San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on Thursday called the city’s $500 million-plus deficit “staggering.”
In his first extensive interview since dropping out of the California governor’s race, Newsom wanted to talk solely about the city’s budget plight, but CBS 5 pushed him to answer questions about his uncharacteristic absence from the public limelight since ending his gubernatorial bid.
Newsom seemed to be agitated and annoyed at the questioning, proclaiming that he had made 69 public appearances since his decision to quit the race for governor – although his staff could not provide specific details about those appearances, which were not reflected on the mayor’s public schedule.
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