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.
Fortunately for the lieutenant governor, his frugal ways are over once he leaves the office. The reformed playboy still owns two Tesla's he can cruise around the state in.