In 2018, California voted for Gavin Newsom to become the 40th Governor of the Golden State. He won that year with 61.9 percent of the vote. That broke the record for any democratic candidate, a record formerly held by Jerry Brown in 2014. 

So on paper it appeared that California was more than sure with almost two-thirds believing that Newsom was the pick for California. A recent article by LAist, which belongs to Southern California Public Radio, did a dive into what Newsom has actually done for the state despite the recall effort which had nearly 2 million signatures. CNBC said that the signatures are equal to nearly 12 of the voter turnout from the 2018 election in California.

So back to what Newsom has done?  

- Ended the death penalty. For now it's a moratorium. More info on that can be found here.

-Developed a certain aspect of police reform, prior to the George Floyd murder. Cal Matters website basically summarized the reform by saying that under the new law, officer who decide to use deadly force may do so when it's "necessary in defense of human life."  

There are some factors that beg to differ. saying Newsom hasn't done enough. 

What Newsom hasn't done:

-Has not supported a new gun tax. Originally when Newsom had run, he spoke pretty harshly on guns which  had been opposite with his commitment not to raise taxes during a surplus era in the budget. Believe it or not, an excise tax on firearms, parts and ammunition which would go to fund violence intervention programs had passed the State Assembly barely and is currently waiting for the State Senate to look and vote on it. Newsom all the while has been quiet about the issue.

-Has not lowered the cost of healthcare. The first day that the Governor was in office, he had signed an executive order which told state agencies to work on buying prescription drugs. However, in 2020, manufacturers had reported a spike in pricing by 16% on more than 1200 prescription drugs to state regulators.    

Please note there are several categories in the article about what Newsom has done or has not that fall under gun control, police reform, healthcare, environment, housing & homelessness and even K-12 education. HDdailynews.com has only taken a brief screenshot as to Newsom's responsibility to the state. 

We took our questions to you, the High Desert, as we were curious on the local level how Newsom's time in office has panned out in the eyes of the Victor Valley. What we found were several individuals who want him out of office. The following interviews reflect what appears to be the majority of people in the region:

Interview #1:

Byron, 65, Victorville (Spring Valley Lake) - Business Owner

Did you vote for Governor Newsom? What did you like/not like about his current time as the California Governor?

I voted for Newsom. If not a strict progressive, he does encouragingly lean that way on many issues (gun control, healthcare, the death penalty).

Has the Governor made any decisions that have personally affected you or someone you know?

The decisions he has made regarding the pandemic have affected everyone in the state. His actions have not been perfect, but have been above average among the Democratic governors (and have far exceeded the non-efforts of most Republican governors).

It seems in recent weeks and the past couple months, as the recall picked up more and more momentum, Newsom started becoming more visible in public outreach or rather, being involved as “boots on the ground” in numerous projects. What do you think the purpose is?

It's obvious that Newsom is very concerned about the recall effort and is taking steps to survive a largely dishonest campaign to put a Republican in the governor's office.

If you were against the recall, please mention one thing you did NOT approve that the governor did for California.

Newsom's acceptance of large corporate donations raises conflict of interest questions about some of his decisions (but the same can be said of almost all politicians who accept such donations, and Republicans are in general slightly worse than Democrats in this area). Newsom also did a disservice to himself and his voters by creating the French Laundry scandal, without which the effort to promote a recall election would not have been as successful.

If you are voting him out of office, please tell me who you will be voting for and what you like about them?

Nationally, Republicans have in many ways proven themselves to be enemies of democracy, by their campaign of lies about a well-administered (and certified and verified) election, by their unconstitutional attempts to nullify the will of the people (our own congressman played a part in that one), by their attempts to dishonestly game the system through voter suppression efforts and gerrymandering, and by a litany of other perversions of the rule of law. Just due to party affiliation, any Republican has a big hill to climb to get my vote.

Interview #2

Jesse, 24, Hesperia - Jesse works for Walmart Ecommerce

Did you vote for Governor Newsom?

No, I did not vote for Gavin Newsom, I really don't like anything he has done in office at all honestly.

Has the Governor made any decisions that have personally affected you or someone you know?

A lot of his decision have affected lots of people I know, including myself and other Californians. Not only has he been raising our taxes, cutting funding from school for children K-12 and still wants to have children wear masks in school, [but he has cut] other funding for cleaning up fields of trash and brush to cut back on the fires we have or wanting to defund the police or even raising minimum wage which is causing everything else to go up. Now, I spend twice as much on the same amount of food [than I did] 3 years ago. On top of that, I cant even take my family to places like Hollywood or even the beach because of all the homeless people on the streets and in tents. My aunt that goes down the hill every week got attacked by a bum at a gas station while she was getting gas.

It seems in recent weeks and the past couple months, as the recall picked up more and more momentum, Newsom started becoming more visible in public outreach or rather, being involved as “boots on the ground” in numerous projects. What do you think the purpose is?

I think he knows he messed up, the pandemic definitely made people take a closer look at what he's been up to, I mean what kind of governor puts everyone on lockdown, but doesn't follow his own regulations? He had to get on live tv and apologize for it. What [about] do as I say not as I do?

So you are for the recall? Are you able to tell us one thing you do approve that Newsom has done for California?

Yes, I want him to be recalled the only thing I approve that Newsom did was lift the lockdown even though he did it too late.

Can you tell us who you will be voting for and what you like about them?

Yes, I will be voting to get him out of office, I am looking into a lot of candidates that are running and very hopeful that the state will get a better governor.