A sold out crowd packed the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club on April 3 for a special evening hosted by the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club. More than 100 attendees took part in the event to meet California Lt. Governor, Gavin Newsom.
“Part of the mission of our club is to educate voters in the county area, and pursuant to that, we invite a lot of public officials as well as candidates,” said Michael Gelfand, president of the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club. “The Lt. Governor has been a very outspoken advocate for liberal and progressive democratic issues throughout his career and we thought it would be particularly interesting to have him speak.”
When Newsom took center stage, he spoke of the major issues affecting California. Following this, there was time for one follow-up question, which Gelfand asked. The subject pertained to Newsom’s position on high speed rail and the water supply in California.
Gelfand pointed out that initially Newsom was a proponent for high speed rail but has changed his position.
“The Lt. Governor talked about the obvious and significant drought facing California, and in particular, the aging infrastructure for water in California,” Gelfand said.
With the limited financial resources California has, Gelfand said, the Lt. Governor feels we would be better off dealing with the water issues than with expensive high speed rail.
“Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom has a lot of conviction and is not afraid to speak his mind on controversial issues; and, he has a very bright political future ahead of him,” Gelfand said.
Also taking part in the evening event was Supervisor Dave Roberts. Before Newsom attended the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club gathering, he stopped by Roberts’ private home for gathering.
Roberts said they discussed the future of California, conferring about county and state initiatives such as domestic violence and human trafficking.
As far as the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club event, Roberts said it was the largest turnout he had ever seen at the club meeting.
“It’s not often that we get an opportunity to see and talk with our elected officials and having our Lt. Governor, who is a heartbeat away from being our Governor, be in our area and interact with us was great,” Roberts said.
While Roberts noted that Newsom is a dynamic speaker, the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club meeting was more than just about political parties.
“It’s about people that are compassionate about making our world better,” Roberts said. “And that’s one of the great things about Gavin – he has the ability to work across party lines.”
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