Assemblyman Kevin Kiley is pushing for the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom. The lawmaker was in Fresno on Tuesday to sign copies of his book “Recall Newsom: The Case Against America’s Most Corrupt Governor” while advocating for Newsom’s removal.
Kiley, R-Rocklin, said Newsom has abused his power, with the lockdown causing “incalculable harm.”
“You’ve had a governor who’s used the the coronavirus state of emergency to advance his own political self interests and has in the process, collapsed our entire system of government into a one-man rule; has richly rewarded the the wealthy special interest groups that put him in office,” Kiley said.
“I’ve heard great things about the folks here in Fresno who are gathering many, many signatures and have been a key part of this whole movement,” Kiley said.
Organizers say they have gathered 1.8 million signatures; 1.4 million are needed to qualify for the ballot. If verified, a recall could take place in the fall.
Kiley’s stop in Fresno was at the invitation of Beth Garland Justin, a grassroots recall supporter. He was on the way to a similar event in Bakersfield later in the afternoon.
BizFed Lobbies in Sacramento
Lobbying is different because of the pandemic. Normally, BizFed — a group that represents a wide range of business interests both in the Valley and across California — organizes a grand event for their lobbing day at the state Capitol.
But in 2021, things had to be done virtually for a weeklong event last week. The group lobbied on behalf of better internet access and for transportation funds.
“Sacramento Week was eye-opening on so many levels and the opportunity to partner with BizFed Los Angeles, to bring the needs of the Central Valley to top of mind for these decision-makers was invaluable,” said William Bourdeau, chair of BizFed Central Valley. “We’re not looking for a handout. We just want a fair shot at having our unique needs addressed.”
New Job for Ahle
Nathan Ahle, late of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce, is now the president/CEO of the Tulare County Economic Development Corporation. He started his new job this week.
“I’m excited for this new opportunity to work along a great team of volunteers and staff to help bring more jobs to Tulare County. The Valley is our home and it’s a pleasure to stay involved in such a great place,” Ahle said.
Ahle’s role will be to help develop jobs and assist businesses for the private non-profit agency. His departure after five years from the Fresno Chamber in January came as a surprise to many.