SACRAMENTO -- Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who served as acting governor while Gov. Jerry Brown was off on a week-long trade mission to China, used his newfound authority to deputize the artichoke and avocado as California’s official vegetable and fruit, respectively.
But Newsom didn’t stop there. He used his broad powers to declare the almond as the state nut and rice as California’s official grain.
Somewhere in the Central Valley, there’s an angry quinoa lobby plotting its revenge.
Newsom poked fun at his inherited powers during the state Democratic Party convention in Sacramento while Brown was gone. “I'm thrilled to be here … on the sixth day of the Newsom administration,” he told the crowd almost a week into his term as acting governor. “This is the right time and the appropriate time to reflect on our cornucopia of landmark accomplishments over these magical six days.”
The former San Francisco mayor, also known for his liberal use of hair product, joked that he had created hundreds of new jobs “notably in the now-booming hair-gel industry.”