‘Mr. Newsom Goes to Washington’

(Sorry, Frank Capra.)

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office says he’ll be making rounds in Washington, D.C., tomorrow trying to drum up business for California.

At 11 a.m. EST, he’s scheduled to meet with Brazilian Ambassador Mauro Vieira to discuss opportunities for continued cooperation between California and Brazil. The economic growth agenda Newsom rolled out in June cited the need to gear up for exports and global trade.

At 1:30 p.m., he’s to meet with former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., who now is chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, to discuss California’s film and tourism industries.

And at 3 p.m., he’s supposed to meet with U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson to push California as a target for innovation and job creation. Newsom’s economic growth agenda also recommended that the state aggressively seek to host one of three new satellite sites of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which is a Commerce Department agency.

None of the meetings will be open to the press.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Newsom fulfilled the Peter Principle when he was elected Mayor of Fairyland.

  • Rick K.

    Newsom has been very critical of his Democratic predecessor Lt. Gov. “Live Shot” Garamendi for doing next to nothing concerning economic development. Garamendi made much of his ex-officio role as Chair of the California Economic Development Commission when he ran for Congress in 2009, but the reality is that Garamendi literally had no economic development plan, despite holding the Lt. Gov. office for nearly three years. He only cared about “economic development” when it got him air time and a nifty title for his resume. Typical of “Live Shot” Garamendi — all talk and hot air, no substance.

  • Elwood

    @ Rick K.

    I am not an admirer of Garamendi, but I have to wonder what the hell did he do to you?

    Did he shoot your dog, or what?

  • John W

    Hey, Garamendi did a great job of naming the whales that got lost in the Sacramento River. The Lt. Gov. has no power, staff or portfolio. Hard to criticize somebody for doing nothing, when doing nothing is pretty much the job description.