Capitol Alert

Golden 1 concert for California wildfire victims tops Newsom’s inauguration schedule

Wildfire victims will be front and center at incoming California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s inauguration.

On Jan. 6, the night before he takes his oath of office, Newsom will host “California Rises: A Concert to Help the Victims of California Wildfires” at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center.

The performers at the concert have not yet been announced, but proceeds from the event will go to the California Fire Foundation, which will use those funds to aid the long-term recovery and rebuilding for areas affected by wildfires over the last two years.

Newsom’s transition team said tickets will be available to those who donate. First responders and families of victims also will be invited to attend.

In a statement, Newsom said that “it seems appropriate to use this moment to unite as a state – stronger and more resilient than ever – to do whatever we can to ensure all of our fellow Californians, especially those impacted by tragic wildfire, have the opportunity to build a brighter future and pursue their dreams.”

Also Jan. 6, Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, will host a children’s event, open to the public, at the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento.

Newsom will take his oath of office, becoming California’s 40th governor, at 11 a.m. on Jan. 7.

Andrew Sheeler covers California’s unique political climate for McClatchy. He has covered crime and politics from Interior Alaska to North Dakota’s oil patch to the rugged coast of southern Oregon. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.