Published On: Mon, Jun 21st, 2021
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Orange County, Blackouts Key to Newsom Recall

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Commentary As California Gov. Gavin Newsom fights to keep his seat ahead of an impending gubernatorial vote, his efforts could be hindered by forces beyond his control. The main menaces to Newsom’s continuation in the governor’s office—wildfires and blackouts— are by force of circumstance. To combat wildfire concerns, Newsom in May garnered the endorsement of firefighters’ unions, the California Professional Firefighters and the International Association of Firefighters. In California, public employee unions are by far the most powerful political force. The second threat comes from expected massive electricity blackouts as the summer heat begins to take hold. The fact is neither Newsom, nor his recent predecessors—Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, or Jerry Brown—prepared the state for its current electricity needs. It was Schwarzenegger, who ran in 2003 as a Conservative but in 2005 flipped and became a Liberal, who contributed most to the problem. The law he crafted and signed, the …

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