FILE PHOTO: California Governor Gavin Newsom. REUTERS/Mike Blake
California Governor Gavin Newsom stated on Tuesday he would reduce large water and rail tasks pushed by his predecessor and had assembled a group of legal professionals to guard wildfire victims and ratepayers as utility PG&E enters bankruptcy proceedings.
In his first State of the State tackle since taking workplace, Newsom also took several swipes at U.S. President Donald Trump, calling the Republican’s immigration policies “political theater” based mostly on misrepresentations.
“This is our reply to the White Home: No more division, no more xenophobia and no more nativism,” Newsom stated in a large-ranging speech.
Newsom distanced himself from fellow Democrat and four-term governor Jerry Brown in partially unwinding two of his widespread predecessor’s signature tasks: bypassing the delicate California Delta with a set of tunnels to divert water from upstream and constructing a $77 billion high-velocity rail line.
While sticking principally to a progressive agenda, Newsom acknowledged issues of importance to Republicans in addition to Democrats. Key amongst these was his choice to reduce high-velocity rail, which Republicans in the state have derided as an costly boondoggle.
The rail undertaking, which was meant to connect the northern and southern elements of the state, will now join Bakersfield and Merced within the San Joaquin Valley breadbasket, filling a obvious hole in the state system and protecting Newsom’s marketing campaign promise to assist that always ignored a part of California.
Brown’s plan to channel water for cities, cities and farms via two giant tunnels underneath a fragile delta that’s residence to endangered fish species was opposed by environmentalists. Newsom stated he supported one tunnel.
Newsom’s interest in enhancing healthcare in rural areas and helping victims of wildfire have been a welcome signal to Republican Meeting Member James Gallagher that the brand new governor could be prepared to work with the state’s minority GOP members.
“He really does seem to need to do something for rural elements of California – and most of those areas are represented by Republicans, so he should speak to us,” Gallagher stated.
Gallagher’s Northern California district consists of the city of Paradise, destroyed by a wildfire late final yr that killed eighty five individuals.
Newsom stated he had convened a strike drive of legal professionals to help the state advocate for hearth victims and shoppers as the enormous utility PG&E Corp goes by means of chapter proceedings.
The utility filed for cover final month, citing partially anticipated liabilities from wildfires that its gear might have sparked.
Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; modifying by Bill Tarrant and Sonya Hepinstal