Newsom off to Hawaii on vacation

Mayor Gavin Newsom has taken off for a Hawaii vacation this week that he likely hopes will muster a lot less controversy, and allow him a much longer trip, than the last time he’d attempted it.

The mayor has joined his family for the holiday vacation that began last night and will continue through Sunday, according to the Mayor’s Office.

It is hard not to recall the controversy surrounding Newsom’s last trip to Hawaii, when he faced fire for taking off without telling the public or many of his staffers. There were also questions surrounding the process in which he’d appointed Supervisor Carmen Chu as acting mayor.

The trip led to a whirlwind of negative press coverage for the mayor, particularly since he refused to talk with reporters for a period when he returned. The mayor had been especially sensitive about topics such as his Oct. 30 departure from the governor’s race and the Hawaii trip.

The subject is still a bit sore with Newsom, who during a roundtable meeting with reporters last week noted how he’d only been in Hawaii for two days and could have used more rest after months of hard work.

The mayor had to cut the trip short to deal with city issues including the ongoing hotel labor dispute, the Mayor’s Office said.

For his Hawaii trip this time around, Newsom has appointed two supervisors to take over as acting mayor at separate times.

Supervisor Michela-Alioto is acting mayor through midnight Friday. Supervisor Sean Elsbernd will be acting mayor on Saturday and Sunday.

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