For Immediate Release
April 4, 2018
Los Angeles – Former Assemblywoman and LA County Supervisor, Gloria Molina made the following statement regarding Gavin Newsom’s refusal to participate in the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce debate.
Said Supervisor Gloria Molina:
“Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders met more than 20 times in debates and forums – if the Democratic candidates for president were willing to show respect to the voters by debating, why won’t Gavin Newsom debate?
“If Gavin won’t show up for our community when he is looking for votes, will he care about our community when he is Governor?
“Debates are also a sign of respect to communities who want to hear from the candidates. Antonio Villaraigosa has appeared at forums and meetings with a broad spectrum of groups in many parts of the state.
“The fact that Gavin Newsom is refusing to show up at debates hosted by two Latino organizations this month speaks volumes about his view of our community.”
For Immediate Release
April 4, 2018
Los Angeles, CA – Antonio for California Communications Director issued the following statement regarding Gavin Newsom’s refusal to participate in tonight’s Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce debate.
Said Luis Vizcaino:
“Gavin Newsom continues to dodge questions about why he turned over undocumented youth to ICE agents as mayor, why he won’t release his own 2016 tax returns and exactly how he proposes to fund his SB 562 healthcare plan, which will require more than doubling of state taxes and ending Medicare as we know it.”
On Sunday April 1, La Opinión, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the state published an editorial blasting Gavin Newsom for missing gubernatorial debates, disrespecting voters and being a candidate who prefers to talk to donors versus voters.
The editorial states:
“It is disrespectful to leave rivals and voters standing. This is much worse when you choose between keeping your word and raising money.”
“If someone acts in this manner as a candidate: What can you expect when they have already won? What priority will be first, who contributes money or who can only vote?”
“The answer is already beginning to come to light.”
The full editorial can be found here.
For Immediate Release
April 2, 2018
SAN JOSE, CA – Today, San Jose City Councilmembers Raul Peralez, Chappie Jones and Sergio Jimenez endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for governor, citing his commitment to economic opportunity and equality for the residents of San Jose and across California.
“I am proud to stand with Antonio Villaraigosa as the next governor of California,” said District 3 Councilmember Raul Peralez. “Antonio has proven time and again he delivers on issues that matter most for our community – public safety, housing, transportation and more. Antonio Villaraigosa gets results.”
“As Speaker of the State Assembly and Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio brought communities together. I know he will stand up for the people of California when faced with the tough decisions to move our state towards a prosperous future,” said District 1 Councilman Chappie Jones. “I am proud to endorse Antonio to be the next Governor of California.”
“Antonio Villaraigosa rose from high school dropout to Speaker of the Assembly and Mayor of Los Angeles. At every step of the way, he lifted up those around him and never forgot where he started. I know, as governor, he will focus on creating opportunities for all Californians, and I am proud to support him,” said District 2 Councilmember Sergio Jimenez.
“Here in Silicon Valley, we hear a lot about innovation. I am running for Governor because I believe real innovation is making sure people who work hard have the chance to make it to, and stay in, the middle class,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “Creating more Jobs, improving our schools and making housing affordable again will be my priorities as governor. And I look forward to working with Councilmembers Peralez, Jones and Jimenez, as well as others to make progress on those priorities and move our state forward.”
Today’s city council endorsements announcement adds to the long list of leaders from across the state that support Villaraigosa for governor. Recently, Villaraigosa received the endorsement of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.
For Immediate Release
March 27, 2018
Los Angeles – Former Assembly Speaker and 41st Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement today regarding President Donald Trump’s decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial Census questionnaire.
Said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa:
“The Trump Administration’s decision today to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census is nothing more than a thinly veiled effort to under-count the population and have inaccurate information as to where people live in our country. The Constitution required a census to determine representation in Congress. Given the changing demographics of our country, it’s obvious that Trump and his Republican allies want an inaccurate count purely for political purposes.
“A question that asks whether the person is in the country legally, as the Trump Administration intends to do, guarantees that fewer people will respond, whether they are legally here or not. Latino and immigrant communities are already under siege and are threatened by this Administration. The Constitution requires a count of all persons and that means everyone — undocumented, legal residents, prisoners as well as citizens.”
For Immediate Release
March 26, 2018
Among the many questions Gavin will not be able to answer tonight:
Why won’t he release his 2016 taxes?
Why did he turn over undocumented youth to ICE?
What taxes will he raise to pay the $400 billion cost of SB562?
Los Angeles, CA —Tonight, rather than answer the questions voters care about, Gavin Newsom will skip another Southern California debate to attend a high-dollar fundraiser just a few miles away in Pasadena – where guests will pay up to $5,000 a ticket.
“Gavin cancelled his participation at tonight’s debate to answer questions from high-dollar donors while refusing to answer important questions from everyday Californians,” said Antonio for California Communications Director Luis Vizcaino. “Perhaps Gavin is afraid to answer why he won’t release his 2016 tax returns or why he turned over undocumented youth to ICE agents.”
Just yesterday, Gavin skipped a debate in San Diego and has already declined another April debate in Fresno. He has also refused an invitation to a debate hosted by The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) in partnership with La Opinión and Telemundo, which will focus on the issues important to the immigrant community.
Here are just a few of the questions that will remain unanswered while Gavin continues ducking debates:
Leadership starts with showing up. Being a candidate for the highest office in the state means facing the scrutiny of voters and showing them what kind of leader you will be.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 26, 2018
The Clear Champion for Kids and Families, Villaraigosa to Accept Endorsement at CCSA’s 25th Annual Conference
San Diego, CA – California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) Advocates today announced its endorsement of Antonio Villaraigosa for California Governor citing his tireless commitment to improving schools for all of California’s kids. Mayor Villaraigosa – who will accept this endorsement tomorrow morning at the 25th Annual Charter Public Schools Conference in San Diego – has an impressive record of championing the needs of kids over bureaucracy and he advocates for a future that provides every family with a path forward. Villaraigosa is dedicated to fighting against poverty statewide and believes that economic security extends to everyone—not just the wealthy.
“We are incredibly proud to endorse Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor,” said Gary Borden, executive director, CCSA Advocates. “Antonio has a strong record of supporting access to high-quality public education for all kids. He stood up for students even when threatened by special interests. He is dedicated to ensuring families have the opportunity to move up the economic ladder and plans to invest in job training programs and increase access to affordable college degrees. From improving education, to creating jobs that provide meaningful work and bolstering modern infrastructure, Antonio is the courageous advocate that California’s future deserves.”
Villaraigosa has never backed down from putting kids first, and that is what the families of California need. As the first Latino Mayor of Los Angeles since 1872, Villaraigosa transformed education, growing the number of high-quality charter public schools and increasing the graduation rates for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students. Most recently, Villaraigosa publicly committed to ensuring every child has the right to a quality public education when he unveiled The California Students’ Bill of Rights.
“I know first-hand how an education can change a life because it changed mine. I am a high school dropout who had a teacher who would not give up on me, which is why I am committed to making sure that all kids have access to a quality education,” said Antonio Villaraigosa. “I recently announced my California Students’ Bill of Rights because when it comes to education, students must come first. I’m honored to have the endorsement of CCSAA and know that together we can help make sure every student gets a quality education that will put them on the pathway to success.”
If elected, Villaraigosa would be California’s first Latino governor since 1875. Hear directly from him tomorrow, Tuesday, March 27 at 8 a.m. at the 25th Annual California Charter Schools Conference, in the San Diego Convention Center, Ballroom 20. Credentialed media should contact Brittany Parmley for more information on how to attend.
The primary election takes place June 5, 2018. Vote-by-mail begins May 7. The deadline to register to vote is May 21, 2018.
CCSA Advocates is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the involvement of the charter school community in the political process, creating a pipeline of charter school supporters and activists, electing public officials who support California charter public schools, and growing the political influence of the California charter public school movement. For more information, please visit www.ccsaadvocates.org.
Leaders Commend Villaraigosa’s Commitment to Economic Equality and Opportunity
FRESNO, CA – Today, leaders from throughout the Fresno County area endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor, citing his commitment to job creation and expanding economic equality and opportunity for Central Valley residents.
The endorsements were made at Neighborhood Thrift in Fresno where Villaraigosa toured and met with job trainees. The organization’s goal is to employ local residents from the community and provide them with skills to be competitive in the job market. They provide a healthy and diverse work environment where individuals can grow together personally and professionally while becoming more competitive in the workforce.
“Antonio Villaraigosa has shown time and again his commitment to expanding economic opportunities for all Californians. He has been relentlessly focused on closing the gap of inequality in our state, especially here in the Central Valley, through education and job creation,” said Esmeralda Soria, District 1 Councilmember for the City of Fresno. “I am proud to stand with officials from across Fresno County in endorsing Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor.”
“I’m honored to have the backing of these local leaders who understand the number one issue facing our state is expanding opportunities for good-paying jobs,” said Antonio Villaraigosa. “As governor, I will work to support more job-training programs statewide that offer workers a pathway to the middle class and the American Dream.”
The local Fresno County leaders endorsing Villaraigosa today include:
Today’s endorsement follows other Fresno County endorsements for Antonio Villaraigosa including Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula, Former Fresno County Supervisor Henry R. Perea and the Fresno County Deputy Sheriff’s Association.
This article originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News.
BY: Casey Tolan
Bay Area News Group
SAN FRANCISCO — During his run for governor, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he’s proud to represent a “sanctuary state,” sparred publicly with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over immigration, and vowed he’d go to jail to protect undocumented immigrants.
But a fight over sanctuary policy a decade ago when Newsom was mayor of San Francisco suggests that he wasn’t always as strident a defender of immigrant rights.
In July 2008, Newsom imposed a city policy that reported undocumented youth arrested for felonies to federal immigration authorities. That decision — made the week after a father and his two sons were killed by an undocumented immigrant — meant that some kids were put at risk of deportation even if charges against them were later dropped.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to overturn Newsom’s policy in 2009, mandating that minors could only be referred to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement if they were convicted of a felony. But Newsom’s administration simply ignored the board, continuing to turn juvenile arrestees over to ICE for the rest of his term.
Meanwhile, according to emails obtained by the Bay Area News Group, Newsom’s administration also conducted a review of people in the city’s probation system and referred more than 350 suspected undocumented immigrants to ICE.
San Francisco immigrant advocates say Newsom’s record should call into question his commitment to defending California’s sanctuary policies.
“Don’t try to rewrite history and portray yourself as a champion of immigrants when you yourself were prominently involved with a policy that led to the separation of families,” said former Supervisor David Campos, who led the fight against Newsom on the issue.
Newsom’s campaign did not make him available for an interview, but spokesman Nathan Click defended his candidate’s record.
“As mayor, Gavin protected and promoted San Francisco’s sanctuary policy — the most progressive in the country — and did so in the face of national criticism from anti-immigrant politicians and many in law enforcement,” Click said.
San Francisco’s sanctuary city law, which was adopted in 1989, predates Newsom’s political career. It prohibited the use of city funds to assist federal immigration enforcement, in an attempt to make undocumented people feel safe to report crimes.
As mayor from 2004 to 2011, Newsom spoke out on behalf of the sanctuary law and railed against federal immigration raids. He also backed a law to give identification cards to all city residents, in a bid to help undocumented San Franciscans access public services. And he started a public ad campaign letting immigrants know they could access city services without being targeted for deportation.
But immigrant advocates say Newsom’s tone changed after the June 2008 slaying of Anthony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, in San Francisco’s Excelsior District. Edwin Ramos, an undocumented man and gang member from El Salvador, was convicted of three counts of murder in May 2012. Ramos had previously served in San Francisco juvenile probation for violent crimes but had not been deported.
Around the same time, Newsom was hit with embarrassing headlines about his administration’s management of undocumented minors in the criminal justice system. City probation officials were spending tens of thousands of dollars to fly some undocumented kids to their home countries instead of referring them to ICE, while other youth walked away from poorly secured group homes.
So in July 2008 — one day after announcing that he was forming an exploratory committee to run for governor in 2010 — Newsom unveiled his new policy: all undocumented youth charged with felonies would be reported to ICE as soon as they were booked. (The city had previously turned over undocumented adults charged with felonies.)
According to city data, 167 undocumented juveniles were released to ICE under his policy between July 2008 and January 2011. Thirteen had only misdemeanor petitions, not felonies.
Some were kids accused of low-level crimes, like Charles Washington’s 13-year-old stepson. The boy immigrated from Australia along with his brother and mother after she married Washington, a native San Franciscan.
In January 2010, the 13-year-old punched a classmate and took 46 cents from him. He later apologized, and the other kid wasn’t seriously hurt. But prosecutors charged him with assault, robbery and extortion, and under Newsom’s policy, he was referred to ICE. The agency started deportation proceedings against him, his brother and his mother. The three had overstayed their visa waivers, unaware that the mother’s marriage to a U.S citizen wasn’t enough for them stay in the U.S.
Their deportation was deferred at the last minute after the family’s story received media attention. But after months of being forced to wear an ankle monitor while on parole, the mother decided she couldn’t take it anymore, and went back to Australia with her kids.
Washington, a city bus driver, said in an interview last week that he felt Newsom’s policy shattered his family. He doesn’t believe the former mayor would stand up to the federal government and defend California’s sanctuary laws as governor.
“If he didn’t do it for San Francisco, what makes us believe he would do it for the whole state?” Washington said. “A leopard doesn’t change his spots.”
Newsom argued at the time that most of the minors handed over to ICE under the policy had less sympathetic stories, telling the New York Times, “this is not as touchy feely as some people may want to make it.”
His former spokesman said the mayor did a good job of balancing protection for law-abiding immigrants while not harboring criminals.
“The proof that he got it right was that the right-wingers hated his policy and the far left wasn’t too pleased about it either,” said Nathan Ballard last week. “We did not fear that President Obama was going to be needlessly deporting peaceful immigrants… It’s a different world now that we have an openly racist and xenophobic president.”
But Obama actually deported many more immigrants during his first years in office, when Newsom was mayor, than President Trump did during his first year.
The juvenile arrest policy was one of several areas where Newsom charted a more moderate path as mayor than he has in recent years as a candidate for governor, as the Sacramento Bee noted last month. He also took more centrist stances on health care and bail reform, among other issues.
When he was mayor, Newsom’s administration was also quietly working to refer more undocumented immigrants to ICE. Emails between officials in the mayor’s office and the probation department show that city employees conducted a review of at least 1,168 people in their probation database who were not listed as U.S. citizens, reporting at least 372 suspected undocumented immigrants to ICE.
“Staff worked overtime today and made significant progress,” wrote Patrick Boyd, the chief adult probation officer, on September 13, 2008, saying in another email that “we are faxing the ICE notifications each day as reviews are completed.”
Boyd and Kevin Ryan, another Newsom aide involved in that effort, did not respond to requests for comment. Ballard, who is cc’d on the emails, said that the review was “based on compliance with the existing policies” and was unrelated to the policy for juveniles.
The Board of Supervisors voted to overturn Newsom’s juvenile policy in October 2009, requiring convictions for ICE referral, and overrode his veto the next month. But the mayor refused to enforce their ordinance. His administration cited a memo from City Attorney Dennis Herrera, which argued that the supervisors’ reform would be “likely to result in a federal legal challenge,” potentially to the sanctuary city law as a whole — although it also noted that “the law in this area is not well developed.”
Worries about a successful federal lawsuit were unfounded, said Bill Ong Hing, a University of San Francisco law professor who specializes in immigration policy.
“It was not clear, in spite of what he said, that (enforcing the supervisors’ ordinance) would mean any viable legal problem,” Hing said. “Newsom just caved.”
Now that the Trump administration actually is suing California over its sanctuary state law, Hing said, it’s ironic that Newsom has painted himself as a bulwark against the lawsuit.
Newsom is also now a vocal supporter of California’s “sanctuary state” law — even though it arguably goes beyond the local ordinance he refused to implement in San Francisco. The state law, SB54, bans law enforcement from transferring undocumented adults and youth to ICE, except for individuals convicted of specific felonies or serious misdemeanors. (Law enforcement can also notify ICE of an inmate’s release date if they have been charged with a serious felony and a judge has found probable cause.)
Newsom spokesman Click said the former mayor had a stronger past record on sanctuary issues than his Democratic rivals for the governor’s mansion. Click pointed out that while candidate Antonio Villaraigosa was mayor of Los Angeles, the LAPD accepted requests by ICE to temporarily hold thousands of undocumented immigrants before they were convicted of any crime — although those were adults, and that happened under an immigration policy that predated Villaraigosa’s mayoralty.
Villaraigosa spokesman Luis Vizcaino responded: “Gavin Newsom must wake up every morning and look in the mirror at a man who made the decision to deport children in the face of political pressure. He must live with that decision forever — and no amount of baseless political attacks will make that reality go away.”
“Gavin Newsom is directly responsible for having innocent kids deported,” added Fabien Levy, a spokesman for State Treasurer John Chiang, who is also running for governor.
Newsom’s policy was eventually amended by his successor in the mayor’s office, Ed Lee, who ordered in May 2011 that most juveniles with family ties to the Bay Area not be reported to ICE.
For Immediate Release
March 15, 2018
Lincoln Heights, CA – Today, former Assembly Speaker and 41st Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa joined with dozens of high school students, parents and teachers to roll out his California Students’ Bill of Rights. The policy is based on the premise that every child deserves a quality education and the right to an educational system where students come first, teachers have better pay and training and that addresses school safety for students and faculty.
“The days of leaking roofs, non-functional bathrooms, lack of books and other basic resources in our public schools must end if we are going to fully and effectively educate our children,” said Antonio Villaraigosa. “California children can succeed, but we must address the pervasive educational inequality if we want our state to continue to be a global leader. It is time for California to adopt a Students’ Bill of Rights to make sure every child has an equal chance to succeed.”
California is the 6th largest economy in the world, but also has the highest effective poverty rate in the country. Unless the state invests more in schools and its students, the lack of education will further perpetuate economic inequity. Instead of driving economic mobility and providing a ladder to success, it will keep more individuals out of the middle class.
The California Students’ Bill of Rights that Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled today includes:
Every stakeholder in our public schools matters and everyone deserves respect and consideration. But students must always come first. A student-focused lens should be applied to all decisions made in our education system: how is this decision helping our students succeed?
The facts are clear, students who come from families where parents have middle-class jobs do better than students whose parents are struggling economically. Economic equality creates educational equality – because it gives parents more time to engage with their children, puts children under less stress AND when we grow together fairly we grow our tax base, meaning more money for schools.
Proposition 98 is the floor, not the ceiling. We are still far, far behind other states in educational spending. The Proposition 98 spending formulas are being used as a maximum allotment. That was never the intent. Proposition 98 created a minimum of spending, not a maximum.
New funding rules that require more equality in our schools are only a help if the money is spent on kids, not bureaucracy. We need to invest these new funds in better trained and better compensated teachers and other ways that impact the students who need the most help to succeed.
Wealthy families can choose to move to high-performing school districts, or pay for private school tuition. Poor families also deserve the right to access high-quality schools and publicly chartered schools often provide that access. High-performing public charters playing by the same set of rules as other public schools are laboratories for innovation and creativity; our low-income families should be empowered to be able to choose the school that makes sense for their children.
Teachers are not the problem – well-paid and professionally-trained teachers are a solution. We need to invest in more professional training, continuing professional development and tenure reform. Providing opportunities for our teachers to work at least three years under training and supervision and other common-sense reforms will make our teachers better trained and better supported.
Principals, parents, teachers, elected leaders, the entire community and students are all responsible for success. We can’t point fingers at each other. We need to understand we are ALL responsible for educational equality and student success.
The reality is that succeeding in schools is dramatically affected by neo-natal care, childhood nutrition, childhood healthcare and other basic services. Access to quality child care and early education can ensure that every student has a healthy start in life.
Housing is a recognized educational rights issue. We have too many homeless kids in our schools and too many parents who must work two and three jobs to pay for skyrocketing housing costs, meaning they don’t have enough time to support their children. Affordable housing creates opportunities for greater student achievement.
Nutrition programs must extend beyond the school day and school year. Children who are hungry at night or over the summer can’t keep up.
To give our kids a chance to succeed in public school, they need to be secure and safe in school, and coming and going to school. A focus on safety does not need to, and should not, criminalize students. They must be free to think and learn without fear and trauma.
Graduating from high school is a start – not a finish. We need to make sure our schools lay out a clear path for higher education or other post-secondary career and technical education as a part of our curriculum, requirements and culture.
For Immediate Release
March 14, 2018
Los Angeles, CA – Today, the Southern California Teamsters Joint Council 42 (JC 42), the Teamsters Union’s largest Council in the entire International Brotherhood of Teamsters with approximately 250,000 workers and retirees, unanimously voted to endorse Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor.
“The Teamsters JC 42 voted unanimously to endorse Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor because as a union organizer, Speaker of the Assembly and Mayor of Los Angeles, he has stood with and fought for working families, and today, we are proud to stand with him,” said Randy Cammack, President of the Southern California Teamsters Joint Council 42. “Antonio is a fighter who comes from the labor movement, understands the challenges of working families and as governor, we know he will focus on protecting and creating jobs and economic opportunities for those that are being left behind in this economy.”
“I’m honored and humbled to have the unanimous endorsement of the Teamsters JC 42 who work every day to keep California moving. They are essential to dozens of industries and make sure both people and goods get safely where they need to go,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “As Governor, my priority will be job creation and growing an economy that works for everyone and gives all Californians a fair shot at the middle class. I am proud to stand with Teamsters JC 42 to move our state forward.”
The endorsement of the Teamsters JC 42 is the most recent endorsement for Villaraigosa from labor organizations including the United Farm Workers, and the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters.