The state of California is in the midst of a heated debate over whether to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. This decision will have an effect on the future of California’s economy, and it could be a potential game changer for blockchain technology.
Governor Gavin Newsom of California has been in office for just over a year. He is currently facing a recall election, with many people calling for him to be removed from office.
Why Residents of SLO County (In Particular) Should Vote “Yes” to Recall Governor Newsom
Opinion Columnist Aaron Bergh
Aaron Bergh is a freelance opinion writer for The and the Paso Robles Press. He can be reached at [email protected].
The list of justifications for recalling Governor Newsom seems to be limitless. Gavin Newsom’s actions and inactions in our state have resulted in massive welfare fraud, record-breaking wildfires, unprecedented business closures, the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression, skyrocketing homelessness, worsening poverty, rising crime, and yet another drought exacerbated by regulations after only two and a half years in office. Every Californian has the right to be angry and lose faith in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s capacity to govern successfully. Residents of impoverished non-urban areas, like as San Luis Obispo County, should be particularly zealous in opposing a governor who foolishly embraces blanket policies that ignore our towns’ unique complexities and well-being.
Governor Newsom’s greatest grievance against tiny counties like ours is his mishandling of the epidemic. Rather of letting local governments to decide how best to combine limiting the spread with economic demands, Newsom imposed statewide regulations that included closing businesses, closing schools, imposing stringent masking requirements, and locking individuals in their homes.
Atascadero, we’re going to get through this together.
Despite the fact that residents of San Luis Obispo were successful in preventing the spread of COVID-19 without the help of state mandates, Newsom’s Regional Stay-at-Home order in December tied our county’s openness to the number of hospitalizations in cities hundreds of miles away, such as Los Angeles and San Diego. For months, inhabitants of San Luis Obispo County were compelled to remain in their homes and close their businesses.
When the vaccine was authorized for emergency use by the FDA and became accessible to the rest of the nation, Newsom held off on distributing it until the state department of health could perform an unneeded independent assessment. Newsom emphasized vaccine distribution to “underserved” areas, which was just a pretext for favoring urban over rural regions. If healthcare professionals strayed from Newsom’s stringent criteria for vaccine eligibility, they faced severe fines, which slowed the process of receiving injections in arms even further. For weeks, California was among the bottom 10 states with the lowest immunization rates due to Newsom’s bungled vaccine rollout.
Governor Newsom’s inconsistent COVID reaction extended beyond stay-at-home orders and immunization policy. Small counties received significantly less aid than more populous counties in the Bay Area and Southern California, according to a January 2021 report by California State Auditor Elaine Howle summarizing an investigation into the California Department of Finance’s allocation of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds. Despite the US Treasury’s mandate that states distribute Coronavirus Relief Funds equally among people, the Newsom administration gave the Bay Area and Los Angeles County twice as much money per person as San Luis Obispo County and other counties with populations under 500,000.
Wildfires are a growing and impending hazard in rural counties surrounded by woods and forests, while being a smaller safety concern in developed urban regions. Governor Newsom’s actions show his lack of genuine commitment in avoiding wildfires, notwithstanding his lip service. While Newsom claimed his administration removed fire risks from over 90,000 acres, an examination of the state’s own statistics by CapRadio showed that just a quarter of that amount (11,399 acres) had been cleared. It’s also worth remembering that Newsom slashed $150 million in wildfire prevention funds from Cal Fire in 2020, thus halving the agency’s suppression output.
Governor Newsom’s inactivity not only exacerbates drought-related wildfires, but his water policy also leaves small towns high and dry in the face of the drought. While Newsom and his Bay Area colleagues continue to enjoy a reasonably consistent supply of water from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir, which was created by damming a large valley in Yosemite National Park, they refuse to allow central California towns to pump water from the Sacramento Delta. While his predecessor, Jerry Brown, backed a plan to construct tunnels in the Delta to allow for more ecologically friendly pumping, Newsom has refused to authorize the project—or any significant water storage facility in the state, for that matter.
Previously limited to poorly managed metropolitan areas, crime has infiltrated our rural towns, and rates have risen throughout the state. State rules are tying local police agencies’ hands more and more, preventing them from keeping criminals off the streets, even as more offenders are freed from jail. For example, under the guise of combating COVID, the California Judicial Council (nearly entirely made up of judges nominated by the governor) abolished cash bail, only to exacerbate the crime pandemic on the streets. Thousands of offenders have been freed from California prisons since Newsom took office last year. In April, he also announced an early release scheme that would reduce the sentences of 76,000 prisoners (including repeat criminals and dangerous felons) by one-third, despite local district attorneys and police departments’ appeals.
I’m not sure who I’ll vote for to succeed Governor Newsom, but I’m certain that any of the frontrunners would be a step forward—the bar hasn’t been set very high. What I am confident of is that I will vote “Yes” on the first question. I urge the remainder of San Luis Obispo County, as well as citizens of the state’s other ignored and forgotten counties, to join me in voting “yes.” Say “yes” to regaining control of our streets, businesses, healthcare, safety, and lives at the local level.
As an example:
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