Gov. Newsom Drops Campaign Promise Regarding Homelessness

California Governor Gavin Newsom made a surprise visit to Riverview Elementary School in Parlier, Calif. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
Photo credit Ron Holman

Gov. Gavin Newsom has given up on a campaign promise to appoint a czar to handle the homelessness crisis that pervades California. 

He'd said during the campaign last year that such a czar would be a cabinet-level position within his administration. 

Rather than entrusting a single person with overseeing the public policy dilemma, Newsom has said he will instead rely on a task force. 

The group will be led by Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. 

This task force will have more influence, Newsom said to reporters, because the members will have "universal access" to him.