Clinton throws weight behind Newsom for governor

first_imgBill Clinton endorsed San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for California governor, as both the former president and the mayor spoke about the importance of energy efficiency and higher education to students at Los Angeles City College on Monday.“Gavin Newsom has walked the walk. He doesn’t just talk about it,” Clinton said. “I’m glad that he plans to do it on a larger scale.”A boost · Former president Bill Clinton endorsed San Francisco Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom in a speech Monday. – Nathaniel Gonzalez | Daily TrojanEven before Clinton’s endorsement, Newsom had gained a strong following at USC. USC Students for Gavin Newsom held a phone bank on campus Saturday, and has been the most active group to campaign for a gubernatorial candidate at USC so far.Clinton spoke to LACC students about the importance of using green technology to increase jobs, and how providing more affordable education could help achieve that.“This country needs to make a big comeback,” he said. “This is not rocket science. California needs jobs and America needs jobs.”He said he believed the state can get one million lost jobs back with new businesses that promote energy efficiency.Newsom echoed Clinton’s advice with his campaign goals to produce green jobs and invest in alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind power.He also said he wanted to expand the universal health care system he helped establish in San Francisco to encompass the entire state and, eventually, the nation.“If a city can do it, a county can certainly do it. If a county can do it, a state can do it. And make no mistake,” Newsom told students. “If a state can do it, this country can do it. The United States of America has a moral and ethical — as well as economic obligation — to make sure we deliver on this promise.”Newsom added that the state is responsible for reconciling price increases at state colleges and universities, telling LACC students they had the opportunity to do something about the controversial issue. “I encourage all of you to get involved and to be a part of the change — part of the new direction here in California,” he said.Restoring California’s economy with job creation and college assistance are plans Newsom has for the state if elected next fall.His goals are achievable on a state level, said LACC student Sarah Florez, who attended the event and also plans to transfer to USC next fall.“Every place should be like San Francisco in going green,” she said.Neither Clinton or Newsom made any mention of Jerry Brown, California’s attorney general who has filed initial papers for a gubernatorial run and who was involved in clashes with Clinton during the 1992 democratic primaries.The LACC speech and public endorsement was followed by a private fundraiser, where tickets were priced up to $50,000, according to the Associated Press.last_img read more

Jerry West talks Presidential Medal of Freedom, Clippers’ tampering fine

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 West also weighed in on the tampering fine that the Clippers received from the NBA for comments Coach Doc Rivers made about Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard, who will be a free agent this offseason.“Well, I have to say, there’s a lot of players I greatly admire, I really do,” West said. “But it’s a slippery slope out there. And I think, Dan, there’s two sets of rules. You know when you’re in college and people want you to go to school, you get recruited? Well, heck, the players can do anything they want to today. And that’s acceptable. You say, ‘I’m gonna recruit this guy, I’m gonna recruit that guy.’“Well, I don’t think any player could ever recruit me. Never. I would want to play where I thought the situation was better for me, that maybe it’s someplace where I always wanted to consider. But free agency is difficult, and I think it’s really terrible when some of these great players are mentioned while the playoffs are going on, particularly by players.“Coaches – how do you promote the game? There are so many players I’d like to say nice things about, that I greatly admire and I really appreciate how they play, you just – you’re almost afraid to promote the game that you love.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters West, 81, was a 14-time NBA All-Star and 10-time All-NBA selection between 1961-1974 with the Lakers before he moved on to the front office roles, helping build eight title-winning teams with the Lakers and Warriors and twice earning recognition as NBA Executive of the Year.He’s also worked in the Memphis Grizzlies’ front office and currently is a consultant with the Clippers, whom he’s helped stay competitive while positioning themselves for a run at high-profile free agents this summer.No date was announced for when the award will be given to West, who said he learned he was to receive it from an email.“My wife said, ‘I gotta show you something funny,’ ” West said. “And here it was on an email she’d received. I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’ ” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Related Articles Hall of Famer Jerry West reacted Monday to the news that he was to receive the President Medal of Freedom, telling Dan Patrick he found it “frankly shocking.”President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that West is to receive the accolade: “The Great Jerry West will be receiving our Nation’s highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his outstanding career, both on and off the court.”During a nearly 14-minute segment as a guest on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Monday, West spoke about what the award meant to him as well as discussing, carefully, the tampering fine the Clippers were assessed last week.On the award, he added: “It’s not something I’ve ever really thought about, but I’ve looked at some of the people on the award who’ve been there and done some extraordinary things in sports, but more importantly, they made a difference in the way we look at minorities in this world. And some of them are my great friends and people I’ve admired for years. To be in that class, I’m really thrilled.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more