Was Gavin Newsom Booed During Orange County Trip?

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Newsom: Bridging the nasty divide between NoCal and SoCal?
There are certain scenarios that, at least on the surface, don't make sense.

For example, you wouldn't expect that retired Orange County Republican Party chairman Tom Fuentes--a rabid right-winger and determined anti-gay advocate close to Catholic priests--spent many a fun night over the years partying in San Francisco, even though the mere mention of the liberal location wins loud boos at OC GOP gatherings.

Now, we have an almost equally odd situation involving a liberal, pro-gay but heterosexual, San Francisco Democrat entering the notorious Orange Curtain and not just surviving but receiving--get this--a standing ovation.

But Gavin Newsom didn't address the OC carpenter's union or Hermandad Mexicana Nacional or the Laguna Beach chapter of the Human Rights Campaign.

California's lieutenant governor--a former San Francisco mayor and a man hated in traditional values circles for his strenuous support of gay marriage--this week spoke to an Irvine hotel room full of OC business leaders, a crowd dominated by self-professed Christian conservatives who think Ronald Reagan was a lefty. 

If you think I'm making too much of this, consider this: The Orange County Business Council even issued a press release praising Newsom, hailing his ideas and promising to work with him for legislative changes. What did they like? Newsom is demanding a more pro-business climate in the state, including a reduction in regulations and elimination of "redundant" state agencies. "You cannot be pro-jobs and anti-business," Newsom reportedly told the crowd.

"We support the Lt. Governor's plans and feel strongly that it has the specifics needed to change the economic outlook in California," business council chairman Eddie Northen said in the press release.

Lucy Dunn, the business council's president and a longtime, tireless flak for real estate development interests, echoed Northen's sentiments, saying Newsom has "powerful" insights and the council is prepared to assist his plans. (Go HERE to see his plan.)

Newsom may be best known for lecturing pro-Prop 8 right-wingers in California that gay marriage is "going to happen whether you like it or not." What many in OC likely don't know is that he appreciates firsthand the arbitrariness of callous, anti-business government. Before he began his political career, he was victimized. San Francisco bureaucrats decided that his wine business was a food operation and ordered him to build a $27,000 sink.

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Fuentes: Went to SF just for the great restaurants and tourist attractions.
Despite the experience, Newsom signed into law as mayor a bill that ordered restaurants to publish nutritional information on menus, advocated universal healthcare and focused local government on doing something abhorrent among OC's Republican business elite: aiding the homeless in meaningful ways.

Have Newsom's current pro-business stances served as a powerful dose of amnesia? Is his new support here real? We may not know until he runs for higher office.

But for now we know this: Nixon went to China. Fuentes went to San Francisco. And, perhaps the most startling development, Newsom went to OC--and left smiling.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly
(rscottmoxley at ocweekly dot com)
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Orange county homes
Orange county homes

Nice post.I like the way you start and then conclude your thoughts. Thanks for this information .I really appreciate your work, keep it up 

mitch young
mitch young

I've been predicting the Democrats would turn more 'pro-development' and 'pro-business'. Why? Mexicans.

Speaking generally Mexicans -- what some call 'Latinos" -- don't really care about the environment, or preserving open space, or quality of life. What they want is jobs jobs jobs -- and more of their own people here who will also need jobs jobs jobs. So all you white lefties who wanted slow growth, 'smart growth', are high environmental standards, you guys are in for a big shock. Frankly I think you are going be hurt on the 'social' issues too, and Mexicans/Latinos see the homosexual agenda, even homosexuality itself, as largely a 'white' thing and certainly ain't going to go all out to support the gays politically.

So white open-boarders progressives, enjoy your last few months at your apogee, the fall will come fast.

909Jeff
909Jeff

That just goes to show you Moxley that we all don't have to agree on everything but if one side capitulates on a topic we can all get along.  Even if Gavin is a filthy, commie, philanderer!

paulflorez
paulflorez

Keep hoping for all that, you are going to be sorely disappointed. If you knew anything about Mexican-American culture in California, you would know that they are not as religiously conservative as their relatives in Mexico itself. Support for equal rights for Gay Americans is growing as fast amongst California Latinos as it is for the rest of the country, i.e. dramatically. It is especially strong with the younger generation of Latino-Americans who not only grew up with gay peers, but also look up to LGBT figures such as Morrissey. As for traditional Mexican-Americans, in your ignorance, you overlooked one very strong element of Mexican-American culture: family. Sons and daughters are sacred, and having a gay child does not change that. I've seen hardcore Latino Catholics go from ignorantly fearing for their child's soul to loving and accepting them completely. Given a choice between incorrect religious beliefs and their child, they will chose their child and their eyes will open up to the truth of their faith. It won't be Latinos who turn on Democrats, it'll be the minority of all ethnicities which is religiously anti-gay. They will eventually be about as significant in society as unapologetic racists, and people will listen to them just about as much.

As for "jobs" you misunderstand why Mexicans migrate to the U.S. in the first place. They come here to become citizens, not simply to work. Mexico has ridiculously low unemployment, and while the wages are lower so is the standard of living. The only incentive to come to the U.S., to the point where they become actual voters, is to become a U.S. American. If they wanted weak environmental regulations, they would have stayed in Mexico. Instead, they see how we actually try to keep our air and water clean for our children and how we try to protect our natural resources for future generations. THAT is part of want they want. The ones who don't want that will never become citizens, because they simply want to earn money, send it back to Mexico to support their families, buy property and build a house IN MEXICO and eventually move back there to live. They won't be voting for Republicans because they don't want to live in this country in the long term. The ones who DO want to live here in the long term DO care about protecting their environment, just as the majority of Californians do.

But by all means, keep believing your fanciful little fairytale. California Republicans just can't seem to help themselves when it comes to shooting their own feet. Californians care deeply about the beauty of their state and the majesty of their environment. Californians also are increasingly supportive of equal rights for Gay Americans, and it will only get harder for people like you. Republicans can either evolve and throw the antiquated anti-gay social conservatives overboard, or they can go extinct as they let the block-headed bigots drag the California Republican Party down with them. I personally hope it's the latter.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

More bullshit on Mexicans from someone who only knows that he hates them...

mitch young
mitch young

Here's an example of Mexican environmentalism:

Mexican cartels running pot farms in U.S. national foresthttp://articles.cnn.com/...

"Beyond the towering trees that have stood here for thousands of years, an intense drug war is being waged.Illegal immigrants connected to Mexico's drug cartels are growing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of marijuana in the heart of one of America's national treasures, authorities say. It's a booming business that, federal officials say, feeds Mexico's most violent drug traffickers."These aren't Cheech and Chong plants," said John Walters, director of the National Drug Control Policy. "People who farm now are not doing this for laughs, despite the fact Hollywood still thinks that. They're doing it to make a lot of money.""Gotta love the Cheech and Chong line, but I'd be surprised if John Walters still has a job. LOL.I

mitch young
mitch young

Gee...don't get your tighties in a wad, I said 'generally'.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Yeah, 

If Florio below were to respond I would politely point out that Prop 8 was widely supported in the Latino and Black communities.  

Proposition 8, with no single demographic group making up most of either the Yes or No vote. Support for Proposition 8 was strong amongst African American voters, interviewed in the exit poll with 70% in favor, more than any other racial group.  

Yet the Vile white Republicans are to blame... In the words of Brutha C-Lo "Now aint dat some shit!" 

mitch young
mitch young

Exactly. 

Face it, the environmental movement is whiter than the Tea-Party, which as good 'progressives' causes them no end of guilt. And 'Latinos' and blacks are so anti-gay that the CDC doesn't even use 'gay men' any more (it uses MSM--men having sex with men) because of all the 'downlow' brothas and vatos.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Mitch,Here are the cliff notes of this guys dissertation...  Im Mexican and I feel this way, Therefore I speak for all Mexicans. 

...Oh, With all due respect!

mitch young
mitch young

or...Litter choking streets throughout MexicoHouston Chronicle, June 25, 2007What, do you all think that somehow crossing the border changes attitudes? 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Just like Ricky Bobby said... "If I say with all due respect then its not offensive" 

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