WHEREAS national concerns regarding the conflicts of interest and lack of transparency of elected officials have eroded the public’s confidence in their government; and
WHEREAS prior to January 7, 2019, title and control of the PlumpJack Group entities, wine and hospitality businesses based in California, were transferred to a blind trust administered by an attorney and certified public accountant; and
WHEREAS notwithstanding these measures, additional safeguards are warranted.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GAVIN NEWSOM, Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, do hereby issue this Order to become effective immediately.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT all state executive branch agencies are prohibited from entering into business arrangements with any entities that are part of the PlumpJack Group. Other entities of State government not under my direct executive authority are requested likewise not to enter into business arrangements with any entities that are part of the PlumpJack Group, consistent with this Order.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that as soon as hereafter possible, this Order shall be filed with the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice shall be given to this Order.
This Order is not intended to, and does not, create any rights or benefits, substantive or a procedural, enforceable at law or in equity, against the State of California, its departments, agencies, or other entities, its officers or employees, or any other person.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 7th day of January 2019.
Governor of California
Secretary of State