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Vote Gavin Newsom for California Lt. Governor

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Battling for your vote in November is San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom who is running for lieutenant governor of California.

Gavin Newsom courtesy of MCT

Here’s what I like about Gavin Newsom – he doesn’t really do anything half-assed. He likes to tackle issues most politicians do everything they can to avoid.   His solutions may be extreme, but they’re working. He deserves a shot in the big leagues.

Universal health care, social assistance, same sex marriage – these are all divisive issues that Newsom, as San Francisco mayor, has taken on since he was elected in 2003.

Recognizing the failure of state and federal lawmakers to confront these issues, Newsom stood up to fight for the needs of San Franciscans.  In a political climate of extreme partisanship, where progress is held hostage by elected leaders whose only concern is getting re-elected, his ability to make decisions and get things done is my new favorite quality in a politician.

I like his vision and I admire his hootspa.

In April 2007, Newsom started “Healthy San Francisco,” a universal health care program available to all residents of San Francisco who are uninsured. The program provides primary care emphasizing preventative medicine, as well as emergency and specialty care, mental health and substance abuse services.

In 2008, the program was named one of the top 10 policies of the year by the Drum Major Institute, a non-partisan, non-profit public policy think tank.

Newsom spearheaded the city’s Care Not Cash program which aims to reduce the city’s homeless population by offering them permanent housing as a portion of the cash assistance they receive.  The Mayor’s 2009 Accountability Matrix reports the number of homeless people receiving welfare dropped 82 percent from 2004 to 2009.

Not only has the program gotten people off the streets, but $14 million was invested into permanent housing instead of handed out in the form of cash assistance.

Helping to combat homelessness has been a priority for Newsom who also started Project Homeless Connect, which since 2004 has paired more than 30,000 homeless people with community volunteers who provide dental and eye care, legal advice, employment counseling, wheelchair repair, and other services they need to help get them off the streets.

Project Homeless Connect is recognized as a national best practice model by the president’s U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.  It has been recreated in nearly 200 cities and counties in 26 states, as well as in Canada and Australia.

Perhaps what Newsom is most famous for is his support of gay rights.  After five weeks in the mayor’s office, he boldly authorized the issuing of marriage licenses to same sex couples.  He demonstrated he is not afraid to stand up to the establishment and advocate for equal rights.

Newsom is well equipped for the job as lieutenant governor where among his major responsibilities would be to chair the Commission for Economic Development and serve as a member of the California State Lands Commission.

He has demonstrated his commitment to the clean technology business sector providing payroll tax exemptions to green tech companies since 2006.  Newsom has drawn more than 200 clean technology companies to San Francisco by aggressively marketing the city as a friend to the environment.

In 2009, he announced plans to turn the Hunter’s Point Shipyard into a United Nations Global Compact Center, a business district for companies focused on research and development of sustainable environmental solutions and green technology.

To be sure, Newsom is not perfect. In February 2007, he made headlines not for his politics, but for an affair with his campaign manager’s wife, Ruby Rippey-Tourk, who was also Newsom’s appointment secretary.  Following the scandal, he sought treatment for alcohol abuse while still holding down his mayoral duties.

Despite his shortcomings, he has proven himself to be an effective and appreciated municipal leader. Only nine months after the sex scandal, he was re-elected taking more than 73 percent of the vote.

If the people of San Francisco are that happy with him as mayor, it seems a no-brainer to me that he deserves a shot to try his hand state-wide as lieutenant governor.

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7 Comments

  1. casey Oct 7, 2010

    I dont know squat about Newson but your hypocritical statement that the Democratic party is the party of hate is so rediculous that I have to put my two cents in. Republicans are the party of hate. You hate pro choice, gays, muslims,Unions,poor people,democracy,unemployment, the right to vote, free will, marijuana, health care, social security, medi care, medi caid, little children, public school, anything that the people ask of their govt even though you have no problem taking from us. You hate freedom of religion and your whole party sucks. The only things you do like is people stuffing your pockets with cash, and cranberry sauce yuk. I am a member of no party because both major parties suck and the tea baggers are just nuts. All of you change where you stand on an issue at the drop of a hat, and think we are to stupid to notice. Sadly, most Americans are.

    1. Allow me to assume that you’re on the left. Your statement is so ignorant that you don’t realize just how it illustrates my point.

      The Leftist mantra is that because Republicans disagree with them, they’re racist, homophobic, bigots, or they hate children(!), hate the environment, etc. or all of the above depending on the issue.

      Just to give one example, here’s a great report by the Media Research Center on Left-wing radio hosts’ hate-filled rhetoric: http://www.mediaresearch.org/specialreports/2010/RealRadioHatemongers/ExecSumm.aspx

      You didn’t do your position any favors by your response.

  2. perspixx Sep 22, 2010

    The election for Lt. Governor has never been as important as it is in 2010, because Jerry Brown could keel over and die any second. It is important to get a Lt. Governor who could serve as Governor if needed… NOT as Governor of far-left Bay Area California, but Governor of ALL of California, including the many people who live more than 50 miles from San Francisco.

    Newsome has shown zero potential to cater to those of us who don’t live in the shadow of the Golden Gate.

  3. James Sep 16, 2010

    Worth mentioning that the guy failed a lower division statistics class three times – twice at Santa Clara, and again at a community college. He got his college degree by waiver.

  4. Othmar Sep 15, 2010

    The writer does realize that the Lieutenant Governor of California is a powerless figurehead who doesn’t actually do anything of consequence.

  5. Earl Richards Sep 15, 2010

    Gavin sould be elected because he has shown a genuine concern for Californians by preserving funding for domestic violence programs in San Francisco. Funding for battered women shelters is critical, because if a battered women has no shelter, she could be severely beaten or killed. Schwarzenegger, Shriver, Maldonado and Whitman could not care less whether battered women live or die.

    1. “Schwarzenegger, Shriver, Maldonado and Whitman could not care less whether battered women live or die.”

      Wow. What a nasty piece of work you are, Earl. Do you really believe this hate you spew? Folks, Earl here is a prime example of Democrats which is the true “Party of Hate.” Despite what the Dems say about the “hateful” Republicans, you just don’t find many examples of such nasty rhetoric from Republican leaders.

      Oh, and another reason NOT to vote for Newsom: He’s also a radical Leftist. Pray that if Newsom is elected that the governor remains in good health.

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