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Sprinkles from the Left

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“Frankly, Newsom does not deserve to be unceremoniously dumped from office before his term is up. He’s been a strong, decent leader of this complicated, high-maintenance state during a really tough time in history. Remember — Newsom had been governor for only about one year when the world was struck by the most serious public health crisis in a century.

And while it’s easy to criticize him now for not being the perfect pandemic governor, he and his Cabinet performed quite admirably while in the midst of a public health crisis for which there was no modern playbook. He listened to health experts, followed the ever-evolving science and worked very hard to craft policies that would protect the health of Californians and the state’s economy.

Many people are mad about how the pandemic upended their lives, but that’s not Newsom’s fault, and punishing him will not fix anything. In fact, it likely would make things worse for everyone in the state.

That’s because none of the 46 people who are listed on the ballot to replace Newsom would do better job…

Even if you vote no on the recall, you can vote for a replacement — and you should, just in case.

But who?… We think the only candidate who comes close to being qualified to run a state the size and complexity of California is Kevin Faulconer.

Faulconer is moderate Republican, and as the former mayor of San Diego, the state’s second largest city, he has experience running a large government. While he’s the best of a bad lot, he’s still not as innovative and forward-thinking as Newsom.

So go vote — and say no when you do.”

–LA Times Editorial Board

“Republican fantasies of evicting Gavin Newsom from the California governor’s office are about to be dashed. Despite some recent polls indicating potential trouble for Newsom, actual turnout in early voting — as well as patterns in candidate fundraising — suggest that he is all but certain to survive the Republican-backed recall effort…

Republicans who were hoping for a 2003-style recall upset, in other words, will be disappointed… Part of the reason, of course, is that the 2021 GOP couldn’t offer a compelling alternative.

It’s not that the party lacks talent: One of the 46 replacement candidates, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley — a conservative Harvard- and Yale-educated lawyer from suburban Sacramento — would be gubernatorial material in any red state. Another, Kevin Faulconer, a moderate former mayor of California’s second-largest city, San Diego, would be a contender in any purple state.

Instead, California Republicans are flocking to Elder, a bombastic radio talk-show host. He opposes mask and vaccination requirements, speaks fondly of Trump anti-immigration loyalist Stephen Miller, opposes any minimum wage, and is under fire for comments and behavior deemed offensive toward women. Not exactly a winning recipe in one of the bluest of blue states.”

–Dan Morain, former editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee

Sprinkles from the Right

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“We don’t blame Newsom for the pandemic-related shutdowns. He muddled through that unique situation roughly as well as most other governors from both parties, although we remain troubled by his ever-changing shutdown metrics and overuse of executive orders.

Our problem with Newsom’s leadership is more fundamental. Pick an issue and the state’s failures are obvious. As the governor focuses on progressive visions, the state struggles with uncontrolled wildfires, water rationing, a homelessness crisis, a spike in homicides, housing unaffordability, nationally high poverty rates and failing schools. Unlike his predecessor, Newsom has reacted like a deer in the headlights in the face of these challenges…

Choosing a replacement is a tougher decision… But we’ve met with the leading candidates and believe that radio talk-show host Larry Elder is the best choice for the office.

Elder does not come from a traditional political background, but like Schwarzenegger and former Gov. Ronald Reagan he understands the core challenges that California faces and has a knack for explaining issues in a way that can resonate with the general public.

That is a skill that should not be underestimated. Californians have too often been excluded from discussions of laws and regulations that affect their lives by officials who rely on arrogant or wonky talk to conceal what they’re doing. Californians deserve a governor who will respect them enough to explain policy choices and seek their support for better options.”

–OC Register Editorial Board

“If California voters recall Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 14, homelessness will be a big part of the reason. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, homelessness in California rose 40% over the past five years. Though only 12% of the U.S. population lives in California, the Golden State hosts half of the nation’s street population. Certain neighborhoods, such as Los Angeles’s Skid Row, have been notorious for decades. Mr. Newsom’s problem is that under his watch, homelessness has spread to every corner of the state.

Most Californians disapprove of the governor’s handling of the issue… To many recall voters, the word “homelessness” connotes less a lack of access to housing than a state spiraling out of control. Homelessness means hepatitis outbreaks and deadly encampment fires. It means parks, beaches and sidewalks strewn with needles and human waste. It means urban chaos…

Buckets of taxpayer money have been thrown at the problem. Los Angeles will devote $1 billion to homeless services over the next year. San Francisco will spend the same amount over two years. What will taxpayers in these cities get for their money? A proliferation of “comprehensive strategic plans” for combating homelessness, most of which call vaguely for some combination of less public disorder and more help for the homeless…

California’s pervasive homelessness problem—and its attendant pathologies… has everything to do with why Gavin Newsom may soon be out of a job.”

–Stephen Eide, Manhattan Institute