Published: Sat, November 21, 2020
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Gov. Newsom joined by CA health execs at French Laundry dinner

Gov. Newsom joined by CA health execs at French Laundry dinner

First, there were the photos of far-left California Gov. Gavin Newsom dining unmasked in a fancy French restaurant with a large group of unmasked guests - quite the faux pas considering the controversial COVID-19 dining restrictions the Democrat has instituted.

Both Norman and Corcoran are friends of Kinney, as is Newsom, who referred this week to his 20-year friendship with Kinney.

CalMatters reached Bretan by phone on Monday while working to confirm information that Corcoran had attended the French Laundry dinner party. One of the images shows at least 10 people sitting close together at an elegant table, none wearing masks.

"Gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 15 people for three households".

"The photos call into question just how outdoors the dinner was", Fox 11's Bill Melugin wrote on Twitter.

Days after admitting he "should have modeled better behavior" following a dinner that broke California's Covid-19 restrictions, Gavin Newsom is back in the spotlight as it's revealed health officials were also in attendance.


According to the Chronicle, representatives for Kinney and Newsom declined to specify how many households the diners represented, but did not dispute that it was more than three.

During a coronavirus briefing on Monday, Newsom admitted the dinner had been a "bad mistake".

"Instead of sitting down, I should have stood up and walked back, got in my auto and drove back to my house", he told reporters. "The spirit of what I'm preaching all the time was contradictory, and I've got to own that, so I'm going to apologize to you". California put 41 of the state's 51 counties in the strictest of the four-tier system for reopening that is based on virus cases and infection rates.

Newsom said, "We are now moving backwards, not forwards".

Even as the state put out an advisory last week asking Californians not to travel out of state due to the increasing coronavirus cases, a handful of state lawmakers traveled to Maui for an annual policy conference sponsored by the prison guards union and other interest groups that lobby at the Capitol. "And we hope and expect people to take them seriously".

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