For the next two weeks, Gavin Newsom is in charge while Governor Jerry Brown goes on vacation in Europe. Filling in while the head honcho is away is one of the top duties of the lieutenant governor.
In fact, it's one of the only things a lieutenant governor does. That may mean Gavin Newsom feels a bit bored, to say the least.
The former mayor of San Francisco was once seen as a rising star in the Democratic party, but these days, he seems stuck in political purgatory. L.A. Times reporter Michael Mishak joins the show to tell us why.