Gavin Newsom

  • Aired:  02/14/13
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The Lieutenant Governor of California shares his book, "Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government." (6:07)

WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE FORMER MAYOR OF SAN FRANCISCO WHO STARTED THE WAVE OF LEGALIZING

GAY MARRIAGE.

THAT MUST HAVE BEEN A TOUGH SELL IN SAN FRANCISCO.

PLEASE WELCOME GAVIN NEWSOM.

MAYOR, GOOD TO SEE YOU.

>> GOOD TO BE HERE.

>> Stephen: WE HAVE NEVER MET BEFORE TONIGHT BUT I FEEL LIKE WE'RE FRIENDS.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE YOU WERE ONE OF ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF COLBERT SUPERPAC.

>> I WAS TRYING TO INFLUENCE YOU, STEPHEN.

>> Stephen: $15.

>> I THINK IT WAS $50 A BIG SPENDER.

>> Stephen: BEING ON MY SHOW IS CHEAP AT TWICE THE PRICE.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU ARE THE 49th LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF THE GREAT STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

>> YES, SIR.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE FOLLOWING TWO TERMS AS THE MAYOR OF SAN FRANCISCO.

YOU HAVE A NEW BOOK HERE CALLED "ZENVILLE" HOW TO TAKE THE TOWN SQUARE DIGITAL -- WHAT DO YOU

MEAN BY DIGITAL?

DO I HAVE TO LOG ON TO THE GOVERNMENT?

I WANT TO PEOPLERRIZE A NEW PASSWORD.

>> WE HAVE A BROADCAST MODEL OF GOVERNING THAT I VOTE AND I DECIDE.

YOU UNDERSTAND THIS INTERMENTLY.

YOU HAVE SEEN THE CONTOURS WITH THE IMMEDIATE WHY AND MUSIC INDUSTRY.

BIG IS GETTING SMALL AND SMALL IS GETTING BIG.

TECHNOLOGY HAS THE ABILITY TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FEEL.

>> Stephen: WHAT THE (bleep) DOES ANY OF THAT MEAN?

BIG IS GETTING BIG AND SMALL IS GETTING BIG?

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

IS THERE A SIL VON -- SL A (bleep) TRANSLATOR IN THERE?

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

[LAUGHTER]

>> IT'S ABOUT THE NATURE OF THE WORLD WE'RE LIVING IN.

HIRE ASHY IS BEING CHALLENGED.

>> Stephen: I DON'T LIKE I HIERARCHY IS THERE FOR A REASON.

I'M A MEMBER OF IT.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR ALMOST AT THE TOP OF HEAP FOR YOUR STATE.

>> I WANT TO DEMOCRATIZE VOICES, REAL CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT, TWO WAY CONVERSATIONS.

I WANT CITIZENS TO BE REDEFINED.

I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO DO THINGS TO ME, I WANT PEOPLE TO DO THINGS WITH AMERICA IT'S ABOUT

BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS AND COMMUNITY.

>> Stephen: WHAT DO YOU MEAN CAPACITY?

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE THINGS COULD BE CARVED ON A STONE AND PUT IN A GUARD AS A MANTRA BUT I

DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY MEAN.

>> I'M TALKING ABOUT COMMUNITY.

>> Stephen: BANDWITH SO ALL OF US CAN HYPER LINK OUR ENGAGEMENTS TO DEMOCRACY.

I CAN MAKE THIS (bleep) UP, TOO.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> I'M NOT MAKING IT UP.

I'M NOT MAKING IT UP.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

YOU HAVE A WHOLE GENERATION OF FOLKS GROWING UP AS DIGITAL NATIVES.

FOLKS THAT UNDERSTAND A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE.

YOU ANDRY DIGITAL IMMIGRANTS WE'RE LEARNING THE LANGUAGE.

>> Stephen: DIGITAL IMMIGRANTS WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

>> WE'RE LEARNING THE LANGUAGE OF TECHNOLOGY.

>> Stephen: WHEN I WAS A KID I HAD PONG.

>> IT'S EVEN WORSE FOR YOU.

MUCH WORSE FOR YOU.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Stephen: THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

HE WILL GET HIS.

>> I GOT IT.

THE WHOLE POINT IS YOU CAN'T EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN LIKE WE WERE EDUCATED.

THIS WHOLE IDEA THAT WE CONTINUE TO GOVERN AS WE'RE GOVERNING IS NO LONGER RELEVANT TO THE WORLD

WE'RE LIVING IN.

PEOPLE ARE USING THE TOOLS OF OF TECHNOLOGY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS PEER TO PEER.

TO ENGAGE DIRECTLY.

DONORS CHOOSE.

>> Stephen: I LOVE DONORSCHOOSE.

I'M ON THE BOARD.

>> GOOD EXAMPLE.

PEOPLE ARE SOLVING THE PROBLEMS NOT FOR DEMOCRAT.

>> Stephen: WHY ARE YOU A DEMOCRAT IF YOU DON'T WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO FIX THINGS.

YOU ARE THE BIG GOVERNMENT PEOPLE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> I WANT GOVERNMENT TO SOLVE THE BIG PROBLEMS BUT BE LESS PRESCRIPTIVE ON THE HOW.

IT'S ABOUT AMPLIFYING VOICES, GETTING MORE PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LIFE OF THEIR CITY.

>> Stephen: IF THAT IS SO IMPORTANT AND EFFECTIVE WHY ARE YOU AT THE TOP OF GOVERNMENT WHY

NOT RESIGN AND BECOME ONE OF GROUNDLINGS YOU SAY IT'S GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

>> IT'S NOT ABOUT THOSE IN OFFICE.

>> Stephen: RIGHT, IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU.

YOU GOT IT.

>> Stephen: WHY DO I HAVE YOU ON THE SHOW THEN?

>> I'M A CONDUIT OPENING UP GOVERNMENT BEING LESS PRESCRIPTIVE.

>> Stephen: LET'S TALK ABOUT CALIFORNIA.

I DON'T TRUST THE STATE COMPLETELY BECAUSE YOU HAVE A BEAR ON YOUR FLAG.

[LAUGHTER]

CALIFORNIA WAS A GOLDEN LAND OF OPPORTUNITY.

>> YES, IT DID.

>> Stephen: NOW IT'S A DEGREING DUST BOWL OF DEBT WHERE EDUCATION ISN'T FREE ANYMORE AND

PEOPLE ARE FLEEING.

IT'S GOT A SMALLER POPULATION THAN WYOMING AT THIS POINT.

WHAT HAPPENED TO CALIFORNIA.

>> WE JUST SUBMITTED A BALANCED BUDGET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TEN YEARS.

>> Stephen: BY JACKING THE TAXES ON GUYS LIKE ME.

>> WHICH SHOW SURPLUSES OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS IF WE CONTINUE TO BE FISCALLY PRUDENT.

CALIFORNIA IS FINALLY TURNING THE CORNER.

DON'T GIVE UP WITH A STATE WELL MORE VENTURE CAPLE AND PATENTS THAN ANY OTHER STATE IN OUR NATION.

IT'S A REMARKABLE PLACE.

$1.9 TRILLION A YEAR ECONOMY.

THE NATION'S LARGEST.

IT'S AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE FUTURE AND FATE OF THIS COUNTRY.

I'M A BIG BELIEVER IN CALIFORNIA'S VALUES AND THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE UP THE GREAT

STATE AND I DO NOT SUBSCRIBE TO THIS NOTION THAT THE BEST DAYS OF CALIFORNIA ARE BEHIND US.

>> Stephen: CAN I SAY SOMETHING?

>> YES, SIR.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE A VERY HANDSOME MAN.

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