SAN JOSE, Calif. – Gov. Gavin Newsom stated political assault ads he is funding which might be operating in Florida and Texas are retribution for the Republican-backed recall towards him.
“It’s literally me taking advantage of the moment that I’m in,” Newsom stated in an unique interview with CNBC. “I had to raise, I think we put over $80 million to defend ourselves in a recall last year. These guys nationalized the recall campaign against me. They went after our values, went after our people, went after things we hold dear in the state, and I’m just pushing back.”
Newsom efficiently quashed a recall try final yr in California. Asked if he is preparing for a presidential run, Newsom insisted that was not the case.
“I get to sleep at night,” Newsom stated. “I get to sleep at night pushing back against bullies like Ron DeSantis.”
Newsom’s re-election marketing campaign ran an advert in July on TV stations in Florida that slammed DeSantis. Freedom “is under attack in your state,” Newsom stated in the advert. “I urge all of you living in Florida to join the fight, or join us in California, where we still believe in freedom — freedom of speech, freedom to choose, freedom from hate and the freedom to love.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom efficiently quashed a recall try final yr in California. Asked if he is preparing for a presidential run, Newsom insisted that was not the case.
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The 25-minute interview with Newsom got here after the governor formally signing into laws the Community Assistant, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) act, which he crafted to handle the homeless problem in California. The invoice will present court-ordered care to the unhoused with extreme psychological issues.
“It addresses what’s happening on our streets and sidewalks particularly with the most important issue: mental health,” Newsom stated. “We see every single day people with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, people with paranoia — most, let’s be candid, self-medicating with drug or alcohol addictions.”
CARE court docket offers a fast response for members of the family and first responders to petition a decide to order an analysis of somebody with a psychological well being dysfunction. If the particular person qualifies, the decide will arrange an in depth CARE plan that would embrace housing.
“We see this manifested in California like no other state,” Newsom stated. “It’s not unique to California, it’s just worse here. It’s an important issue that we haven’t been able to address.”
The laws can be applied statewide, starting in seven counties together with: San Francisco, Orange, Riverside and San Diego. Newsom stated he hopes this system will finally roll out throughout the nation.
Newsom additionally defended AB 257, the fast-food labor invoice, which expands protections for fast-food employees.
“There’s sectors of our economy where workers don’t have a voice, where they don’t have a choice, where their health and safety are often compromised,” Newsom stated. “A disproportionate number of women and minorities work in that sector. And it’s not just all teenagers, working for a few hours a week to make their way up, you have moms, people who work 20 years in the fast-food industry. And they’re stuck. We wanted to create some sectoral bargaining to give folks a little bit of a leg up, give them a little opportunity.”
The present minimal wage in California is $15 an hour for companies with greater than 25 staff. The legislation would permit the brand new 10-person council to extend the minimal wage as much as $22, which has drawn some criticism from individuals who concern it’s going to drive up the price of going out to eat.
“I got an In-N-Out burger right down the block that’s offering $22 today, and can’t even find workers,” Newsom stated. “The minimum wage, they blew past that in this economy some time ago. They’re just having a hard time finding workers, understandably so. Workers are saying, what you got for me?”
As a part of the wide-ranging interview, Newsom additionally stated: