SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 12: San Francisco mayor and California Lt. Governor-elect Gavin Newsom speaks to reporters after meeting school children at Fairmount Elementary School on November 12, 2010 in San Francisco, California. San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom announced today that he vetoed a controversial legislation that was approved by the San Francisco board of supervisors that would ban toys in fast food "happy meals." He promoted his "Shape Up SF" program as a more effective way to combat childhood obesity by encouraging children to eat better, exercise and for schools to offer healthy food choices that include fresh vegetables. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Jerry Brown is on his very first trip out of state since taking over the job as Governor of California.
That means Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is technically and constitutionally in charge of the state.
Brown is only out of town for the day. He's in Las Vegas for a clean energy conference.
As for Newsom: he spent his day in his San Francisco office.
"The Lieutenant Governor takes his constitutional duties seriously and is prepared to work closely with Governor Brown to ensure consistent operations," read a statement issued by the Lt. Governor's office.
Several bloggers, including our own Kevin Riggs on Prop Zero, have pointed out that Brown did a lot more traveling during his first stint as governor. They also noted that then Lt. Gov. Mike Curb tended to get himself into a bit of political trouble while in charge. Curb, a Republican, apparently took advantage of his power and made questionable executive actions, including appointing a judge.
Newsom is supposed to stick to task and keep quiet on his days at the helm.
"If you’re expecting a Mike Curb moment, prepare to be profoundly disappointed," Francisco Castillo, Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications for the Lt. Gov said.