California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom will discuss using technology as tools and solutions to government issues at UC San Diego on Feb. 25. Newsom’s visit to La Jolla coincides with the release of his book Citizenville: Reconnecting People and Government in the Digital Age.
UC San Diego reports, “As voter turnout declines and approval ratings reach record lows, it seems certain that Americans have given up on government. Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California and former mayor of San Francisco, argues that nothing is further from the truth in his upcoming book, Citizenville: Reconnecting People and Government in the Digital Age.”
"It is about focusing on what works from small cities to large cities all across the country where voices are being amplified by the tools of technology. We live in a world now where we're more engaged than ever peer-to-peer. Where people are engaging one-on-one to solve problems," Newsom said in a video (see above). "…Most of us see government as a vending machine where you put in your dollar in taxes and you get police, fire, health care and defense. But after you're exhausted with those limited choices and you don’t like what you get, you kick the machine and you shake it. That's where you get the Tea Party and the Occupy movement—people that are frustrated."
Brown said his inspiration came while mayor of San Francisco.
The event will take place at the Institute of the America’s on UCSD’s campus. For directions to the Institute of Americas click here.
Newsom will speak at 7 p.m., Feb. 25. Tickets are $25. Register online.