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Opinion Voice: Newsom needs to realize he is a public servant working for California residents

15:58  22 february  2021
15:58  22 february  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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As most every person in California is aware, Gavin Newsom is on the cusp to be the fourth governor in the history of the state to be recalled and the second to have it happen in two different decades. As a recent Berkeley IGS poll has indicated, his approval rating has plummeted by 18 points in the last four months and 48% disapprove of his job performance.

a man wearing a suit and tie: California Gov. Gavin Newsom holds up a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. © Jae Hong, AP California Gov. Gavin Newsom holds up a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020.

Although this is just one poll with perhaps some anomalies, Newsom should be majorly concerned, but he doesn’t seem to be. Noteworthy is that dissatisfaction is not confined to the Republican Party but extends across all political ideologies, including Democrats and independents.

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I could easily fill up an entire newspaper with reasons as to why Newsom should be recalled but given word constraints, I’ll limit my opinion to salient reasons in two categories: (1) social and economic demise of California, and (2) gross Mismanagement.

Related to California’s social demise, this state has exhibited decline since I moved here in 2006. Popular tourist areas are no longer desirable because of the trash and filth that permeate San Francisco, and these were chronic problems during Newsom's tenure as mayor. One of the more disconcerting things I witnessed was when Occupy Wall Street converged on the Embarcadero approximately 10 years ago. It turned into a filthy experiment. Tourists were appalled and many with whom I spoke vowed never to return.

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Homelessness has remarkably increased, especially in the more populated urban areas, and there is an ever-widening gap in household incomes in California.

Related to gross mismanagement, where should I begin? With respect to the Employee Development Department, unemployment benefits have been substantially delayed, people have been displaced from their residences and some have even been forced to live in their vehicles as highlighted by local investigative reports.

For the last six months, I have been unsuccessful in scheduling a specialty appointment at the DMV. Coronavirus vaccine roll-out has been abysmal, unlike other states considered by some to be “less educated and sophisticated” who have more than 16% of their general population vaccinated with at least one dose. Wildfires have decimated this state, driving up homeowners insurance premiums, including mine.

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Many public schools are still closed, depriving students of enriching opportunities in the areas of academics, sports, social and specialty clubs as well as the development of talents in such areas as band, acting, chorale and journalism. Newsom’s metrics and rationales for his decision to reopen statewide outdoor dining were deceptive and dishonest.

Newsom needs to realize that he does not work in the private sector; he is a public servant working for the residents of California.

The overarching lesson to be learned is that citizens of this great state need to do serious soul-searching. Specifically and first, even though Newsom is making some amends, don’t forget the damage he has already done. Second, if you have traditionally voted the “party line,” consider other candidates of your own political party and other parties. Third, perform some introspection of your own life and evaluate whether elected leaders are looking after your best interests, if you, for instance, have school-aged children, work in the service industry or have been impacted in other ways by the pandemic.

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Based on the above, the decision is clear. Recall Newsom (should it occur) and/or in 2022 elect someone to the office of governor who has self-respect and for the citizens of the great state of California.

a man holding a fish in a restaurant: Kurt M. Kleier © Supplied Kurt M. Kleier

Kurt M. Kleier lives in Concord, Calif. Email him at kurtk4838@gmail.com.

This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: Voice: Newsom needs to realize he is a public servant working for California residents

Calif. Lt. Gov Eleni Kounalakis Dismisses GOP 'Fantasy' of Replacing Newsom With Republican .
"He is still quite popular in this state," Kounalakis said.Newsom, who took office in January 2019, has faced significant backlash and criticism due to California's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although California is viewed as a solidly Democratic state, the recall effort has gained steam, with those pushing the effort saying they've gathered more than the 1.5 million required signatures to trigger the recall. But Kounalakis expressed her hope that voters would continue to back the current administration.

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