California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been accused of being out of touch with constituents during the pandemic – but one of his closest business confidants has pulled out of the state altogether.
Shayla Hendrickson – who has control Newsom’s wine-and-hotel company Plumpjack Group — through a blind trust since Newsom took office in 2018, has spent most of the pandemic in Park City, Utah, where COVID restrictions were far more lax than in California, sources said. Told The Post.
While residents of the Golden State chased a lockdown mandating distance learning in schools until April, Hendrickson’s kids had been not only going to classes since last August, but playing on the volleyball team, whose in-person tryouts last July. I was according to social media post and A. Team Schedule. In California, indoor youth sports Was banned till this March.
Meanwhile, Hendrickson’s NFL agent husband Doug — with whom she’s been hunkered down inside a $3 million mansion near the posh mountain resort that’s home to the Sundance Film Festival — apparently follows Utah’s lax rules for restaurants. taking advantage of. The state reopened indoor dining for California in May 2020 versus this March — five months after Newsom busted out at a masked dinner party in November.
In February, Doug Hendrickson flirted with Andrew Gruel, a California restaurant and Food Network personality, who criticized Newsom’s indoor dining restrictions as a “slap in the face to every restaurant worker” and called on the governor to resign. .
In Deleted tweets since To Gruel, Hendrickson wrote, “was just in your park town location—worry about that service and menu first—awful!”
Accessed by The Post earlier this month, Hendrickson – whose Twitter account, like that of his wife, indicates his location is in San Francisco – denied that he moved his family to Utah.
“No, no, no – I’m not living in Utah,” Doug Hendrickson insisted in a phone call. “We’ve been here on sabbaticals for a few months, but we’re full-time residents of California.”
In a follow-up text, Hendrickson described living in Utah as “a trip we’ve dreamed of for years” and added that “California is our home and it’s where we live full-time and in a few weeks. Will be back.”
Indeed, less than two weeks after being contacted by The Post for comment, the Hendricksons packed up and moved out of Park City last weekend, a source told The Post.
Reached by phone earlier this month, Shayla Hendrickson said she was about to board a five-and-a-half-hour airfare to an unspecified destination.
“I’ll round up with Gavin’s communications director — the governor’s director of communications and someone will get back to you,” she said.
Brian Brokaw, a political adviser to Newsom, told The Post that he had someone from the governor’s office to provide comment, but did not follow up. Reps for Plumpjack also did not comment.