INFO ALERT: What’s Gavin Newsom Thinking?


(Governor Gavin Newsom / Lenny Mendonca, Director, Go-Biz / Anthony Williams, Governor’s Legislative Secretary)

Since the election last fall, business folks throughout the state have been wondering about our new Governor’s ideas and focus.

BizFed was at a meeting last week where we learned a lot more about our new Governor’s ideas.

Check it out!




  • Governor Newsom has committed to a $1.7 billion tax credit to stimulate private sector investment to address the state’s affordability crisis and promote economic growth.


    • The Governor will focus on the missing middle and will work to increase our workforce housing supply.


  • Will pursue CEQA reform so that we can reach our housing goals.
  • Committed to Redevelopment 2.0 and utilize EIFD’s and Opportunity Zones.



    • Governor Gavin Newsom has an ambitious plan to rein in prescription drug costs through a statewide purchasing system; ultimately,  pooling the power of California’s largest public and private buyers.


  • LA County is the first jurisdiction to join the Governor’s initiative.
  • A second jurisdiction will be announced later next week.


CA Wild Fires

    • Governor Newsom expressed his concerns for the multibillion-dollar wildfire liability problem that has affected our largest power companies.


  • The Governor has called for legislation to be passed before lawmakers take a month-long summer recess on July 12 aiming at stabilizing our utilities.


International Trade

  • The Governor expressed his excitement for Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis to lead the charge as his top International Affairs and Trade Development representative.
  • Currently, they are in the process of vetting all trade MOU’s between the state, county, and local cities.

California Infrastructure Economic Development Bank (IBank)

  • Big announcement coming in the May budget revise.


  • The Governor expressed his commitment to the Computer Science for California program (CS for CA) and will be adding additional funding in the May budget revise.


  • The Governor is committed to secure water reliability and is in support of 1 tunnel to guarantee water conveyance to Southern California – CA WaterFix.
  • The Governor believes all Californian’s have a right to clean drinking water and believe his proposed water tax is a great idea. However, he is open to other solutions.


  • In the Governor eye’s California has failed to address its homelessness crisis and has committed a large amount of funding to address this issue. Look out for the May budget revise.
  • The Governor believes converting motels into homeless housing is a great idea.


Key Staff Introduced By Lenny Mendonca, Director of Go-Biz

Chris Dombrowski
Chief Deputy Director, GoBiz –

Bud Colligan
Senior Advisor for International Affairs and Trade –

Kaitlin Lewis
Assistant Deputy Director – Communications –

Aneesh Raman

Senior Advisor on Strategy and External Affairs –

Cheryl Akin
Deputy Director, California Compete Tax Credit –

William Koch
Deputy Director, California Community Reinvestment Grants Program –

Maral Farsi
Deputy Director, Legislative Affairs –

Isabel Guzman
Director of the Office of Small Business Advocate, Small Business Assistance and Innovation –

Tyson Eckerle
Deputy Director, Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure –

Frank Ramirez
Goods Movement and Sustainable Freight Manager, Goods Movement & Sustainable Freight Program –