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    What will Gavin Newsom roll out on CA tour?

    Lynn La  LYNN LA MARCH 16, 2023

    At long last, a resolution to the fall standoff between Gov. Gavin Newsom and local officials over their plans to decrease street homelessness.

    That’s the first takeaway from Newsom’s four-day statewide tour to launch his 2023 policy agenda, which kicks off this afternoon in Sacramento, before heading to the Bay Area and Southern California through the weekend.

    In November, Newsom announced that he would withhold $1 billion in state homeless funding from cities and counties until they came up with more ambitious targets for reducing the number of people living on the streets. After two tense weeks, including an hours-long private meeting in Sacramento with more than 100 local officials where he took them to task, the governor relented, agreeing to release the money as long as the jurisdictions committed to more aggressive benchmarks.

    So what have they come up with? That’s what Newsom will unveil at this first tour stop at Cal Expo, the state fairgrounds that opened during brutal storms two months ago as an emergency homeless shelter for the first time in at least a decade.

    You can bet the goal will be more than a 2% reduction in visible street homelessness between 2020 and 2024, a decrease of about 2,000 people, the initial marker that the governor declared was simply not good enough.

    The news will come alongside another announcement that the Newsom administration plans to purchase 1,200 tiny homes and use the California National Guard to distribute them to communities across the state to help meet their homelessness reduction targets.

    The governor’s office is keeping tight-lipped about what to expect for the rest of the tour, which Newsom is undertaking instead of delivering a traditional State of the State speech.

    But his press team has revealed that the governor will travel next to the Bay Area on Friday for an event about “improving public safety,” then to the Los Angeles area on Saturday for an announcement on “reducing health care costs” and San Diego on Sunday to discuss “mental health care reform.”

    Alexei also reports that late Wednesday, Newsom’s office announced it won’t go through the Legislature for his proposed penalty on windfall oil profits but will instead put forward a new bill that would create a watchdog division within the California Energy Commission.

    The division would investigate alleged price gouging by the oil industry and authorize the commission to set through its rule-making process a threshold above which profits would be penalized.

    Lastly, during a tour of flooded regions on Wednesday, the governor stopped by the town of Pajaro, which flooded last week when its nearby levee broke, report CalMatters’ Lauren HeplerNicole Foy and Wendy Fry.

    Newsom said officials will assess damage and update the state of emergency designations, which is important for getting more federal government money for recovery efforts.

    He also announced that $42 million in emergency payments will be available to impacted farmworkers, regardless of immigration status. Newsom didn’t say anything, however, about the state helping out cannabis farms, which aren’t eligible for federal aid either.


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