David Siders / dsiders@sacbee.com

Mike Rossi, a senior adviser on jobs to Gov. Jerry Brown, took his Beijing taxi-to-nowhere misadventure in stride. "You can't get upset about these things," the former bank executive said.

The Buzz: Jerry Brown's China trip a logistical success -- with one exception

Published: Saturday, Apr. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

One remarkable thing about Gov. Jerry Brown's trip to China this past week is that, for a governor who can be difficult to keep on schedule, it was largely a logistical success.

With one minor exception: getting Mike Rossi to dinner at Duck de Chine.

One night last week, Brown was dining at the Beijing restaurant when a text went out that he was looking for Rossi, his unpaid senior jobs adviser.

Rossi was miles away, his 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame between two reporters in the back seat of a cab.

A mix-up had sent Rossi and several other members of Brown's trade mission to the wrong restaurant – a second, considerably less famous Duck de Chine.

Back at the hotel, Rossi's deputy thought they still could catch up to Brown.

Rossi ordered a car, and he and the deputy piled in. Twenty minutes later, the scenery began to look familiar. They pulled out a map. The driver glanced at it and nodded confidently, though the map was upside down.

Once more, Rossi had been delivered to the same, wrong Duck de Chine.

The driver's cellphone rang, emitting an otherworldly sound.

The 69-year-old former bank executive started laughing.

"You can't get upset about these things," he said.

– David Siders


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