Governor Gavin Newsom

Gavin Newsom
2019 Score: 85%
California Score: 71%
Party: Democrat
Years in office:


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Phone: 916 445 2841


Governor Newsom’s first year in office started out with a focus on Safe and Affordable Drinking Water, a priority issue for CLCV. This action will improve the health and wellness of over one million Californians across the state. The Governor also championed some important pro-environment executive actions during his first year. Newsom’s score leaves room for improvement for visionary leadership on the role that government must place in this climate crisis. We need large scale change that is integrated across issue areas, and we are relying on our Governor and his team for this leadership. Significant disappointments in the Governor’s performance this year includes his decision to veto SB 1 and SB 127, and his score reflects California’s overall lack of bold action by including five percent of California’s overall score. The first year in a new job is always tough, building a team, learning the job and how to work with the legislature were big focuses in 2019, and we are eager to work with the Governor and Administration in 2020 to create a real vision for action by 2030.

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Pro-Environment Action Executive Order

Water Resilience Portfolio

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April 2019, Executive Order:
Governor Newsom directed overseeing agencies (the California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture) to develop a comprehensive Water Resiliency Portfolio. As climate change intensifies, impacts to our water quality and access are as well. This comprehensive strategy seeks to ensure safe and climate resilient water supplies, flood protection and healthy waterways for all of California.

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Investments in Climate Resilience

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September 2019, Executive Order:
Requires that the state leverage its $700 billion investment portfolio, namely pensions, to advance climate leadership and double down on greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts. Also requires the state to look at how the $5 billion spent annually on transportation can help decrease fuel consumption as well as advance smart land use design with an eye toward reducing vehicle miles travelled.

Pro-Environment Action Agency Action

Agreement to End Sale of Chlorpyrifos

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May 2019, Executive Action:
The Administration, through the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) negotiated the end of sale of brain- harming and cancer inducing pesticide chlorpyrifos by February 6th of 2020 with requirement that no grower can use the pesticide after December 31, 2019.
This agreement was reached under the leadership of Jared Blumenfeld, California Secretary for Environmental Protection and Val Dolcini, Director of the Department of Pesticide Regulation, both of whom were appointed in 2019 by Governor Newsom.

Pro-Environment Action Agency Action

New Oil & Gas Initiatives

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November 2019, Executive Action:
The Administration cracked down on potentially dangerous, climate change inducing oil and gas operations by placing a moratorium on high pressure cyclic steam injection and require that all permit applications for fracking must be reviewed first by a scientist art Livermore National Lab in an effort to protect communities and our natural landscape suffering from impacts.
These actions were taken under the division's recently strenghtned mission, made possible with Governor Newsom's signing of AB 1057 (Limon).

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About California Environmental Voters

California Environmental Voters (formerly the California League of Conservation Voters) believes the climate crisis is here and this moment requires transformative change. California has the policy solutions to stop climate change but lacks the political will to do it at the rate and scale that’s necessary. EnviroVoters exists to build the political power to solve the climate crisis, advance justice, and create a roadmap for global action. We organize voters, elect and train candidates, and hold lawmakers accountable for bold policy change. We won’t stop until we have resilient, healthy, thriving communities, and a democracy and economy that is just and sustainable for all.

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