Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he will deliver his third State of the State Address Tuesday March 9th in the evening in a “virtual presentation” to the California Legislature from Los Angeles County…. away from the State Capitol… away from most of the Capitol Press Corps… away from the prying eyes of the public.
“There will not be a media availability,” according to his press statement.
“The event is open to credentialed media only,” the governor’s press release said. That means that most of the usual gaggle of Capitol Press Corp members, who live and work in Sacramento in order to cover the State Capitol, the Legislature and Governor, will also be watching the livestream.
After one entire year of remote governor’s press conferences under the auspices of COVID distancing and “safety,” with telephone-access-only for questions of the governor (most of which are never granted), this is the governor who wants another year of emergency powers and ruling by executive orders.
“Credentialed members of the press interested in attending must RSVP to email@example.com by 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 7 – no exceptions. Members of the press will receive an email early next week with details for the event and information on public health and physical distancing requirements for covering the event.”
“Newsom just asked for another year of emergency powers,” Mike Netter, RecallGavin2020 Coalition Founding Member, said Sunday at a press conference. “He’s used executive powers to override state bidding processes, to grant no-bid contracts.” He added, “there are more than 100 no-bid contracts Gov. Newsom has directed to his biggest donors.”
Tuesday Gov. Gavin Newsom will be ducking again, away from the press, away from the Legislature, away from the public. It’s too bad Los Angeles restaurants aren’t open yet for inside dining or Gov. Newsom might slum it at “Cut” by Wolfgang Puck, with an average price of $230 per person. Sadly, “CUT Beverly Hills is temporarily closed,” the website says.
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