In economic task force, Newsom skips production ag

Newsom has assembled a list of dozens of industry and labor leaders for his new Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery. His chief of staff is chairing the task force alongside former presidential candidate and hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer (above). The 80-member group also includes the lieutenant governor and democratic and republican legislative leaders.
“We will use a gradual, science-based and data-driven framework to guide our re-opening timing while planning our economic recovery,” said Newsom.
As far as the food supply chain, Newsom has recruited the heads of associations for restaurants and grocers, a Napa winery and a producer of Mexican frozen foods. He has also included the president of United Farm Workers, a group that has successfully lobbied the governor to increase farmworker sick leave benefits during the outbreak. Yet the list does not include agricultural leaders.
Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor, have been prominent voices in advocating for organic and sustainable agricultural practices. They also own an 1,800-acre cattle ranch near the Bay Area.

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