As Newsom Tightens Restrictions, New Questions Emerge about His French Laundry Visit

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California Department of Public Health on February 27, 2020 in Sacramento, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Governor Gavin Newsom this week announced a dramatic rollback of reopening plans--including a curfew  in a majority of the state’s counties. But the governor himself is under fire for attending a birthday party for a friend-- and powerful lobbyist -- at the exclusive French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley. Among the other attendees were top officials from the California Medical Association, Politico reported on Thursday. Meanwhile more details are emerging about a recent trip by a group of California officials to a conference in Maui, which is also raising eyebrows


Katie Orr, government and politics reporter, KQED

Jamie Court, president, Consumer Watchdog