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Fri May 11, 2018, 03:38 PM

Antonio Villaraigosa: the clear choice for California governor

California is a big state with bigger contradictions. It is the wealthy tech capital of the world — and the epicenter of U.S. poverty. It is the most influential progressive state — and a tremendous educational disappointment for minority students. It is the boldest state on profoundly important issues like climate change — and one that’s unable to address the financial challenge of creating a sustainable pension system for government workers.

To address these giant California problems, the next governor must be willing to take on the most powerful factions in the state’s dominant Democratic Party. The environmentalists and trial attorneys who use state environmental laws to make adding housing stock so difficult, spurring a dire shortage that has led to sky-high rents and home prices. The teachers unions that don’t just oppose basic education reforms that have worked in other states, but use their clout to win approval of a school “accountability” program that makes it harder to hold districts accountable. The public employee unions that have fought off changes to generous pension programs that could soon consume one-quarter of the budgets of local governments and crowd out basic services like public safety, libraries and parks.

The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board believes that of the seven major candidates we interviewed, only two have a chance of being elected. Thankfully, this list includes the candidate with the best chance to be the aggressive reformer the state needs: Antonio Villaraigosa. The veteran Democrat’s willingness to challenge government unions while mayor of Los Angeles and his ability to get things done as speaker and majority leader in the state Assembly lend credibility to his claim that he could take on California’s political status quo.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom — the only other candidate with a real chance of succeeding Jerry Brown — talks a great game, displaying a deep understanding of a vast range of state issues. Like Villaraigosa, he calls for a variety of changes in state laws that would make it easier to add more housing. But Villaraigosa’s record as L.A. mayor from 2005 to 2013 far surpasses Newsom’s record as San Francisco mayor from 2004 to 2011. Villaraigosa not only displayed an effective, judicious management style in persuading his City Council to restrain city spending during a budget-crippling recession; he won voters’ approval for ambitious transportation projects and beefed up his police force. Yes, Newsom deserves credit for his early championing of same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization. But he hasn’t gotten nearly as much done — or overcome as many obstacles — as Villaraigosa. Questions about Newsom’s ability to build coalitions to advance his bold ideas have dogged him for years. His decision to skip so many debates in recent weeks didn’t help him. If he’s the frontrunner, he seems to be running scared.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/editorials/sd-antonio-villaraigosa-endorsement-for-governor-20180511-story.html

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Reply Antonio Villaraigosa: the clear choice for California governor (Original post)
Zorro May 2018 OP
Wwcd May 2018 #1
kimbutgar May 2018 #2
BigmanPigman May 2018 #3
shanti May 2018 #4
stuffmatters May 2018 #5
TeamPooka May 2018 #6
Raine May 2018 #7
gyroscope May 2018 #8

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri May 11, 2018, 03:45 PM

1. Well that's one side of the campaign. Newsom still gets the most votes &

 

there's a reason why.

Gavin Newsom is the finest in the ring to date.

California Labor Federation, endorsed Gavin Newsom for governor and Kevin de Leon for U.S. Senate.

Villaraigosa & Newsom, its set to be an interesting race, indeed.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri May 11, 2018, 04:13 PM

2. No thank you, that guy wants more charter schools

He won’t be getting my vote, he’s a corp a dem who wants to turn over the education of California children to for profit entities.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri May 11, 2018, 04:20 PM

3. Antonio has been running ads

That say he is going to get universal health care for CA. I saved an article from March 2017 where Gavin said the same thing but I haven't heard or seen anything about this subject from him since. Do you know what his position is on THIS?
http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-gavin-newsom-adds-a-new-plank-to-his-1489439179-htmlstory.html

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri May 11, 2018, 04:53 PM

4. Nope

Won't be voting for him. I don't trust him.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri May 11, 2018, 05:28 PM

5. This article heped me decide not to vote for V. esp his teacher union opposition

I'll probably vote Gavin but I like John Chiang too.
Chiang should add creating a Ca State Bank to his platform, liberating Ca from
Wall Street,since his ads have focused on the 2008 collapse and he's State Treasurer Good to actually offer new ideas and solutions; Ca State Bank would be a natural for our State Treasurer Chiang and a very attractive position to all Californians (North Dakota got through 2008 the best of all states bkz it has a State Bank)

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri May 11, 2018, 07:09 PM

6. He just "saw the light" about cannabis reform when he started running. I lived in LA

when he was mayor. he sucked.
He let the Feds raid legal pot dispensaries because he's a police union suck up.
There is nothing I like about him.
California can do better than Antonio.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat May 26, 2018, 03:51 AM

7. Obama endorsed him

and is doing ads for him, he gets my vote!

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Sun May 27, 2018, 05:09 PM

8. Villaraigosa sucks

 

I'll take Newsom over the Conservadem anyday.

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