Governor Newsom: Book Reveals Budget Priority

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Anti-crime initiatives will not be the only ones receiving “an exponential increase in support” in the budget proposal Governor Gavin Newsom is due to send to state lawmakers in January.

Dyslexia screenings and early education programs are also funded “hell of a lot more,” Newsom told the Sacramento Bee in an interview published Tuesday – his new children’s book on the same day about a young boy learning not to view his dyslexia as a disability but as a strength it went on sale.

  • Newsom: “When I was growing up, I struggled with dyslexia. I hope this book inspires children and parents to see learning differences as gifts – not obstacles to overcome. “

Newsom is expected to be in New York by Wednesday to promote the book “Ben and Emma’s Big Hit” with appearances on “The Daily Show” and “The View”. He will host book events in Los Angeles, Northern California and Sacramento Thursday through Saturday. Newsom, who received a $ 125,000 advance on the book in 2019 that a spokesperson said was used to pay the illustrator and cover production costs, has pledged to donate all of the sales proceeds to the International Dyslexia Association.

The book offers a glimpse into the way Newsom’s personal life has shaped his political priorities – and his notoriously long, jargon-filled, statistics-backed speeches.

  • Newsom said the Associated Press: “You could ask me any household number from last year – public education, $ 123.9 billion. I have to be right because I have to overcompensate for being wrong so often. And so you just learn that you have to do more … to survive in the competition. “

Newsom has invested a record amount in public education in its 2021-22 budget, with additional funding for schools that serve many students with high needs and disabilities. But he plans to invest more in dyslexia screening and literacy programs next year, and many state lawmakers are also “eager to do more in this area,” he told the Los Angeles Times. (And there’s a lot of money to work around: Independent analysts estimate the state could have a budget surplus of $ 31 billion next year.)

  • Newsom: “I feel inadequate in this regard. I was careful. I haven’t done what I wanted to do on the scale yet because I feel like it’s a little too indulgent. “

Newsom critics, however, are unsatisfied with the timing of the governor’s trip. “Newsom Leaves California in the midst of a crime crisis for a book tour,” read the headline of a Fox News story Tuesday referring to a recent wave of robberies.

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1. The redistribution of the struggle is heating up

Illustration by Miguel Gutierrez Jr., CalMatters; iStock

California’s independent reallocation commission is in the hot seat, and not just because of its proposed congressional and legislative plans due to be finalized by the end of the month, reports Sameea Kamal of CalMatters. The Commission is also faced with nondisclosure and conflict of interest complaints, complaints about public contributions and questions about whether taxpayers are getting their money’s worth. California is funding the commission with $ 20.3 million, about double what the previous commission a decade ago. For some viewers, it’s an investment that has resulted in a lot of dysfunction.

With an independent commission redrawing California’s counties – rather than a Democrat-dominated state legislature – the Golden State is likely to be the country’s main battleground in 2022. This frustrates some politicians who say it weakens the power of the nation’s largest democratic state compared to Republican-controlled states like Texas, where lawmakers draw the lines for their own benefit. “We want to live in a system where no party is ripped off,” said MP Brad Sherman, a Democrat from the San Fernando Valley, of the New York Times. “But worst of all is a system in which only one party is screwed.”

2. Challenges in the supply chain remain

Stacked containers and cranes in the Port of Los Angeles on November 22, 2021. Photo by Mike Blake, Reuters

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach decided on Monday to postpone charging container ships that don’t move their cargo fast enough, as the number of containers piled up has decreased by 37% since the October 25 charge proposal. But the backlog of ships and cargo is still so bad that four California Democrats, along with 18 other members of the US House of Representatives, call on spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi to “take additional measures to specifically target the supply chain and the resulting higher prices for families to be tackled all over the world ”. Country. “However, Congress” cannot “relieve pressure on the global supply chain before Christmas, said Christopher Tang, faculty director at the UCLA Center for Global Management, the Sacramento Bee. That means prices and inflation are likely to continue to rise – although the Omicron variant has caused gas prices to decline in California and across the country.

Meanwhile, the aftermath of the backlog continues to be felt, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal describing how a ship’s 54-day wait to unload goods affected three small California businesses. Increased shipping costs and delayed delivery of chess and backgammon sets forced Petaluma toy maker John N. Hansen Co. to raise prices by 10%, while Youth Rise Up, a chino shoe store, didn’t deliver until November 20th Got Halloween boots.

  • Owner Ernie Nuñez: “This is the first time in my 30 years in the shoe business that we have experienced something like this.”

3. Effects of COVID on CA children

Teacher Tanya Ortiz Franklin is helping students in the Los Angeles Unified School District on their first day of school on August 16, 2021. Photo by Lucy Nicholson, Reuters

The mental health challenges facing children in California and across the country after nearly two years of the pandemic became clear on Tuesday when U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued a rare public health consultation calling for urgent and immediate attention Problem called for. “It would be a tragedy if we pushed back one public health crisis just to grow another in its place,” he wrote, noting that visits to the US emergency room for alleged suicide attempts increased 51% in adolescent girls and skyrocketed 4% in adolescent boys in early 2021 compared to the same period in 2019. Although California is investing billions of dollars in youth mental health programs, finding people to employ them remains a challenge: go Angeles Unified, for example, missed about 500 social workers among their hiring targets this year.

Meanwhile, a study of COVID-19 infections in Marin County schools – recently published in the peer-reviewed national medical journal Cureus – found a link between more students on campus for face-to-face teaching and lower COVID community rates, the Marin said Independent Journal reports.

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The response to climate change depends on redistribution: How California’s political lines are redrawn will help determine whether we fight or collapse in the face of the climate crisis, writes Mary Creasman, CEO of California Environmental Voters.

Two ways to achieve cleaner air in California: Do a smog check for heavy diesel trucks and adopt zero-emission standards for leaf blowers and small off-road engines, argue Will Barrett of the American Lung Association and Bill Magavern of the Coalition for Clean Air.

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