The Buzz: Newsom keeps low profile as acting governor; lawmakers back Olympic wrestling

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2013 - 7:55 am

Newsom plans 'business as usual' as acting governor

As California's acting governor, Gavin Newsom is keeping a low profile.

Gov. Jerry Brown, of course, is in China on a trade mission, and under the state constitution, the lieutenant governor takes over when the governor leaves the state.

But barring a crisis like the 2010 San Bruno fire when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was abroad and Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado held a news conference against a blazing backdrop, the current second-in-command – whose own gubernatorial ambitions are a popular topic in Sacramento – plans a relatively quiet week.

"It's kind of business as usual," Newsom spokeswoman Deirdre Hussey said Monday. "The schedule pretty much remains the same as if the governor was in town."

Newsom's time at the helm will include a speech in San Diego, some press interviews in San Francisco, and an appearance this weekend at the California Democratic Party convention in Sacramento.

He will also be in San Jose for an announcement about online education, an issue Brown has pushed this year as he's attended meetings of the University of California Board of Regents and the California State University board of trustees.

BILL WATCH

California state lawmakers went to the mat for wrestling Monday, approving a resolution that urges the International Olympic Committee to reverse a decision to delete the ancient sport from its list of 25 core sports at the 2020 Olympic Games. Senate Concurrent Resolution 26, by Democratic Sen. Lou Correa, passed the upper house on a unanimous 37-0 vote.

WORTH REPEATING

"I'm going to go there just like I went to Calcutta and Japan … to sense the dynamism. They're building stuff, 5,000 miles of high-speed rail, and 100 years ago the British were feeding them opium."

GOV. JERRY BROWN, who left California for China on Monday, talking recently to the Financial Times of London

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