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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, shown in January talking about his new book, on Monday declined to comment on the environmental impact of Sean Parker's multimillion-dollar coastal wedding.

The Buzz: Newsom makes light of Napster founder's wedding

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

Newsom strikes playful tone on Napster founder's nuptials

At a discussion hosted by Sacramento State on Monday, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom kept the conversation centered on his latest book – but dropped in a joke about the controversy surrounding Napster-founder Sean Parker's wedding.

Newsom took some flak last week for attending the Big Sur wedding after news broke that Parker would pay a $2.5 million fine for building a multimillion-dollar wedding site on coastal land without the proper permits.

"There's a lot of dust flying in the air around the controversy surrounding Sean Parker's wedding – coming from most people who weren't invited," Newsom quipped.

Newsom noted that Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich – one of the most outspoken critics of Napster – attended the wedding. Though Parker and Ulrich may seem like strange bedfellows, Newsom said their friendship illustrates how far technology has come since Napster's birth in 1999.

"Technology (was) attacking the old model of music," Newsom said. "Meanwhile, as these guys are running around in the corner, a guy called Steve Jobs goes, 'You know what? I've got an idea.' "

Following his appearance, Newsom wouldn't answer a reporter's question on the wedding's environmental impact.


California is only average when it comes to Internet connectivity, a new Census Bureau report indicates. It says 15.4 percent of Californians over 2 years old lack a home computer and have no other access to the Internet, lower than the 15.9 percent national average. Other states range from 7.5 percent in Utah to 26.8 percent in Mississippi.


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