>> There's an administration in Washington that is clearly hostile to California values.>> Gavin Newsom was sworn in as the new Governor of California Monday, and if President Trump thought the most populous state in the nation was already pushing back against his policies, Newsom promises an even tougher fight for Trump.
>> We will offer an alternative to the corruption and the incompetence in the White House.>> Newsom, a progressive Democrat and former Mayor of San Francisco, takes over for moderate Democrat Jerry Brown who served in total an unprecedented four terms as California Governor. As Brown's Lieutenant Governor, Newsom vowed to block Trump's proposal to expand offshore drilling in California and other states.
He is expected to back a state single payer health care system, affordable housing programs, and further environmental protection. But, there will be challenges says Reuters Sharon Bernstein, who attended Newsom's swearing in ceremony.>> Gavin Newsom takes the helm at a time when the state is having unprecedented prosperity, but that prosperity has left a lot of people behind.
He's got to deal with damage and liability issues from massive, massive wildfires, and he's also got to decide how hard he wants to push against the Trump administration, which California has set itself up as a counterwave against.>> Another challenge, the potential bankruptcy of California State utility company, PG&E, one of the largest in the nation, as it faces billions of dollars in liabilities related to the fatal wildfires.
Newsom led efforts to legalize same-sex marriage and was behind the state's decision to legalize marijuana. He sweeps into office with a three fourths democratic majority in the state legislature, dominance that could make California a bell weather as the Democratic party jockeys to find a candidate to run against Trump in 2020.