Gavin Newsom takes the helm as the 40th governor of the nation's most populous state, succeeding fellow Democrat Jerry Brown.
He enters the governorship two years into California's self-styled "resistance" to Trump, and appears poised to ramp up the contrast even more. And Newsom will draw immediate battle lines Monday with President Donald Trump in his inaugural address, portraying California's "progressive, principled" policies as the antidote to the White House's "corruption and incompetence."
We’ll look at the Newsom administration and its policy priorities. In what ways would Newsom continue policy goals set forth by the Brown administration? In what ways would the new regime be different?
With files from the Associated Press
Dan Walters, long-time CA politics observer with CALmatters, a nonprofit public interest publication
Miriam Pawel, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of “The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation” (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018); her op-ed on Jerry Brown’s legacy was published in the New York Times today
Garrick Percival, associate professor of political science and director of the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at San Jose State University, where he teaches courses in state and local government, public policy and American government