As Second COVID-19 Wave Hits California, Gov. Newsom Disbands Economic Recovery Task Force Led By Billionaire Tom Steyer

As Second COVID-19 Wave Hits California, Gov. Newsom Disbands Economic Recovery Task Force Led By Billionaire Tom Steyer


Just as a second wave of coronavirus infections hit the Golden State hard last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom disbanded the high-profile economic recovery task force he convened seven months ago to help guide the state through the pandemic.

The group was co-chaired by former Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer and made up of more than 100 business, labor, and civic leaders, including former Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger was initially part of the panel but reportedly resigned in September over Newsom’s refusal to reopen theme parks.

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According to Politico, Newsom announced that he dissolved the group on Friday after it released “a final report that outlines general principles and findings – but no specific new initiatives to protect California businesses in the pandemic.”

Gavin Newsom has dissolved California’s economic task force, despite rising Covid-19 case numbers. The group concluded its work with

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