Former Stockton Mayor, Advocate of Guaranteed Income to Advise Newsom

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A former mayor in California who gained international attention for running a guaranteed income program is joining Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration.

Newsom named former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs a special advisor for economic mobility and opportunity on Thursday.

The unpaid position will also make Tubbs a member of Newsom’s Council of Economic Advisors. Tubbs started a guaranteed income program in 2019 that paid 125 people $500 per month with no strings attached.

Tubbs lost his reelection bid in November.

Newsom said Tubbs will work to build public and political will for policy change.