Gavin Newsom has started his presidential campaign, with the warning, despite his own record of collapsed leadership, that he will “take the fight” to Republicans, reports Kenneth Khachigian in the WSJ:
Days ago, 6 miles from the home where I was raised in Tulare County, the Highway Patrol arrested two suspected drug traffickers with 150,000 fentanyl pills—enough to kill thousands. They were released by an order signed by a Tulare County Superior Court commissioner before Sheriff Mike Boudreaux was informed or asked about the risks to public safety.
(Sheriff Boudrequz) placed the blame directly the Governor:
Gov. Newsom and the legislators in California who are really soft on crime—allowing people like this to be released from our facilities, we have no control over that.
Homicides in San Francisco are up 36% in two years with the number of people wounded by gun violence nearly doubling. At least 10 Walgreens stores have shuttered because of shoplifting and smash-and-grab thefts. Things are much the same in Los Angeles, where homicides and robberies with guns are on the rise, and the city has lost 40,000 residents in the past year. Stretches of the 405 freeway are embroidered with graffiti and concertina wire.
Residential users of electricity in California pay 66% more than homeowners in the rest of the U.S. This, according to Robert Bryce, is owing to “the ruinously regressive effect of Sacramento’s decarbonization policies.”
How long before Mr. Newsom’s opponents ask whether high utility costs are included in taking the fight to Republicans? The Illinois soybean grower won’t identify with Mr. Newsom’s Napa vineyard, but instead will ask why California’s diesel prices approach $7 a gallon.