New­som ‘loves’ Sacra­mento, but maybe not enough to live there

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Insight - BY ALEXEI KOSEFF akos­

Will the man who once dis­missed Sacra­mento as “just so dull” move to the cap­i­tal as the next gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia?

He still needs to talk it over with his wife, Gov.elect Gavin New­som said.

“We have four kids in school, and so all these things, hon­estly, I re­ally haven’t got­ten my arms around it,” said New­som, who cur­rently lives in Marin County. “It’s such a high-class is­sue for me to deal with, and to the ex­tent it’s per­ceived as a lo­gis­ti­cal prob­lem with kids in school, it’s one I look for­ward to ad­dress­ing and I will do so very quickly.”

Gov. Jerry Brown, af­ter re­turn­ing to of­fice, over­saw a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar ren­o­va­tion of the his­toric Gov­er­nor’s Man­sion in down­town Sacra­mento, which had not housed a Cal­i­for­nia ex­ec­u­tive since Ronald Rea­gan in 1967. Brown moved in at the end of 2015, and has hosted oc­ca­sional pub­lic events there, such as trick-or-treat­ing.

Dur­ing a cam­paign stop at UC Davis in June, New­som and his wife, Jen­nifer Siebel New­som, said they would “love” to live in the man­sion if he wins. But New­som was less ef­fu­sive about the idea late in the cam­paign sea­son.

“She hasn’t even been in there. And I’ve only been in the first floor,” he said dur­ing a stop Nov. 3 in Irvine.

New­som sug­gested it’s no longer es­sen­tial for Cal­i­for­nia’s gov­er­nor to be based out of Sacra­mento, even if that’s where the pol­i­cy­mak­ing hap­pens.

“Those re­la­tion­ships are not formed in Sacra­mento as much as they’re formed in the dis­tricts,” he said of work­ing with the Leg­is­la­ture.

“The old con­struct that you’re stuck in some of­fice in a state Capi­tol is rather ab­surd,” he said. “This is not a desk job.”

Nev­er­the­less, New­som is much nicer these days about the city. In 2012, at a tap­ing of his for­mer Cur­rent TV pro­gram, a Sacra­mento Bee re­porter over­heard New­som ad­mit that he spent “like one day a week, tops” in Sacra­mento, be­cause “there’s no rea­son.”

“I love Sacra­mento,” New­som said. “I’m there all the time.”


Gov. Jerry Brown, ac­com­pa­nied by his wife, Anne Gust Brown, talks out­side the Gov­er­nor’s Man­sion in 2014.

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