Conservatives know there isn’t much in California that attracts them in terms of politics, culture, and society at large.
State taxes are among the highest in the nation. The average cost of a home is more than most people earn in a decade. Far-left Democrats have a supermajority in the state legislature. The cost of living is in the stratosphere. And the biggest cities in the state have massive crime and homelessness problems.
Having said that, and despite the fact that President Biden’s team said he planned on making an official announcement next week that he is running again next year, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom just made a move that is his strongest yet he will jump into the fray and try for the 2024 Democratic nomination.
In a surprising development, Newsom has enlisted the help of the National Guard to aid in the cleanup efforts of San Francisco. Newsom has unveiled a new alliance between several key entities, including the California Highway Patrol (CHP), California National Guard (CalGuard), San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office (SFDA), in response to the fentanyl crisis.
Newsom said the agreement between all four agencies will focus on “dismantling fentanyl trafficking and disrupting the supply of the deadly drug in the city by holding the operators of large-scale drug trafficking operations accountable.”
He continued: “Two truths can coexist at the same time: San Francisco’s violent crime rate is below comparably sized cities like Jacksonville and Fort Worth—and there is also more we must do to address public safety concerns, especially the fentanyl crisis.
“We’re taking action. Through this new collaborative partnership, we are providing more law enforcement resources and personnel to crack down on crime linked to the fentanyl crisis, holding the poison peddlers accountable, and increasing law enforcement presence to improve public safety and public confidence in San Francisco,” he said.
“The San Francisco Police Department has been working hard to stop drug trafficking by making countless arrests and narcotics seizures,” said San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott. Despite our ongoing work and close collaboration with the District Attorney, the fentanyl crisis has contributed to hundreds of drug overdose-related deaths,” he added.
“We welcome the support of our state partners because when we work together, we can make a significant difference to make our city safer.”
Drugs, crime, and homelessness have been issues in California for years. Why is Newsom worrying about cleaning up the problems now?
We think we know: He has his sights set on Biden’s job.