Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom made an appearance Friday at an event hosted here in San Jose by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
At the event, Newsom proposed several plans to boost the state’s economy while also eliminating agencies that he says are redundant, such as the Economic Development Commission. Newsom is the chair of that commission, but he says a better use of resources would be to shift responsibilities to a cabinet-level office under the governor.
Some of the former San Francisco mayor’s ideas will require the approval of Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature, but Newsom sounds intent on boosting trade with foreign nations like China and luring companies to California. He also said he wants to streamline regulatory and permitting matters for businesses.
Never one to shy away from a sound bite, Newsom had this to say about his plan, which apparently has the wholehearted approval of Carl Guardino, CEO of the SVLG:
“This is not about some lieutenant governor,” Newsom said. “Guys like me come and go and most of you never even knew who was before me. I get it. But it is about the fate and future of the most magnificent experiment God has ever conceived, and that’s California.”