California governor to rebut Trump in 1st State of State

California governor to rebut Trump in 1st State of State

Gov. Newsom Pulls the Plug on California’s Costly Bullet Train Boondoggle

He announced the creation of the new Commission on Homelessness & Supportive Housing to address what he said is a moral issue that has become a public health crisis.

The train was a prized project of former Governor Jerry Brown (D.). Steinberg previously was leader of the state Senate. "We are not interested in participating in this political theater", Newsom said at a press conference.

In late November, a state audit highlighted the flaws in the project, which began the pressure on then Gov. -elect Newsom to consider cutting back the construction of the train or make other major changes.

Newsom dialed back anticipation for the project during California's State of the State address.

The California governor announced he has convened a group of the nation's best bankruptcy attorneys and financial experts from across the energy sector, and that the group will work as his "strike team" to develop a comprehensive PG&E strategy that the administration will present within 60 days.

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He's promising to ensure that safe, affordable power will continue to flow.

The utility filed for protection last month, citing in part anticipated liabilities from wildfires that its equipment may have sparked.

Newsom's speech also detailed his ambitious policy goals for the state.

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to deploy troops at the Trump administration's request a year ago, although he said they couldn't participate in immigration enforcement. The Green New Deal, pushed by lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), heavily leans on the idea that high-speed rail could be used to link cities and ultimately reduce the use of air travel. He says building the line could bring economic transformation to the agricultural region.

"The Democratic governor acknowledged critics who want the state to abandon the project entirely, but said he doesn't want to waste the billions already spent on the project, nor does he want to return $3.5 billion the state has received in federal funding", writes the Sacramento Bee.

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Newsom will replace Brown's appointment to the state board that manages the project.

Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers the State of the State Address at the California State Capitol, February 12, 2019.

In his speech, Newsom rejected Trump's rhetoric about an "emergency" at the border as part of a "manufactured crisis", noting that data has shown that undocumented immigrants are generally less likely to commit crimes than native-born citizens.

In a rebuke to President Trump, Newsom signed an executive order on Monday to withdraw California's National Guard troops from the border.

His address will offer yet another opportunity for Newsom to outline his vision for California, a state dominated by Democrats, and contrast it with stalemates in Washington.

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