California officials defend trip to Hawaii conference as ‘urgent’

California officials defend trip to Hawaii conference as ‘urgent’


California lawmakers are defending traveling to a luxury resort in Hawaii for a conference this week, as the country continues to struggle with a new wave of COVID-19 infections.

More than half a dozen politicians from the Golden State are attending the four-day conference, which began Monday, even after Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday warned against out-of-state travel and urged quarantining if anyone did so, the Los Angeles Times reported.

At least four GOP lawmakers — Assembly members Jordan Cunningham, Heath Flora and Frank Bigelow and state Sen. Andreas Borgeas — defended their tropical jaunt to the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui as falling in line with their views of reopening the economy during the public health crisis, according to Politico.

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“This event promotes intelligent public policy in our state,” Cunningham told the site in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “In fact, we are here discussing ways we can safely reopen our society and save our small businesses, workers, and

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