California governor faces heat over scofflaw dinner party at French Laundry

California Governor Gavin Newsom is on an apology tour after facing widespread criticism for attending a dinner party that violated the state’s social gathering restrictions. Last week, Newsom had attended an outdoor dinner party with twelve guests at Michelin-starred restaurant French Laundry. State guidelines cap gatherings at three households, and the governor’s office didn’t dispute that the party breached the limit. “You should expect nothing less from me, and I expect more from myself,” Newsom said at a press conference on Monday. The uproar over his move reflects Californians’ agitation over pandemic restrictions, heightened anxiety as cases rapidly rise throughout the state, and general weariness with hypocrisy. San Francisco Chronicle has the story.