Recent Op-Eds

Sacramento Bee: Stop dangerous cuts to California's future

By Gavin Newsom | 4 September 2011

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Huffington Post: Regaining California's Leadership Role as America's Opportunity Capital

By Gavin Newsom | 22 August 2011

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Recent News Clips

LA Times:UC regents recoil at idea of annual steep tuition increases

By Larry Gordon | 16 September 2011

Newsom is convening meetings of UC, California State University system and community college officials, along with labor and business leaders, to try to come up with a plan for better higher education funding. He said that might include an oil and gas production tax dedicated to colleges and universities.

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KGO: Lt. Governor Newsom Ready for Battle with UC Regents

15 September 2011

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom swings by the KGO Morning Show on his way to a battle with the UC Regents over the threat of further tuition hikes. "They're not acting on this today," he explains, "but they're basically saying is that if the state continues your precipitous decline in support, the only way we can maintain a world-class to find revenue by increasing tuition."

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San Jose Mercury News: Opinion: Seeking 'game changers' that will create jobs

By Carl Guardino and Tarkan Maner | 12 September 2011

Thursday evening, President Barack Obama presented a jobs plan to a joint session of Congress. The day before, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney published his 160-page, 59-point plan. In California ... Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom presented a plan before a Silicon Valley CEO gathering at Wyse Technology.

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Daily Bruin: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has created the Future of Higher Education working group to find new ways to fund California's public universities and colleges

By Naheed Rajwani | 12 September 2011

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the creation of a working group to address funding for higher education on Sept. 2. This follows Newsom’s Economic Growth and Competitiveness Agenda for California.

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Daily Californian: Group created to brainstorm funding alternatives for higher education

By Victoria Pardini | 6 September 2011

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday the creation of a work group designed to discuss funding for students throughout California’s higher education system.

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Fox & Hounds Daily: California has Game Plans for Winning New Jobs

By Gary Toebben | 2 September 2011

Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown released a three-part California Jobs First Plan to spur companies to hire California workers. This is on the heels of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's Economic Growth and Competitiveness Agenda to lead California into the post-recession "Next Economy."

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San Jose Mercury News: Newsom touts green jobs at RichmondBUILD graduation

By Hannah Dreier | 19 August 2011

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who oversaw the creation of a similar program while he was mayor in San Francisco, was on hand for the Richmond graduation.

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San Jose Business Journal: Gavin Newsom plan could brighten jobs picture for California

By Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal | 5 August 2011

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined an economic action plan in a speech to business leaders in San Jose that could help broaden the economic recovery and make it more lasting.

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San Jose Mercury News: Revive California business? We know what we need to do

By Mercury News Editorial Board | 2 August 2011

Newsom’s next step, also proposed by the leadership group, is to create a state office to develop and coordinate strategies in distinctly different regional economies. Most important, California needs a jobs czar to focus 100 percent on this sole purpose.

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Los Angeles Times:Chalk one up for Newsom

By George Skelton | 1 August 2011

[Newsom’s] head was exactly in the right place, focused on California's most important issue: how we can compete with other states and nations in a sophisticated, cutthroat global economy.

Call it a jobs plan for short.

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Fox & Hounds: Lt. Gov.’s economic development plan is bold & broad -- now make every job count with action

By Gino DiCaro | 1 August 2011

Congratulations are in order for Newsom and his report. He is showing he is serious about growing our job base by making the state attractive to manufacturing and other high wage sectors.

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Fresno Bee: Lt. Gov. Newsom visits Fresno, promotes jobs plan

By Fresno Bee Editorial Board | 1 August 2011

Part of Newsom's jobs strategy is Assembly Bill 29, which would create a centralized Office of Economic Development and require the closure of many of the state's 36 job agencies — which he said are inefficient and full of red tape that stalls job growth — and give small-business owners more freedom.

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San Francisco Chronicle: Gavin Newsom unveils economic guidelines for state

By Andrew S. Ross | 29 July 2011

Nine months in gestation, and ambitious in scope, the 28-page document - "An Economic Growth and Competitiveness Agenda for California" - outlines what it calls "guiding principles" to change the way the state does business and a number of "action steps" to get there, some to be taken right away.

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SJ Mercury News: Newsom unveils plan to fix ailing economy

By Karen de Sá | 29 July 2011

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom arrives in San Jose Friday to unveil his plan to hoist the state out of its economic abyss -- borrowing on the successes of Silicon Valley's global reach and the need to restore long-absent state leadership in job creation.

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Central Valley Business Times: California Lieutenant Governor unveils jobs plan

29 July 2011

To restore its economy and bring back prosperity, California must shift from a consumption-based economy to a production economy focused on global trade, says Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom in unveiling what he says is the state’s first business growth plan in more than a decade.

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San Francisco Chronicle: Gavin Newsom's welcome job strategy

By SF Chronicle | 29 July 2011

[Newsom’s] thinking calls for a broader approach that borrows from both parties. In his report, he suggests better technical training, an emphasis on exports, more manufacturing, and increased spending on bridges, roads and the like.

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Associated Press: Lt. governor releases plan to revive Calif economy

By Adam Weintraub | 29 July 2011

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposal to jumpstart economic development and job growth in California, unveiled Friday, drew support from business and labor alike as it focused on "small wins" that he believes entrenched political factions can agree on.

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SF Chron: Pop-up playtime: Coca-Cola gives $250,000 to S.F. recreation

By Stephanie Lee | 5 July 2011

Coca-Cola is giving $250,000 to the San Francisco Parks Trust as part of its ongoing campaign to promote healthy communities. The award was announced today at Rochambeau Playground, featuring an appearance by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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Sac Bee: The Buzz: Gavin Newsom to push for Winter Olympics

By Paresh Dave | 23 June 2011

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is adding to his workload. Besides putting together a job creation plan for the state and serving on the boards of the state university systems, Newsom will serve as chairman of the committee trying to bring the 2022 Olympic Winter Games to California, the group has announced.

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Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert: Newsom backs stem cell institute pick

By David Siders | 23 May, 2011

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has added his support to the nomination of investment banker Jonathan Thomas to lead California's stem cell research.

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SF Chronicle: Gavin Newsom focuses on economic development plan

By Andrew S. Ross | 22 May, 2011

In this day and age, you would think that California, one of the largest economies in the world, would have an economic development plan. But it doesn't, an omission that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom intends to set right.

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SF Chronicle: Why Gavin Newsom went to Texas

By Lois Kazakoff | 22 May, 2011

What could Newsom possibly learn from a union-unfriendly red state that has, according to the Texas Legislature, the highest percentage of uninsured children, that ranks “dead last” in the percentage of residents with high school diplomas and that suffers from a budget crisis as bad as California's, not to mention from some of the worst air and water pollution?

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Daily Democrat: Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom tours net-zero energy development at UC Davis

By Geoff Johnson | 20 May, 2011

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and representatives from UC Davis, SunPower Corporation and Carmel Partners gathered Thursday for an advance tour of what officials say will be the largest net-zero energy development in the nation.

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Metropolitan News-Enterprise: Newsom Appoints Ex-Genentech Counsel To Governing Board of Stem Cell Institute

By MetNews Staff Writer | 17 May, 2011

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom yesterday named Stephen Juelsgaard, who teaches at Stanford Law School, to the governing board of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Juelsgaard is a former executive vice president, secretary and chief compliance officer of Genentech, Inc. He was named to the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee that governs the institute, created by the stem cell initiative, Proposition 71.

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SF Chronicle: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom: CA still has no clear economic plan to “get back in the jobs game”

By Carla Marinucc| | 16 May, 2011

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom warned Monday that even as California lawmakers laud an unexpected $6.6 billion bump in tax revenue, there's no time to relax: the state now seriously needs to “get back in...the jobs game'' -- and lacks any strategic economic development plan to do so.

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CA Independent Voter Network: Newsom leads California Democrats in drive toward green jobs

By Alan Markow | 5 May, 2011

Meanwhile, the Democrats in California spent this past weekend strategizing for the 2012 election cycle at the annual convention in Sacramento. The most galvinizing message that | heard among the series of the usual political chest-thumping came from the single most promising politician currently making the rounds in state Democratic Circles -- Gavin Newsom. The Lt. Governor's focus is jobs, and his message links a favorite Democratic cause -- the environment -- with real world possibilities for jobs in the state.

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New York Magazine: 86 Minutes with Gavin Newsom

By Jada Yuan | 1 May, 2011

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News: Daniel Radcliffe comes out in support of gay marriage

By Spencer Cain | 28 April, 2011

When it comes to gay marriage, a topic that many public figures shy away from, he is vocal and opinionated. “I'm more than happy to say | think gay marriage should be legal,” he stated, “There's absolutely no reason why it shouldn't be.” In terms of American politics, he has the most admiration for Gavin Newsom. “It's fantastic how he has spoke out about these issues over the years. He spoke out for his city. He's not worried what the rest of the country is doing,” Daniel remarked. It seems like he and Gavin share the same fearlessness and desire for change.

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SF Chronicle: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom joins Maria Shriver in new push to reach CA's working families

By Carla Marinucc| | 25 April, 2011

Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom is taking up a new cause -- and helping out former California First Lady Maria Shriver -- in urging California's working families to take advantage of all their available resources at tax time.

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Oakland Tribune: Newsom speaks at Fremont solar plant dedication

By Josh Richman | 22 April, 2011

The expansion of clean-energy companies like Solaria “is not just California's present, but this is the start of an extraordinary future,” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said at the Earth Day dedication of a new manufacturing plant.

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LA Times: Gavin Newsom treks to Texas to talk jobs

By George Skelton | 21 April, 2011

The Democratic lieutenant governor says California can learn a thing or two from Texas about creating jobs.

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SF Chronicle: A Giant dose of deja vu at champs' home opener

By Catherine Bigelow | 13 April, 2011

Brian Wilson, it seemed, was everywhere last week. Including Thursday at City Hall , where his famously hirsute visage played a role in a rollicking ceremony hosted by Mayor Ed Lee and Protocol Chief Charlotte Shultz, as they unveiled the mayoral portrait of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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ibabuzz: Newsom: Bring check-cashing biz under control

By Josh Richman | 5 April, 2011

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom hopes to put a measure on the 2012 ballot asking voters to enact tight controls on check-cashing and payday loan businesses that he said are sucking working people and communities of color dry.

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TechCrunch: Meet The Newest Founders Den Tenant: Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom

By MG Siegler | 28 February, 2011

Last month, we first wrote about Founders Den, a new “private clubhouse” for entrepreneurs in the heart of San Francisco’s SoMa district. In that short amount of time, they’ve grown quickly and are now just about filled to the brim with young entrepreneurs working on a wide range of new startups. But their newest tenant is one they could have never anticipated: Gavin Newsom.

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Capitol Weekly: Gavin Newsom’s new position as statewide official

By Jennifer Chaussee | 3 February, 2011

It might be hard to draw a parallel between a $60 parking ticket and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, but that’s just how Newsom got on the fast track to political success - by chairing San Francisco’s Parking and Traffic Commission. Then-Mayor Willie Brown made the appointment.

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GreenBiz: Gavin Newsom Lays Out Green Agenda for California

By Tilde Herrera | 2 February, 2011

California may have a reputation as the trendsetting state that has given the world a range of technologies, but the next frontier of innovation will likely be in cities, according to its new lieutenant governor.

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SF Examiner: Newsom named America’s Cup ‘ambassador’

By Katie Worth | 12 January, 2011

Gavin Newsom is not only the newly minted lieutenant governor of California — he has also just been named the first-ever “ambassador at large for the 34th America’s Cup.”

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WSJ: Recasting His Role for a Bigger Stage

By Car| Tuna | 13 January, 2011

The 43-year-old leaves a legacy of significant social legislation, carved out during sometimes contentious dealings with the city's Board of Supervisors. As mayor, Mr. Newsom gained national attention in 2004 for directing the San Francisco clerk to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. He oversaw the creation of a citywide universal health-care program, the implementation of a controversial “Care Not Cash” initiative—which diverted money from welfare payments for homeless San Franciscans to fund services such as affordable housing and counseling—and the passage of the country's first mandatory composting law, among other environmental policies.

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Sacramento Bee: Newsom Takes Oath

By Jack Chang | 11 January, 2011

After delaying his swearing-in by a week, former gubernatorial candidate and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom became California's 49th lieutenant governor Monday in a low-key ceremony in line with his new position's limited duties.

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