- Planet Erstwild - 20071218 - Mayor Gavin Newsom

Mayor Gavin Newsom of San FranciscoMayor Gavin Newsom visited Fairfield this past weekend, stumping for presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton. James Moore caught up with him at a local eatery and arranged a phone interview.

As San Francisco's youngest mayor in 100 years, Gavin Newsom has accomplished remarkable things. In July, 2007, Healthy San Francisco was launched, guaranteeing comprehensive, high-quality healthcare for all San Franciscans, fulfilling a pledge he made in 2005.

In 2004, he unveiled San Francisco’s Climate Action Plan, which aims to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.5 million tons by 2012 and curb global warming through strict goals that exceed the United Nations Kyoto Protocols.

The Mayor has also set a course for San Francisco to have the cleanest public transportation fleet in the nation by 2007 and transition the city’s entire taxi fleet to hybrid, alternative fuel, and green vehicles. In addition, San Francisco led 150 cities in signing the Urban Environmental Accords, which mandated the implementation of green building and public space improvements.

Gavin Newsom was born October 10, 1967 to the Honorable Judge William Newsom and Tessa Newsom. He grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 2005, Newsom earned an honorable mention as one of Time Magazine’s Best Big City Mayors and was named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders.