Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom

Gavin Newsom has lamented that his workaday life as California’s lieutenant governor is nothing like being the mayor of San Francisco. But the position has allowed Newsom to engage deeply with a range of state and national issues, including gun control, LGBT discrimination, marijuana legalization and higher education reform. Newsom joins us to talk about state politics, the presidential race and his bid to become California’s next Governor.

Guests:
Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor, State of California

  • Kurt thialfad

    Gavin: At one time in our history there was a bathroom door that stated ‘White” and another that stated “Colored”. Today, we have one door that says “Men” and another that says “Women”. Should we change this? How many restroom doors should there be? What should be written on each door?
    (It’s not a trick question).

    • Robert Thomas

      We now have restroom stalls that are reserved for the priority use of disabled persons and we’ve managed to accommodate this requirement pretty well.

      • Beth Grant DeRoos

        No to mention transgender people have been using the rest rooms that fit their chosen gender, with no problem. Meanwhile young boys get molested by nice white straight men in men’s restrooms and the conservatives stay silent.

  • jurgispilis

    What exercise do you do for your abs?

  • Beth Grant DeRoos

    While I support Gavin Newsom for Governor and follow him on Facebook, it’s the term ‘gun control’ that bothers me, since it’s come to mean ‘government wants to take your firearms’ when what we need is sensible firearm laws that encourage safe use, and ownership, while also dong more to encouraging people to not own a firearm. Being autistic I wonder why folks like me or those with friends or family who suffer from depression are not used more to encourage people NOT to own or use firearms.

  • EIDALM

    Gun owners are several folds more likely to use their guns to shoot family members.friends ,or themselves than using a gun on a stranger in self defense ,and while gun death across the world can be counted in tens ,gun violence across the U S add up to tens of thousands each year….One of the biggest source of illegal guns are those stolen from people who legally owned them

    • Another Mike

      The CDC reports of two decades ago made the point that the person found shot dead at a home was more likely to be a resident than a non-resident. “Using a gun on a stranger in self-defense” only counted if the stranger had been shot dead.

    • Bill_Woods
    • davidvoth

      That may be true if the only “use” of a gun that qualifies as a use is shooting someone dead. It’s called the Body Count Fallacy.

  • EIDALM

    All of us must put an end to the stranglehold of the gun lobbies including the American rifle association on the American election and the government……Remember Al Gore lost the election in his own state of Tennessee no thanks to the tons of money the gun lobbies poured in GW Bush election …..Have Gore was elected , I have no doubt the whole world would be far better place today ,with millions of life and trillions of dollars would have saved ,and Iraq ,Syria ,Libya ,and the rest of the middle east and the whole world would be in much better place,,,,,,,

  • De Blo

    We love you Gavin Newsom. I feel blessed to have lived in the City with two of the best mayors in history – Gavin Newsom and Ed Lee. San Franciscans and all Americans will be eternally grateful to you for your brave stand in favor of marriage.

    • Another Mike

      Per Ruby, apparently Newsom had an unconventional view of the Tourks’ traditional marriage.

  • Pontifikate

    Newson seems to shy away from core economic issues that affect most people but he takes on social issues. I want an economic liberal who will fight for people like me. We need a real liberal, not just a social liberal.

  • John

    God help us. I hope somebody better steps up for the Democrats.

  • JohnnyDerp

    Take an oath to defend the Constitution, then pick and choose which parts to defend and which to limit or destroy. Not much of an oath if you ask me

  • Another Mike

    Can Mr. Newsom explain how, as mayor, he could cheat on his wife with his best friend’s wife — an employee — with no lasting political repercussions?

  • Marvin

    Is Hillary really a democrat when she pushes fracking and is a war hawk?

    • Robert Thomas

      Yes.

      Is Senator Sanders really a Democrat? Possibly, for the last five months.

      • Mason Gibb

        It was nice while it lasted.

  • Ben Rawner

    Years ago I met you at the groundbreaking party for the now defunct Solyndra solar power company. I am not trying to foist their failure on you but I would like to know your strategy on making sure wasteful investments like this don’t happen and the correct role of government in spurring growth and innovation.

    • Marvin

      What innovation can happen when the patent system is broken and rigged in favor of mega corporations and patent trolls?

      • Robert Thomas

        Who knows? Ours is not.

    • William – SF

      From what I recall reading, apologies in advance if it’s lacking, but Solyndra didn’t suffer from failed promising technology, but from predatory pricing from Chinese manufacturers.

      • Another Mike

        China has an actual industrial policy, and like South Korea, invests government funds to bring promising technologies to market.

  • Sar Wash

    Lt. Governor Newsom, Given that rent control is a destructive economic policy that drives foreclosures, devastates working class homeowners, and skews the housing market (a fact recognized by every study of the data and by all economists, including and especially liberal economists like Paul Krugman), would you be willing to sponsor and push for a state-wide ban on rent control?

    • Gman 94568

      Of course not.

  • Christopher Sensenig

    The Bay Area’s is in the middle of a severe Housing and Transportation crisis. Arguably, our State’s and Nation’s economy depends on the Bay Area’s economic success and ability to work to solve this crisis. The current situation is already limiting our economy and has the potential to truly cripple it in the future. We desperately need a second transbay tunnel to increase capacity of our BART, High Speed Rail and Regional Rail systems and are decades behind in planning. Do you support doing everything possible to plan, fund and build a second BART/Caltrain/HSR tunnel in the next 10 years?

  • Another Mike

    Few states have more gunowners than does California — that might be why the gun rights movement has political power here.

  • Another Mike

    Would Gavin Newsom propose stripping local police departments of these “mass killing machines” — the same as was used to shoot Gabby Giffords? If not, what would be the justification for continued police use?

    • Gman 94568

      The continued exemption of Law Enforcement (both current and retired) from California gun laws is part of the problem. Having them comply with the gun laws would result in more sensible gun laws. Mr. Newsom’s gun control initiative is a political move to promote his political aspirations and will do nothing to impact criminal behavior using firearms for crimes. It will mostly impact the law abiding firearms owner.

  • Chris OConnell

    Gavin on his Reefer Madness riff. Ridiculous. But I still like him.

  • Another Mike

    Today’s marijuana is not the mellow weed of decades ago, that promoted snacking and laughing at idiocy. Now it can increase anxieties, create rapid heartbeat, and actually produce paranoia. Is there no limit to marijuana’s strength that would mandate state regulation?

    • Chris OConnell

      In the current issue of Rolling Stone, Roger Stone (the Republican adviser and dirty tricks man) said he is working on a strain called Tricky Dick. He says, “You smoke it, you immediately become paranoid and want to go to a Chinese restaurant.”

      P.S Has anyone OD’ed on marijuana? No so this increase strength just means you smoke less. Win, win.

    • Sar Wash

      No one in history has ever had an overdose of marijuana. Alcohol kills tens of thousands each year. Aspirin is way more dangerous. Not everything is improved by a Big Brother government taking away person freedom.

      • Another Mike

        Smoking marijuana increases your risk of heart attack by five times.

        http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/103/23/2805.full

        • Beth Grant DeRoos

          The scientists say that this five-fold marijuana risk is a little higher than the risk for sexual intercourse, about the same as that for other types of strenuous exercise, and much less than the risk caused by cocaine, which increases one’s chance of having a heart attack 25-fold. (Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School study)

          • Another Mike

            There are ways other than overdosing to kill a drug user.

  • Robert Thomas

    Does the Lieutenant Governor support all jurisdictions treating second hand cannabis smoke in all ways the same as second hand tobacco smoke?

  • William – SF

    I’m all for limitations for high capacity mags *and* I watched as two Californians bought said mags in an Oregon gun store and brought them back in their luggage.

    Shaming didn’t work. How does such a law get enforced?

    • Another Mike

      Such a law gets enforced only if the Fourth Amendment — search and seizure — gets ignored as well.

      • davidvoth

        And that is precisely why the California state government cannot be trusted with the kind of information that a gun registry provides.

  • John

    I have understood that Diablo Canyon Supplies just 8 % of PG&E electricity. How easy would it be to conserve that much by turning off some of the urban lights?

    • Another Mike

      When the out-of-state companies were manipulating our energy supply a decade ago, Diablo Canyon supplied the cheapest and most reliable energy.

    • Robert Thomas

      This is the solution that Nicolás Maduro has settled upon for Caracas.

      • Mason Gibb

        Do you remember NYT publishing Maduro’s letter protesting the US sanctions put on the dozen-or-so alleged human rights violators in Venezuela?
        A better response would have been Venezuelan sanctions against a lengthy list of Americans who supported the Contras, various names that supported Pinochet, that class of people. Maduro’s letter in the NYT had no consequence–why not announce symbolic sanctions of no consequence.

        • Robert Thomas

          I’m failing to find the thread…

    • Paul

      8% is a statewide number, but is still a big amount, especially in our growing state. Please consider that PG&E depends on DC for 21% percent of its delivered energy. Taking DC offline would require many, who can afford it, to buy solar panels, and conservation too. OK fine, but:

      It would also require new solar/non-GHG power plant construction in natural areas (desert lands mostly, where it makes the most sense) in which the Sierra Club, CBD, etc can successfully litigate against for endless years. Though new nuclear power is probably cost-prohibitive, DC needs to remain online, as it provides baseline power when the sun is not shining or winds not blowing. The other way is to buy power from out of state, which is either coal, nat-gas or hydro. In fact the big coal plant in western Arizona sells some of its power to So. Cal Edison.

      BTW the new SF solar panel initiative on new buildings is one of the most self-indulgent ordinances ever dreamed up there. For every dollar spent on solar voltaics installed in SF, that same money could generate up to 3 times more renewable energy on the central valley. You want to really make a difference? Spend that same SF money for even more panels onto low income housing in Fresno or Bakersfield, for example, where it’s really needed, and produce much more local & global benefit. What is it: “think globally act locally” ? There you go.

  • Chris OConnell

    Now Krasny is on the Reefer Madness trip. “We need research.” We got Willie Nelson, American icon and long-lived!!* But seriously, you can’t OD on cannabis, so increased strength means less smoking and not more deaths.

    * I know this is not research, it is anecdote, but you gotta love Willie Nelson.

  • Another Mike

    “Who’s taking your gun?” — no, just the magazine that holds the cartridges. Will Mr. Newsom replace all the high capacity magazines in California with low capacity ones? Otherwise, pistols just become expensive paperweights.

    • Mark

      I found that comment interesting as well. Criminalizing people (the vast majority of whom) that are law abiding citizens for not turning in legally purchased property is a very slippery slope. From what I have read and heard, none of the municipalities that have passed the “high capacity magazine” possession ban that Mr. Newsome was talking about have had much to any luck getting people to turn them in. Why should anyone who is convinced that “the government wants to take your guns away” think any different if this becomes law? Why should anyone believe they plan on stopping at magazine confiscation?
      There was once a time when something that used to be legal to possess was declared illegal. It was called Prohibition. How well did that work out for everybody?

      • Another Mike

        In fact, the Volstead Act grandfathered in previously purchased alcohol. I seem to recall that some spectacularly foresighted individuals laid in enough booze to last through Prohibition — possession of legally obtained alcohol remained legal.

        Further, heads of household could make up to 200 gallons of wine per year, although home brewing was taboo. A taboo that was broken by many members of my grandparents’ generation.

    • davidvoth

      The initiative has no provision for compensating people who turn in their property to law enforcement, nor for gun collectors whose M1 Carbines and original 15-round magazines suddenly become worth dramatically less because they can’t be sold legally in the state. It would amount to an unconstitutional taking of property without due process.

      • Another Mike

        Yes, the Ninth Circuit seems to have skipped over the “Takings Clause” when they last read the Constitution, when they reviewed the challenge to the Sunnyvale and San Francisco high capacity magazine ban ordinances.
        The ironic thing about the Sunnyvale ordinance is that over the last decade or so, if you were shot dead in Sunnyvale most likely law enforcement personnel did it. There was one case where a San Jose resident pulled the trigger.

  • Bill_Woods

    Among more serious issues, Newsom repeatedly mispronounces ‘cache’ as ‘cachet’.

    • William – SF

      You computer guy? (Hurts my ear too!)

    • Robert Thomas

      For some awful reason (possibly, battle fatigue or similar malady), members of the armed forces serving in central Asia and Mesopotamia – educated persons – have taken up this irritating practice, as well.

  • jim

    The democratic party is GOP light and We are going to fix this problem by electing Bernie Sanders President. Independents are the majority in this country and We are to be considered.

    • Puddin Pop

      Unfortunately Bernie won’t make it to the White House.

      • Another Mike

        Not really looking forward to the Trump presidency.

  • garcia96099

    The guy offers foolish, short-sighted, leadership. This is one “Latino” that won’t be voting for this hack.

    • Puddin Pop

      Nobody cares your race.

      • The_Dadster

        Leftists pretend to care about race when it suits their agenda.

  • sam selga

    You should ask Newsom about gun control with Leland Yee and Shrimp Boy….

  • ForTheRepublic

    What a pandering socialist. Appears to be a bit narcissistic too. This Latino doesn’t buy his Un-American garbage. None in my family will vote for him.

  • EIDALM

    The only thing that sticks to my mind about Gavin Newsom is his cheating on his wife with the wife of his campaign manager some years ago,

    • Another Mike

      I mentioned that straightaway, but Mr. Krasny did not choose to ask Mr. Newsom about it.

      • EIDALM

        Krasny should have asked him about it to be fair to his audience and the puplic ,but often enough he plays too politically correct with his guests.

    • Sar Wash

      Completely irrelevant and shallow of you. You may want to stick to Fox News if that is all you care about.

      • Another Mike

        Newsom violated two couples’ marriage vows, which are held sacrosanct by 90% of the population, including the vast majority of married couples.

        • Beth Grant DeRoos

          Marriage vows, which are held sacrosanct by 90% of the population? Do you have proof of that statement?

          • Another Mike

            Yes.
            But why didn’t you ask Sar Wash?

          • Beth Grant DeRoos

            Did a web search for Sar Wash and came up with nothing.

      • EIDALM

        Public figures while in office behavior is important to the public as it is a measure of their honesty and integrity/////////// I have never watched Fox news….

    • Tac Wesson

      once a cheat always a cheat!

      • Beth Grant DeRoos

        There is no proof that is true. People change.

  • The_Dadster

    I see that anti gun Newsom spends hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars every year on armed guards for himself.

    • Sar Wash

      He is not in any way anti-gun. Newsom just favors sane and reasonable gun control that is favored by something like 90% of the population, including the vast majority of gun owners.

  • davidvoth

    Newsome is a loathsome person, truly despicable in his personal affairs and completely devoid of empathy for people that he knows would never vote for him. He cares only about securing more personal power and wealth.

    The legislature negotiated several compromises in the late 1990s to make the state’s strict “assault weapons” laws politically possible. Among those were promises that people who owned certain firearms and magazines would be permitted to keep them FOR LIFE as long as we complied with the law.

    Now it is more clear than ever that Newsom, Attorney General Harris, and all of their gun-grabbing buddies in the radical left intend to end non-government use of all types of firearms, a bit at a time, commitments made in the past be damned. How many times have we heard “Nobody wants to take your guns.” It is impossible for any rational person to believe that in light of Newsom’s initiative, and the push by authoritarians like Keven de Leon to actually ban and confiscate lawfully owned firearms.

    I hope enough voters wise up in November and hand Newsom his hat. If that happens, maybe the fools who financed his petition drive and are backing his run for the governorship will realize that they have been duped by a sleazy con artist.

    • MultiKdizzle

      Tthe Legislature of the 1990s had absolutely zero jurisdiction to constrain the power of either the Legislature in the future or the voter’s will.

      There was no such promises made to gun owners, only compromises made which could and will be changed over time by a more current Legislature.

      • davidvoth

        No, the legislature in the ’90s didn’t have the power to control what a misguided government or ignorant voters might do in the future, but I believe that agreements should carry some moral weight.

        Note that Newsom has been trying to deflect criticism by saying “All you
        have to do is register your rifles, and you can keep them for life.” Why would anyone in their right mind trust someone who says things like that? After all, he has no jurisdiction to control anything that happens years from now, or a week after the election. Government that doesn’t act in good faith is evil, and cannot be trusted.

        Grandfathered for life means grandfathered FOR LIFE. Either a person’s word means something, or everything that person says means nothing.

  • wandagb

    43 minutes into interview – Glad the subject of “dual use” of hiking trails, i.e. dodging mountain bikes in the State Parks, was brought up. Seems like we are turning our parks into racing tracks for the reckless.

  • diffie4

    Gavin Newsom’s ill advised background checks for ammo purchase ignores the fact that this has been tried before: In 1986, Congress repealed the 1960s-era ban on mail order sales that also called for the keeping of detailed purchase logs.(1) During congressional hearings on the issue, the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) provided a statement that, “The Bureau and Department have recognized that current record keeping requirements for ammunition have no substantial law enforcement value”.

    NICS background checks are already causing the servers to suffer heavy use with gun purchases. Some 10 billion rounds are sold each year. Due to ammo shortages often stores will limit the number of rounds sold to an individual. California has 12% of the nations population and assuming sales are distributed proportionally to population 1.2 billion rounds are sold in California. If purchases were to be limited to 100 rounds per sale that becomes 12 million NICS background checks per year from California. That is half as many as the number of background checks for guns across the nation for the 12 month period ending in March 2016. The extra man hours consumed by additional background checks would be better spent putting police boots on the streets. Defensive gun uses are 4000 times per day. This was observed by Janet Reno, AG during Bill Clinton’s term. Obama commissioned a study by CDC which determined defensive gun uses ranged from 500,000 to 3 million per year (http://www.investors.com/cdc-gun-violence-study-goes-against-media-narrative/). A defensive gun use can consist of just saying “I have a gun” or revealing a holstered gun. Restrictions on ammo sales would negatively affect law abiding gun owners who would use firearms for self defense. I would contemplate the Dunning-Kruger effect applied to Gavin Newsom.

    (1) Department of Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, “Memorandum Re: S. 49 The ‘Firearms Owners Protection Act,’” Printed in: U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, Legislation To Modify the 1968 Gun Control Act, Hearing Report, October 38, 30, Nov. 8, 1985, and February 19 and 27, 1986. Part 2, p.1168.

    http://www.nssf.org/factsheets/PDF/AmmunitionSaleRestrictions.pdf

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