SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers held their first oversight hearing on Thursday to examine how Gov. Gavin Newsom has spent more than $2 billion in taxpayer money to combat the coronavirus, with most participating via video conference in a hearing that tested the technological limits of public debate in an era of social distancing.
Just two senators attended the hearing in person, held in a large committee room in the state Capitol. Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee chairwoman Holly Mitchell wore a mask and conducted the hearing with a package of disinfectant wipes at her side.
The hearing was delayed by nearly an hour because the Senate's website crashed as more than 10,000 people beyond what state officials had expected tried to watch the he