Governor Gavin Newsom says the California dream is alive and well, but most people aren’t buying it. Homicides are up 58%, gas is pushing $5 a gallon, and 18 million homeless Americans line the streets of the Golden State’s biggest cities.
Middle class people can barely afford to live in California, but Gov Gav wants to make sure the homeless can. During his recent “Comeback California” tour, Newsom announced a $12 billion dollar spending initiative to combat homelessness.
“It’s about getting people off the streets, out of incidents of crisis, and meeting people where they are and to the extent that people want to come here for new beginnings and all income levels, that’s part of the California dream,” Newsom said. “We have a responsibility to accommodate and enliven and inspire, and California’s dream is still alive and well.”
When asked by a reporter whether he believed the nation’s homeless will descend on California because of this new initiative, Newsom replied that people will be taken care of, and anyone who wants to avail themselves of the California dream is welcome.
LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva listened to Newsom’s message and was not happy about it.
“Those comments blew us away, we are trying to keep our heads above water, and he goes and says that?” Villanueva told the Washington Examiner. “When he invites the rest of the nation’s homeless to California, that is the death wish.”
“I have homeless with mental illness on the streets who attack residents, set their houses on fire, and run over them with cars. Just the sheer level of violence that comes with the increase in population of homeless is like pouring gasoline on the fire,” Viianueva told the Examiner.