Governor Gavin Newsom is in good company when it comes to politicians attending fancy birthday parties while encouraging others to avoid the gathering.
It turns out Mayor London Breed in San Francisco dined in the French Laundry the following night Newsom’s infamous, unwise evening, amid a pandemic At Yountville’s three-star Michelin restaurant.
Breed spokesperson Geoff Cretan confirmed that the Breed took a vacation for a few days after Election Day and joined seven others on the night of November 7 to celebrate Goretti Le Louie’s 60th birthday. The party of eight had dinner in the same type of partially enclosed room with a ceiling and chandelier as Newsom did – making it more of an indoor dining experience than an outdoor experience.
Crete described the event as a “small family birthday dinner,” but it is unclear exactly who else attended and how many families were in the group.
While indoor dining was permitted in Napa County at the time with no set limit on the number of families, state guidelines “severely discourage” social gatherings and cover them in three households. Breed dinner in an upscale restaurant – in the midst of an economic disaster Countless small businesses shut down And the Lines at local food banks have stretched to new lengths – He might not technically break the rules, but he’s not a cool looking.
The dinner would definitely violate San Francisco’s health guidelines if it were held in Breed City. San Francisco has issued stricter guidelines than the state for many types of businesses, including restaurants, that were not supposed to accommodate groups larger than six indoors or outdoors unless everyone lived together. After three days eating at the French Laundry, Breed banned indoor dining in San Francisco altogether.
“I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for everyone to act responsibly to curb the spread of the virus,” Breed said in a statement on 10 November. “Everyone in San Francisco needs to do their part so we can start moving in the right direction again.”
It is just the latest example of a politician not practicing exactly what continues to preach. When Newsom attended a French Laundry dinner to mark lobbyist Jason Kenney’s fiftieth birthday, the 12-person party included more than three families. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi did her hair styling in San Francisco While the salons were requested to be closed.
San Jose Mayor Sam Licardo told people to avoid large gatherings on Thanksgiving, however He attended his elderly parents’ holiday dinner in Saratoga With other relatives from five families. Sheila Coyle, a Los Angeles County superintendent, voted to ban outdoor eating last week – and hours later it was. Spotted eating out at an Italian restaurant in Santa Monica.
It suffices to make some residents question why they would follow the rules if the people who set them did not.
Jason McDaniel, an assistant professor of political science at San Francisco State University, said that the Breed Dinner comes at a very bad time because It is likely to place more restrictions on Residents and businesses this week to curb the worrying rise in coronavirus cases. He said that success in reducing case rates requires residents to trust their decisions.
“Any increase in mockery of our political leaders at the moment could be costly,” he said. Our elected leaders must adhere to higher standards. The mayor and governor before her failed to meet this higher standard. “
Cretan said the mayor paid for her dinner and confirmed that indoor and outdoor dining is permitted in Napa and San Francisco counties at the time. He said that Breed dined at a number of restaurants when the coronavirus infection rate was lower to support them financially.
“Now, with case rates rising, and the Bay Area counties returning to the purple level, they are once again limiting their actions and encouraging all San Francisco residents to do the same,” he said.
Lowe is vice chair of the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Asian Arts Committee, which consists of 27 members who are nominated by other commissioners but subject to the mayor’s approval. Her husband, Lawrence Lowe, is the president of Stanford Hotels and a hotel developer who in 2018 created the Soma Mission Bay Marriott Hotel. His father is Hong Kong billionaire Chi Woo Lui.
Guretti and Lawrence Lowe appear regularly in the city’s social circle.