A day after voters resoundingly rejected an effort to remove him from office, Gov. Gavin Newsom is back to work.
On Wednesday, the governor was at a school in East Oakland and highlighted the state's work in reopening schools as the pandemic continues.
He also praised school districts across the state for safely reopening this fall and applauded students and staff for following the mask mandate.
Gloria Garcia teaches a third-grade class and said she voted no on the recall election.
"We're just feeling excited and hopeful that in this next year, he'll be in office and will continue to keep our students safe," she said.
After the early results confirmed his win, Newsom said he spoke to Dr. Anthony Fauci and President Biden.
"Science was on the ballot, the pandemic was on the ballot, our approach to this pandemic, vaccinations were on the ballot last nigh," he said.
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When asked if he felt vindicated, he explained he was not experiencing those feelings.
State Senator Nancy Skinner who leads the Senate budget committee blasted Republicans for spending at least $276 million dollars of taxpayer dollars on the failed recall effort and hinted efforts to reform the recall system are in the works.
"Californians want the recall process but they don’t necessarily want one that could be used frivolously," she said.
"I think the recall process has been weaponized," Newsom stated.