Newsom, in recall fight, says it’s ‘not acceptable’ for homeless to camp on streets

Friday - 06/08/2021 14:16
Gov. Gavin Newsom, shoulder to the camera, speaks to James and Debra Scovone, who are homeless and were being told to move from their encampment near a freeway in Stockton on Thursday.(Benjamin Oreskes / Los Angeles Times)
Gov. Gavin Newsom, shoulder to the camera, speaks to James and Debra Scovone, who are homeless and were being told to move from their encampment near a freeway in Stockton on Thursday.(Benjamin Oreskes / Los Angeles Times)
Newsom said he’s been focused on cleaner streets since his days as a county supervisor and later mayor of San Francisco. Still, his focus on how encampments affect surrounding businesses and residents is notable.

BY BENJAMIN ORESKES | STAFF WRITER 

STOCKTON — 
Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed strong support Thursday for increased efforts around California to remove large homeless encampments, calling them unacceptable and saying the state will need more federal help to create additional housing and expand services for homeless people.

Newsom’s comments come at a time of growing alarm over the homelessness crisis, which has become a focus of criticism by Republican candidates running to replace him in the upcoming recall election.

Newsom took on the state’s most vexing and politically potent issue when he became governor, pouring billions into building more shelters and housing. The latest state budget commits $12 billion over the next two years to not just more motel purchases and funding for mental health care facilities but also encampment cleanups and hazardous waste removal.

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