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WTAS: Kevin Faulconer Sets The Tone With Homelessness Plan In Recall Race

“You can throw all the money in the world at this. If you don’t have the political will to make a difference … it’s not going to change.”

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer continued to separate himself from the field in this recall election with the unveiling of his “Streets to Shelters” plan in Los Angeles and Sacramento yesterday.

Mayor Faulconer’s plan – which features providing a right to shelter and an obligation to use it – represents a much-needed departure from the status quo under Gavin Newsom, where homelessness has continued to grow worse.

Here are some highlights of the coverage:

Fox 11 Los Angeles reported on Mayor Faulconer’s rollout in Los Angeles, across the street from a tent encampment:

In their report, The Los Angeles Times detailed how Mayor Faulconer’s approach would have an impact on homelessness in California:

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kevin Faulconer released a plan to address homelessness on Tuesday that would couple the creation of more shelters across California with significantly stricter enforcement of no-camping laws in public spaces.

The former San Diego mayor’s proposal is modeled after actions he took in that city to reduce the number of people living on the street by 12% at a time when encampments were on the rise, but drew criticism for his reliance on law enforcement to clear them from sidewalks.

“I did not allow tent encampments on the sidewalk, because we care about people,” said Faulconer, who intends to run in the recall election to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom. “If you let people live in a tent on your streets and sidewalks, you’re condemning them to die in that tent.”

Under his plan, Faulconer would use an executive order to form a state-run network of temporary shelters on state property and push for a “right to shelter” law that could allow local governments to bar people from sleeping in streets, parks and other public spaces once they have been offered a shelter bed.

Fox 40 Sacramento covered Mayor Faulconer’s rollout event in the area later that day as he visited a large homeless encampment:

The AP noted how Mayor Faulconer’s innovative plan differs from past approaches on homelessness:

Faulconer’s plan centers in part around a federal court order that says cities can’t criminalize people for sleeping on the street if adequate shelter isn’t available. He wants to put that ruling into state law, along with a measure that gives the state power to require people to vacate public spaces if they refuse shelter. He called for extra state funding to help local governments build shelters and to put some on state-owned land. There’s no price tag attached.

He’d bypass the Democratically controlled state Legislature with an executive order to create a “network of state-led shelters” by working with local governments and nonprofits. He wants to create a new California Highway Patrol unit to work on homelessness and encourage people to get shelters.

Encampments could be cleared and people arrested after warnings if they refuse shelter. Former San Diego police chief Shelly Zimmerman, who joined Faulconer, spoke about the creation of a new city police division aimed at helping the homeless. The goal, she said, was to get people the help they needed and to intervene when people don’t want to accept it.

And Fox News highlighted Mayor Faulconer’s scathing criticism of Newsom, and how he has not delivered after declaring himself the “homeless czar:”

Republican California gubernatorial candidate Kevin Faulconer unveiled his plan to fix the state’s homelessness crisis Tuesday, just over a month after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom took heat for his plan that breaks down to spending roughly $75,000 per homeless person.

“The governor has failed. He called himself the homeless czar,” Faulconer told Fox News in an interview. “You can throw all the money in the world at this. If you don’t have the political will to make a difference … it’s not going to change.”

Read more about Mayor Faulconer’s “Streets to Shelter” plan HERE.

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Kevin Faulconer Unveils “Streets to Shelter” To Help Homeless Californians

LOS ANGELES –  Former San Diego Mayor unveiled the “Streets to Shelter” Plan, a homeless plan based in reality. This proposal follows the same approach Faulconer used in San Diego that led to a double-digit drop in homelessness while cities across California experienced the opposite. 
 
By establishing a right to shelter and an obligation to use it, this plan will clean up homeless encampments while increasing shelters, supportive services, and access to housing. This approach will not only fill gaps in the state’s homeless policies but will also give local governments new tools to reduce homelessness.
 
Gavin Newsom promised to lead with compassion, but he broke that promise and left 161,000 Californians out in the cold. Shattered lives are piling up on our sidewalks, in our emergency rooms, and in our morgues, Newsom is a phony politician whose only concern is saving his own career, not getting homeless Californians the shelter they need. My approach to homelessness is based on a simple belief: People are not made to live outdoors. If you condone people living on the streets, you’re condemning them to die on the streets.” – Mayor Kevin Faulconer
 
Gavin Newsom has shown he doesn’t have the political will to help people off the streets and into shelter. Mayor Faulconer’s plan represents a much-needed change from the status quo. He has the experience taking on this issue head-on and getting results. He’s the only candidate who can get the job done and that’s why I’m proud to support him.” – Senator Scott Wilk
 
Rising homelessness has reached crisis levels in CA, but Kevin Faulconer wants to change that.   As Mayor of San Diego, he showed that there is a way to get people help and proved himself to be a rare humanitarian. He will bring real change as Governor and finally bring support for thousands of homeless Californians who are desperate for help.” – Assemblymember Marie Waldron
 
As a 35-year law enforcement professional, one of the many reasons why I loved being a police officer was that every day you had an opportunity to make a positive difference in someone’s life and often at their worst possible moment. Working to better the lives of our homeless population will always be a priority for me. That’s why I support this statewide approach introduced by Mayor Faulconer. He will bring the same resolve to the Governor’s office that he brought to our city.” – Shelley Zimmerman, former San Diego Police Department Chief
 
When Kevin Faulconer was Mayor of San Diego, he worked with the Alpha Project and all our other homeless services providers to get people off the street. He took compassionate measures to expand access to shelters and services while also enforcing city ordinances to keep sidewalks clear. The results speak for themselves, no city in California had better outcomes on homelessness than San Diego when Kevin Faulconer was Mayor. I am proud of his commitment to keep fighting on this issue.” – Bob McElroy, CEO, Alpha Project
 
 
 
Here are the highlights of Mayor Faulconer’s plan:
 
Right to Shelter law:
The Faulconer administration will finally enable widespread enforcement of laws against unsafe and unsanitary tent encampments by creating a California law that requires the level of shelter mandated by these legal precedents.
 
State Shelters to Enable Encampment Cleanups:
For the first time, the state will play a direct role in helping to establish shelters. Governor Faulconer will sign an executive order to immediately begin establishing a network of state-led shelters to add to the overall number of shelter beds in California, helping to comply with federal court rulings that require shelter to be available before a homeless individual is obligated to vacate the property.
 
Establish a Public Right to Public Spaces:
The Faulconer administration will craft a law establishing the public’s right to access public spaces and require state and local governments to guarantee this right.
 
Issue Executive Order to Keep State Property Clean:
Governor Faulconer will sign an executive order that supports the right of California residents to use public spaces on state property by making the adequate maintenance of these lands a standard duty of state agencies. This sends a clear message to Californians that they should be able to use state beaches, parks, open spaces, freeways and other state-owned properties. 
 
Create Housing California’s Heroes Program:
Governor Faulconer will issue an executive order to create “Housing California’s Heroes,” a  statewide program to house homeless veterans. This policy is modeled on San Diego’s nationally-recognized “Housing our Heroes” program.
 
Audit Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Other Homeless Funds to Improve Outcomes:
The Faulconer administration will identify solutions to increase the effectiveness of homeless services by auditing all state funds used for mental health, drug and alcohol substance abuse programs and homeless services. The audit will also recommend metrics and help target resources at the most effective programs.


 
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WTAS: Kevin Faulconer Holds Gavin Newsom Accountable As He Sets The Pace On The Campaign Trail

“This is a referendum on Gavin Newsom’s failures and this is a failure of epic proportions.”

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer continued to set himself apart as the leading candidate to recall Gavin Newsom as he traveled around the state, taking his message to every voter in California.

Fresh off speaking with Tucker Carlson on Fox News last week, Faulconer kept up his packed media schedule, speaking with KFI’s John and Ken, Fox Business, KRON, and many more, where he called out Newsom for misleading Californians on fire prevention while highlighting his vision for a California Comeback. Here are some highlights of the coverage:

KFI’s John and Ken:

On Newsom misleading about wildfire preparedness: “This is a referendum on Gavin Newsom’s failures and this is a failure of epic proportions.”

Fox Business:

On what’s fueling this recall: “Californians are eager and anxious to get to the polls to make a change at the top for someone who’s actually going to roll up their sleeves and get our state back on track.”

KRON:

On accountability as a leader: You have to be up front, you have to be open and honest with the public, on an issue that is particularly so important to all of us as wildfire prevention.”

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Kevin Faulconer Releases New Ad: “Burden”

Year after year, new taxes land on California families

SAN DIEGO – Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer – the leading candidate to recall Gavin Newsom – released a new ad highlighting the overwhelming tax burden on California families. When elected, Faulconer will put forward the largest middle class tax cut in California history and begin the real California Comeback.

WATCH the ad below and download here:

SCRIPT:
Year after year, new taxes land on California families

Now we pay the highest state income taxes, sales taxes, and gas taxes in the nation, but it’s never enough

Gavin Newsom and Sacramento politicians won’t stop, imposing $234 billion in new taxes this year alone

I’m Kevin Faulconer, I’ll advance the largest middle class tax cut in California history to ease the burden and make California more affordable

That’s the California Comeback

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Kevin Faulconer Responds To Reports That Gavin Newsom Misled The Public About California Wildfire Prevention Efforts

“It’s even more clear that Newsom is in over his head and unable to lead California”

SAN DIEGO – Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer – the leading candidate to recall Gavin Newsom – released the following statement in response to a CapRadio News report showing Newsom egregiously misled the public about his wildfire prevention efforts:

Fire season is fast approaching, and Gavin Newsom has left us woefully unprepared for the dangers to come. With new reports showing Newsom has misled the public about his efforts and even disinvested in fire prevention, it’s even more clear that he is in over his head and unable to lead California. It’s time to recall him and elect a Governor who will take fire prevention seriously.” – Mayor Kevin Faulconer

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