Gov. Newsom Delivers State Of The State Address From Dodger Stadium As Recall Election Threat


LOS ANGELES CBSLA Embattled California Gov. Gavin Newsom will deliver his State of the State address from Dodger Stadium Tuesday night amid one of the most challenging moments faced by a governor in California history, as he takes on both the coronavirus crisis and a massive recall effort. . The speech, slated to begin at around 6 p. m. , will air live on CBS2KCAL9 and stream live on CBSN LA. . . Newsom has seemingly chosen Dodger Stadium because it is at the center of the states efforts to roll out the coronavirus vaccine. Dodger Stadium is one of the largest vaccine super sites in the nation. . His office noted that Dodger Stadium seats about 55,000 people, a number nearly equal to the states COVID-19 death toll through Monday, which stands at 54,224. . . Once filled with fans, now with health care workers vaccinating Californians, it represents the partnership, innovation, and resilience that embodies the spirit of CA, the governors office tweeted Monday. . The speech also comes just days after the state announced a loosening of restrictions that will allow fans to attend baseball games for the first time in a year, albeit at extremely limited capacity. . . Newsom said Monday he plans in his speech to highlight the heroic work thats being done every single day to battle the pandemic, including health care workers, mothers, farm workers, children and others who have been particularly impacted by the virus. . . Newsom noted that his State of the State Address last year was entirely focused on homelessness, housing and mental health. . . It was the first State of the State that ever set that aside as a topic, and we havent lost sight of that issue, he said. And Ill be talking a little bit about our efforts on homelessness. . . The speech comes as Newsom deals with the growing possibility of facing a recall election. Organizers of the recall effort said Monday they had collected 1. 95 million signatures on recall petitions. Forcing a recall election requires organizers to submit just under 1. 5 million valid signatures. Recall organizers typically try to far exceed the signature requirement, due to the likelihood of some signatures being found to be invalid. . . Newsom has remained largely silent on the recall question, often deflecting reporters questions during coronavirus briefings, saying he remained focused on efforts to combat COVID-19.

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