Wednesday marks California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 100th day in office. Here’s a look back at some of the headlines he’s made.
Newsom spent his 100th day as Governor in Los Angeles, renewing the fight against prescription drug companies and their high prices, building on action he originally took hours after taking the oath of office
Healthcare is one of the many priorities Newsom has juggled within his 100 days as leader of the state. Preventing, preparing and recovering from wildfires is another.
He’s issued executive orders for relief funding along with forest managment work across the state, directing members of the California National Guard to help.
Immigration is another focus for the governor. He traveled to El Salvador to try to understand the root causes of migration, and revolted against the president’s efforts to minimize it with a border wall.
It’s one of many issues where the governor clashes with the president, with Newsom consistently making it clear he is not like President Donald Trump.
“Unlike the president of the United States, I am not a dictator, unlike the president of the United States, I’m aware of the three branches of government,” Newsom says.
Along with push back from the president, the governor has also heard it from some Californians over controversial decisions, like the halt on the death penalty and changes to the state’s high-speed rail project.
“Let’s be real, current project as planned would cost too much and respectfully take too long,” Newsom says.
In his first 100 days, the governor has already coined some phrases. “The hots are getting hotter, the wets are getting wetter.”
He’s paid up on a Super Bowl bet, shaken hands with brand new members of law enforcement, he’s visited with fire victims, met with workers affected by the recent government shut down, and sat with those struggling with the state’s affordability issues.
“I think the biggest problem we have in this state, people feel like it’s somebody else’s problem and not theirs,” he says.
In the next 100 days, Newsom will lead an effort to begin revamping the state’s 911 system, and finalize his first ever state budget.