The next governor’s to-do list is not for the faint of heart. The person who gets the job will need to keep the budget in check, prepare California for environmental disasters (see: our year-long wildfire season and overdue great earthquake) and manage a deep housing affordability crisis that’s led to rising rates of homelessness. There’s also the matter of navigating the Golden State’s complicated relationship with the Trump administration.
As Gov. Jerry Brown so cheerfully bid his successor in his final State of the State address: “What’s out there is darkness, uncertainty, decline and recession. So good luck, baby.”