In inauguration speech, Newsom calls for 'woman's right to choose'

Henrietta Strickland
January 11, 2019

Newsom, a Democrat, has had a long career in Californian state politics, serving as Mayor of San Francisco for six years before being elected Lieutenant Governor of California in 2010.

To pay for the expansion of those benefits, Newsom is proposing that California restore the individual mandate to purchase health insurance, which was canceled by President Donald Trump at the federal level.

Trump has blamed California for its wildfires, saying the state hadn't done enough to clean up its forests - ignoring the fact that about 60 percent of California's forests are on federal lands.

Newly sworn-in California Gov. In his first budget this week, the governor is expected to revive ideas to improve access that fell flat under predecessor Jerry Brown.

Gov. Gavin Newsom addressed California's residents Monday from Sacramento; warning "the water we drink and the air we breathe" all "hang in the balance".

Appearing at a Cal Fire station on his first full day in office, Newsom said the new funding would come on top of $200 million already earmarked for forestry management by the Legislature last fall, bringing the total to $305 million in new spending.

Newsom will announce his actions Tuesday at a state emergency operations centre in a Sierra Nevada foothills community at high risk for fire.

Mexican national Gustavo Perez Arriaga has been charged with Singh's murder, and critics of sanctuary policies have said that the officer's tragic death could have been prevented if state and local law enforcement were able to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Trump tweeted Wednesday that California gets billions of dollars for fires that could have been prevented with better management. He appointed Thom Porter the state's new fire chief. "It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!" he wrote. A November wildfire destroyed the town of Paradise, Calif., and killed 86 people.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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