Long Beach mayor appointed to Newsom transition team

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has been selected to serve as an “ambassador” on Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom’s transition team, according to a statement released Friday night.

The team will encourage all Californians to participate in the transition process and “help ensure that California’s government reflects the diversity and dynamism of California itself,” according to a statement from Newsom’s team.

“These respected leaders will help me as I search for innovative ideas and talent across the state,” Newsom said in a statement. “I want every Californian to know that during this transition, I want to hear from you—no matter where you live, no matter who you are, no matter how you vote. This will be your administration.”

Garcia endorsed Newsom in 2017, early in Newsom’s bid for the position. Garcia at the time lauded Newsom for his stances on progressive issues dating back to his time as mayor of San Francisco.

Newsom also visited Long Beach in September for a remembrance ceremony of the victims killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack.

Newsom, a Democrat, soundly defeated his opponent on Nov. 6 in his bid to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown.


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