|Lieutenant Governor of California|
|January 10, 2011 - Present|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 terms|
|Mayor of San Francisco|
|2004 - 2011|
|Bachelor's||Santa Clara University|
- Main article: California constitutional convention
Newsom supports the idea of having a constitutional convention to alter the California Constitution. He would like such a convention to "repeal the two-thirds vote requirement to pass a budget so California won't have to issue IOUs." 
San Francisco ballot measures
During his time as Mayor of San Francisco, Newsom was frequently involved in advocating for or against policy-setting ballot measures on the San Francisco ballot.
Proposition L (2010)
Proposition L was on the November 2, 2010 ballot, where it was approved. Known as the "Sit-Lie Ordinance", it restricts sitting or lying on sidewalks citywide from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Newsom was Proposition L's main sponsor and cheerleader.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle:
"Outgoing San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has moved more homeless people into supportive housing in his seven years in office than any other mayor in the city's history - and has one of the best track records of any mayor in the country on that score...'In terms of housing homeless people, he probably has the best record of any mayor in the history of the United States,' said Randy Shaw, who runs the Tenderloin Housing Clinic and operates many of Newsom's hotels for formerly homeless people."
A different view comes from Jennifer Friedenbach, director of the Coalition on Homelessness, who says that Newsom's tenure as mayor of San Francisco will be best remembered for his promotion of "mean-spirited ballot measures": "He's promoted hatred against homeless people. It's an endless list of divisive policies."
Measure H (2008)
Newsom wrote Measure H, which was approved by San Francisco voters on June 3, 2008. Measure H prohibits local politicians from accepting campaign contributions from vendors who do business with the city and county of San Francisco. However, Measure H does not prohibit San Francisco politicians who ran for higher office from accepting contributions from corporations and developers who have business with the City of San Francisco, and Newsom, in his gubernatorial campaign, has accepted donations from numerous groups and individuals who do have business with the city.
Examples of these donations included:
- Ben Silverman gave more than $40,000 to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign between December 2008 and June 2009. Silverman was the co-chairman of NBC Universal Entertainment during that 7-month period. In those same months, Newsom's mayoral office "was successfully fighting the Board of Supervisors to get the NBC show "Trauma" a city tax rebate for filming in the city." Newsom's wife, actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom, was also given a part in Trauma's pilot episode.
- Developer Simon Snellgrove gave a donation to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign. Snellgrove owns the purchase rights to the 2.5-acre Golden Gateway Tennis and Swim Club on the northern waterfront, and has plans to develop it into a luxury condominium project. His plans will require city and, ultimately, mayoral approval.
- A restaurant owner "who benefited from a mayoral veto to get around zoning regulations" subsequently gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign.
- The president of Levi's gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign during a period in which Newsom's mayoral office was finding ways to persuade the company to stay in the city/
- The Deputy Sheriffs' Association gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign shortly before it entered into contract negotiations with the City of San Francisco.
- The president of AT&T gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign. AT&T has multiple contracts with the City of San Francisco.
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Gavin Newsom's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Gavin Newsom's Campaign Contributions|
California Lieutenant Governor
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$2,065,794 (Republican)|
|Top 5 contributors||California Democratic Party||$814,522|
|California School Employees Association||$25,800|
|Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters||$25,800|
|California Teachers Association||$25,800|
|California Faculty Association||$25,800|
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- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- ↑ Mercury News, "Dan Walters: Picture is cloudy on desires for state government reform", October 17, 2009
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 KTVU, "Sit-Lie Ordinance Passes Committee But Expected To Fail", May 24, 2010
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 San Francisco Chronicle, "Newsom takes donations from S.F.'s contractors", October 13, 2009
- ↑ Follow the Money.org