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California Governor Gavin Newsom (then Lieutenant Governor) riding in the Golden State Warriors Parade in Oakland, CA, Jun. 12, 2018. (Photo: Amir Aziz/Shutterstock)

Gov. Newsom’s Office Plays Word Games Over His Travel to Montana

One staffer admitted to the NYT Newsom’s security detail is paid by taxpayers

By Katy Grimes, July 8, 2022 8:18 am

  1. California Governor Gavin Newsom and his family are vacationing in Montana – one of the 22 states on California’s list of state-banned travel, the Globe reported Wednesday.

The Governor’s office sent out a press release Friday afternoon announcing “Governor Gavin Newsom has left the state.”

Emily Hoeven with CalMatters questioned the Governor’s recent cryptic email noting “a noticeable difference from communication surrounding other recent out-of-state trips.”

The Globe has noticed this pattern since Newsom first came into office.

We highlighted several of our records requests for his calendar, as well as “The number of California Highway Patrol security detail personnel assigned to Gov. Gavin Newsom, the First Partner and his family, on the governor’s recent vacation to Mexico, November 22, 2021 through November 28, 2021 as well as the number of vehicles assigned on the trip.”

The requests for information were denied.

Friday morning, Gov. Newsom’s communications staffer Anthony York was forced to admit that the state was indeed paying for Newsom’s security detail in Montana to the New York Times, Jennifer Van Laar at RedState reported.

The Globe sent yet another request Thursday evening to Gov. Newsom’s press secretary asking, “How much in total state tax dollars (no itemization requested) has been spent or billed for the Governor’s trip to Montana?”

Erin Mellon, spokeswoman for Gov. Newsom replied: “Hi Katy – No state funds have been expended for the Governor’s travel or that of his family.”


But wait. Didn’t Newsom’s communications director Anthony York admit to The NY Times that Newsom’s security detail is state-funded, and the governor is visiting a state on his list of banned state travel?

Which is it?

While this all may seem like an exercise in futility, it is not.

Gov. Newsom is big on signaling his virtue to the left, including continuing to ban state-funded travel to states he and Democrats disapprove of over policies involving LGBTQ and abortion policies, as well as transgender bathroom access, and transgender rights.

Last week, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced that California will restrict state-funded travel to Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana, and Utah as a result of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation recently enacted in each state, the Globe reported.

The California Legislature passed a law in 2021 that banned state-funded travel to multiple states over anti-LGBTQ laws, including Montana for passage of “House Bill 112 which prevents transgender women and girls from participating in school sports consistent with their gender identity.”

The following is a complete list of states subject to California’s ban on state-funded and state-sponsored travel:

    1. Alabama
    2. Arizona *Effective September 28, 2022
    3. Arkansas
    4. Florida
    5. Idaho
    6. Indiana *Effective July 1, 2022
    7. Iowa
    8. Kansas
    9. Kentucky
    10. Louisiana *Effective August 1, 2022
    11. Mississippi
    12. Montana
    13. North Carolina
    14. North Dakota
    15. Ohio
    16. Oklahoma
    17. South Carolina
    18. South Dakota
    19. Tennessee
    20. Texas
    21. Utah *Effective July 1, 2022
    22. West Virginia

Exceptions to the Newsom’s and Bonta’s travel restrictions may be granted for the following purposes:

    1. Enforcement of California law, including auditing and revenue collection.
    2. Litigation.
    3. To meet contractual obligations incurred before January 1, 2017.
    4. To comply with requests by the federal government to appear before committees.
    5. To participate in meetings or training required by a grant or required to maintain grant funding.
    6. To complete job-required training necessary to maintain licensure or similar standards required for holding a position, in the event that comparable training cannot be obtained in California or a different state not affected.
    7. For the protection of public health, welfare, or safety, as determined by the CSU or other state agencies.

Based on these exemptions, Newsom’s family vacation to Montana is just that – a vacation, but with state-funded security detail in a state-funded travel ban state.

Interestingly, the California universities are exempted from this state travel ban list so their student athletes can travel and compete in any state, based on the leagues they are in.

UCLA and USC just left the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten Conference, which includes banned states Indiana and Ohio.

This is the Pac-12 Conference member schools and states including banned Arizona and Utah.

California is one of a few states in the country to maintain a list of banned states, and now almost half of the country is banned.

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14 thoughts on “Gov. Newsom’s Office Plays Word Games Over His Travel to Montana

  1. “California is the only state in the country to maintain a list of banned states” because… feelings.

  2. Even UCLA and USC are abandoning California by joining the Big Ten conference. Well, so now it’s back to the Pac 10 Conference. But wait, CAL ad STANFORD could also leave soon, so then we are back to the Pac 8 of the 1960’s?

  3. We MUST start seeing consequences from outrages such as this. California taxpayers are PAYING for state travel that has been BANNED. Banned state travel that the GOVERNOR is engaging in. Would someone like to tell me what exactly was the POINT of that puffed-up incompetent unqualified ne’er-do-well Atty General Rob Bonta’s pronouncement about this if Governor Gruesome himself continually gives us the finger and does what he wants anyway? Right smack in our face?

    I used to not know whether to laugh or cry at this stuff. Now I know all I want to do is SCREAM. But fat lot of good it does.

    Newsom is a g*d damned HYPOCRITE !
    Are WE paying for Governor Newsom’s ARMED security detail in a ‘banned’ state ?
    I thought Gavin is scared of guns !?!
    Oh ! He seemed to feel safer when the guns are in the hands of…….wait for it….
    ->The Double Standards are Adding up !
    –>But TWO Double Standards do not make a Right !
    And there is this-
    (From the CHP website-)
    ‘the Threat Assessment Unit (TAU) functions as the primary investigative unit responsible for the investigations of crimes, threats, and INAPPROPRIATE CONTACTS directed towards the GOVERNOR, state constitutional officers, members of the state legislature, and members of the state judiciary.
    ……I think I just threw-up a little in my mouth .

    1. Thanks for that CHP excerpt, Mary. Apparently Newsom interprets “inappropriate contacts directed towards the Governor” to mean being approached by a reporter who asks questions he doesn’t like and who hasn’t kissed his butt. One of my favorite arrogant Newsom temper-tantrum compilation videos was posted when he was Mayor of SF and in the midst of controversy. You’ll see he used SFPD officers to deflect reporters from those pesky questions. As governor he used armed CHP officers as a threatening flank at the State Capitol building in 2020 when wholesome protesting CA citizens and their families showed up to peacefully assemble about the Covid lockdowns.
      The video below used to be a lot clearer when I’ve posted it in the past. Makes you wonder if Newsom’s staff and/or backers went in and made it grainier and more blurry somehow. Can’t imagine how, I’m no tech genius, that’s for sure, but I wouldn’t put such a petty move past that crowd:
      “The Walkaway Mayor”

  5. Thank you for publishing the list of “banned states”…

    Now we know where sane politicians reside and where to consider relocating to, because Newsom and Bonta are failed leaders of a state that is failing, based upon the mass evacuations of residents, businesses and now sports programs….

    But the weather’s nice…

  6. Agreed,Critical…..the firestorms are lovely this time of year….lol.
    There used to be so many reasons why we all pay more to live here,not anymore.

  7. …..Gavin Newsom for President
    ” Do As I Say,Not As I Do ”
    “Because a Million Criminals Can’t Be Wrong”
    “Making Crime the New Normal Since 2019”

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