Family issues keep California’s Newsom out of public sight

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Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference in Oakland, Oct. 27. After abruptly canceling his plans last week to attend the United Nations climate summit in Scotland, Newsom did not participate in the conference virtually the first week of November while attending to unspecified family obligations. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
Adam Beam and Kathleen Ronayne The Associated Press SACRAMENTO (AP) – A week after abruptly canceling plans to attend the United Nations climate summit in Scotland, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has receded from public view to deal with unspecified family obligations. When the surprising announcement was made Oct. 29, a representative said Newsom planned to participate virtually in the conference this week. But the California delegation’s schedule at the meeting this week, released by the governor’s office, did not include Newsom. Instead, the schedule included in-person appearances by Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, who Newsom tapped to lead the state delegation in his absence; Sam Aseffa, director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research; David Hochschild, chair of
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