How the Hell Did Gavin Newsom Get Invited to Sean Parker's Wedding? (Update)

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Gavin Newsom doesn't need to crash weddings
Update: Thursday 12:25 p.m. Between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, Gavin Newsom mysteriously changed the job description on his website to eliminate all references to the Coastal Commission. Check out bottom of the story for screenshots of the new descriptions.

Original Story 6/5: A 2.5 million dollar settlement with the Coastal Commission is just a cost of doing business if you're a disgustingly rich Facebook guru. And it only accounted for one fifth the overall tab for Sean Parker's lavish, non-environmental, celebrity-studded, Game of Thrones-style wedding ceremony in a protected redwood grove in Big Sur.

Enabled by a backroom deal that Parker cut with the Ventana Inn -- a high-end resort that abuts an ancient forest and a creek teeming with steelhead trout -- the wedding included an artificial pond, switchback stairways, fake ruins, and extra foliage that required Parker's construction team to dig out, bulldoze, and otherwise molest areas of highly sensitive natural forest.

According to Coastal Commission reports, his unpermitted development may have caused soil erosion and damage to individual trees. It probably deposited loads of sediment into Post Creek. Atlantic writer Alexis Madrigal characterized the ceremony not only as a "parable of Silicon Valley excess," but also as the worst side of that old timeworn tech credo: Disrupt. Move fast. Break things.

And a de facto head of the State Lands Commission, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, was one of the guests, alongside Attorney General Kamala Harris, multiple media outlets report.

Thus far, no one has divined whether Newsom's fingerprints are on this deal. His website says that he rotates with State Controller John Chiang as chair of the three-member State Lands Commission, which oversees leasing of millions of acres of state-owned land and permitting of water channels in California. He also serves as a member to the California Ocean Protection Council. Interestingly, he also campaigned on a rather bullish environmental platform, claiming not only that he would work to conserve California's precious natural resources, but that he would "work to secure permanent funding solutions for the California Coastal Commission."

But Parker donated $13,000 to Newsom's campaign for lieutenant governor, which suggests that the two of them might be (un)comfortably close. We have yet to hear Newsom's report back from the wedding -- calls to his office weren't returned this morning.

To be fair, $2.5 million is no small change for the Coastal Commission. But at least one wag thought Parker got off easy. After all, it's often preferable to ask forgiveness than permission.

Update:

Here's the old description:

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And the new one:

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notoclever
notoclever

Gavin or Gaggem Newsom is a real dweeb.

aliasetc
aliasetc topcommenter

"It ain't who you know but who you blow" is an old saying

Linda V Kocek Peters
Linda V Kocek Peters

No kidding, Im from there and EVERYONE knows you cant even build a fire much less send in a Bobcat to build some retarded Fabio wedding set. They are cursed and doubt they will last a year!

Christopher P. Ralph
Christopher P. Ralph

I believe the question should have been: why wouldn't have Gavin Newsom been invited to this wedding? SF Weekly breaks the story wide open: California's Lt. Governor socializes with the wealthy and the elite.

Michael Davidson
Michael Davidson

Worse: How did he not realize that wedding was f'ed up to be at in the first place. Rich aholes

Linda V Kocek Peters
Linda V Kocek Peters

Did everyone forget that he plugged his friends wife?!?! HELLOOOOOOOO. There isn't one local, state or national government organization that doesn't fuck over the citizens to fill their pockets.

William Dolan
William Dolan

Oh and it even gets worse, Kamala Harris was also in attendance, a wedding full of selfish, fraudulent politicians and their egotistical silicon valley counterparts. An embarrassment to the Bay Area, and to all of California.

William Dolan
William Dolan

@Linda hits the nail on the head. Newsom is the slimiest of slime politicians I have ever had the displeasure to meet.

Ten Kat
Ten Kat

Gross. Major points off him for this.

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