California Gov. Jerry Brown is a Los Angeles mayor who is a Californian

Every burned town is tragic. But Newsom needs to lead with science, not sentiment, if he wants to show the world the beauty of California’s forests.

“This isn’t going to be a lost-and-found,” he told the crowd. “What’s going to happen is the Pacific Lumber Company will build a new factory. It’s going to be in the Bay Area. It’s going to be a little bigger than the current plant.”

Newsom’s campaign has been building on the momentum from his successful, and expensive, recall campaign against Republican state Treasurer John Chiang, his chief opponent for governor.

In that campaign, Newsom received support from the Sierra Club, the League of Women Voters, the California Teachers Association, and the California Broadcasters Association.

His announcement on Thursday that he would veto any transportation bond package to fund roads, bridges, freeways, highways and other projects to relieve drivers’ congestion and pollution was not at all surprising.

But Newsom did what he needed to do to show that he is ready to lead in a state with a legacy of failed leadership.

In May 2010, Newsom appointed a new top-level transportation policy adviser. He created a new secretary of Transportation post to oversee the department. He created a new Office of Resources Development to oversee and develop projects such as the California High-Speed Rail project. He created a new office for the Department of Planning to review the transportation and housing needs of the state.

Last year, Newsom appointed his first transportation commissioner, Richard F. Murphy, a former Los Angeles mayor who ran California’s public transit system for years before leaving to run a private business group, the California Association of Realtors.

Last month’s announcement that Newsom had selected Michael Cox, the former top aide to the state’s former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, as his chief of staff and running mate for the gubernatorial election was not surprising either.

Although Cox told NBC News in an interview that he hoped Newsom would choose him over the state’s top transportation official, he later told NBC News that he had told Newsom that he could not support Newsom’s selection of Cox. Cox said the reason was that while he was at the state Capitol he had been involved in negotiations with Newsom over how to fund the high-speed rail project. Cox said Newsom told him that he could not fund the project without the state’s support.

In August, Newsom created his

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