Monday in Sacramento, Gavin Newsom will be sworn in as the 40th governor of California. He takes over a state flush with a $14.5 billion dollar rainy day fund and a budget surplus of at least $10 billion. But Newsom also inherits a state experiencing a housing crisis, rising income inequality and a growing vulnerability to wildfires. The Statehouse will be stacked in Newsom's favor, with a three-fourths “ultra” Democratic majority. Meanwhile, the California Republican party will be forced to do some soul searching about if and how it will rebuild itself. Tell us, what are your hopes -- or fears -- for a California under Governor Newsom?
What Californians Can Expect Under Governor Newsom
Then California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during Day Three of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images))
Scott Shafer, senior editor, KQED’s California Politics and Government desk
Mary Hughes, Democratic strategist; co-founder and president, Hughes & Company
Sean Walsh, GOP political consultant; principal, Wilson Walsh George Ross