California Gov. Gavin Newsom has promised that he would feed the world’s homeless population this week during his “Comeback California” tour, which is supposedly designed to help stave off a September recall by voters who are angry at his failure to provide quality leadership during the coronavirus pandemic.
The state of California is already at the breaking point due to its own extremely large homeless population and one of the worst economies post-COVID-19. As millions of middle-class residents and business owners ditch California for red states, those who have stayed behind have seen a new expanding lower class begin to emerge.
Gasoline is pushing $5 a gallon, 18 million homeless pack into all the blue cities, and dilapidated freeways are strewn with trash.
Even the Atlantic outlined the hostile economic environment in a lengthy article titled “The California Dream is Dying.”
It’s against this backdrop that Newsom held a press conference Monday pledging $12 billion to combat homelessness on top of billions that have already been spent. People will be taken care of, and anyone who wants to avail themselves to the California dream is welcome, he said in response to a reporter who asked whether he expected the nation’s homeless to descend upon California with this new expenditure.
“It’s about getting people off the streets, out of incidents of crisis, and meeting people where they are and to the extent that people want to come here for new beginnings and all income levels, that’s part of the California dream,” Newsom went on to say, adding, “We have a responsibility to accommodate and enliven and inspire, and California’s dream is still alive and well.”
“I’m proud of people from around the world looking at California again for opportunity, and that, again, that should not just be for certain people. All people should aspire to that California dream regardless of their income level and regarding their lot in life,” the governor said.
The state of California is currently the highest taxed state in the country. Buying a home for the average citizen who lives there is completely out of reach. Newsom avoided any mention of this fact during his little speech, pointing to the fact that the state has an $80 billion budget surplus that he stated is enough to help all have the American dream.
Alex Villanueva, the sheriff for Los Angeles County, was not very happy with what he heard coming out of Newsom’s mouth.
“As a private citizen, I support the [Newsom] recall,” the sheriff said.
“Those comments blew us away, we are trying to keep our heads above water, and he goes and says that?” Villanueva said during a chat with the Washington Examiner. “When he invites the rest of the nation’s homeless to California, that is the death wish.”
Homicides in Los Angeles County are up 58% from last year, and newly elected District Attorney George Gascon refused to file a record 5,900 criminal cases brought by detectives this year, Villanueva said. Gascon ran on a platform of less prosecution and more community assistance for lawbreakers.
“With [Gascon’s] privileged upbringing, this doesn’t impact him,” Villanueva continued. “I have homeless with mental illness on the streets who attack residents, set their houses on fire, and run over them with cars. Just the sheer level of violence that comes with the increase in population of homeless is like pouring gasoline on the fire.”
“At the end of the day, we have to take accountability, responsibility, and do more, do better,” Newsom went on to say during the presser.
“And that’s what this budget intends to do, it’s about results,” the governor added.