Poor Gavin Newsom. Once he was the Mayor of San Francisco, spending his days working in a golden City Hall, sleeping with his campaign manager's wife, and boozing around town. Now he's California's lieutenant governor, doing a job he feels has little purpose and sharing desks with an internet browser extension startup in a San Francisco co-working space.
Newsom isn't living large in his San Francisco space. On a recent afternoon, his desk was littered with handwritten notes on legal pads for a project he's putting together on the University of California system, where he's a member of the Board of Regents. There's no phone or computer screen on the desk, which is snugged up against three other desks used by workers for Spigot, a tech startup that provides extensions, add-ons and mobile applications for Internet browsers.
It may sound pathetic, but Newsom has little choice but to use a shared office, where his desk reportedly costs just $500 a month. The lieutenant governor's office budget was slashed by 62 percent in 2008 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger when the state was facing a fiscal crisis, leaving Newsom with a budget only "a little bit higher" than the allowance he had as a city supervisor.