San Francisco’s mayor dined at the same restaurant California’s governor did, just one day apart, her office confirmed Tuesday.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, apologized for eating at the French Laundry in November. His actions didn’t violate the law but did conflict with his repeated exhortations for people to stay home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just a day after Newsom attended a crowded, indoor dinner, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, a Democrat, ate at the three-star restaurant in Yountville, her office confirmed to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Breed’s spokesman Jeff Cretan said Breed and seven others went to the restaurant on Nov. 7 to celebrate the 60th birthday of a friend. The party ate in the same kind of room Newsom did, which has three walls and a sliding glass door that sometimes stays open.
Cretan described the gathering as a “small family birthday dinner.”
Like Newsom’s soiree, the dinner didn’t violate the law but goes against Breed’s public recommendations. It would have violated the law if it took place in San Francisco, which has imposed some of the harshest measures in the country amid the pandemic.
Three days after her dinner, Breed banned all dining indoors in her city.
Cretan said Breed paid for her meal and ate out at other restaurants where the transmission rate of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19, was lower to try to support them.
Also this week, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo apologized for attending a Thanksgiving dinner with several family members even after he urged residents to forgo such gatherings. That dinner included eight people from five different households, which was in violation of recently imposed state regulations that call for social gatherings of no more than three households.
“I apologize for my decision to gather contrary to state rules, by attending this Thanksgiving meal with my family,” the Democrat wrote in a statement.
“I understand as a public official to provide exemplary compliance with the public health orders, and certainly not to ignore them. I commit to do better.”
State Sen. Melissa Melendez, a Republican, said Tuesday that elected officials in the state “have told their constituents: don’t gather for parties, don’t gather for Thanksgiving and that dining at restaurants is dangerous.”
“Some followed up with banning such activities for their constituents … and then …” Newsom, Breed, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl dined out while Liccardo gathered with family, she said, adding: “May I suggest that they acknowledge they’re no different than the rest of us, and stop suggesting, by their actions, that they are.”