San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom visited The Bay Citizen's downtown offices last week to highlight his accomplishments and outline his platform as the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in November's elections.
We turned to the community at reddit.com, the social news website, to pose some probing questions for candidate Newsom on the issues that matter to them. Here is where reddit's readers posed questions for Newsom, which according to reddit's rules, were chosen by popular vote.
1. Asked by ProTeenModeling.
As a UC student, my fees have been increased last semester and are expected to continue to climb. Should the students of the UCs bear more of the cost of their education? What's the best way to make our three tiered higher education system (Universities of California, California State Universities, Community Colleges) fiscally solvent again?
2. Asked by raldi.
Do you think it's fair that a well-off couple who bought their house in 1980 should pay 5% as much property tax as a pair of young homeowners just starting down the road to home ownership?
Prop 13 was intended to spare the less fortunate from being priced out of their homes, not as a tax break for the established. Wouldn't it make more sense to offer property tax breaks on the basis of income or hardship, instead of our current anti-newcomer "I was here first" system?
3. Asked by nickoneill.
What is the purpose of the Lt. Gov position, in your opinion? What do you bring to the table for that purpose that other candidates do not?
Your web site is really sparse on what you're actually planning on doing in Sacramento, so this is why I ask.
4. Asked by Virtblue.
With California having such issues as clean-air act EPA debacle in the past and the potential passage of Proposition 19 the 'Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010'. Do you feel it is possible to effectively protect states rights? Do you think the the Federal government will step in to stop Prop 19 if it passes?
5. Asked by giredhoon.
Will you support calling a Constitutional Convention to end our ongoing political and Constitutional crisis in Sacramento?