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What Vice President-elect Harris means for California

California Sen. Kamala Harris is the first woman to become vice president-elect. Courtesy office of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris.

Goodbye, state of resistance. Hello, state of influence.

California's status has shifted dramatically with the election of Joe Biden as the next president. The reasons are both political — deep blue California will have more inroads to a White House controlled by Democrats — and personal: For just the second time in American history, a Californian will serve as vice president.

Kamala Harris, California's junior senator and former state attorney general, made history last week when American voters chose Biden to replace Republican President Donald Trump. She'll become the first vice president who is a woman, a woman of color and a California Democrat.

It's a significant boost for a state that in recent years has held a high profile in Congress, but little sway at the White House. Congressional leaders from both parties, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, hail from the Golden State. But the last Californian president was Ronald Reagan more than 30 years ago. And the last Californian vice president was Richard Nixon, 60 years ago.

California has changed radically since then. Once the home of a thriving conservative movement that propelled Republicans Nixon and Reagan to national prominence, it's now a state where Democrats hold all the political power and a diverse electorate elevated Harris — the child of immigrants from India and Jamaica — to the United States Senate.

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She emphasized her California roots when she launched her short-lived campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, calling herself a "proud daughter of Oakland" as she stood before its city hall, not far from the hospital where she was born.

Her deep ties to California include a friendship with Gov. Gavin Newsom that goes back decades. She was sworn in as San Francisco district attorney on the same day in 2004 that he became the city's mayor. They rose through the ranks of California politics sharing a circle of wealthy benefactors and political consultants. They've even vacationed together.

'We're often left behind. So having a vice president will be good for the state.'

-Jerry Brown, former California governor

After the last four years of California's tumultuous relationship with the Trump administration — the state sued it more than 100 times while Trump frequently threatened to yank federal funding — the friendship between Newsom and Harris positions California for a vastly different dynamic.

"With Kamala Harris as vice president, we won't have to feel like we're walking on landmines all the time, because we know she's not looking for ways to harm California," said Daniel Zingale, Newsom's strategy and communications director until retiring early this year.

"Quite the opposite: she is going to take the interests of our nearly 40 million people to heart."

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Harris could become an influential vice president in part because the office itself is more powerful than in earlier periods of American history, said Joel K. Goldstein, a Saint Louis University law school professor and scholar of the vice presidency.

Beginning with Jimmy Carter's inclusion of Vice President Walter Mondale in the 1970s, he said, presidents started giving their VPs an office in the West Wing, an open invitation to attend meetings and lots of access to confer privately with the president. That was how Biden experienced being Barack Obama's second-in-command, Goldstein said, and the way he expects Biden to treat Harris.

When Biden announced picking Harris as his running mate, he envisioned her holding a significant role, saying he wanted Harris "to be the last one in the room" as he weighed big decisions.

"The fact that she's going to be in the room — in a lot of rooms — and that some of what she cares about are things that are important in California, that means that California will have influence," Goldstein said.

"There's likely to be responsiveness to problems that California has in a way that give it some benefit."

Here are three ways Harris could make a difference:

More attention from the federal government

Behind the scenes, Trump has issued disaster declarations to help California recover from brutal fire seasons. But in front of the cameras, he has ridiculed the state while it suffered, claiming California was neglecting its forests and dismissing concerns about climate change.

Recent wildfires, along with the coronavirus pandemic, have shown how much California relies on the federal government, said state Senate leader Toni Atkins, a San Diego Democrat.

"Whether it's funding or broad policy changes," Atkins said, "a Vice President Harris would absolutely help California cut through red tape."

In Indiana, a close relationship between the governor and Vice President Mike Pence, himself a former governor of Indiana, has helped the state navigate the coronavirus pandemic, the Indianapolis Star reported this spring. GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb described contacting Pence when the state needed more test kits and federal funding to staff testing sites.

Delaware had a similar inside track during Biden's vice presidency. Delaware Democratic House Speaker Peter Schwarzkopf told CalMatters he recalled Biden paying a visit to his home state in 2009.

"I said, 'I see they just put you in charge of the stimulus program. I have a project that's shovel-ready,'" Schwarzkopf recalled telling the new vice president.

The boardwalk at a popular tourist beach had been damaged in a storm, and the state needed $7 million to repair it. Two days later, Schwarzkopf said, he was told Delaware would get the money.

"If we needed anything or we had a situation, we didn't have to explain it to Joe. He just understood," Schwarzkopf said.

"We had access to him and that's how it will be with Kamala too. You won't have to explain things to her, she'll know what you need. Your state will now have a front row seat to the administration."

That will likely ameliorate the common feeling in California that the federal government and national media are disproportionately focused on the East Coast.

"California is often under-appreciated, because we're 3,000 miles away and the folks on the East are up for three hours before we get going," Democratic former Gov. Jerry Brown said in an interview with CalMatters. "We're often left behind. So having a vice president will be good for the state."

California's progressive policies could spread

Curb greenhouse gas emissions. Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Give workers paid family leave. Those are policies Biden and Harris say they want to see across the nation, and that California has already approved.

"California in many ways is a laboratory for policy change. That is a huge asset that a vice president from California will bring to the nation," said Karen Skelton, a Democratic strategist who was Al Gore's political director when he was vice president.

Vice presidents are typically charged with specific policy initiatives. Given Harris' career as a prosecutor and California's climate policy leadership, Skelton said, Biden may want her to helm criminal justice reform or environmental protection.

"Kamala will be given assignments and will find her sweet spots in the important administration priorities. I wouldn't be surprised if some of that is influenced by the profoundly complicated policy work that has come out of California," she said.

"The west will lead the east in terms of the incubation of ideas."

That's exactly why California Republicans aren't excited by Biden's win. They've largely voted against state policies that may now gain steam nationwide.

"The United States of San Francisco is what both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris sold to the nation," state Sen. Shannon Grove, leader of the Senate's GOP caucus, said by email.

'We won't have to feel like we're walking on landmines all the time, because we know she's not looking for ways to harm California.'

-Daniel Zingale, Gov. Gavin Newsom's former strategy and communications director

"California's liberal experiment has created the largest homelessness in the nation, highest gas taxes, widening income inequality, near bottom rates in K-12 reading and math scores, eliminating parental choice for education, and a criminal justice system where the human trafficking of a child is not considered a violent crime. Enough is enough."

The last time a Democrat was in the White House, California's plan to cut greenhouse gases and smog-forming pollution from cars became a model for a national standard. Obama hosted California legislator Fran Pavely at the White House as he announced new nationwide rules mirroring those she wrote into state law.

Trump has had the opposite effect on California's effort to combat climate change. He's yanked California's authority to set its own standards and rolled back federal fuel economy rules, setting off a legal battle that may sputter when Democrats are back in the White House.

More Californians in federal government

Vice presidents historically have brought people from their home states to Washington to help them run their own offices and other government agencies, said Goldstein, the vice presidential scholar.

"Mondale brought in a bunch of people from Minnesota, Bush brought people from Texas, and Pence has brought in a lot of people from Indiana," he said.

Pence has been especially influential in shaping the Department of Health and Human Services, a reflection of his longtime interest in cutting funding for Planned Parenthood, Politico reported last year. The article cited numerous high-level department officials with ties to Pence and Indiana, including cabinet secretary Alex Azar, who was an executive at an Indiana-based drug company when Pence was governor; Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who was an Indiana public health official; Medicaid leader Seema Verma, who advised Pence on health policy when he was governor; and Verma's deputy chief of staff, who was Pence's legislative director when he was governor.

Californians expect Harris will also tap her home state network.

"She's got a pretty big rolodex," said Brian Brokaw, a Democratic strategist who managed Harris' campaigns for attorney general. "I'm sure she would want to have many of her longtime trusted staff and others join the administration."

John Peschong, a GOP supervisor in San Luis Obispo County, worked in the White House under President Reagan. He recalled numerous Californians Reagan brought with him to Washington.

"The influence from the state comes with the people brought on board to run the various federal government departments," Peschong said. "There's a lot of folks (Harris) would probably try to move into the administration that are not public names right now."

CalMatters reporter Rachel Becker contributed to this report.

Email Laurel Rosenhall at [email protected]

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What Vice President-elect Harris means for California

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Uploaded: Wed, Nov 11, 2020, 1:12 pm

Goodbye, state of resistance. Hello, state of influence.

California's status has shifted dramatically with the election of Joe Biden as the next president. The reasons are both political — deep blue California will have more inroads to a White House controlled by Democrats — and personal: For just the second time in American history, a Californian will serve as vice president.

Kamala Harris, California's junior senator and former state attorney general, made history last week when American voters chose Biden to replace Republican President Donald Trump. She'll become the first vice president who is a woman, a woman of color and a California Democrat.

It's a significant boost for a state that in recent years has held a high profile in Congress, but little sway at the White House. Congressional leaders from both parties, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, hail from the Golden State. But the last Californian president was Ronald Reagan more than 30 years ago. And the last Californian vice president was Richard Nixon, 60 years ago.

California has changed radically since then. Once the home of a thriving conservative movement that propelled Republicans Nixon and Reagan to national prominence, it's now a state where Democrats hold all the political power and a diverse electorate elevated Harris — the child of immigrants from India and Jamaica — to the United States Senate.

She emphasized her California roots when she launched her short-lived campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, calling herself a "proud daughter of Oakland" as she stood before its city hall, not far from the hospital where she was born.

Her deep ties to California include a friendship with Gov. Gavin Newsom that goes back decades. She was sworn in as San Francisco district attorney on the same day in 2004 that he became the city's mayor. They rose through the ranks of California politics sharing a circle of wealthy benefactors and political consultants. They've even vacationed together.

After the last four years of California's tumultuous relationship with the Trump administration — the state sued it more than 100 times while Trump frequently threatened to yank federal funding — the friendship between Newsom and Harris positions California for a vastly different dynamic.

"With Kamala Harris as vice president, we won't have to feel like we're walking on landmines all the time, because we know she's not looking for ways to harm California," said Daniel Zingale, Newsom's strategy and communications director until retiring early this year.

"Quite the opposite: she is going to take the interests of our nearly 40 million people to heart."

Harris could become an influential vice president in part because the office itself is more powerful than in earlier periods of American history, said Joel K. Goldstein, a Saint Louis University law school professor and scholar of the vice presidency.

Beginning with Jimmy Carter's inclusion of Vice President Walter Mondale in the 1970s, he said, presidents started giving their VPs an office in the West Wing, an open invitation to attend meetings and lots of access to confer privately with the president. That was how Biden experienced being Barack Obama's second-in-command, Goldstein said, and the way he expects Biden to treat Harris.

When Biden announced picking Harris as his running mate, he envisioned her holding a significant role, saying he wanted Harris "to be the last one in the room" as he weighed big decisions.

"The fact that she's going to be in the room — in a lot of rooms — and that some of what she cares about are things that are important in California, that means that California will have influence," Goldstein said.

"There's likely to be responsiveness to problems that California has in a way that give it some benefit."

Here are three ways Harris could make a difference:

Behind the scenes, Trump has issued disaster declarations to help California recover from brutal fire seasons. But in front of the cameras, he has ridiculed the state while it suffered, claiming California was neglecting its forests and dismissing concerns about climate change.

Recent wildfires, along with the coronavirus pandemic, have shown how much California relies on the federal government, said state Senate leader Toni Atkins, a San Diego Democrat.

"Whether it's funding or broad policy changes," Atkins said, "a Vice President Harris would absolutely help California cut through red tape."

In Indiana, a close relationship between the governor and Vice President Mike Pence, himself a former governor of Indiana, has helped the state navigate the coronavirus pandemic, the Indianapolis Star reported this spring. GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb described contacting Pence when the state needed more test kits and federal funding to staff testing sites.

Delaware had a similar inside track during Biden's vice presidency. Delaware Democratic House Speaker Peter Schwarzkopf told CalMatters he recalled Biden paying a visit to his home state in 2009.

"I said, 'I see they just put you in charge of the stimulus program. I have a project that's shovel-ready,'" Schwarzkopf recalled telling the new vice president.

The boardwalk at a popular tourist beach had been damaged in a storm, and the state needed $7 million to repair it. Two days later, Schwarzkopf said, he was told Delaware would get the money.

"If we needed anything or we had a situation, we didn't have to explain it to Joe. He just understood," Schwarzkopf said.

"We had access to him and that's how it will be with Kamala too. You won't have to explain things to her, she'll know what you need. Your state will now have a front row seat to the administration."

That will likely ameliorate the common feeling in California that the federal government and national media are disproportionately focused on the East Coast.

"California is often under-appreciated, because we're 3,000 miles away and the folks on the East are up for three hours before we get going," Democratic former Gov. Jerry Brown said in an interview with CalMatters. "We're often left behind. So having a vice president will be good for the state."

Curb greenhouse gas emissions. Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Give workers paid family leave. Those are policies Biden and Harris say they want to see across the nation, and that California has already approved.

"California in many ways is a laboratory for policy change. That is a huge asset that a vice president from California will bring to the nation," said Karen Skelton, a Democratic strategist who was Al Gore's political director when he was vice president.

Vice presidents are typically charged with specific policy initiatives. Given Harris' career as a prosecutor and California's climate policy leadership, Skelton said, Biden may want her to helm criminal justice reform or environmental protection.

"Kamala will be given assignments and will find her sweet spots in the important administration priorities. I wouldn't be surprised if some of that is influenced by the profoundly complicated policy work that has come out of California," she said.

"The west will lead the east in terms of the incubation of ideas."

That's exactly why California Republicans aren't excited by Biden's win. They've largely voted against state policies that may now gain steam nationwide.

"The United States of San Francisco is what both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris sold to the nation," state Sen. Shannon Grove, leader of the Senate's GOP caucus, said by email.

"California's liberal experiment has created the largest homelessness in the nation, highest gas taxes, widening income inequality, near bottom rates in K-12 reading and math scores, eliminating parental choice for education, and a criminal justice system where the human trafficking of a child is not considered a violent crime. Enough is enough."

The last time a Democrat was in the White House, California's plan to cut greenhouse gases and smog-forming pollution from cars became a model for a national standard. Obama hosted California legislator Fran Pavely at the White House as he announced new nationwide rules mirroring those she wrote into state law.

Trump has had the opposite effect on California's effort to combat climate change. He's yanked California's authority to set its own standards and rolled back federal fuel economy rules, setting off a legal battle that may sputter when Democrats are back in the White House.

Vice presidents historically have brought people from their home states to Washington to help them run their own offices and other government agencies, said Goldstein, the vice presidential scholar.

"Mondale brought in a bunch of people from Minnesota, Bush brought people from Texas, and Pence has brought in a lot of people from Indiana," he said.

Pence has been especially influential in shaping the Department of Health and Human Services, a reflection of his longtime interest in cutting funding for Planned Parenthood, Politico reported last year. The article cited numerous high-level department officials with ties to Pence and Indiana, including cabinet secretary Alex Azar, who was an executive at an Indiana-based drug company when Pence was governor; Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who was an Indiana public health official; Medicaid leader Seema Verma, who advised Pence on health policy when he was governor; and Verma's deputy chief of staff, who was Pence's legislative director when he was governor.

Californians expect Harris will also tap her home state network.

"She's got a pretty big rolodex," said Brian Brokaw, a Democratic strategist who managed Harris' campaigns for attorney general. "I'm sure she would want to have many of her longtime trusted staff and others join the administration."

John Peschong, a GOP supervisor in San Luis Obispo County, worked in the White House under President Reagan. He recalled numerous Californians Reagan brought with him to Washington.

"The influence from the state comes with the people brought on board to run the various federal government departments," Peschong said. "There's a lot of folks (Harris) would probably try to move into the administration that are not public names right now."

CalMatters reporter Rachel Becker contributed to this report.

Email Laurel Rosenhall at [email protected]

CALmatters.org is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media venture explaining California's policies and politics.

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Lee Forrest
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another community
on Nov 11, 2020 at 1:59 pm
Lee Forrest, another community
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>"Harris could become an influential vice president in part because the office itself is more powerful than in earlier periods of American history,"

^ Yes...who can ever forget the 'influence' & input of VP Dick Cheney during the Bush administration.

With that in mind...some VPs are best left relegated to hosting minor state dinners and/or ribbon-cutting ceremonies.


Ardan Michael Blum
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Downtown North
on Nov 11, 2020 at 10:20 pm
Ardan Michael Blum, Downtown North
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on Nov 11, 2020 at 10:20 pm
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Wait! Anna Eshoo deserves a mention here.


AlexDeLarge
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on Nov 11, 2020 at 10:31 pm
AlexDeLarge, Midtown
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@ Lee Forrest, I'm with you on this one...


What Will They Do Next
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Old Palo Alto
on Nov 12, 2020 at 10:45 am
What Will They Do Next, Old Palo Alto
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A few points. 1) The election hasn't been certified yet although it appears Biden will win. 2) Kamala Harris couldn't even get Californians to support her run for the presidency, especially after Tulsi Gabbard exposed her record and failures as AG of the state during the presidential debates. After that performance her donors stopped writing checks and she was forced to drop out quickly. 3) Donald Trump has done nothing to harm California and has received praise from Gov. Newsom on several occasions for his help with a number of California issues that needed federal assistance. 4) Harris is an opportunist who will do whatever she thinks makes her look good. California might benefit from that but I wouldn't count on it. She's right where she wants to be and doesn't need to do any favors for anyone.


Lee Forrest
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Crescent Park
on Nov 12, 2020 at 10:55 am
Lee Forrest, Crescent Park
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> "4) Harris is an opportunist who will do whatever she thinks makes her look good."

^ Concurring...Harris is merely waiting in the wings for Biden to falter so she can become POTUS.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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on Nov 12, 2020 at 11:30 am
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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WOW - agree with the above points. I don't give Biden more than 6 months at the job. However - we do have elections coming up in the mid-point at which point the balance in Congress can further tilt. A lot of the D's do not want the progressives to take over any more than the R's do. All we need is one big tax change and you can bet that there will be a giant tilt. The Gov is also coming under heat right now.


Lee Forrest
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on Nov 12, 2020 at 11:45 am
Lee Forrest, Crescent Park
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>"A lot of the D's do not want the progressives to take over any more than the R's do."

^ Concurring again...Senators Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren + AOC's 'band of four' in Congress are all a bit too much for the mainstream American public to either fathom or stomach.

On the other hand, corporate America & the wealthy elite need to be kept in check.


Fact check, please.
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2020 at 12:24 pm
Fact check, please., Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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This statement above is peppered with so much misinformation: "California's liberal experiment has created the largest homelessness in the nation, highest gas taxes, widening income inequality, near bottom rates in K-12 reading and math scores, eliminating parental choice for education, and a criminal justice system where the human trafficking of a child is not considered a violent crime. Enough is enough."

Widening income inequality is a worldwide problem--exacerbated in California by the rapid growth of high tech--but this inequality not at all limited to so-called liberal, blue states.

Homelessness is growing everywhere, especially in places with temperate weather where people can easily live outdoors. We don't ship homeless people out on buses as some Republican states do. Compassion is a bad thing? So much for Christian fellowship and charity.

High gas taxes, from my perspective, are a good thing in a time of climate change. The cost of gas should reflect the cost of GHG emission impacts on our environment that government will has to contend with. One way to get people to stop and think about alternatives before they burn fossil fuels is to make sure the cost of burning them reflects the full cost of mitigating these impacts. Good idea!

The performance drop in California schools is directly related to Prop 13--a CONSERVATIVE experiment that has starved our public schools of adequate funding for many decades.

The state has not elminated parental choice for education. In fact, laws around private and charter schools have become looser not harder to get around. Something I view as a problem.


Lee Forrest
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on Nov 12, 2020 at 1:45 pm
Lee Forrest, Crescent Park
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> "The performance drop in California schools is directly related to Prop 13--a CONSERVATIVE experiment that has starved our public schools of adequate funding for many decades."

^ Whatever happened to the enormous funds being generated by the CA Lottery Program...a LIBERAL 'experiment' to support our public schools?

Answer...more Democrat-inspired bureaucracy in the form of petty civil servant jobs involving the design of 'scratcher' tickets, advertising costs, implementation of a massive stateside computer network to sell & process tickets...with few winners & minimal fiscal resources actually going to the schools. In other words, most of the proceeds go to administrative & promotional costs.

To use a smartphone app-term...the Democratic Party seems to specialize in adding 'bloatware' to everyday life in California.

And as for Proposition 13...the Jarvis-Gann Act was enacted to protect seniors from increasing property taxes due to runaway inflation & to curb unnecessary & wasteful spending on the part of our duly elected state representatives.


What Will They Do Next
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on Nov 12, 2020 at 6:14 pm
What Will They Do Next, Old Palo Alto
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@ Fact check please .... I would suggest you read the Lee Forest response to your post. Nothing you say has a factual basis. Everything he says does. One party rule in California has created a disaster. If you think increasing gas taxes is going to have an impact on "climate change" you are sadly mistaken. California can't save the world. As a country, we do more than almost anyone else to impact the environment in a positive way. Unfortunately, the biggest polluters don't and the Paris Accord allows them to get away with it. That is an undeniable fact. Trump was wise to pull us out and let the others take some responsibility for once.
The performance drop in California public schools has nothing to do with Prop 13 funds. It's the excuse liberals make for the systemic failure of the public school system. It does, however have everything to do with teacher unions. What was the Lottery created for? 7 billion annually with 13% designated for admin costs. That should cover a lot of it. Add local taxes and it should be sufficient. Teacher salaries and underfunded pensions is where the money goes. But Sacramento never has enough money for anything. Their only strategy is to keep raising taxes again and again and wastefully spending the money again and again. And people like you will blame the public school failure on not enough money.
As far as homelessness is concerned, name the states run by Republicans that bus them out. I can tell you that Oregon, a progressively liberal run state, in particularly the riotous city of Portland has been busing them out since 2016. Better do your own fact checking.


Anonymous
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on Nov 12, 2020 at 9:15 pm
Anonymous, Duveneck/St. Francis
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Unimpressed with Harris. Really hasn’t done or even said much of consequence. Will waltz right into presidency. I would prefer Biden for four years, but don’t have much hope owing to his age.


Longtime Resident
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on Nov 12, 2020 at 9:17 pm
Longtime Resident, Old Palo Alto
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To answer the original posters question . . .
It means California is going to have to make room for a million more immigrants.


Lee Forrest
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Crescent Park
on Nov 13, 2020 at 7:41 am
Lee Forrest, Crescent Park
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>"It means California is going to have to make room for a million more immigrants."

^ Immigration options (both legal & illegal) is a touchy subject in California.

If anything...there should be comprehensive health check & approval requirements for ALL newcomers (including their past medical history & inoculation records) prior to allowing legal residency to ANYONE from abroad whether it is for employment or political/religious asylum.

The last thing we need is another pandemic or a revival of diseases once considered eradicated via vaccinations & mandated American public health measures...precautions which are oftentimes neglected and/or overlooked in other parts of the world.


JB
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on Nov 14, 2020 at 8:00 pm
JB, Evergreen Park
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I'm very proud and happy that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election. Ms. Harris is bright, articulate, and not afraid to confront the bullies in the opposition party. At last, we will have people in the White House who will not ignore the coronavirus and will use the best science to help us get through this terrible pandemic. At last, I feel that democracy has a fighting chance to survive in our country. Also, to have a woman in the White House (even a Vice President) is something I've wanted to see for a very, very long time. Best of luck, Kamala!


Lee Forrest
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on Nov 17, 2020 at 11:35 am
Lee Forrest, Crescent Park
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>"I'm very proud and happy that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election..."

^ In many ways, it was time for a change in executive leadership with the hope of getting our nation's 'ship' back on course.

That said, the Democratic Party is currently fractured to a certain extent with 'progressive' members emphasizing their socialist agendas & the more 'moderate' members striving to keep things in balance.

Biden is trying to distance himself from the likes of Sanders, Warren & 'the Squad' recently asserting that Sanders/Warren will have no place in his Cabinet.

Refreshing news for those who were overly concerned about a left-wing administration assuming the helm for the next four years.


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