeLarge
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 29, 2021 at 12:25 am

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Hmmm, I'm thinking a D- , and that's rather generous...


Posted by Dieter Ganz
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 29, 2021 at 9:28 am

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Retaining the California governorship is paramount if Newsom plans to run for president at a later date.

Andrew Cuomo bombed out as a viable option and Kamala Harris can hardly be considered an ideal or worthwhile presidential candidate as well.


Posted by Mike Laney
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Aug 29, 2021 at 12:25 pm

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Under normal circumstances (and nothing is normal these days), Kamala Harris will never be elected POTUS because she lacks the qualifications and insights to be president.

And the same could be said of many past presidents who were elected by an ignorant voting base.


Posted by Shaquonna Willoughby
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 29, 2021 at 1:09 pm

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Gavin Newsom will not be recalled because he is the best choice for California governor given the likes of Republicans Jenner, Elder, Cox, and Faulcouner.

Who in their right mind would vote for them?


Posted by Willis Freeman
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 29, 2021 at 2:24 pm

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> Who in their right mind would vote for them?

Conservative LGBTQIA voters will opt for Ms. Jenner while conservative black voters (of whom there are very few) will vote for Mr. Elder.

The white Republican conservatives and moderates will decide between Cox or Faulcouner and the Republican vote will be divided.

Newsom prevails.


Posted by Beatrice Ignacio
a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2021 at 9:21 am

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> "What he has done, and what he hasn't"

Along with several other state governors, Gavin Newsom has declared CA as a sanctuary state for thousands of Afghan refugees forced to flee from the Taliban.

Governor Newsom could highlight his humanitarian role as a state leader and instruct cities (including Palo Alto) to take in a certain quota of new arrivals with assurances of reduced rents and comprehensive social services including Medi-Cal, SNAP food stamp benefits, and free transportation on Caltrains and VTA.


Posted by Jim Anthony
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 30, 2021 at 11:29 am

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Posted by Leslie York
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 31, 2021 at 10:06 pm

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"The far left and right right are a threat to democracy. We need a moderate who will bring California back to being a moderate state"

Like Larry Elder? That's who we'll get if Newsom is recalled; Elder is ahead in the polls. Elder is to the right of Attilla the Hun.

"Kamala Harris will never be elected POTUS because she lacks the qualifications and insights to be president."

That didn't stop Donald Trump (president) or Arnold Schwarzenegger (governor).

Caitlyn Jenner? My poodle knows more about politics and governance than Caitlyn.

California has 55 electoral votes. It is a huge plum and Republicans are just salivating to seize control of it. Then people of color can kiss their voting rights goodbye, just like in Texas.


Posted by Audley
a resident of Los Altos
on Sep 1, 2021 at 8:09 pm

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Newsom is just another puppet that has not done anything significant to truly help Californians. It is a crime and a shameful disgrace that California still does not have a single-payer statewide healthcare system. This is the desire of the vast majority of Californian residents, and the state certainly has the means to provide it. Democrat and Republican politicians alike have been preventing healthcare from Californians against the will of the public for decades. In a rich Blue state like California there is no excuse for the failure to deliver a statewide healthcare system that covers all California residents. When the day comes and California does implements a proper healthcare system worthy of a developed OECD economy, the governor will be the most popular politician in the nation, and all 0ther 49 states will follow the example. In conclusion, Newsom is just another puppet-Democrat.


Posted by Kevin
a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2021 at 12:15 pm

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Liberals above all else crave acceptance from other liberals and this approval for fake & failed ideology is rewarded strongest via political elections. Winning elections is not the same as good governance. Concept is similar to being good at job interviews and incompetent in doing the job.
Democrats win elections year after year in California, Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, Portland, etc and all these places are going down the drain & the locals keep voting Democrat while screaming about fake racism & phony economic equality while the real challenges and issues go unsolved. Pathetic.


Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 17, 2021 at 12:24 pm

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I like him. He's done a good job.


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