MAYOR GAVIN NEWSOM REACTS
TO GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGERS STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
January 5, 2006
I am encouraged that the Governor appears to be moving
away from partisan politics and towards collaboration on transportation
and other vital infrastructure investments. These are priorities
for all San Franciscans and, frankly, theyve been neglected
for far too long.
These investments should also help create the kind of jobs that
support and protect families and increase our tax base.
However, the devil is always in the details, and, so far, many
of the details are still to come.
Im troubled that more attention is not given to the need
for more safe, affordable housing and solutions to chronic homelessness
in our state.
We know that Senator Peratas infrastructure bond proposal
includes significant, specific funding for public transit improvements
and security, bridge and overpass seismic retrofits and affordable
housing. So should the Governors.
I will be working with Senator Perata and other members of the
Bay Area delegation throughout this process to ensure that public
transit is well funded, that the critical link between urban transit
and affordable housing is recognized and that the Bay Areas
share of new infrastructure monies is commensurate with its extraordinary
If the Governor is prepared to move beyond partisan gridlock,
then were prepared to join with him and our Democratic leaders
to work together for the sake of easing transportation gridlock
and improving the quality of life for San Franciscans and all