Newsom’s swearing-in date remains mystery

Call it political games or the first big mystery of 2011, Mayor Gavin Newsom’s swearing in date for his post as the state’s lieutenant governor remains elusive. It won’t be Monday though, when he was in line to be sworn in with the other state elected officials as Newsom continues to try to impact the outcome of the Board of Supervisors selection of interim mayor.

The latest development in the guessing game around the swearing in date is that Newsom will be sworn in by Jan. 10. Newsom announced Friday that there will be an inaugural celebration on that day beginning at 1 pm.

“Immediately following the celebration, the Lt. Governor will host an open house at his State Capitol office, where Californians are invited to meet him and his family,” the announcement said.

But as for the actual swearing in date, that remains unknown.

Postponing his Monday swearing-in date is a move to ensure the current Board of Supervisors either makes a selection of interim mayor Newsom can live with during its final meeting on Tuesday, or ensure that the decision falls to the new board. On Jan. 8, four newly elected members of the board take office.

Newsom spokesman Tony Winnicker said the actual swearing in date will depend on several factors, such as if the board of supervisors makes a “responsible decision” for interim mayor Tuesday and if he is able to finish up “several important projects.”

The extra time, Winnicker said, “ensures a smoother and more stable transition.”

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