Your CAPS Board of Directors on Saturday, May 19 voted unanimously to endorse Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom to succeed Governor Jerry Brown. This was based on a recommendation from the CAPS Political Action Committee, which had taken up the matter the previous afternoon.
The decision wasn’t hard. Newsom has been a longtime friend of CAPS on issues that count the most – compensation, retirement protection and the importance of independent, fact based science and public policy decision-making. He is the clear front runner in the race, having led in every single major poll to date. He has also accumulated nearly $20 million in campaign cash. As mayor of San Francisco, he largely opposed outsourcing public employee jobs and worked collaboratively through collective bargaining with the city unions on pension reform ballot measures that were ultimately endorsed by labor groups.
As a candidate, he has pledged to enforce the “California Rule” regarding keeping the promise made to every California public employee when hired – that YOU WILL RECEIVE the retirement benefit calculated by a defined-benefit formula based on age, length of service and final compensation. Newsom has also won the endorsement of the vast majority of labor groups that have taken a position in the race, including SEIU, the California Teachers Association, the California Faculty Association, the California Schools Employee Association, the California Professional Firefighters, the Professional Engineers in California Government, and the California Labor Federation.
This decision in no way diminishes the appreciation we have for several other fine candidates in the race, notably State Treasurer John Chiang, who has repeatedly proven his support and close friendship with State Scientists and all state employees.