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‘The World Is Looking to Us,’ Gavin Newsom Says
By ADAM NAGOURNEY AND CHARLES MCDERMID
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a candidate for governor, is pushing universal health care in California in the week before the state's primary election.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a candidate for governor, is pushing universal health care in California in the week before the state's primary election. Gregory Bull/Associated Press

Good morning.
With less than a week to go until the primary, two Democratic candidates for governor — Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles — are engaged in border-to-border bus trips.

Mr. Newsom’s tour took him to a labor hall in Burbank on Wednesday. For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are some excerpts from his 16-minute speech, condensed and edited for clarity.
“I am of the humble opinion that in an economy as large, with a population as diverse and extraordinary as ours, with the natural instincts to lead, with the ability to redirect existing resources in a more resourceful way, that we could cover every single citizen and every single resident in this state, regardless of income, and provide universal health care. Regardless of pre-existing conditions, your ability to pay, or your immigration status. We can lead the nation in that conversation.

“In so many ways, the world is looking to us. This is California. I wouldn’t want to be anyplace else. Eat your heart out, Texas. California is a special place: a majority-minority state; 27 percent of this state foreign born. The state has brought in 112,000 refugees in the last 15 years: 1,454 Syrian refugees. No other state has taken more Syrian refugees, Mr. Trump. It’s a point of pride.

“There was a guy running for re-election as governor by the name of Pete Wilson. Not too many years ago — 1994. He was out there promoting Prop. 187: Xenophobia, nativism was front and center in our political debate. He was not only promoting his own candidacy for governor, he was on his way to announce his bid to be president of the United States. Pete Wilson wins his re-election walking way. Prop. 187 wins, overwhelmingly.

“But it is a cautionary tale isn’t it — California? Because today’s headlines are about the Republican Party being third-party status in California. Donald Trump, you may want to pay attention to that. Mitch McConnell, you may want to pay attention to that. You guys are walking off the same cliff Pete Wilson walked the Republican Party off of in the state of California in 1994.”

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• Of California’s 53 congressional seats, only 14 are held by Republicans. And seven of those Republican districts favored Hillary Clinton in 2016. Democrats hope to flip these districts to win back control of the House. [The New York Times]

• Antonio Villaraigosa, whose rise in California was seen as the embodiment of increasing Latino influence, is now in a fight for his political life. “He needs to over perform with his base,” a Republican strategist said, “and that would be Los Angeles voters and Latinos.” [Los Angeles Times]

• “The world changes.” That was Senator Dianne Feinstein explaining her recent embrace of more liberal positions on the death penalty and recreational marijuana as she campaigns for re-election. Her challengers in the June 5 election include Kevin de León, the former State Senate Democratic leader. [The Sacramento Bee]

• Alarm over the election of Donald Trump spurred dozens of first-time candidates to run for Congress. Some of those candidates now present a problem for the Democratic Party. [Listen to ‘The Daily’]

• Rick Caruso, a West Los Angeles billionaire, was elected chairman of the U.S.C. board of trustees while he oversees an investigation into the widening scandal involving a longtime campus gynecologist. [Los Angeles Business Times]

• Immigration as political salvation: From Texas to California, Republican backers of an immigration petition are making life tough on Speaker Paul Ryan. [The New York Times]

• California is underreporting hate crimes to the F.B.I., state lawmakers and the public, state auditors said. Even with the undercounting, the state’s reported hate crimes increased by more than 20 percent from 2014 to 2016. [A.P.]

• Google blamed Wikipedia for search results that said the ideology of the California Republican Party included “Nazism.” The House majority leader, Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, called the results a “disgrace.” [CBS]

Protesters blocked tech company commuter buses in the Mission District of San Francisco on Thursday.
Protesters blocked tech company commuter buses in the Mission District of San Francisco on Thursday.
Richard Jacobsen/Associated Press
• Cries of “techsploitation” in San Francisco. Anti-Google protesters dumped scooters in front of private buses for tech workers. Scooters have become the latest flash point of anger against the tech industry in its hometown. [The New York Times]

• California’s electric utility companies will spend nearly $768 million on charging infrastructure for electric cars, trucks and buses, under a series of proposals approved by state regulators. [The San Francisco Chronicle]

• The State Senate approved a bill that would create a state bank for marijuana businesses. The proposed bank would also increase security at marijuana dispensaries, where stockpiles of cash can tempt thieves. [High Times]
Members of the Compton Cowboys out for a ride through the streets of Compton, Calif.
Members of the Compton Cowboys out for a ride through the streets of Compton, Calif.
Walter Thompson Hernandez/The New York Times

• “Streets raised us, horses saved us.” Here are some reader responses to a Times article on the Compton Cowboys, a group of African-American men who ride horses in one of the poorest areas in the U.S. [The New York Times]

• In memoriam. Ted Dabney, 81, a San Francisco native who helped lay the groundwork for the modern video game industry as a co-founder of Atari in Sunnyvale in the 1970s. [The New York Times]

• And the Warriors won in overtime. Golden State held off LeBron James, his 51 points, and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers to take the opening game of the N.B.A. finals, 124-114. Game 2 is Sunday (we double-checked). [The New York Times]

And Finally ...
Fish Face, a poke restaurant in the Warehouse Artists Lofts Public Market in Sacramento.
Fish Face, a poke restaurant in the Warehouse Artists Lofts Public Market in Sacramento.
Drew Kelly for The New York Times

As a travel destination, Sacramento gets no respect.
But the state’s oldest incorporated city — founded in 1849, the year before California joined the union — remains a lush oasis of bougainvillea and palms, prolific fruit trees and mighty oaks.

It also has a thriving cultural scene and architectural character all its own, including neighborhoods of midcentury modern homes, Craftsman Bungalows and ornate Victorians.
Unlike California’s glittering, glamorous coastal cities, Sacramento, located in the Central Valley, has an earnest, small-town affect and a welcome lack of pretension.

Read the full article here.
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