Photos show unmasked Gavin Newsom attending French Laundry dinner earlier this month

Henrietta Brewer
November 19, 2020

CEO Dustin Corcoran and Janus Norman, a senior vice president, were both reportedly in attendance at the dinner, which was meant to celebrate the birthday of Newsom advisor Jason Kinney. Gavin Newsom in hot water earlier this week.

Newsom wasn't the only one to catch heat for attending the dinner on Wednesday.

CMA spokesperson Anthony Clark defended the dinner and the health officials' attendance, reiterating that it was held "in accordance with state and county guidelines".

Photos released Tuesday night by FOX 11 showed a maskless Mr.

"This is a time when we need our political leaders, our civic leaders, our public health leaders, and our medical leaders to all be speaking with one voice", said Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, chair of the epidemiology department at the University of California, San Francisco.

Neither Norman nor Corcoran are doctors, but they represent some 50,000 physicians who are members of the premier group that advocates for the medical profession at the state Capitol.

Immediate action will help protect individuals at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 and will help keep the state's health care delivery system from becoming overwhelmed, officials said.

The group spent $2.1 million a year ago lobbying state leaders. Photos show the room has walls on three sides and a sliding glass door that opens to a patio.

California's COVID-19 safety guidelines limit the number of households at a private gathering, but do not explicitly impose those same rules on restaurant patrons.

Newsom said when he arrived at the restaurant the group gathered there was "larger than I anticipated". "And you can quibble about the guidelines, et cetera, et cetera, but the spirit of what I'm preaching all the time was contradicted and I've got to own that". "I'm imploring every Californian to stay home if they can, wear a mask whenever they leave their homes, limit mixing, practice physical distancing, and wash their hands".

New York Times opinion writer-at-large Charlie Warzel commented, "this sucks so much", and pointed out that the display of hypocrisy "will likely cause at least some people who would've acted responsibly to say 'fuck it'". Why isn't he wearing a mask while chewing his food in between bites like he tells us to do?

Bibbins-Domingo, the UCSF epidemiologist, said she hopes people will look at the dinner party as a warning shot rather than a permit to party.

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The governor had discouraged these types of gatherings during the pandemic. "Now is the time to do all we can to flatten the curve again, as we have done before".

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