Gavin Newsom – It’s All In The Family, Unfortunately

By Dan Walters | Jan. 6, 2019 | Commentary, Dan Walters

Gavin Newsom will be the first Democrat in more than a century to succeed another Democrat as governor and the succession also marks a big generational transition in California politics.

A long-dominant geriatric quartet from the San Francisco Bay Area – Gov. Jerry Brown, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – has been slowly ceding power to younger political strivers.

Moreover, Newsom is succeeding someone who could be considered his quasi-uncle, since his inauguration continues the decades-long saga of four San Francisco families intertwined by blood, by marriage, by money, by culture and, of course, by politics – the Browns, the Newsoms, the Pelosis and the Gettys.

The connections date back at least 80 years, to when Jerry Brown’s father, Pat Brown, ran for San Francisco district attorney, losing in 1939 but winning in 1943, with the help of his close friend and Gavin Newsom’s grandfather, businessman William Newsom.

Ties among the Brown, Newsom, Pelosi and Getty families date back three generations. Click on image for a larger view. Graphic for CALmatters by Nazneen Rydhan-Foster.

Fast forward two decades. Gov. Pat Brown’s administration developed Squaw Valley for the 1960s winter Olympics and afterward awarded a concession to operate it to William Newsom and his partner, John Pelosi.

One of the Pelosis’ sons, Paul, married Nancy D’Alesandro, who went into politics and has now reclaimed speakership of the House of Representatives. Another Pelosi son married William Newsom’s daughter, Barbara. Until they divorced, that made Nancy Pelosi something like an aunt by marriage to Gavin Newson (Nancy Pelosi’s brother-in-law was Gavin Newsom’s uncle).

The Squaw Valley concession was controversial at the time and created something of a rupture between the two old friends.

William Newsom wanted to make significant improvements to the ski complex, including a convention center, but Brown’s Department of Parks and Recreation balked. Newsom and his son, an attorney also named William, held a series of contentious meetings with officials over the issue.

An eight-page memo about those 1966 meetings from the department’s director, Fred Jones, buried in the Pat Brown archives, describes the Newsoms as being embittered and the senior Newsom threatening to “hurt the governor politically” as Brown ran for a third term that year against Ronald Reagan.

Pat Brown’s bid for a third term failed, and the Reagan administration later bought out the Newsom concession. But the Brown-Newsom connection continued as Brown’s son, Jerry, reclaimed the governorship in 1974. He appointed the younger William Newsom, a personal friend and Gavin’s father, to a Placer County judgeship in 1975 and three years later to the state Court of Appeal.

Justice Newsom, who died a few weeks ago, had been an attorney for oil magnate J. Paul Getty, most famously delivering $3 million to Italian kidnapers of Getty’s grandson in 1973. While serving on the appellate bench in the 1980s, he helped Getty’s son, Gordon, secure a change in state trust law that allowed him to claim his share of a multi-heir trust.

After Newsom retired from the bench in 1995, he became administrator of Gordon Getty’s own trust, telling one interviewer, “I make my living working for Gordon Getty.” The trust provided seed money for the PlumpJack chain of restaurants and wine shops that Newson’s son, Gavin, and Gordon Getty’s son, Billy, developed, the first being in a Squaw Valley hotel.

Gavin Newsom had been informally adopted by the Gettys after his parents divorced, returning a similar favor that the Newsom family had done for a young Gordon Getty many years earlier. Newsom’s PlumpJack business (named for an opera that Gordon Getty wrote) led to a career in San Francisco politics, a stint as mayor, the lieutenant governorship and now to the governorship, succeeding his father’s old friend.

He’s keeping it all in the extended family.



Interaction At The Welfare Office

“A young man with his pants hanging half off his rear-end, two gold front teeth, at tattoo on his forehead and a half inch thick gold chain around his neck, walked into the local welfare office to pick up his check.

He marched up to the counter and said, “Hi. You know, I just HATE drawing welfare. I’d really rather have a job. I don’t like taking advantage of the system, getting something for nothing.”

The social worker behind the counter said “Your timing is excellent. We just got a job opening from a very wealthy old man who wants a chauffeur and bodyguard for his beautiful daughter You’ll have to drive around in his 2018 Mercedes-Benz GT, and he will supply all of your clothes.”

“Because of the long hours, meals will be provided. You’ll also be expected to escort the daughter on her overseas holiday trips. This is rather awkward to say, but you will also have, as part of your job, the assignment to satisfy her sexual urges as the daughter is in her mid-20’s and has a rather strong sex drive.”

The guy, just plain wide-eyed, said, “You’re bull-shitting’ me!”

The social worker said, “Yeah, well . . . You started it . . . . “

How the Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World

The Epoch Times is serializing a translation from the Chinese of a new book, How the Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World, by the editorial team of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.

I will provide links here so those that are interested can read these important translations. Even if you don’t plan to read the translations, I urge you to go to the first link on the bottom and work your way up reading the names of the chapter titles. If you are aware of what is happening around the world and especially in America as the Progressives push Democratic Socialism I believe you will see an alarming familiarity.

This post will be updated as new translations are posted by the Epoch Times.

Go the bottom for the first translation.
An audio-book option was added in this update.
March 3, 2019 – How the Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World: Conclusion
March 3, 2019 – Chapter Eighteen: The Chinese Communist Party’s Global Ambitions (Part II)
February 28, 2019 – Chapter Eighteen: The Chinese Communist Party’s Global Ambitions (Part I)
February 9, 2019 – Chapter Seventeen: Globalization: Communism at Its Core
January 31, 2019 – Chapter Sixteen: The Communism Behind Environmentalism (Part II)
January 27, 2019 – Chapter Sixteen: The Communism Behind Environmentalism (Part I)
November 17, 2018 – Chapter Fifteen: The Communist Roots of Terrorism
October 10, 2018 – Chapter Fourteen: Popular Culture–A Decadent Indulgence
October 8, 2018 – Chapter Thirteen: Hijacking the Media
September 11, 2018 – Chapter Twelve: Sabotaging Education (Part II)
August 29, 2018 – Chapter Twelve: Sabotaging Education (Part I)
August 16, 2018 – Chapter Eleven: Desecrating the Arts
July 27, 2018 – Chapter Ten: Using the Law for Evil
July 26, 2018 – Chapter Nine: Chapter Nine: The Communist Economic Trap (Part II)
July 22, 2018 – Chapter Nine: The Communist Economic Trap (Part I)
July 17, 2018 – Chapter Eight: How Communism Sows Chaos in Politics (Part II)
July 15, 2018 – Chapter Eight: How Communism Sows Chaos in Politics (Part I)
July 13, 2018 – Chapter Seven: Destruction of the Family (Part II)
July 12, 2018 – Chapter Seven: Destruction of the Family (Part I)
June 15, 2018 – Chapter Six: The Revolt Against God
June 15, 2018 – Chapter Five: Infiltrating the West (Part II)
June 14, 2018 – Chapter Five: Infiltrating the West (Part I)
June 12, 2018 – Chapter Four: Exporting Revolution
June 7, 2018 – Chapter Three: Mass Killing in the East
June 7, 2018 – Chapter Two: Communism’s European Beginnings
June 3, 2018 – Chapter One: The Devil’s Strategies for Destroying Humanity
June 3, 2018 – How the Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World: Introduction
May 31, 2018 – How the Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World: Preface

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