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California Gov. Says ‘Brighter Days Ahead’

LOS ANGELES (AP) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom has tried to reunite his state after a year of coronavirus blockades, forest fires, disease and death. He urged some 40 million people in California to “dream of brighter days” while acknowledging the mistakes that are jeopardizing their political future.

“People are alive today because of the public health decisions we have made. “Lives saved because of your sacrifice,” Newsom said at his third address in the state on Tuesday night. “Even then, I admit that it made life difficult, it made life unpredictable, you were exhausted from it all.”

California governors usually make these annual speeches before a joint Sacramento legislature, often interrupted by applause from their party members.

With the coronavirus retreating this year but still dangerous, Newsom spoke from the empty Dodger Stadium. He was standing behind a lonely pulpit, rising from a carpeted black pulpit in a field deep in the center. There was no joy, only the sound of a helicopter overhead.

Newsom did not make any major new political statements, but instead focused on actions that it believed were aimed at the state for a sustainable recovery; these dumb calls for its withdrawal.

He warned the Republicans who are trying to give the voters the opportunity to remove him at the end of this year, he promised. “I remain determined.”

“We say to the critics of California who advocate the seizure of partisan political power with outdated prejudices, everything that really makes California great.

Newsom was the first governor last year to force him to stay at home in the state, a move that has been praised by many public health experts. California was in a better position when other cases rose in New York last spring.

California was the epicenter of the virus by the end of the year, although hospitalizations had plummeted in recent weeks.

Last year, strict state restrictions on business start-ups led to the loss of 1.6 million jobs. Unemployment benefit claims put pressure on Newsom’s administration, contributing more than $ 11 billion in fraud, including about $ 810 million paid for inmates’ names.

The scandal is often cited by Newsom critics, but its most damaging political epidemic came when he attended a private dinner with lobbyists in a fancy restaurant and posed without a mask. The rally did not technically violate state rules at the time, but was opposed to his message to state residents to stay at home and wear masks.

Newsom apologized after the tour, did not directly address the event on Tuesday, but confessed. “I made mistakes. But we own them, we learn from them, we never stop trying. ”

Former Republican San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulkner, who is running for governor, says Newsom will “do everything in its power to save his political career.”

“Gavin Newsom has had almost unlimited emergency powers for a year. For months we gave him the advantage of doubt. “But from time to time he completely fails to provide the basics,” Faulkner said in a video released shortly before Newsom’s speech.

Newsom highlighted what he և ար did in the Democratic-controlled state legislature to address the economic backlash. That includes signing a $ 7.6 billion stimulus package that will send $ 600 in payments to very low- and middle-income Californians in addition to the $ 1,400 in aid checks expected to be approved by Congress.

He built on a recent $ 6.6 billion spending package aimed at enticing public school districts to return students to class by the end of the month. But the districts have to meet the strict requirements to get their share of the expenses, it is unclear how many will do it by March 31.

Newsom painted a rosy picture of California’s future, saying the state’s vaccine program “allows you to revisit your parents, go to your daughter’s basketball game, and show up for the shift without fear of infection.”

He promised to “make sure that every Californian who needs a vaccine can get the vaccine,” while at the same time prioritizing those who are most at risk.

“Not only are we talking about vaccine justice, we’re designing the whole system for it,” Newsom said, referring to his decision last week to provide 40 percent of all vaccine doses for 400 postcodes for poor minorities. groups are disproportionately damaged by the virus.

Newsom is sometimes overestimated, it spreads the truth, while citing the state vaccine program, its epidemic mortality.

He claimed that the vaccination program was “the strongest” in the country, “it is measured in raw numbers.”

According to the California Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California has given at least seven doses to nearly 7.4 million adults. It is much larger than the other major states. Twice as many as New York’s about 3 million more than Texas, but at the median age of the vaccinated adult population.

Newsom spoke of 56,000 vacant seats, roughly representing the number of Californians who have died from the coronavirus. It is the highest in the country, but Newsom called California’s mortality rate “one of the lowest per capita” at 134 people per 100,000 population.

According to the CDC, California has the 28th highest per capita mortality rate in the state.

Since the peak of the virus in early January, hospitalizations have dropped by 80%, while the number of new cases reported each day has dropped to about 2,600, up from 53,000. Newsom evaluated its health orders աստ vaccination program.

“We put faith in fear, optimism in pessimism,” Newsom said. “This is our time to create the California we all want to live in.”

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Beam reports from Sacramento. Associated Press reporters Kathleen Ronan և and Don Thompson contributed from Sacramento, California.

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