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Newsom blasts 'naysayers and dooms-dayers' as he touts pandemic progress

Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers the State of the State address at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on March 9. Photo by Shae Hammond for CalMatters.

With a tradition-busting speech meant to mark the tragedies of the last year while inspiring hope for the future, Gov. Gavin Newsom also worked Tuesday night to shore up support from the Californians who can keep him from being thrown out of office.

Mothers. Nurses. Teachers.

They all got shout-outs from Newsom as he delivered the annual State of the State speech from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, hundreds of miles and a world away from the event's usual digs at the Capitol in Sacramento. Instead of standing in the chandeliered Assembly chamber before an audience of applauding lawmakers, Newsom stood beneath dusky skies on a lush green field evoking the rebirth of spring, and looked out at an almost empty stadium symbolizing the Californians killed by COVID-19.

Instead of talking to the Legislature about an ambitious policy agenda for the coming year, as he did last year on homelessness, Newsom spoke directly to Californians whose lives have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

"COVID was no one's fault — but it quickly became everyone's burden," Newsom said.

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"Forcing hard-working Californians into impossible choices — go to work and risk infection, or stay home and lose your job. It magnified daily worries about feeding your kids, paying rent and keeping loved ones safe."

For Newsom, the burden of the pandemic is largely political. Republicans who tried unsuccessfully to recall him five times hit the jackpot with their sixth try, when a judge gave them more time to collect signatures because of Newsom's stay-at-home order. The signature-gathering drive gained steam as many Californians grew restless and angry from ongoing school and business shutdowns, while Newsom celebrated a lobbyist's birthday at the posh French Laundry restaurant.

If recall supporters submit 1.5 million valid signatures by next week — which appears likely — Newsom will become just the second California governor to face a recall election. Though California voters are overwhelmingly Democratic, the rules of a recall election make it possible for a Republican to win, even without a majority of votes.

"California needs a new and better way forward," Republican Kevin Faulconer, the former mayor of San Diego, said in a video address Tuesday, part of his campaign to challenge Newsom in the recall. "We have an opportunity to reject the failures of one-party-rule, and choose a new direction for our state."

Newsom conceded that the state's pandemic response had not always been smooth. "I know our progress hasn't always felt fast enough," he said. "And look, we've made mistakes. I've made mistakes. But we own them, learn from them, and never stop trying."

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But he gave a lengthy list of the actions that California has taken, which he argued have put the state at the nation's forefront.

'When this pandemic ends — and it will end soon — we're not going back to normal. Normal was never good enough. Normal accepts inequity.'

-Gavin Newsom, California governor

Politics formed the backdrop for the governor's unusual speech, in which he memorialized the 54,395 Californians who have died from COVID-19, while trying to instill optimism about a vaccinated future.

"When this pandemic ends — and it will end soon — we're not going back to normal. Normal was never good enough," he said. "Normal accepts inequity."

By addressing parents, teachers and workers, Newsom signaled that the speech was also meant to build support among the core Democratic constituencies who can help him beat back the recall.

"He needs to shore up support not just from individual voters, but from those that work with those voters — those who go out and mobilize," said Mindy Romero, director of the Center for Inclusive Democracy at the University of Southern California.

A recall election will automatically generate excitement among Republicans eager to throw Newsom out of office, Romero said. Newsom's challenge will be getting his own supporters equally enthusiastic about voting to keep him.

"You need those Democratic voters to come out, and the groups that mobilize those voters really matter," she said.

That means building support with labor unions, corporations and progressive advocacy groups, as well as blocs of loyal Democratic voters, such as Latinos, African Americans and women.

Newsom acknowledged mothers "who've juggled and struggled" to care for children, keep their jobs and feed their families amid a pandemic that has had a disproportionate financial impact on women and driven many from the workforce.

He spoke of Latinos "dying from COVID at a higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group" — and touted his latest reopening plan that sets 40% of vaccines aside for low-income communities that have been hit hardest by the pandemic.

"Vaccine equity is not just the right thing to do, it is also the fastest way through the pandemic," Newsom said. "Grocery workers prioritized. School staff prioritized. And farmworkers, put to the front of the line."

He praised the heroism of nurses and health care workers who "despite the chaos and risks to themselves, paused to hold the hands of strangers in their final moments."

Health care worker unions played a big role in Newsom's 2018 election, and one has already launched a digital advertising campaign against the recall.

And even though Newsom and the powerful teachers union that backed him in 2018 have sparred recently over reopening schools, Newsom used his speech to highlight the work of teachers who are "pulling triple duty as counselors, curriculum developers, and tech specialists."

While never directly addressing the looming recall campaign, Newsom came closer than he ever has, lobbing an aggressive attack at "naysayers and dooms-dayers."

"To the California critics out there who are promoting partisan political power grabs with outdated prejudices, and rejecting everything that makes California truly great, we say this: We will not be distracted from getting shots in arms, and our economy booming again. This is a fight for California's future."

At that, the screens next to Newsom's podium showed a grid of Democratic mayors, legislators and other elected officials — hands up in applause. "The governor made an absolutely good case today about why a recall is absolutely an irresponsible thing to be considering right now," Democratic state Senate leader Toni Atkins later told reporters.

California GOP chairperson Jessica Millan Patterson shot back in a statement defending the party's work to recall him: "No Gavin, these are not a few naysayers with outdated prejudices. They are hard-working Californians who are fighting to take our state back."

When the half-hour, quickly delivered speech ended, Newsom walked off the stage to Wilco's version of "California Stars" — the same song featured in his 2018 election commercials. It was yet another sign that this unusual State of the State speech was also the kickoff to his don't-recall-me campaign.

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Newsom blasts 'naysayers and dooms-dayers' as he touts pandemic progress

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With a tradition-busting speech meant to mark the tragedies of the last year while inspiring hope for the future, Gov. Gavin Newsom also worked Tuesday night to shore up support from the Californians who can keep him from being thrown out of office.

Mothers. Nurses. Teachers.

They all got shout-outs from Newsom as he delivered the annual State of the State speech from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, hundreds of miles and a world away from the event's usual digs at the Capitol in Sacramento. Instead of standing in the chandeliered Assembly chamber before an audience of applauding lawmakers, Newsom stood beneath dusky skies on a lush green field evoking the rebirth of spring, and looked out at an almost empty stadium symbolizing the Californians killed by COVID-19.

Instead of talking to the Legislature about an ambitious policy agenda for the coming year, as he did last year on homelessness, Newsom spoke directly to Californians whose lives have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

"COVID was no one's fault — but it quickly became everyone's burden," Newsom said.

"Forcing hard-working Californians into impossible choices — go to work and risk infection, or stay home and lose your job. It magnified daily worries about feeding your kids, paying rent and keeping loved ones safe."

For Newsom, the burden of the pandemic is largely political. Republicans who tried unsuccessfully to recall him five times hit the jackpot with their sixth try, when a judge gave them more time to collect signatures because of Newsom's stay-at-home order. The signature-gathering drive gained steam as many Californians grew restless and angry from ongoing school and business shutdowns, while Newsom celebrated a lobbyist's birthday at the posh French Laundry restaurant.

If recall supporters submit 1.5 million valid signatures by next week — which appears likely — Newsom will become just the second California governor to face a recall election. Though California voters are overwhelmingly Democratic, the rules of a recall election make it possible for a Republican to win, even without a majority of votes.

"California needs a new and better way forward," Republican Kevin Faulconer, the former mayor of San Diego, said in a video address Tuesday, part of his campaign to challenge Newsom in the recall. "We have an opportunity to reject the failures of one-party-rule, and choose a new direction for our state."

Newsom conceded that the state's pandemic response had not always been smooth. "I know our progress hasn't always felt fast enough," he said. "And look, we've made mistakes. I've made mistakes. But we own them, learn from them, and never stop trying."

But he gave a lengthy list of the actions that California has taken, which he argued have put the state at the nation's forefront.

Politics formed the backdrop for the governor's unusual speech, in which he memorialized the 54,395 Californians who have died from COVID-19, while trying to instill optimism about a vaccinated future.

"When this pandemic ends — and it will end soon — we're not going back to normal. Normal was never good enough," he said. "Normal accepts inequity."

By addressing parents, teachers and workers, Newsom signaled that the speech was also meant to build support among the core Democratic constituencies who can help him beat back the recall.

"He needs to shore up support not just from individual voters, but from those that work with those voters — those who go out and mobilize," said Mindy Romero, director of the Center for Inclusive Democracy at the University of Southern California.

A recall election will automatically generate excitement among Republicans eager to throw Newsom out of office, Romero said. Newsom's challenge will be getting his own supporters equally enthusiastic about voting to keep him.

"You need those Democratic voters to come out, and the groups that mobilize those voters really matter," she said.

That means building support with labor unions, corporations and progressive advocacy groups, as well as blocs of loyal Democratic voters, such as Latinos, African Americans and women.

Newsom acknowledged mothers "who've juggled and struggled" to care for children, keep their jobs and feed their families amid a pandemic that has had a disproportionate financial impact on women and driven many from the workforce.

He spoke of Latinos "dying from COVID at a higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group" — and touted his latest reopening plan that sets 40% of vaccines aside for low-income communities that have been hit hardest by the pandemic.

"Vaccine equity is not just the right thing to do, it is also the fastest way through the pandemic," Newsom said. "Grocery workers prioritized. School staff prioritized. And farmworkers, put to the front of the line."

He praised the heroism of nurses and health care workers who "despite the chaos and risks to themselves, paused to hold the hands of strangers in their final moments."

Health care worker unions played a big role in Newsom's 2018 election, and one has already launched a digital advertising campaign against the recall.

And even though Newsom and the powerful teachers union that backed him in 2018 have sparred recently over reopening schools, Newsom used his speech to highlight the work of teachers who are "pulling triple duty as counselors, curriculum developers, and tech specialists."

While never directly addressing the looming recall campaign, Newsom came closer than he ever has, lobbing an aggressive attack at "naysayers and dooms-dayers."

"To the California critics out there who are promoting partisan political power grabs with outdated prejudices, and rejecting everything that makes California truly great, we say this: We will not be distracted from getting shots in arms, and our economy booming again. This is a fight for California's future."

At that, the screens next to Newsom's podium showed a grid of Democratic mayors, legislators and other elected officials — hands up in applause. "The governor made an absolutely good case today about why a recall is absolutely an irresponsible thing to be considering right now," Democratic state Senate leader Toni Atkins later told reporters.

California GOP chairperson Jessica Millan Patterson shot back in a statement defending the party's work to recall him: "No Gavin, these are not a few naysayers with outdated prejudices. They are hard-working Californians who are fighting to take our state back."

When the half-hour, quickly delivered speech ended, Newsom walked off the stage to Wilco's version of "California Stars" — the same song featured in his 2018 election commercials. It was yet another sign that this unusual State of the State speech was also the kickoff to his don't-recall-me campaign.

Email Laurel Rosenhall at [email protected]

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

Comments

Mama
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Mar 10, 2021 at 10:56 am
Mama, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Mar 10, 2021 at 10:56 am

When will he decide to vaccinate the most important caregivers of children? Younger mothers and fathers, that is.


Native to the BAY
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Mar 10, 2021 at 11:11 am
Native to the BAY, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Mar 10, 2021 at 11:11 am

Gavin Newsom knew something gruesome was on the horizon. Chiefly CalEDD Agency. It has massively failed our state’s emergency and the unemployed and our Nation’s 5th largest economy, Cslifirnia. Upwards in $31billion in fraud claims — cash claims checks shoveled put the door — Trump alluded to the CalEDD’s antiquated 1980’s dot matrix system in may of ‘20. I am no Repub., or libertarian but Knew something Newsom has to fess up. $31B and no employment agency fix re-do in sight. The agency has had no oversight or accountability! Personally my kids and I have suffered under the massive bend of this state EDD agency. Starving, no TO, no rent. He office will not take any more calls about EDD. It’s a shameful display ineptness — the buck stops w him, at his office — people have been thrown out homes, begged-on the street ... on and on And no apologies.Furthermore, I am sick at heart that local cities have not figured out the council meeting Brown act during this Pandemic. — the Brown act has been thrown to the waste side now?! . The Zoom doom and gloom has locked out public participation for all. Inequity to the max. The council chambers ate not even open to view the meeting via big screen with 6ft distance and mask mandate. Absurd!!! At least allow limited public in. Not even ADA accessible ... and Knew-something has Newsom has done nothing to address public meeting inaccessibility . Lastly, out teens and children have suffered and carried a massive burden by being toxified with on line media and only social outlet. Billions should go to programs to help our children see again, the real world. Liw income kids need art therapy, physical therapy and emotional therapy. For this democrat, myself. Newsom has a very, very lit to make up for!


chewie
Registered user
University South
on Mar 10, 2021 at 1:48 pm
chewie, University South
Registered user
on Mar 10, 2021 at 1:48 pm

The wildfires caused massive loss of life and property. The fires raged on and air pollution got worse. Red skies covered the horizon. People with COPD, emphysema, lung cancer, and cystic fibrosis all suffered. The elderly were put at risk of stroke.

Ann Getty is a major democratic donor. Anne died of a heart attack during the wildfires of 2020.

Now the teacher's union in some counties are not sure if they want to come back to the classroom.

What is your plan for bringing back those who passed away as a result of the handling of the wildfires?

Teachers with tenure can not be replaced by adding money. What is your plan if they decide to not teach in a classroom and make the decision as a union?


Bud Green
Registered user
Green Acres
on Mar 10, 2021 at 1:49 pm
Bud Green, Green Acres
Registered user
on Mar 10, 2021 at 1:49 pm

Nothing the governor has done has had any impact on the coronavirus--not masks, 6 ft. distancing, closed restaurants, closed sporting events etc. The outcome throughout the country is roughly the same. It overwhelmingly affects the elderly and obese. Blaming Newsom for this is madness. Blaming him for the lockdowns, school closures and mask madness is very appropriate.


Steve Dabrowski
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 10, 2021 at 2:27 pm
Steve Dabrowski, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Mar 10, 2021 at 2:27 pm

My problem with Gov. Newsom is that he seems to really enjoy hearing himself talk and sounding to himself like he's really smart (which he may be), but I tuned him out after possibly two of his early broadcasts on COVD because he was so abominably boring. Instead of making a crisp to the point case for what people should have been doing he droned on for hours giving statistics that were of little to no use for the average person-twenty thousand ventilators available in Chula Vista .....etc. Much better if he had emphasized what kind of masks were the most effective and other real life everyday points. I guess if he does get recalled we may see our R1 neighborhoods saved since these are in his target as soon as COVD becomes back page news.


Chuck
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Mar 10, 2021 at 2:59 pm
Chuck, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Mar 10, 2021 at 2:59 pm

An empty suit speaking to an empty Dodger Stadium. That sums it up.


chewie
Registered user
University South
on Mar 10, 2021 at 3:08 pm
chewie, University South
Registered user
on Mar 10, 2021 at 3:08 pm

@Steve Dabrowski

I just want to know what data supported a dinner at French Laundry when everyone else was sheltering in place.


Mike Montoya
Registered user
Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 10, 2021 at 4:09 pm
Mike Montoya, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Mar 10, 2021 at 4:09 pm

I don't think anyone with a reasonable degree of intelligence takes Governor Newsome seriously...both as a governor or as a future presidential candidate.


AlexDeLarge
Registered user
Midtown
on Mar 10, 2021 at 4:17 pm
AlexDeLarge, Midtown
Registered user
on Mar 10, 2021 at 4:17 pm

I'm looking forward to Ol' Greasy's recall. He has completely failed California and turned it into one giant homeless encampment amongst his other massive failures.


Anonymous
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 10, 2021 at 4:25 pm
Anonymous, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Mar 10, 2021 at 4:25 pm

When will he vaccinate those 50-64? Risk IS high. See the data from CDC.
Meanwhile, restaurants, MLB “open up.” Articles now discuss whether one may discriminate against those unvaccinated. Ummm, hey, many of us are being left behind!
News and an3 dotes report all kinds of skirting of rules by younger persons, and in the situation of scarcity, this is outrageous.
Risk of testing positive for Covid is different from falling ill, being hospitalized, going into ICU, going on a ventikar or God for id, dying!
Yet politicians cater to special interest groups, many young with AGEIST policies.
It’s higher than for those under 40.
Yet 16-64 are lumped together as a group. Outrageous. Can’t wait till an 18YO cuts in front of me (in my 60’s).
Recall Newsom.
They’re working on a Pfizer booster - so those who got two doses of the top quality Pfizer will again be privileged, meanwhile those of us in 60’s will be told take it or leave it the lower efficacy Johnson & Johnson. Story is J&J developed more recently so may deal better protecting against some variants. A distinct maybe - I’d rather be in the mainstream Pfizer crowd.
AND possible CTA and other powerful teachers unions will demand kids! be vaccinated agead if us 50-64YOs!
I think politicians (except President Biden), their staffs, spouses, hangers-on should be END OF THE LINE next season with these vaccines. Email your politicians.


William Hitchens
Registered user
Mountain View
on Mar 10, 2021 at 5:04 pm
William Hitchens, Mountain View
Registered user
on Mar 10, 2021 at 5:04 pm

Gavin Newsom is an incredibly useless and incompetent governor. He is clueless, weak, vacillating, and shamelessly panders to ignorant politically correct and also to alt-Left lunatic fringe identity politics special interest groups. He's totally unlike Jerry Brown, who was a brilliant administrator who knew how and when to wield power wisely --- and to say NO when necessary. Newsom's terrible legacy will be his totally incompetent handling of the Covid-19 disaster in CA due to his inability to earn, let alone use, political respect.
As for me, I'm not one of those ignorant, stupid so-called "conservative" cretins who back his recall out of sheer, moronic political madness. I'm a highly educated and intelligent Moderate Independent who loves political compromise and who hates the worst extreme ideas from total fools of both the Democratic and Republican "parties". They are not "parties". They are shameless ignorant disasters. "Extremists know no shame because they don't feel shame".


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
Registered user
Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 10, 2021 at 5:40 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Mar 10, 2021 at 5:40 pm

You have to know that he thinks he is so cute. Looks are going to get him by. He has been watching to many Tom Cruise movies. He keeps selling the taxpayers out while he keeps the progressive march going forward. But he cannot even articulate what that is suppose to be. He is diving this state into ruin. He has to go.


Lameesha
Registered user
East Palo Alto
on Mar 11, 2021 at 7:36 am
Lameesha, East Palo Alto
Registered user
on Mar 11, 2021 at 7:36 am

Gavin Newsome is just another self-serving white politician...something that most whites and blacks actually agree on.


Online Name
Registered user
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 11, 2021 at 9:48 am
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Mar 11, 2021 at 9:48 am

Like there have never been self-serving black politicians? Please keep race out of this and stick to the issue of his performance which is how I assume you'd want a black politician treated.


R. Cavendish
Registered user
another community
on Mar 11, 2021 at 10:14 am
R. Cavendish, another community
Registered user
on Mar 11, 2021 at 10:14 am

"Gavin Newsome is just another self-serving white politician..."

"Like there have never been self-serving black politicians?"

∆ MOST politicians are self-serving regardless of their ethnicity but given the current electoral demographics, it would be safe to assume that the predominant number of self-serving politicians currently in office are white.


Online Name
Registered user
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 11, 2021 at 10:32 am
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Mar 11, 2021 at 10:32 am

This topic is about the pandemic and responses to it.

If you insist on making it about race, why don't you work on getting blacks vaccinated since they have the lowest rate of vaccinations and/or maybe explain the low rate of vaccinations by non-whites which endanger us all. Asians have the highest rates of vaccinations followed by whites then by Hispanics with blacks last.


R. Cavendish
Registered user
another community
on Mar 11, 2021 at 10:43 am
R. Cavendish, another community
Registered user
on Mar 11, 2021 at 10:43 am

"If you insist on making it about race, why don't you work on getting blacks vaccinated since they have the lowest rate of vaccinations and/or maybe explain the low rate of vaccinations by non-whites which endanger us all."

I suspect that the apprehension among some African Americans towards receiving the Covid-19 vaccine goes back to the Tuskegee experiments where blacks were injected with syphylis (by white researchers) in the 1940s and the results then 'clinically' studied by white researchers for over the next 30 years.

Can't rightly blame them.


Jennifer
Registered user
another community
on Mar 11, 2021 at 10:58 am
Jennifer, another community
Registered user
on Mar 11, 2021 at 10:58 am

You get who you vote for. After his fiasco as mayor of SF, you would think CA voters would have enough common sense not to elect him. Even some liberal Dems are at their wits end with Newsom. I hope the recall is successful.

And this has nothing to do with race. Ignore the race baiters.


Online Name
Registered user
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 11, 2021 at 11:01 am
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Mar 11, 2021 at 11:01 am

No question that Tuskegee WAS horrendous. But that was then and this is now.

People still need to be educated to protect themselves and others NOW.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
Registered user
Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 11, 2021 at 11:13 am
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Mar 11, 2021 at 11:13 am

Lameesha keeps talking down her own people. Not exactly an uplifting theme. I do not think that most subscribe to her comments. Most younger people - all younger people - now understand that they need to go to school, learn a trade to support themselves when an adult. Talking down what is common knowledge on how to succeed is not helpful or realistic. Hoarding negative stereotypes of your own people is unproductive.


Online Name
Registered user
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 11, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Mar 11, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
Registered user
Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 11, 2021 at 12:13 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Mar 11, 2021 at 12:13 pm
julianne prescott
Registered user
Stanford
on Mar 11, 2021 at 1:25 pm
julianne prescott, Stanford
Registered user
on Mar 11, 2021 at 1:25 pm
alicia puente
Registered user
Los Altos
on Mar 12, 2021 at 8:33 am
alicia puente, Los Altos
Registered user
on Mar 12, 2021 at 8:33 am

"I never realized that some Palo Alto residents are very reactionary to their imagined threats."

Some (not all) have nothing better to do than play Humpty Dumpty or Chicken Little.


Online Name
Registered user
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 12, 2021 at 8:57 am
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Mar 12, 2021 at 8:57 am

@julianne, what I said was ""Lameesha" may not even be a black woman from East Palo Alto but may be a race-baiting recruiter for the KKK, the John Birch Society, the Oath Keeper and/or other white supremacist organizations."

to which you responded "if someone reading online decides to join an organization such as the ones cited above, isn't it more of a reflection of the reader than the writer?"

Not necessarily. It's more awareness of how false personae and bots are used to spread misinformation and division. On Facebook, for example, they're programmed to start IMMEDIATELY posting divisive and absurd comments as soon as an article appears -- like the absurd claim about blacks and skateboarding -- just to get people angry.

Sometimes it works -- which is why they do it -- and in theis case people become more prejudiced and stop donating to black causes and/or in VERY extreme cases start supporting racist causes.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
Registered user
Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 12, 2021 at 9:55 am
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Mar 12, 2021 at 9:55 am

[Portion removed.]


Jerry Underberg
Registered user
University South
on Mar 12, 2021 at 10:40 am
Jerry Underberg, University South
Registered user
on Mar 12, 2021 at 10:40 am

✓An RV? Strong opinions - not sure where she fits in. If she is the RV Julianne - she should go over to the SU administration office and scold them about why the RV's are not on SU property if they are working on SU projects.

Another rant about RVs (mentioned three times and totally irrelevant to the topic).

In terms of getting back on 'topic'...perhaps contact Governor Newsome to address and resolve this most troubling Palo Alto RV concern.


Lamont D.
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2021 at 1:14 pm
Lamont D., Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Mar 12, 2021 at 1:14 pm

Curious. What is the actual voter profile of an ardent Newsome supporter?

In other words, who supported him (in large numbers) for governor in the first place?


LeeAnne Decker
Registered user
another community
on Mar 12, 2021 at 4:45 pm
LeeAnne Decker, another community
Registered user
on Mar 12, 2021 at 4:45 pm

"In other words, who supported him (in large numbers) for governor in the first place?"

No one is going to admit to that one.


The Real Slim K
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Mar 13, 2021 at 2:18 pm
The Real Slim K, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Mar 13, 2021 at 2:18 pm

I like him. You recall nuts? You don't have the votes. Think of your blood pressure and calm down.


James Preston
Registered user
another community
on Mar 14, 2021 at 4:55 pm
James Preston, another community
Registered user
on Mar 14, 2021 at 4:55 pm

Goodness...so much dislike for Governor Newsome along with an obsessive hatred towards transient RVs.

When I left Palo Alto for AZ, Gavin Newsome was governor and a number of RVs were parked along El Camino Real.

It's good to know that everyday life in Palo Alto remains constant.

With the possible exception of Governor Newsome, it's incessant griping about RVs (seemingly by one person), ongoing debates over who's entitled to enter Foothills Park, complaining about pro-developer city council members, and what not.

Given such trivialities it's no wonder others want to reside in Palo Alto. Palo Alto is no-worriesville, especially when it comes to life's serious matters.


The Real Slim K
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Mar 15, 2021 at 7:15 am
The Real Slim K, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Mar 15, 2021 at 7:15 am

You said it, James. Come back and save us!


Marianne Phillips
Registered user
University South
on Mar 15, 2021 at 8:06 am
Marianne Phillips, University South
Registered user
on Mar 15, 2021 at 8:06 am

Town Square
Newsom blasts 'naysayers and dooms-dayers' as he touts pandemic progress

^ This sounds very similar to a former POTUS who was held accountable for spreading false information and impeached twice.


Parker Stevens
Registered user
Menlo Park
on Mar 15, 2021 at 8:41 am
Parker Stevens, Menlo Park
Registered user
on Mar 15, 2021 at 8:41 am

"This sounds very similar to a former POTUS who was held accountable for spreading false information and impeached twice."

Speaking of spreading false information...

NY Governor Cuomo and CA Governor Newsome running together would make for an interesting POTUS election ticket.

Where would credibility begin and end?


R. Cavendish
Registered user
another community
on Mar 15, 2021 at 9:09 am
R. Cavendish, another community
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on Mar 15, 2021 at 9:09 am

quote:

Where would credibility begin and end?

In the world of politics (local, regional, state and national), there is no such thing as credibility or accountability...just editorial opinion pieces crafted by the media.


The Voice of Palo Alto
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Crescent Park
on Mar 19, 2021 at 5:05 pm
The Voice of Palo Alto, Crescent Park
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 5:05 pm

I’m not saying Newsom is the greatest or did a great job handling the pandemic. The problem would be if we end up with a Republican Governor in California. The current Republican “leadership” is pathetic and California would end up worse off with a Republican Governor in the long run.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 19, 2021 at 6:33 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 6:33 pm

Well VOICE = that is the subscribed response to the Newsome recall - fear of the alternative. Nothing original is that approach. Reality is that Newsome is creating havoc across the board for the taxpaying citizen. Any one is who not a taxpayer has more leverage with the Governor than the people who pay his salary. I am tired of the taxpayer coming in last in this state. He has to go so we can get a good business mind to run this store.


Marlon Wyman
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East Palo Alto
on Mar 19, 2021 at 6:39 pm
Marlon Wyman, East Palo Alto
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 6:39 pm

If Newsome is the lesser of two evils (i.e. another white conservative Republican governor) then CA is doomed.

Then again, the white folks would rather elect an incompetent white politician than a qualified candidate of color.

Typical.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 19, 2021 at 6:46 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 6:46 pm

WOW Marlon - I do not see any people running except three who have signed on for the job. Since one is the mayor of San Diego then I expect that person to be qualified. so who is the candidate of your choice who has stepped up to the place and thrown his name in? You all seem to be forgetting that in order for someone to run for office they have to be able to demonstrate a resume of achievements specific to the job at hand. People should not be elected based on color or gender. Like any job the qualifications need to be a demonstrated resume of achievements and related experience.


Harley Williams
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another community
on Mar 19, 2021 at 6:56 pm
Harley Williams, another community
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 6:56 pm

I agree with the previous poster.

Only after African Americans as a whole take a few tips from other minorities who have succeeded in America can they even consider holding a rightful and dutiful place in the direction of this country.

And this involves seeking higher educational levels, having smaller families and being fiscally responsible.


John B. Sails
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Midtown
on Mar 20, 2021 at 8:48 am
John B. Sails, Midtown
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 8:48 am

Oh, Ms. Harley, your use of 'they' instead of 'we'. So, speaking for your slaves, how can lowly black people become US president? How can they mobilize North Carolina on Super Tuesday, how about Stacy Abrams, what's she up to in GA? Poor black person, she needs your help too to be uh, dutiful.?


Robert Tinsley
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Stanford
on Mar 20, 2021 at 8:49 am
Robert Tinsley, Stanford
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 8:49 am

>>>People should not be elected based on color or gender. Like any job the qualifications need to be a demonstrated resume of achievements and related experience.

Concurring but then how do you account for candidates like Trump, Boerbert (a Colorado high school drop-out), and that QAnon congressperson from Georgia being elected?

Is voter intelligence to blame?


LeeAnne Wong
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Downtown North
on Mar 20, 2021 at 10:04 am
LeeAnne Wong, Downtown North
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 10:04 am

• Is voter intelligence to blame?

More likely a LACK of any voter IQ.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 22, 2021 at 11:57 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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on Mar 22, 2021 at 11:57 pm

Excuse me - you keep knocking DT. He has a world wide business organization which has locations in other countries. He is dealing with other country tax issues and regulations, buying land in other countries. Construction in other countries. And NY - he upgraded a major feature in NY along with hotels, etc. Compare to Obama who never ran a company, and had few dealings of a business nature. An Activist - not a qualification for running a country.

As to Stacy Abrams - she ran for governor with no precious elected qualifications, does not pay her taxes, and when she lost refused to concede. Oh - she wants to run for president. Still no legislative qualifications.


Edna Feinstein
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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 23, 2021 at 9:04 am
Edna Feinstein, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
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on Mar 23, 2021 at 9:04 am

@you keep knocking DT. He has a world wide business organization which has locations in other countries.

And DT is going under because he can't run his businesses successfully without incurring more debt.

Declaring bankruptcy and borrowing money all over again is 'The Art of the Deal'.

Good riddance DT.


R. Cavendish
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another community
on Mar 23, 2021 at 9:45 am
R. Cavendish, another community
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on Mar 23, 2021 at 9:45 am

>"Excuse me - you keep knocking DT."

^ Yes...DT is a true 'winner' who can rightfully call others (i.e. John McCain) 'losers'.

And DT was such a 'good sport' following the 2020 election.


Anonymous
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 23, 2021 at 10:43 pm
Anonymous, Duveneck/St. Francis
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on Mar 23, 2021 at 10:43 pm

How did Kamala Harris get into politics? Read about it, Willie Brown.
Accomplishments!?
Years in several political offices - few.


Peter LaRoux
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Stanford
on Mar 24, 2021 at 10:18 am
Peter LaRoux, Stanford
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on Mar 24, 2021 at 10:18 am

* How did Kamala Harris get into politics?
* Accomplishments!?
* Years in several political offices - few.

The same could be said of Conan the Barbarian who was elected CA governor.

Or Lauren Boerbert, the pistol-packing U.S. Representative from Colorado.

Or Jesse Ventura, former governor of Minnesota.

Or Al Franken, SNL comedian and [former as in tossed-out] U.S. Senator from Minnesota.

Or the late Sonny Bono, former Republican congressman from Palm Springs.

The point...one does not have to be accomplished in government to serve in government.

One just needs to get elected.


Whitey McWhiterson
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Midtown
on Mar 24, 2021 at 11:41 am
Whitey McWhiterson, Midtown
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on Mar 24, 2021 at 11:41 am

Why can't we vote on protecting the wild animals in Foothill Park by keeping it Palo Alto residents, only?


Mark Levin
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Midtown
on Mar 24, 2021 at 12:08 pm
Mark Levin, Midtown
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on Mar 24, 2021 at 12:08 pm

Why can't we vote on protecting the wild animals in Foothill Park by keeping it Palo Alto residents, only?


Because restricting park access is considered discriminatory and ostensibly racist.

And there are no endangered species at Foothills Park.


Whitey McWhiterson
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Midtown
on Mar 24, 2021 at 12:19 pm
Whitey McWhiterson, Midtown
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on Mar 24, 2021 at 12:19 pm

I don't think your second sentence is correct. Not even ostensibly correct. It just sounds PC to say.

Concerning your third: so the only animals we are allowed to protect are endangered ones? Why?


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 27, 2021 at 9:29 am
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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on Mar 27, 2021 at 9:29 am

Let's note here that there was a giant recession which affected land ownership, building ownership. I was invested in a REIT which foundered due to the closing of shopping centers at that time as well as the building of new housing tracts. And it was a world-wide recession. You now have major hotels going into bankruptcy and being sold due to covid. Does anyone read the business section of the papers which is discussing the ebb and flow of giant land ownership due to world-wide financial issues? It is telling you every day about bankruptcies of major hotels and the selling of major buildings.

Now they are saying that if you go on vacation your rental car will cost more than your airfare and hotel. If anyone thought that they were now going to travel to some other city and rent a car there then think again. The rental car stock was sold and there are no autos coming off the production lines to replace them.
I now have to rethink my Hawaii trip. Big issue for the islands.

The world in total is not immune to these type problems and you cannot single out DT simply because you personally do not like him. Personal dislike and government policy are coming under new scrutiny as the migrants have been unleashed and are in motion. And it is a world wide activity - Spain is complaining about all of the African migrants who are on the move to get to the European continent. The EU as an organization is not managing that function at all. Most of these dilemmas are world wide. Any person's personal dislike is just not addressing what is really going on.

And wait until Biden comes after your personal finances - now you will see a new storm of personal dislike to a president.


The Voice of Palo Alto
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Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2021 at 3:06 pm
The Voice of Palo Alto, Crescent Park
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on Apr 1, 2021 at 3:06 pm

“The world in total is not immune to these type problems and you cannot single out DT simply because you personally do not like him./And wait until Biden comes after your personal finances - now you will see a new storm of personal dislike to a president.”

This article was about Newsom and his potential recall. Not about “the former guy” and Biden. Saying Biden will go after your personal finances is just conjecture on your part. He hasn’t done anything yet. Besides, “The Former Guy” didn’t give anyone except corporations tax breaks anyway. We live in a capitalist society so both the Democratic and Republican parties main goal is to support corporate profits and the interests of Wall Street. If there is any difference between Biden and the former guy it’s the way they message things. The former guy was belligerent and Biden comes off as sort of “awww shucks” and “grandfatherly.” The other difference is that Biden has 30 years of experience in the Senate and is actually qualified to be the President while the former guy was an unqualified real estate broker that ended up making a mess of our country especially in his final year in office.
Regardless it’s nice to have a real President again.
Back to Newsom here. Again, I am not saying he is anything great, but if he gets recalled, California would open itself up to the horrible Republican “leadership” of someone such as Noem, Desantis, Reeves, Abbott, and Kemp.
These are just the names of the current awful Republican Governors. This doesn’t even include the potential candidates that are still brainwashed by the former guy and are trying to act like him and copy his brand of politics. It’s pathetic. Sorry give me Newsom all day over any of that. California will stay blue!
Finally, newspapers and publications back the candidate they want to back. The New York post constantly backed the former guy. It’s all for their financial interests. So your point about the SFC is invalid.
Last word.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 1, 2021 at 6:26 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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on Apr 1, 2021 at 6:26 pm

Voice - you have appointed yourself as the expert on all topics. Your man is now on a spend spree so we will see where this will go. The same way CA has gone by blowing major funding all over the place. Be brave Voice, the stool you are sitting on is going to tip over. Half the people that show Crescent Park as their address do not actually live there - all for show.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 2, 2021 at 11:48 am
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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on Apr 2, 2021 at 11:48 am

SF and Oakland - People can view the ship traffic in the SFC - Local News Section. The info is provided by the S.F Marine Exchange. There are now 14 ships in the arrival column showing SFO as the port. Normally that would show Oakland (OAK). WE have ships docked in the bay / offshore waiting to unload or pick-up. That was the usual business of SF and OAK back in the day which provided us with the diverse commercial economy that benefited all people. There are four ships in the departure column.

Author Clive Cussler's Isaac Bell series is the stories of the railroad coming across the US to the huge rail yards in OAK where the commerce of the day was conducted to move products both in and out of the state and US. A world wide commercial section that is now being reduced to provide luxury apartments and ball parks. Why is a ball park more important than world wide shipping?

So that is where Oak is today - in a self destruct mode that is going to further reduce the available shipping capacity to enrich the developers. They don't care about a ball park - they have one - if they don't like it then tear it down and rebuild it. It has both freeway and BART support plus proximity to the Oakland airport. No - they want to build luxury apartments and condos on bay front property. Do not expect that will further the diverse community goals. It is a form of racial profiling.

And the lady mayors of SF and OAK, as well as Chicago and Boston don't get it - not is their wheel house. They were not elected on their experience and brains - they were elected because they were women that fit a certain profile. A form of racial profiling.

And Gov Newson does not appear to be up to looking at the important revenue generating elements of this state which is on the ocean. He is consumed by the political activities of his party. The portion that can not plan how we interact in the world commercial activity. Not in his wheel house or area of expertise.


Common Sense Speaks
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 10, 2021 at 10:11 pm
Common Sense Speaks, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Apr 10, 2021 at 10:11 pm

My G so much denial of the seriousness of nipping a pandemic in the bud. We are beyond that and fighting a battle with an invisible/microscopic foe. And the push to open and bring back firefighters that died(?) - too much heaped on him rather than on a system that has been squeezed and also needs to be cleaned up and re-org'd like the EDD and career bureaucrats who need to be cut off their jobs at 20 year or less if they get that far with meeting the objectives of their jobs! Support American companies who support us like that N95 mask manufacturer in Tx who tried to get support for continuing his operation before 2019. Yes there is a lot of work but know your stress may be blindsiding you to better solutions and heaping blame on a figure head who is not God / Higher Power.

Governor Newsome is doing a good job under tough circumstances.

So back off anti-maskers, climate denials, me-first at all cost, "but the children" excuse abused, 6 feet and mask will stop the spread is bare minimum, etc...
Get on board with being part of the solution - positive solutions not destructive and pessimistic comments.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 10, 2021 at 10:57 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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on Apr 10, 2021 at 10:57 pm

Mr. Newsome's lack of focus on good leadership was evident before the pandemic. His main supplier of funds is PG&E. The fire starter. His focus on social issues continually puts the taxpayer at the bottom of the list of priorities. He has turned his original city of SF into a giant mess, along with the progressive focus for that city, now awash in law suits. He was doing a bad job before the pandemic.


AlexDeLarge
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Midtown
on Apr 11, 2021 at 1:48 am
AlexDeLarge, Midtown
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on Apr 11, 2021 at 1:48 am

Newsom is misguided and incompetent, he has failed California and turned the greatest state in America and a world economic power into a giant homeless encampment. It is, amongst his many other failures, unacceptable. He is a prime example of the "Peter Principle". How much more can we take?


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 11, 2021 at 6:21 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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on Apr 11, 2021 at 6:21 pm

What is really bad here is the number of law suites created by the AG - Becerra. He could not have done that without Newsome's approval. Many are oriented to social issues.
The latest before his departure for DC is the attempt to shut down the expansion of the housing development in the San Diego inland area. A map for the HSR shows that it has an end destination in Anaheim - Disneyland. Then an extension to the Inland Empire - Redlands and San Bernardino Counties then coming out to San Diego. Shutting down housing in an area that will see a lot of growth. They are trying to push all of the housing growth on the coastal section. The coast line from top of state down is subject to housing laws that would not be applicable in the inland section.
Tired of these games.


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