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I am a long time resident of San Francisco who has long been dismayed by Newsom's neoliberal, anti-homeless, pro-authoritarian, gentrifying, hypocritical policies.

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John Cox to compare the unhoused to garbage!

This is truly disgusting!

SFGate writes:

The other two points will likely draw strong pushback from community activists and certain city leaders. One calls for requiring homeless individuals to receive addiction or mental health treatment before housing is provided, and the other calls for increased law enforcement crackdowns.

Then there is the implied comparison with the the pile of garbage:

Cox will not be joined by the bear again, but rather an “an 8-foot ball of garbage.” 

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Update: Will Gavin Newsom be impeached?

Down in Santee Countee, a controversy rages with conservative San Diego Mayor Minto taking on a liberal politician who is opposing the recall by calling supporters:

“Extremists, Conspiracy, Theorists, Neo-Nazis, Right Wing-Militia Groups and White Supremacists.”

Of course, many people have good reason to oppose Newsom’s policies. As with most other Democratic Party politicians, he serves the wealthy. Indeed, Newsom was selected and groomed by the Getty family. He is the cousin of Nancy Pelosi. Many of his policies have been far from liberal.

Many policies have also been controversial. Last month, Rhonda Huff wrote an open letter to Gavin Newsom calling for reform of post-Covid policies in old age homes:

“When asked how soon the dining rooms would be reopened the Napa County Health Department, replied recently, “…we are on track to enter the State’s less restrictive red tier, which means congregate dining facilities would be able to serve indoors again at 25% capacity. We are hopeful that a move to the red tier will occur in the coming weeks but the State will need to approve it based on current metrics.”

“Governor: Why countless “weeks” more? Why 25% capacity? We are talking about a dining room for an entirely vaccinated group of people who live in the same building and share the same air. Are you unable to immediately adapt to current conditions and address this critically urgent need?”

— Rhonda Huff

It is unclear who would replace Newsom, if he is impeached. The Republicans have funded the recall effort, so that may deter Democratic Party opponents to run. Last time around we had a top-tier Democrat choice of three nonentities. Newsom won, but would Villagraigosa or Chiang have been a better choice?

John Cox would definitely be worse than Newsom.

The Entitled Gavin Newsom (2018)

This excellent article is from the Los Angeles Times:

A Times review of campaign finance records identified eight of San Francisco’s best-known families as being among Newsom’s most loyal and long-term contributors. Among those patrons are the Gettys, the Pritzkers and the Fishers, whose families made their respective fortunes in oil, hotels and fashion. They first backed him when he was a restaurateur and winery owner running for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1998, and have continued their support through the governor’s race.

They are not Newsom’s largest donors: The families in total have given about $2 million of the $61 million that donors have contributed to his campaigns and independent committees backing those bids. But they gave while he was a relative unknown, providing crucial support to a political newcomer in the years before his campaign accounts piled high with cash from labor unions, Hollywood honchos, tech billionaires and donors up and down the state.

Gavin Newsom shows himself to be a hypocrite on fracking!

In case you somehow thought Newsom was not a hypocrite! The Sun writes:

While these latest permits were awarded in the heat of the 2020 election cycle, CalGEM previously awarded permits on June 1 – shortly after the death of George Floyd – as well as around the Fourth of July and Memorial Day weekends and in early April as the COVID-19 lockdowns were first issued. 

In looking at the first half of 2020, Newsom has issued 190 permits more permits than the first six months of last year, according to studies from fracking opponents. 

“The Governor has expressed his commitment to work with the legislature to change state law to prohibit the practice of hydraulic fracturing by 2024,” Uduak-Joe Ntuk, State Oil & Gas Supervisor for CalGEM, told nonprofit publication Capitol & Main.

“For the remaining time that hydraulic fracturing is expressly permitted under state law, CalGEM’s process for reviewing permits for the practice continues to be the strongest in the country.”

Is Gavin Newsom a has been?

Kelly Grimes in the California Globe writes:

Newsom “missed scores of meetings held by the University of California Board of Regents, the California State University Board of Trustees and the California State Lands Commission, according to a Times review of attendance records.”

“He attended 54% of UC Regents meeting days, 34% for Cal State and 57% for state lands, according to the Times review. The Times included in the tally days when Newsom was present for only part of the day, and excluded days when Newsom had no committee meetings or other official business to attend.”

Duran said: “Newsom probably would have used his DNC platform to regurgitate platitudes about California’s virtues. Against a backdrop of wildfires, rolling electricity blackouts and his disastrous coronavirus response, however, it would have been hard to make a good impression. That’s probably why Newsom canceled his speech at the last minute, according to multiple news reports.”

He noted Kamala Harris’ ascendancy on the national stage as Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, which eclipsed Newsom’s presidential hopes. Harris and Newsom both hail from the San Francisco Bay Area and served the city – Newsom as Mayor and Harris as District Attorney.

Duran credits Newsom’s “decisive action in the early days of the pandemic” which helped smash the infection curve. “For one bright moment, it seemed like Newsom might show America how to whip a deadly pandemic with strong, clear-eyed leadership. Even I — a longtime Newsom skeptic — was impressed, writing that he had now become ‘California’s president.’”

“Gavin Newsom met the moment. Then, he crumbled.”

The Recall Gavin Newsom movement

Will this be successful?

Benitolink reports:

“You can’t have bars open, but his winery is open,” Grabau said. “Now they want to pass something in San Benito County where you can’t be outside without a mask. It’s ridiculous. If I’m outside, we need to have fresh air. They’re trying to take that away from us and I don’t agree with it.”

Newsom’s Plumpjack winery and tasting room in Napa County did remain open in July, while wineries in 19 other counties were ordered to close their doors, according to the Wine Institute.

Jennifer Coffeen said, “We’ve got to restart our freedom. Newsom wants to be a dictator instead of the governor of our state. He’s taking away our constitutional rights. We can’t go to church. We can’t send our kids to school and he’s muzzling us with masks. I can go to Target or Wal-Mart, but I can’t take my kids to church.”

BenitoLink reported on the Hollister city council approving a resolution, Sept. 8 to enforce wearing masks by attaching a $100 fine. The final vote will happen during the Sept. 21 council meeting.

While Plumpjack has closed (I believe), it is wrong to fine someone for not wearing a mask!