Tag Archives: Gavin Newsom

Homelessness #1 Issue for California Voters in 2020

Homelessness is the number one issue for California voters heading into the 2020 presidential primary in March, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), as reported by the Sacramento Bee.

California Governor Newsom to Extend Health Care Coverage for Illegal Immigrants

California governor Gavin Newsom on Friday announced his state spending plan to extend health care coverage to illegal immigrants who are seniors under California’s Medi-Cal program, a part of his most recent effort for statewide health care coverage.

“The Budget also moves the state toward universal coverage and furthers cost containment goals by expanding full-scope Medi-Cal coverage to low-income undocumented Californians aged 65 and above,” Newsom’s office wrote in a statement.

During his tenure, Newsom has proven his commitment to spend taxpayer money on partisan agendas. Last July, California expanded Medi-Cal coverage for low-income illegal immigrants between the ages of 19 and 26 after expanding coverage in 2016 for all children under the age of 18, including minors who are illegal immigrants. In October, Newsom signed a bill to force all public university campuses to provide abortion pills for students.

Medi-Cal is funded by the state as well as the federal government, but federal funds do not cover the cost of health care for illegal immigrants so the taxpayer-funded coverage will come from the state’s pocket.

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Report: Gavin Newsom to Offer Free Health Care to Illegal Alien Seniors

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to offer free health care to illegal aliens age 65 and older in his new state budget, which is due to be unveiled on Friday, which would make California the first state to do so.

Gavin Newsom: ‘We’ve Accomplished So Much in California’ over Past Decade

California Governor Gavin Newsom congratulated his state in a tweet on New Year’s Day that claimed: “We’ve accomplished so much in CA by standing up for our values and taking on some of the biggest issues.”

Gavin Newsom Brags About His Record Fighting Homelessness in California

California Governor Gavin Newsom boasted about his state’s effort to fight the crisis of homelessness in the state, as President Donald Trump criticized California politicians for the second day in a row for neglecting the problem.

Gavin Newsom Defends ‘Wine Cave’: ‘Used By Democrats All Across the Country’

The wine cave’s “been used by Democrats all across the country for fundraising … Probably a hundred congressional representatives have benefited from the use of that,” Newsom said.

California to Build High-Speed Rail to Nowhere over Federal Objections

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSPA) voted last week to proceed with the building of 119 miles of high-speed track in the San Joaquin Valley, despite the loss of federal funding for the project as a whole.

Legal Immigrant Launches Recall Petition Against Gavin Newsom

A San Diego doctor who came to the U.S. from South America is seeking to oust Democrat California Gov. Gavin Newsom, saying that the state’s leftist leadership has caused a homelessness crisis in the cities.

Exclusive–Angel Mom ‘Permanently Separated’ from Son, Illegal Killer to Be Freed by Sanctuary California

Angel Mom Agnes Gibboney says the sanctuary state of California is set to re-traumatize her and her family all over again by freeing her son’s murderer, an illegal alien, from prison without turning him over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency for deportation. 

California Dems’ Private Prison Conundrum

Inmates sits in housing block at San Quentin State Prison

As California moves forward with a plan to phase out private prisons in eight years, state Democrats have no plan for how to deal with the 1,600 inmates housed in such facilities.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law last month that will abolish all private prisons by 2028. One of the bill’s supporters, California representative Mike Levin, admitted to constituents that California policymakers “don’t know” how the state will accommodate the hundreds of prisoners who currently live in private prisons.

“We’re going to have to write a letter to figure out exactly how this is going to be implemented, but those facilities, I believe, will close,” Levin said at an October town hall. “I wonder what happens to the 1,500 people there right now. We are in a bit of uncharted territory to this because we just passed this law.”

Levin’s concession is symbolic of the larger tension between the two competing goals that California’s prison system must now pursue. On the one hand, the new private prison ban will force the state to close private facilities, lowering the system’s inmate capacity. On the other hand, abolishing private prisons might return the state to dangerous levels of overcrowding that former Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy said was a “serious constitutional violation.”

Alexandra Wilkes, a spokesperson for prison industry advocacy group Day 1 Alliance, said Democrats lack any plan to house the inmates incarcerated at private prisons.

“There is no plan to our knowledge,” she said. “There is no plan to address the overcrowding and all the issues that come with that. This is a knee jerk emotional decision that is not rooted in public policy. It is rooted in making activists happy.”

The Supreme Court ruled in 2011 that California’s prisons were too crowded to provide adequate health care to inmates and ordered the state to reduce overcrowding by releasing prisoners and expanding capacity. Kennedy, delivering the majority opinion, said that a California prisoner died of preventable or possibly preventable causes every five to six days. Such conditions violated the Eighth Amendment prohibition on “cruel and unusual punishments,” according to the 5-4 ruling.

“For years the medical and mental health care provided by California’s prisons has fallen short of minimum constitutional requirements and has failed to meet prisoners’ basic health needs,” the majority opinion read. “Needless suffering and death have been the well documented result.”

California signed contracts with leading private prison companies to house thousands of inmates to reduce overcrowding, according to court filings. The new private prisons, coupled with legal reform that reduced sentences and other tweaks, decreased the state’s prison occupancy rate from an all-time high of 200 percent to 135 percent today—just under the 137.5 percent threshold established by the Supreme Court. Newsom himself acknowledged the role private prisons played in bringing down the prison occupancy rate.

“Private, for-profit prisons have been used for many years to help the state overcome prison overcrowding challenges, but it is time to end our reliance on them,” Newsom said in September, one month before he signed into law the private prison ban.

The prison ban law acknowledges the need to keep overcrowding under the legal limit. California will not be allowed to renew or enter into new contracts with for-profit prison companies starting in 2020 unless they are needed to keep the prison population under the Supreme Court’s cap. But by 2028, all private prisons must go, even if doing so would potentially violate the ruling.

Wilkes said the law would end up hurting California inmates more than it would help them.

“What the California ban could end up doing is moving detainees far away from their families or into lower-quality facilities like local jails where they are forced to live amongst charged and convicted criminals rather than a modern civil facility with health care and legal support and other resources,” she said.

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Trump to Gavin Newsom on California Fires: ‘Get Your Act Together’; Update — Newsom Responds

President Donald Trump criticized California Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday for his poor management of the recent California fires, especially bad forest management that Trump blames for the rapid spread of the blazes.