Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
'President' Newsom Visits Valley School With Unsafe Water to Sign 1st Bill
gvw_david_taub
By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 5 years ago on
February 14, 2019

Share

Gerard Lyons didn’t quite know what was going on. The 8-year old Riverview Elementary second-grader normally would be heading home on a Wednesday early release schedule. Instead, he sat in a classroom, full of news cameras in the back and important-looking people crowding the door.
Gerard and his friend Owen knew that Donald Trump was the president. They knew Trump can’t spell “hamburger.” It was only after an aide of the governor whispered in their ears that they knew who was going to pay them a special visit, and what he did.
“He’s the president of California,” Gerard said. In some ways, he’s right.
Gavin Newsom visited the Central Valley for the first time since taking office six weeks ago. And, he signed his first bill, AB 72. The budget bill passed both houses of the Legislature with nary a “no” vote.

Millions for Safe, Clean Drinking Water


“The idea that I drop my kid off and be scared to death that they use a drinking fountain, something we took for granted when we grew up? That’s pretty phenomenal.”Gov. Gavin Newsom
The bill provides $131 million in emergency funds, including $10 million for safe drinking water for schools like Riverview, which is near Reedley. The money is from the state’s General Fund,
“We’re grateful to all of you who participated as taxpayers in supporting these efforts,” Newsom said with a smile.
Last spring, officials deemed the water at Riverview unsafe. Notices, posted on the water fountains, warn of high levels of 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP).  The standard for safe water is 0.005 micrograms per liter (ug/L). The 1,2,3-TCP at Riverview is 24 times as high as the standard.
Trustees with the Kings Canyon Unified School District say the water quality didn’t change, but state standards did.
The taps are turned off, and water coolers are stationed around campus.

Newsom: Unsafe Drinking Water Is ‘Disgraceful’

For Newsom, the thought of parents rushing to school to drop off water bottles their kids may have forgotten was too much to bear.
“It’s disgraceful, it’s an embarrassment and God bless those parents for giving a damn about their kids,” Newsom said. “And thank you to the school district for letting them know about it and having the courage to do something about it. They need our support. I need to have their back. I need to have their parent’s back.
“The idea that I drop my kid off and be scared to death that they use a drinking fountain, something we took for granted when we grew up? That’s pretty phenomenal. We can’t even provide basic drinking water to a million-plus Californians? Pathetic.”

Charming the Kids

The governor charmed about 20 students of varying ages while affixing his name to AB 72. He asked questions as if he were Steve Harvey hosting TV’s “Little Big Shots.”
Newsom’s message to the scholars: You don’t have to be an elected official to engage in change. He mentioned Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr., and Gandhi as examples.
A few minutes after the ceremony, Gerard’s lesson in civics seeped away. It took prodding from a nearby school official to remember what the governor does. But, Gerard did know who the Democrats are: “People who are voting against Donald Trump.”

DON'T MISS

Sacramento Gave Homeless Camp a Lease as an Experiment. Here’s What Happened.

DON'T MISS

Merced Supervisors Accused of ‘Triple Crown Race’ of Failures Amid Talk of Closing Fire Stations

DON'T MISS

Teacher Appreciation Week Surprises That Educators Will Love

DON'T MISS

A Mission of Mercy, Then a Fatal Strike: How an Aid Convoy in Gaza Became Israel’s Target

DON'T MISS

Walberg Era Begins With a Charge to ‘Revolutionize’ Bulldogs Basketball

DON'T MISS

California Man Sentenced to 40 Years to Life for Fatal Freeway Shooting of 6-Year-Old Boy

DON'T MISS

16 Clovis Students Rewarded With Scholarships for Their Resilience

DON'T MISS

Dr. Green Thumb’s Is Open. Sweet Flower Debuts Saturday in Fresno Cannabis Rollout.

DON'T MISS

Reacher Star Alan Ritchson Calls Donald Trump a ‘Rapist’

DON'T MISS

Community Leaders Call for Transparency in Fresno Superintendent Search

UP NEXT

Merced Supervisors Accused of ‘Triple Crown Race’ of Failures Amid Talk of Closing Fire Stations

UP NEXT

Walberg Era Begins With a Charge to ‘Revolutionize’ Bulldogs Basketball

UP NEXT

Dr. Green Thumb’s Is Open. Sweet Flower Debuts Saturday in Fresno Cannabis Rollout.

UP NEXT

Reacher Star Alan Ritchson Calls Donald Trump a ‘Rapist’

UP NEXT

Community Leaders Call for Transparency in Fresno Superintendent Search

UP NEXT

From Tragedy to Triumph: The Land Before Time Litter’s Journey

UP NEXT

Oakland Officials Vote to Include ‘San Francisco’ in Airport’s Name

UP NEXT

Several Writers Decline Recognition From PEN America in Protest Over Its Israel-Hamas War Stance

UP NEXT

US Consumer Sentiment Falls Slightly as Outlook for Inflation Worsens

UP NEXT

Tennessee Lawmakers Send Bill to Ban First-Cousin Marriages to Governor

David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

A Mission of Mercy, Then a Fatal Strike: How an Aid Convoy in Gaza Became Israel’s Target

8 hours ago

Walberg Era Begins With a Charge to ‘Revolutionize’ Bulldogs Basketball

20 hours ago

California Man Sentenced to 40 Years to Life for Fatal Freeway Shooting of 6-Year-Old Boy

21 hours ago

16 Clovis Students Rewarded With Scholarships for Their Resilience

22 hours ago

Dr. Green Thumb’s Is Open. Sweet Flower Debuts Saturday in Fresno Cannabis Rollout.

23 hours ago

Reacher Star Alan Ritchson Calls Donald Trump a ‘Rapist’

23 hours ago

Community Leaders Call for Transparency in Fresno Superintendent Search

23 hours ago

Israeli Settlers Rampage Through a West Bank Village, Killing 1 Palestinian and Wounding 25

1 day ago

US Intelligence Finding Shows China Surging Equipment Sales to Russia to Help War Effort in Ukraine

1 day ago

From Tragedy to Triumph: The Land Before Time Litter’s Journey

1 day ago

Sacramento Gave Homeless Camp a Lease as an Experiment. Here’s What Happened.

When Sacramento changed its plan to demolish a homeless encampment on a vacant lot on Colfax Street, instead offering the homeless occupants...

6 hours ago

6 hours ago

Sacramento Gave Homeless Camp a Lease as an Experiment. Here’s What Happened.

7 hours ago

Merced Supervisors Accused of ‘Triple Crown Race’ of Failures Amid Talk of Closing Fire Stations

8 hours ago

Teacher Appreciation Week Surprises That Educators Will Love

8 hours ago

A Mission of Mercy, Then a Fatal Strike: How an Aid Convoy in Gaza Became Israel’s Target

20 hours ago

Walberg Era Begins With a Charge to ‘Revolutionize’ Bulldogs Basketball

21 hours ago

California Man Sentenced to 40 Years to Life for Fatal Freeway Shooting of 6-Year-Old Boy

22 hours ago

16 Clovis Students Rewarded With Scholarships for Their Resilience

23 hours ago

Dr. Green Thumb’s Is Open. Sweet Flower Debuts Saturday in Fresno Cannabis Rollout.

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend