An open letter to Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom

An open letter to Governor Jerry Brown and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom:

We are students from the Castro Valley High School newspaper, The Olympian, writing to ask a little of your time. We would like to talk to you about the future of California, climate change, the plight of undocumented immigrants and education.

Many of us would like to use our careers to make a difference, just like you both have.

Gov. Brown, you recently said we need to “wake up the whole world to realize we have a common destiny.” Well, involving young people in that effort could only advance that goal. We would like to ask about your approach towards improving California schools and the issue of education funding.

Lt. Gov. Newsom, you pledged a commitment to “leadership, not stewardship” in a recent interview. Interacting with your younger constituents would show that you mean it. We would like to ask you about your goal of changing university admission standards.

In recent years, we have attempted to contact you both numerous times by writing letters, visiting your offices and speaking to your staff members.

We understand that you’re busy, but we think you will enjoy meeting us, and we hope to hear from you. You can contact us at (510) 537 5910 x3113 and/or

Hannah Johansson and Mia Babasyan
Editors-in-chief of The Olympian

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