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Larry Elder, talk radio host, author, and Republican gubernatorial candidate in California, highlighted emergency powers vested in the governor as tools to combat crime, homelessness, and governmental failures in management of public education, energy resources, and water treatment.
“I’ve got the power to declare a statewide emergency [if elected governor],” Elder said on Sunday with host Joel Pollak. “I can do that on crime. I can do that on homelessness. I can do that on education. I have the veto power …  [and] also have a line item veto, and I have the power to appoint people to these various commissions that are shoving down all these rules and regulations down the throats of the American people.”

Pollak noted that if elected, Elder would be California’s first black governor.
Elder said, “I think of [myself] as a guy who’s … from the hood, public school product, got some common sensical ideas to bring to the table, and I want to be the first good governor we’ve had in a very long period of time. That’s all I want.”

Elder described his decades of experience as a talk radio host as a pedigree of public speaking and persuasion.
“They’re afraid I’m able to talk to Independents, to Democrats, to blacks to Hispanics, in a way that no Republican ever really has,” he stated.
Last week, Elder won his court challenge against the decision of California Secretary of State Shirley Weber’s decision to exclude him from a list of candidates in a recall vote of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA).
“I never really said this was racism,” Elder said of the attempt to deny his candidacy for California governor. “I said it was faceism, as in my face, as in Larry Elder, as in somebody who can communicate, break down barriers, and that’s what Republicans can do in this state if they have somebody to go to the inner city, go to the barrio, talk to blacks and talk to Hispanics the way I do.”
He continued, “I’m a product of public schools. I know how bad they are, and they’re afraid I’m going to bring a message to regular people in a way that a lot of Republicans in the past haven’t done, can’t do, and they’re afraid of that. That’s what’s going on here. It’s not racism, it was faceism, as in Larry Elder’s face.”

Elder expressed support for “school choice” to improve accountability within and competition between government-funded schools.
“There’s a connection between these ridiculous left-wing policies and the crappy K-through-12 education that people are getting in urban schools,” Elder noted. “Seventy-five percent of black boys in California, cannot read at state levels of proficiency, and the bar is already low.”
“Fifty percent of third graders cannot [read at state levels of proficiency]. In my former high school — Crenshaw High School, which was featured in that movie Boyz n the Hood — only two percent are math proficient,” he said.

Public school teachers in California who are parents are twice as likely to place their children in private schools than in public schools, Elder said.
“I want to support the issue of [school] choice,” he held. “The money should follow the child rather than the other way around. That’s a big threat to them. I’m taking on the public sector unions. They have so much power. The largest funder of Gavin Newsom’s race was the teachers’ union, and as I mentioned, they don’t put their own kids in public schools.”

He added, “The majority of black and brown parents living in the urban setting support choice in school, yet they go into that in a voting booth and pull the lever for the party that does not get them what they want. I’m able to say this to them in ways no other Republican ever has, and they’re they’re scared to death I’m going to peel off some Democrats and some Independent support, and they’re right.”
Despite issuing stay-at-home orders and mask-wearing mandates as part of broader lockdowns across California, ostensibly to reduce coronavirus transmission, Newsom was photographed dining at French Laundry, a $350-per person restaurant in the Golden State’s Napa Valley.
Elder said, “I think he’s trying to run from the pantry in the French restaurant because he’s not gone on TV to defend his record, so all the enthusiasm is on our side.”
Newsom has not agreed to a public debate against Elder.

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VIDEO: Larry Elder tells supporters to ‘stay tuned’ after California recall loss

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 A defiant Larry Elder conceded his fight to become California’s next governor but indicated his first campaign might not be his last. “Stay tuned,” the Republican talk radio host told supporters.

Shortly after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom easily beat back a recall effort to remove him from office, Elder told a cheering crowd Tuesday that “we may have lost the battle, but we are going to win the war.”

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San Francisco to Fight Rising Gun Crime by Paying People Not to Shoot Each Other

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San Francisco will roll out a pilot program in October that will pay “high risk” individuals not to shoot one another, Fox News reported.

The program, which is sponsored by the Dream Keeper Fellowship, will pay 10 people “who are at high risk of being on either end of a shooting” $300 per month to forego the violent crime. Notably, the Dream Keeper Initiative is part of San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s (D) plan to divert $120 million from the city’s law enforcement budget to projects aimed at helping the city’s black minority.

“These small investments can transform the lives of individuals, but they can also transform communities,” Sheryl Davis, executive director of the Human Rights Commission, told Newsweek.

In August, Mayor Breed said she believes the program will cut down on violent crime in the city, which has skyrocketed this year.

 

According to Fox News, there have been 119 recorded gun crime victims in the first six months of 2021, “which is double the number during the same timeframe in 2020.” In 2020, homicides rose 35 percent.

Richmond, California, reportedly instituted a similar program, which the media called “cash for criminals.”  A 2019 study concluded that the program helped reduce gun homicides in the city by 55 percent, the report states.

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Critics of the program have pointed out that similar initiatives haven’t been very successful, with the Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso saying in a Wednesday op-ed, “It was also tried in Sacramento, where its promoters boast that ‘only’ 44 percent  of participants were subsequently arrested on new charges — well, as long as you don’t count about one-third of the participants who dropped out or were arrested in its first six months.

California also recently decided to throw money at its drug problem by paying people to stay sober, something Gov. Gavin Newsom called “contingency management.” He asked the federal government for permission to use tax dollars to pay for it through Medicaid.

While research shows payment is effective in keeping people sober during the program, the effect doesn’t last long past six months after treatment concludes.

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Gavin Newsom’s Pitch: More People Will Die If I’m Recalled

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Politico reports that California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “closing message” to voters in the Golden State is: “More people will die if I’m recalled.”

Newsom, whose coronavirus shutdowns last year fueled enthusiasm for the recall, is pointing to the latest surge as proof that he is needed, because his likeliest replacements want to end mask and vaccine mandates.

Conservative talk radio host Larry Elder, for example, was vaccinated himself, and has encouraged others to do likewise, voluntarily, but wants to repeal Newsom’s requirement for state employees and health care workers to take the vaccine.

Politico noted:

“There is no more consequential decision to the health and safety of the people of the state of California than voting no on this Republican-backed recall,” Newsom said Tuesday at a vaccine event in Oakland two weeks before the recall election. He said that “the starkest contrast” exists between him and the Republican candidates who would rather go the way of Texas and Florida, states with more lax protocols and subsequently lower vaccine rates and higher virus cases.

The governor was blasted in November for attending a high-end French Laundry dinner with lobbyist friends despite discouraging residents from attending social gatherings, a cringe-worthy decision widely viewed as a catalyst for the signature drive that qualified the recall. Things only got worse in subsequent months as California suffered its highest Covid-19 death rates and hospitals were overrun.

In the final stretch before the Sept. 14 election, the governor has leaned into his pandemic efforts again. In the past month, Newsom mandated a universal school mask policy ahead of the CDC and issued some of the strictest vaccine requirements for teachers and health care workers in the country. Meanwhile, all of the top Republican recall candidates are vowing to undo those mandates if elected.

As Delta variant anxieties increase, and the election coincides with precarious school reopenings, the Democratic governor sees opportunity in drawing a stark and ominous line between himself and his challengers: If he is ousted, the virus will get worse, not better.

Voters have already started turning in their mail-in ballots. Voting continues, by mail and in person, until September 14.

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