Newsom-Meter

Tracking Gov. Gavin Newsom's Campaign Promises

The Newsom-Meter will measure whether Gov. Gavin Newsom is able to accomplish what he told voters and ultimately rate each promise as ‘Kept’, ‘Broken’ or ‘Compromise.’ It's the same process PolitiFact used with the Obameter to hold President Obama accountable and is currently used with the Trump-O-Meter to track President Trump’s commitments.

Promises we’ve rated recently

Expand homeless services

The Promise:

"Expand social services, healthcare (including mental health), bridge housing, and permanent supportive housing" for the homeless.

Update: Gavin Newsom promised to expand homeless services. How is he doing?

Appoint State Homelessness Secretary

The Promise:

"Appoint a State Homelessness Secretary to oversee an Interagency Council on Homelessness – because we need statewide leadership laser-focused on this problem."

Update: A promise stalled: Eight months in, Gov. Gavin Newsom has yet to hire a homelessness czar

Rapidly expand housing

The Promise:

"Lead the effort to develop 3.5 million new housing units we need by 2025."

Update: Has Gavin Newsom made progress on his pledge to boost California’s housing supply?

Launch savings accounts for kindergarteners

The Promise:

"As Governor, he will launch college savings accounts for every incoming kindergartener."

Update: Gavin Newsom promised college savings accounts for kindergarteners. He’s taken a $50 million step

Provide access to universal preschool

The Promise:

"To ensure California’s children have the skills they need to succeed in kindergarten, he will provide access to universal preschool."

Update: Newsom takes first step on promise of universal preschool in California, but has a long way to go

Expand homeless services

The Promise:

"Expand social services, healthcare (including mental health), bridge housing, and permanent supportive housing" for the homeless.

Update: What has California Gov. Gavin Newsom done so far for the homeless?

Boost affordable housing credit

The Promise:

"Increase affordable housing tax credit from $85 million to $500 million, phased in over a few years," to spur new housing development.

Update: Gavin Newsom’s housing tax credit promise is ‘In the Works’

Create universal healthcare

The Promise:

"As Governor, he will ensure California residents have universal access to healthcare, regardless of their ability to pay, pre-existing conditions, or immigration status."

Update: Gavin Newsom proposes ‘down payment’ on universal healthcare in California

Guarantee free community college

The Promise:

"Guarantee two free years of community college tuition." ​

Update: Gov. Newsom takes first step on promise of free community college in California