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SF Mayor & Gov Hopeful Newsom in LA for 'Conversation' Tonight

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As part of his campaign to win the Governor's job in 2010, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will make a stop tonight in Woodland Hills to hold what he's calling one of his "conversations about California's future," at Taft High School, according to the Daily News.

Newsom is touting himself as the candidate who is focused on ideas and issues in his campagin, and plans to follow up his "brief overview of the state's problems," (how long does it take to say "We're broke!"?) by taking questions from the audience in the town hall-styled gathering.

What does Newsom want to talk about tonight--and ideally address as Governor? On the short list are "health care reform, education reform, environmental stewardship and obviously the large issue that transcends all others... the economy and the challenges in Sacramento that relate to governance.'' For Newsom, his model of success is the city of San Francisco, where the economic crisis was dealt with without raising taxes or laying off "teachers, police officers, firefighters, nurses and [included] an expansion of the city's universal health care and preschool programs."