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Gavin Newsom: California Watch takes a closer look at the ‘Mr. Fixit’ image

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Current TV host and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom gets a little investigatory treatment today from California Watch, and it isn’t particularly flattering. Matt Smith and Lance Williams write that despite the Lite Guv’s carefully-honed image as “Mr. Fixit for local good government measures,” Newsom has “done double duty advancing the interests of major campaign donors.”

Among the examples cited, this excerpt:

In February, Newsom sent a letter scolding state historical preservation officials for dragging their feet in approving a plan to build a $45 million bridge and an underground parking garage near San Diego’s Balboa Park. Critics had said the plan involved smashing through San Diego’s iconic Spanish Colonial structure, the Cabrillo Bridge.

Less than a month later, the project’s main backer, Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs, and his wife, Joan Klein Jacobs, put $12,000 in Newsom’s 2014 campaign fund, state records show. In 2009, Jacobs had given Newsom's failed campaign for governor $5,000, according to the records.

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