Report: London Breed dines with group at French Laundry against state COVID-19 recommendations

Dinner took place the night after Gov. Newsom's ill-advised event
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Another day, another California politician not exactly practicing what they preach.

This time it’s San Francisco Mayor London Breed on the hot seat - almost the exact same seat Gov. Gavin Newsom was in during a controversial birthday for a longtime friend at the famed French Laundry in Yountville last month.

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting Breed dined with seven others at the same three-star Michelin restaurant on November 7, literally the night after the governor's event. A spokesman for Breed, Jeff Cretan, told the paper the gathering was a celebration for socialite Gorretti Lo Liu’s 60th birthday.

The group reportedly ate "in the same kind of partially enclosed room with a ceiling and chandelier as Newsom did - making it more of an indoor dining experience than an outdoor one."

While it’s not known who else attended or how many households they came from, Cretan said it was a "small family birthday dinner." At the time, Napa County allowed for indoor dining. The state’s coronavirus protocol, however, "strongly discouraged" social gatherings and advised no more than three households attend if they were to take place.

San Francisco mayor London Breed speaks to Rosa Parks Elementary School students during the Great California Shakeout Earthquake Drill on October 17, 2019 in San Francisco, California.
San Francisco mayor London Breed speaks to Rosa Parks Elementary School students during the Great California Shakeout Earthquake Drill on October 17, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Just three days after the reported dinner took place, San Francisco banned indoor dining altogether. That same day, Breed tweeted: "We have to control the virus if we're going to get our economy back on track and our kids back in school."

Earlier Tuesday, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo apologized for a family gathering over the Thanksgiving holiday in violation of the state’s COVID-19 guidelines.

For his part, the governor has apologized repeatedly, calling his highly publicized dinner at the French Laundry "a bad mistake." House Speaker and San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi got national grief, including condemnation from the White House, for getting a haircut against Breed’s COVID-19 guidelines in August.

The explosive report comes as new coronavirus cases surge in California, prompting Gov. Newsom to consider a stricter stay-at-home order for counties in the purple reopening tier.