Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom returned to the Valley to discuss management of state-owned lands and waterways

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- For the first time in its history, the state lands commission met in Fresno. Meetings are normally held in Sacramento or on the coast. Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom felt a scenery change was necessary.

"It's rather extraordinary that in 78 years the state lands has never met in Fresno so that's a wrong we wanted to right. And obviously connect some real issues, environmental justice issues to the community of Fresno. Talk about the San Joaquin River and access, public access issues," said Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom.

Newsom has topped all of the polls looking at a crowded gubernatorial field which will be whittled down to two in June.

All of the candidates including former la mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have been making Valley stops and Newsom figures to visit more often.

"This part of the state needs to be represented equally. I want folks up here to understand that I get it and I have no interest in being part of the problem," said Newsom.

Newsom touched on several topics before the lands commission meeting including high-speed rail.

"I support the high-speed rail system but I've also been very honest about my critique of the business plan. It went from a $33 billion project to a $98 billion project that's currently valued, engineered at about 64."

When it comes to high profile projects, Newsom says he does not understand why people would be afraid of audits.
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