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Four years ago, San Francisco's energetic new mayor, Gavin Newsom, ordered the city to provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples. That decision has been debated all the way up to the California Supreme Court, and has had serious implications for Newsom's political career.
In this audio lecture, sponsored by the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Newsom discusses the price he has paid for sticking to his progressive principles and, unlike most politicians, not taking the easier road of compromise and complacency. He also outlines the striking successes associated with his reforms in the areas of health care, education, poverty and homelessness, the environment, and business.
Elected to office in 2004, Gavin Newsom is San Francisco’s youngest mayor in 100 years. In 2005, he 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. Before embarking on his career in public service, Newsom was a successful small businessman. In 1992, he opened his first local business, the PlumpJack Wine Shop. Today, PlumpJack owns and operates 15 separate businesses throughout Northern California. Newsom holds a BA in political science from Santa Clara University.