Capitol Alert

Watch Gov. Gavin Newsom take a turn as a campus handyman

There was an extra hand on campus at American River College on Wednesday, as Gov. Gavin Newsom performed janitorial and landscaping work at the school.

Newsom helped custodian Maria Arambula, pushing a cleaning cart, changing lightbulbs and installing a towel dispenser in a restroom.

Newsom also helped groundskeeper Brenda Baker rake up leaves and dug up a broken sprinkler.

“I think it’s really important that we don’t walk by people that are cleaning the toilets, that we acknowledge them, that we celebrate them,” Newsom said of the facilities workers he shadowed Wednesday. “Those are the folks that are the backbone of this county, and certainly this state.”

The governor also signed an executive order creating a commission to look at workforce issues with a focus on understanding job automation.

The event was part of an effort to mark May Day. May 1 is International Workers’ Day, an event celebrating laborers and the working class in many countries around the world, similar to the Labor Day holiday in September in the United States.