California Governor Makes Homelessness Top Issue in 2020

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tossing aside tradition, California’s governor on Wednesday devoted his biggest platform to a single issue: solving a homelessness crisis that has overwhelmed the nation’s most populous state in an era of unprecedented prosperity. Governors typically use their annual “State of the State” speeches to touch on dozens of priorities because they are guaranteed an audience of lawmakers from both political parties as well as statewide media coverage. On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom called the state’s homeless problem “a disgrace,” saying the state can no longer treat it as “someone else’s problem, buried below other priorities which are easier to win or better suited for soundbites.”