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Diane Dixon responds to Governor Newsom’s ill-conceived State of the State

74th Assembly District Candidate Diane Dixon (R-Newport Beach) issued a response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State address. She is challenging freshman Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) for the seat.

In his State of the State address, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared that Sacramento’s war on local control is now expanding to the homelessness problem. He said that he’s making the homeless issue a top priority going forward, and all I can say as a local elected official who has been dealing with the problem for some time now is, ‘Oh please no.’ If Sacramento does for the homeless problem what it’s done for environmental regulation, business regulation, affordable housing and a raft of other issues, it’s going to get a lot worse, not better.

Among other things, the governor is proposing to force local governments to spend mental health funds the way Sacramento wants them to and to force local governments to allow more housing density. He also said he wants to find “significant sustainable revenue” to deal with housing and homelessness but offered no details of what he meant by that. Now, whenever you see a politician sniffing around for “significant sustainable revenue,” hide your wallet!

The fact that Democratic policies like rent control have actually contributed to the homelessness problem are not acknowledged. The fact that decreasing the tax and regulatory burden on the private sector could actually unleash it to build lower-cost housing on its own is not considered. And the ability and the right of communities to sort out for themselves what works and what is best is ignored.

This is no way to run a state.

I look forward to bringing much-needed common sense, and fiscal responsibility to Sacramento as the next member from the 74thAssembly District.

Diane Dixon spent 40 years in the private sector as a business executive before being elected to the Newport Beach City Council in 2014, twice serving as Mayor. She has served as Chair of the Water Quality and Tidelands Committee and member of the Finance Committee for nearly five years, including four years as Chair. During her tenure at City Hall, she has actively engaged city residents, holding over two dozen town hall meetings, working closely with local business owners and residents to solve community problems, and initiating numerous neighborhood and community improvement programs.

An active member on several philanthropic community-based boards of directors for nearly four decades, Mayor Dixon has been married for 44 years to career prosecutor Pat Dixon, with whom she has a daughter (a former prosecutor), son-in-law, and three grandchildren.

This article was released by Diane Dixon for Assembly 2020.