tv California Gov.- Elect Newsom Swearing- In Inaugural Address CSPAN January 12, 2019 10:31am-11:01am EST
for some people. the trouble lies not so much in wall street. wall street is what it is. -- wall street is an absent in american history. -- we are to be more on our guard about are the institutions in federal government that are validly benign in their intentions. treasury.artment of as benefactors, the public, increasing they are not so. columnist names grant, sunday night on q&a. next, gavin newsom
talks about criminal justice, mental health care and climate change in his inaugural address in sacramento. [applause] governor newsom: thank you, california. i liked seeing democracy in action. thank you. for the participants. i had a bet that my kids weren't going to come up. that is going to cost me some money. [laughter] how about my, you know, i thought i married well years ago but i didn't know how well until today my wife, jennifer newson -- newsom. thank you, jen. i'll just jump in.
i'm humbled to be here and i just want to express my appreciation to former governors for being here. it is very humbling you took the time to be here. i'm immeasurably gratified. you know the story of our state is the story of a dream. one that has drawn strivers and seekers here forever. it is what brought my family to california some three generations ago. the promise not just of a better life, but a bigger one. with opportunities they couldn't find anywhere else in the world. so deep does the california dream run in the history and character of our state that it can feel as enduring as our prime evil force or majestic mountain ranges, but there is nothing inevitable about it. every dream depends on the dreamers and it is up to us to renew the california dream for a new generation, and now more than ever, it is up to us to defend that dream and thankfully by the way we have a champion in
the speaker nancy pelosi. [applause] but in washington, there is an administration in washington that is clearly hostile to california values and california's interests. california has always helped america's future and we know the decisions we make would be important at any time, but what we do today is even more consequential because of what is happening in our country. freedoms, securities water we drink, air we breathe, all hang in the balance. the country is watching us. the world is waiting on us and the future depends on us and we will seize the moment.
[applause] [applause] california -- california is a giant engine of commerce. the most creative and entrepreneurial in the world. we have the resources to ensure a decent standard of living for all. it is not a question of whether we can do this but whether we will. at a time when so much of america is divided, we are united. [applause] our people are big hearted, fair-minded and those qualities are more vital now than ever. i have seen that again just in the past few weeks. i visited paradise after the fires swept through and met people who literally lost everything they owned, but still were reaching out to help others. i went to san diego and met volunteers providing relief to
desperate migrants who others treat like criminals, like a 3-year-old girl who was just literally a year older than my youngest at a shelter who quite literally captured my heart. i spent time with farmers in fresno who rise and grind before the sun comes up to feed the world. there are everyday heroes all over our state who work hard and then come home to care for aging parents or newborn children or who open up their homes to foster kids like my mother tessa did. she was a single mom raising two kids on her own and working three jobs and she still had room in her heart for more. that's the california i know. [applause] that's the one i love. and that's why i'm so confident in our future.
make no mistake. there are powerful forces against us. not just politicians in washington but drug companies that gouge californians with sky-high prices. a gun lobby -- a gun lobby that is willing to sacrifice the lives of our children to line their pockets and polluters. polluters who threaten our coastline and lenders who target our most vulnerable. in other places, interests like these still have a tight grip on power. but here in california, we have the power to stand up to them and we will. [applause] we face serious challenges undoubtedly. some that have been deferred for too long. even in a booming economy, there is a quieting sense that things
are not as predictable as they once were. that we all must now run a little bit faster just to stay in place. stagnant wages, costs that keep rising. rent. utilities. visiting the doctor. the basics are increasingly out of reach. we face a gulf between the rich and everyone else. it is not just inequality of wealth. it is inequality of opportunity. we have a homeless epidemic that should keep each and every one of us up at night. an achievement gap in our schools and a readiness gap that holds back millions of our kids. too many children know the ache of chronic hunger. i have met families in this state who have to imp mize where -- improvise where to tuck their babies in at night, making nests on the floor or turning drawers into makeshift cradles because they can't afford a crib. these are not mere my policy
-- merely policy problems. they are moral imperatives. as long as they exist, each of us is diminished. we're all touched by the human condition, whether we ourselves are homeless or jobless, whether we ourselves can pay the bills or have safe drinking water at home, we all have our own frailties. we all have our own vulnerabilities. we're all susceptible to suffering and disaster. let us resolve to follow the example of the rescuers and rebuilders in paradise and malibu and santa rosa and ventura and make sure our fellow californians share and make our burdens and anxieties easier to bear. [applause] our politics -- politics doesn't always reward taking on the
hardest problems. the results of our work may not be evident for a very long time, but that can not be our concern. we will prepare for uncertain times ahead. we will be prudent with taxpayer dollars, paying down debt, meet our future obligations and we will build and safeguard the largest fiscal reserve of any state in american history. [applause] but i want to be clear. we will be bold. we will aim high and we will work like hell to get there. because here in california, here in california, we will prove that people of good faith and firm will can still come together to achieve big things. we will offer an alternative to the corruption and the incompetence in the white house. [applause]
our government will be progressive, principled and always on the side of the people. this will take courage and i know courage is a word that means different things to different people, but for me, courage means doing what is right even when it is hard. that will be the foundational mission of our administration. we will be california for all. [applause] we don't be divided between rural and urban, north, south, coastal and inland. we will strive always for solidarity and face our most threatening problems together. we will keep faith in our state and our future, i ask you to join me in the work ahead.
let us be pioneering optimist who is look to the future not with trepidation, but with creativity and boundless energy. this is a time for courage and we will rise to meet it. \[applause] our state has been on a journey together since the worst of the great recession. back then, we were $27 billion in debt, unemployment was north of 12%, we had the worst credit rating of any state in the nation. today, our economy is larger than all but four nations in the world. we created -- we have created nearly 3 million jobs and put away billions of dollars for a rainy day. where washington has failed on the challenge of climate change, california led extending our cap and trade system and setting bold targets for lowering greenhouse gas emissions and
then beating them. \[applause] -- so much of this progress has happened under the watch and leadership of governor jerry brown. \[applause] it has been an honor to serve with him these past eight years and to learn from him. not just as his lieutenant governor but throughout my lifetime. when jerry last took the oath of office, he reflected on the sermon. tells us of a foolish man who
built his house on sand. a storm washed it away. but a wise man sought sounder foundation and when the floods came and the winds blew and beat on the house he built, it did not fall for it was founded upon a rock. for eight years california has built a foundation of rock. our job now is not to rest on that foundation. it is to build our house upon it. now more than ever, we californians know how much a house matters and children. \[applause] matter. because so many of our neighbors have lost theirs. together let's build a house
stronger than the coming storms, yet open to the world. a house that provides shelter to all who need it and sanctuary to all who seek it. where opportunity abounds to all. who'll work for it. a true california house. sun-kissed, dream-soaked and built with the sweat of honest work. we will not have one house for the rich, and one for the poor or one for the native born and one for the rest. we will build one house for one california. \[applause] governor newsom: because what is a house but a home and california is our home. in our home, every child should be loved, fed and safe. my wife jennifer and i have four children. and there is nothing more
important, i hope you can tell then giving them a good and happy life. but, all kids, not just the children of a governor and a filmmaker should have a good life in california. they should not be ripped away from their parents at the border. \[applause] governor newsom: nor should they be left hungry when politicians seek to pour billions into a do seek to pour billions into a wall that should never be built. \[applause] this is exactly how it was scripted. \[laughter] governor newsom: we will support parents, we will support
parents, they need support. trust me. \[laughter] governor newsom: so they can give their kids the love and care they need. \[laughter] especially in those critical early years of life. \[applause] governor newsom: in our home, no one should live in constant fear of eviction or spend their whole paycheck to keep a roof overhead. we are committed to launching a marshall plan for affordable housing and we will lift up the fight for homelessness from a local matter to a statewide mission. \[applause]
in our home, every person should have access to quality, affordable health care. \[applause] a governor newsom: far away judges and politicians may turn back our progress but we will never waver in our pursuit of guaranteed health care for all californians. will \[applause] -- \[applause] we will use both our market power and our moral power to demand fair prices for prescription drugs. \[applause] governor newsom: we will stop stigmatizing mental health and start supporting it. \[applause]
and we will always protect a woman's right. governor newsom: in our home, we believe in justice for all. and we will defend the progress we have made to reform our criminal justice system. we will continue the fight against over incarceration and overcrowding of our prisons and we will and the outrage which is private prisons in the state of california once and for all. in our home, working people deserve fair pay. the right to join a union. the chance at a middle-class life.
we will fight not just for growth at any cost but inclusive, sustainable growth. we will shape the future of work and connect higher education and skills learning to the next generation of middle-class jobs because in a time of swift and unsettling change, all californians should be able to count on a measure of security and a shot at opportunity. and those that dream on building something on their own, a restaurant, a bookstore or a family farm, they will get our support. our small businesses help explain why california is one of the biggest economies on earth. for me, this is personal. i will never forget the day that i got a $20 tip bussing tables at 16 years old in ramona's restaurant in san rafael. trust me, busboys do not always get tips like that.
i know it sounds strange, but it quite literally changed my life. it meant that my hard work mattered and it motivated me to keep going. eight years later, i started my own business so i know how much hard work and sacrifice is behind every small business in the state and how good it feels when that hard work pays off. california must never turn its back on the entrepreneurial spirit that has always defined us. and in our home, when trouble comes, we will stand together. \[laughter] right? aww! \[applause] governor newsom: i am glad this
is the reversal. we will get to this tomorrow. \[laughter] when fires strike, kids cry, when the earth shakes, we will be there for each other. as a former mayor, i learned the wisdom in an old african proverb. if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together. to my friends in the legislature -- \[applause] to my friends in the legislature, the democrats and republicans alike, i promise you an open door and an open mind. california did not send us here to bicker. we get enough of that with respect in washington. let us not forget that this is not only the corridor of the capital where change is being forged. i will partner with mayors and supervisors all over the state because i know the pressure that you face because i have been there. the only way to fix our problems
is if you are empowered to lead the way. i intend to represent all of california. not just those that voted for me. i will be the governor of the dockworker in long beach, the farm worker, small business owner in corona and the teacher in compton. i recognize as well that many members of our rural community feel that sacramento does not care about them. that we do not even see them. well, i see you, and i care about you and i will represent you with pride. \[applause] governor newsom: this notion that we are all in this together is a powerful one. it was also how i was raised. as my mother once said, -- my father passed away just before christmas. he was the judge and justice.
bill newsom. \[applause] and for him, justice -- \[applause] governor newsom: and for him, justice was more than a title. it was in his bones. he believed to his core that all people should be treated fairly and with respect. that has always been a bedrock californian value for me. 15 years ago when i was a new mayor and i heard politicians in washington sneering at california values and attacking our lgbtq community, i remember the words my father -- it is never the wrong time to do the right thing and that is what we did. in san francisco, two women who had been in love for nearly 50 years had the courage to stand up and say these two most
powerful words, "i do." and thousands more followed. it took a long time. just like 15 years ago, now is the time for courage. we will stand up for what is right and defend our people and my pledge to every californian is no matter what comes at us, i will have your back. \[applause] if we do this right, the progress we make will never be unmade. as cesar chavez said, you cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. you cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. you cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. there is a story that we tell about our history from sutter's mill to steve jobs' garage about how this is a place where anything is possible.
this is the coast of dreams. that is true. but you should not have to find gold or make it in the movies or create a million startup to live that california dream. it is for everyone in california. everyone should have a good job with fair pay. \[applause] governor newsom: every child should have a great school and a teacher who is supported and respected. \[applause] every person should be able to go to college without crushing debt and get the training they need to compete and succeed and every senior should have the ability to retire with security and live at home with dignity. \[applause] governor newsom: that is the california dream. not to get rich quick or star on
the big screen but to work hard and share in the rewards and to leave a better future for our kids. the work we have spoken of today cannot be the judge of a governor alone or the legislature or even the entire government. it can only be achieved if we all share the spirit of a young dreamer that i heard recently in los angeles. she said -- i was not born in california but california was born in me. there is a spark. a spark that california opened. it is up to us what we do with it. the eyes of the world are upon us and more than ever come america needs california. it needs the guiding light of our progress. this is where america's future is made. this is our charge. that is our calling. now, let us get to work. thank you all very much.
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