San Jose mayor apologizes for Thanksgiving gathering 'contrary to the rules'

San Jose mayor apologizes for Thanksgiving gathering 'contrary to the rules'
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San Jose, Calif., Mayor Sam Liccardo (D) apologized in a statement Tuesday for Thanksgiving arrangements with his family that were “contrary to the rules" established by the state.

In a longer statement, Liccardo said that he, his wife and his sister-in-law attended an outdoor dinner at his parents’ house the afternoon of Thanksgiving. He added that family members took precautions to ensure social distancing.

“In summary, eight of us representing five households sat around three distanced tables in our own family groups on the back patio, and we wore masks when not eating,” he wrote. “I have a very large family—I am one of five children—and several of our family members who would have joined us for Thanksgiving in the past—including sisters, nephews, nieces and cousins—stayed home out of caution.”

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However, the mayor acknowledged that under state regulations for California issued in November, private gatherings were restricted to no more than three households.

“I apologize for my decision to gather contrary to state rules by attending this Thanksgiving meal with my family,” he wrote. “I understand my obligation as a public official to provide exemplary compliance with the public health orders, and certainly not to ignore them. I commit to do better.”

The incident comes after several other high-profile cases of elected officials seemingly flouting rules or recommendations on gatherings, including Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia governor signs legislation targeting Amazon warehouse speed quotas Newsom signs privacy laws for abortion providers and patients Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — Senate Finance chair backs budget action on fossil fuel subsidies MORE’s (D) attendance at a birthday party and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D) flying to Mississippi for Thanksgiving after advising against travel.