Newsom Delivers State of the State Address from Los Angeles County
On Tuesday evening, Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his annual State of the State Address from Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles County. Breaking from tradition, Newsom’s address was not held at the State Capitol and was the first to be delivered remotely. The Governor’s selection of Dodgers Stadium was symbolic in that the stadium has a seating capacity of approximately 55,000 – nearly the same number of Californians who have died from COVID-19 over the past year. Too, Dodgers Stadium now serves as one of the nation’s largest COVID-19 community vaccination sites.
Governor Newsom dedicated the bulk of his address to highlighting his Administration’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting on the lives lost and recognizing Californians who have played an essential role in delivering critical services during the pandemic, including health care workers, education personnel, and more. The Governor discussed the urgent relief the state is providing to residents hardest hit by the pandemic, supports for small businesses, and the recently enacted deal to safely reopen schools statewide. Governor Newsom additionally outlined the state’s work ahead in reemerging from the pandemic and ensuring equitable opportunities for all Californians.