Gov. Gavin Newsom

Newsom Reaffirms Commitment to Broadband Access in South L.A.

Gene Hale, chairman of the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce spoke to Gov. Gavin Newsom about changes to the plan to expand broadband access.  Newsom again affirmed his commitment to fund all planned middle-mile segments in these communities in his January budget proposal.

Political Playback: News You Might Have Missed – September 7

Gov. Newsom’s New Executive Order Opens Pathway to State Jobs, Higher Pay   On Aug. 31, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to improve access to higher paying and more fulfilling careers for students and workers. The executive order launches the development of a new Master Plan on Career Education designed to prepare students for the workforce of tomorrow, including jobs that don’t require college degrees. Additionally, the executive order directs the state to take further steps to reduce other barriers to state employment. Related Links: “All families, students, and workers deserve the freedom to succeed: to build

Political Playback: News You Might Have Missed – June 22

In Appearance on Sean Hannity Show, Gov. Newsom Defends Record; Pushes Back on Go-To Conservative Putdowns  Last week, Fox News TV host Sean Hannity interviewed Gov. Gavin Newsom at the Governor’s Mansion in Sacramento. The back-and-forth between Newsom and Hannity was intense at times, but remained civil, overall. The two men, who have polar opposite political views, sparred over a range of issues, including immigration, taxes, and gun control. Related Links: Newsom defended his record and achievements and pushed back on favorite Republican criticisms of him, President Joe Biden and the Democratic party. On immigration reform and building

California College Corps Offering Students More Than $10,000 Stipends

Last year, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the state’s #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program which has so far provided $10,000 grants to some 6,500 low-income college students as a stipend in exchange for their community service work. Nearly a year after the paid-service program was announced, the Governor’s office is hailing its impact on communities and the lives of the students who participate in it.

State, Local Officials Take Actions to Tackle Homelessness Crisis 

California state and local officials are serious about tackling the state’s growing homelessness crisis head on as it continues to rise. Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation related to solving this issue. Over $15.3 billion has been budgeted in housing programs aimed at curtailing California’s homeless.

Prop 1 Aims to Amend State Constitution to Protect Abortion Rights   

California voters are being asked to decide on whether or not language in the California Constitution should be changed to explicitly ensure the right to reproductive health. Proposition 1, proposed by Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), amends the California constitution to prohibit the state from interfering with one’s right to choose to have an abortion or refuse contraceptives.

Cal Attorney General Wants FDA Standards for Menthol Cigarettes Finalized

Last year, a version of the ordinance that exempted menthol cigarettes was opposed by Black council members Mark Ridley-Thomas, Marqueece Harris Dawson and Curren Price. They argued that studies have found Black Americans are the racial/ethnic group most likely to use menthol cigarettes and are 25 times more likely than White Americans to do so.

Monkeypox Health Crisis: How California is Responding

As the monkeypox virus outbreak spreads across the globe, Gov. Gavin Newsom says California will need to galvanize “forces” across regions and relax some state regulations and statutes to combat a disease that poses a threat greater than local authorities may be able to respond to effectively.