Bonds With White Diamonds Are Forever

Capturing Beauty


John Presco

Copyright 2021

In 1992 I began my recovery story. I owned five years of sobriety. Today I am thirty-four years clean and sober. When I told Tom Snyder and Stacey Pierrot I did not want to be in their biography of my late sister, Christine Rosamond Benton, I got Snyder to agree to not use Christine and my Recovery. Rosamond drowned on her first sober birthday. My cousin, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was famous for her bouts with the disease of alcoholism, that she overcame, as did her cousin, the famous artist known as Rosamond. The BRAND that this name was being developed, was destroyed by the law firm of Robert Buck, who legally set up the Buck Foundation, and, from where Alcohol Justice sprang. The hint that Leonard Buck was an alcoholic, has been removed from the web. Did this have anything to do with Alcohol Justice and the image they want to own of being Knights of the New Temperance movement. Diamonds, Roses, and Temperance will be around – forever! Rosamond could have been seen as a leader of the New Temperance Amongst Creative Women, but, her disease was used as a tool of vile permission to say demeaning and disgusting things about my sister – and our parents. To any reader a list of who is sane and who is not – is rendered!

Let’s cut to the chase. Last week I discovered Alcohol Justice put on a sober film festival sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank. This was 2014. In 2019, Wells Fargo becomes….

Industry leadership

  • One of the largest U.S. beverage banks serving 100+ beverage customers measured by credit commitments1
  • Over $5.5 billion in credit commitments to the beverage industry1

What you are looking at is a MEGA CONFLICT OF INTEREST. It may be the Super Nova of Conflict of Interests, because the Buck Foundation is worth TWO BILLION DOLLARS due to America’s addiction to oil. Fargo declares it has FIVE BILLION DOLLARS to invest in makers of ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES! I get $790 dollars a months from SSI, and I work on my blog, Royal Rosamond Press – every day – and I do not get PAID A DIME! You would think that someone on the Board of Wells Fargo, or, Alcohol Justice – would have caught this conflict of interest – that REALLY HURTS THE BRAND of both parties, that teamed up to GIVE the impression to the general public, and alcoholics in recovery, that they are ON THE JOB………NOT!

Three days ago I donated $10 bucks to Alcohol Justice to be a fellow WATCHDOG&WHISTLEBLOWER. On June 30, 2017 at 2:12 P.M. I donated $20 bucks to become a Deputy of the New Wells Fargo Temperance Movement. I am blowing the whistle. Do you think I will be heard?

Richard Rosenberg is on the Buck Board. He worked as an officer for Wells Fargo and came up with one of the world’s most FAMOUS BRANDS! Today, that brand is all but destroyed. Let’s take all those swells in top hats, and put them on that stagecoach – and off to the Buck Institute they go, on a Drunken Drive to the House that Big Buck built.

Alcoholics are famous for giving MIXED MESSAGES. My alcoholic parents drove their four children – CRAZY. Yesterday I dealt with trying to find forgiveness for these Veterans. Did anybody associated with a Buck, and the Rosamond Gallery, have such an impossible task?

I belong to two James Bond groups on facebook. For two years I have read posts on the trouble the latest movie is in. Several times I read the suggestion that the hands of time be set back to the sixties – when the Cold War was going strong. Be careful what you wish for.

Note the category “WATCHDOGGING” . You got to laugh. REAL JUSTICE – is done! I highly suggest all those attorney THEY GOT take a close look at THE CONTRACT my “Take Action” contribution – CREATED

John Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

Take Action – Alcohol Justice

Conflict of interest – Wikipedia

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(47) Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds – YouTube

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Wells Fargo to Sponsor REEL Recovery Film Festival San Francisco Bay Area Edition


Contact: Michael Scippa: 415 548-0492 Jorge Castillo: 213 840-3336  

Wells Fargo to Sponsor REEL Recovery Film Festival San Francisco Bay Area EditionIn Partnership with Alcohol Justice and Writers In Treatment
Four Day Event Will Take Place April 24-27, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (March 28, 2014) – San Rafael-based Alcohol Justice announced today that Wells Fargo Bank has become the first Platinum level sponsor for the Bay Area’s newest film event – The REEL Recovery Film Festival San Francisco Bay Area Edition. The four-day festival, taking place during National Alcohol Awareness Month, will present 33 select feature-length and short, fictional and factual alcohol and drug addiction themed films in twenty sessions at two locations and include two world premieres that highlight the disease as well as the hope and opportunity for recovery. There will be expert panel discussions following most of the screenings.

“Wells Fargo Bank is proud to support the REEL Recovery Film Festival,” stated Ann-Therese O’Neill, Vice President, Wells Capital Management. “This unique and creative public health and community wellness initiative will go a long way in creating public awareness about the options available to those facing the devastating disease of alcohol and drug misuse.”

“The generous corporate sponsorship of Wells Fargo, along with rehab facilities like Duffy’s Napa Valley, will help make the festival a huge success and help us turn it into an annual event,” stated Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director/CEO of Alcohol Justice.Other sponsors of the REEL Recovery Film Festival San Francisco Bay Area edition currently include Center Point Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Recovery Station TVSalesforce FoundationKRON-TV,ConocoPhillips and numerous individuals. All income beyond expenses will support the work of Alcohol Justice and Writers In Treatment, both 501(C)(3) non-profit organizations.

The festival will be screening such films as “Flight,” starring Denzel Washington, and the documentaries “Sober Indian – Dangerous Indian” (a world premiere), “The Honour of All,” “Bill W,” and “Russell Brand: My Life Without Drugs.” There will also be an opening night symposium called “Chasing the Muse – When You’re Stone Cold Sober,” moderated by KCBS and KRON4 Film Critic Jan Wahl. Other participants in this candid conversation are Michael Pritchard, Beverly Allen, Scott Stevens, Jackie Bendzinski, Michael Shapiro and Mario Cipollina.“From The Lost Weekend to The Days of Wine and Roses to Flight, film has the power to help transport us to sobriety, one day at a time,” stated Wahl.

“Sober Indian – Dangerous Indian” is a documentary about Pine Ridge, South Dakota tribal members seeking empowerment through sobriety on the eve of their tribe’s vote to repeal prohibition on August 13, 2013. “As a former state liquor prosecutor, I’ve followed Alcohol Justice’s work for the past five years,” stated the film’s director John Maisch. “So I’m honored to premiere my documentary at the REEL Recovery Film Festival.”
“The event is a collaborative effort by Alcohol Justice and Studio City-based Writers In Treatment, founded by Leonard Buschel,”
 stated Michael Scippa, Director of Public Affairs for Alcohol Justice. “We are holding it during National Alcohol Awareness Month to help bring alcoholism and addiction out of the closet, reduce the stigma, and raise public awareness that it is not a moral failing but a devastating disease that, like other potentially fatal diseases, requires specialized treatment.”

 The four-day festival takes place primarily at the Delancey Street Foundation Theater on The Embarcadero in San Francisco. There will also be special sessions for youth and families at the California Film Institute’s beautifully restored Art Deco Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael where “Behind the Orange Curtain,” and “On Life’s Terms: Mothers in Recovery” (a world premiere) will be screened.

 It is the policy of the REEL Recovery Film Festival to charge a nominal ticket price for most of the sessions ($5), and to allow anyone admittance regardless of their ability to pay, if seats are available. Tickets are available now through

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To view the festival PSA featuring Michael Pritchard, click on the image below.

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James de Fremery was the founder of the Savings Union Bank of San Francisco (which became Wells Fargo) and, like many early residents of Oakland, owned large amounts of real estate in Oakland. 1This land included an area known then as “The Point”: six city blocks between Adeline and Poplar and between Sixteenth and Eighteenth Streets. 7

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Wells Fargo Introduces National Food, Beverage and Agribusiness Group

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ATLANTA – Committed to best serving the financial needs of customers across a variety of industries, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) announced today the formation of a national Food, Beverage & Agribusiness group, part of the company’s Specialized Industries division within Commercial Banking. The group is led by 24-year industry veteran Monica Cole, who is based in Atlanta and reports to Phil Smith, head of Wells Fargo Specialized Industries.

“Wells Fargo has served the food and agriculture industry through numerous economic cycles, and we remain committed to helping farmers and food and beverage producers across the U.S.,” said Smith. “Our team of experienced bankers provide our customers with financial services and solutions that help them grow and thrive through future generations. Monica’s talent and experience make her the right person to lead the team as they support an industry that is so vital to our economy.”

As the No. 1 agricultural production lender in the U.S. for 23 consecutive years, and a leading beverage lender, Wells Fargo’s Food, Beverage & Agribusiness team provides financial resources to help businesses grow. Understanding risk variables inherent within the industry — including legislative, regulatory, food safety, weather, disease, consumer trends, and international trade — Wells Fargo offers specialized financing for all areas of agribusiness and food and beverage, including input supply, production, processing, wholesale distribution, and retailing.

The national business includes a tenured group of food and agribusiness industry advisors, analysts and a dedicated agribusiness economist. The advisor group provides credit-assessment support, including strategic plan analysis, industry risk assessment and peer benchmarking. Focused on providing specialized industry perspectives to agribusiness customers and understanding the impact of regional, national and global economic conditions, the team distributes an industry newsletter, Food for Thought, to provide timely insight on various food and agribusiness trends and topics. 

In addition to Cole, Wells Fargo has named the following leaders:

Jacquie Fredericks recently joined Wells Fargo from CoBank to lead the Agribusiness division for the Central region covering 16 states: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Based in Denver, Fredericks brings more than 20 years of industry experience providing debt capital to agricultural producers, traders, processors and branded food companies, which has allowed her to contribute to the agricultural supply chain from farm to table.

Chris Nay is based in Chicago and oversees the national Food and Beverage team for Wells Fargo Commercial Banking. With 24 years in financial services, the past 13 specifically covering the food and beverage sector, his deep knowledge of the industry and understanding of the complex food and beverage supply chains help customers achieve their goals. The team primarily works with companies in food and beverage manufacturing and distribution.

Gene Peterson, a fourth-generation family farmer, has been named to lead the Agribusiness division for the West region covering nine states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington along with Western Canada. Based in Phoenix, Peterson began his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1985, administering agriculture, business and rural residential loans. He joined Wells Fargo in 1986. In 2006, his role expanded to oversee Wells Fargo Commercial Banking operations in addition to agribusiness lending in Arizona. He has worked in finance his entire 34-year career, 33 with Wells Fargo. 

Shannan Townsend brings more than 30 years of financial services experience to her role leading the Agribusiness team in the East, covering 25 states: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia along with Eastern Canada. Previously, Townsend led the Consumer Division within Corporate Banking where her team focused on companies with revenues exceeding $500 million in the Consumer Products, Food, Beverage and Tobacco sectors.

As previously announced, the Commercial Banking division combines three Wells Fargo businesses into one, making for a streamlined delivery model for clients with annual sales typically ranging from $5 million to $2 billion.

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Wells Fargo Commercial Banking delivers a comprehensive suite of products and industry expertise to serve the diverse financial needs of companies with annual sales typically ranging from $5 million to $2 billion. As a leader in serving commercial customers, Wells Fargo offers financial services, including credit and treasury management solutions, as well as specialized expertise across industries including Technology, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Investor Real Estate, Government, and Small Business Administration Lending. With more than 6,000 team members across 24 divisions and 80 markets nationwide, Commercial Banking provides customers with local service and decision making.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,600 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 32 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 263,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2019 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

conflict of interest (COI) is a situation in which a person or organization is involved in multiple interestsfinancial or otherwise, and serving one interest could involve working against another. Typically, this relates to situations in which the personal interest of an individual or organization might adversely affect a duty owed to make decisions for the benefit of a third party.

An “interest” is a commitment, obligation, duty or goal associated with a particular social role or practice.[1] By definition, a “conflict of interest” occurs if, within a particular decision-making context, an individual is subject to two coexisting interests that are in direct conflict with each other. Such a matter is of importance because under such circumstances the decision-making process can be disrupted or compromised in a manner that affects the integrity or the reliability of the outcomes.

Typically, a conflict of interest arises when an individual finds himself or herself occupying two social roles simultaneously which generate opposing benefits or loyalties. The interests involved can be pecuniary or non-pecuniary. The existence of such conflicts is an objective fact, not a state of mind, and does not in itself indicate any lapse or moral error. However, especially where a decision is being taken in a fiduciary context, it is important that the contending interests be clearly identified and the process for separating them is rigorously established. Typically, this will involve the conflicted individual either giving up one of the conflicting roles or else recusing himself or herself from the particular decision-making process that is in question.

The presence of a conflict of interest is independent of the occurrence of inappropriateness. Therefore, a conflict of interest can be discovered and voluntarily defused before any corruption occurs. A conflict of interest exists if the circumstances are reasonably believed (on the basis of past experience and objective evidence) to create a risk that a decision may be unduly influenced by other, secondary interests, and not on whether a particular individual is actually influenced by a secondary interest.

Conflict of interest – Wikipedia

Challenging The Ethics of Alcohol Justice

Posted on November 30, 2020 by Royal Rosamond Press

It is 4;02 the morning. I just heard the approach of a train in the distance. It came close, and closer till I heard the rumbling of a hundred wheels on the iron tracks. I had a vision of going down on Amtrak to visit my daughter and grandson. Being on SSI due to PTSD and my struggle against alcoholism I did not have money left after paying for a round trip to buy presents. So I put objects I bought at Goodwill and Saint Vinnies in an old suitcase. I had to pay for a hotel near the train station in Santa Rosa, because Patrice Hanson would not let me stay in her home where my offspring and Tyler’s father, Ryan Hunt, were living. She was playing the Big Victim like her ex-husband, Randall Delpiano, who went to San Quintin for impersonating Bob Weir. Randy was a citizen of Marin County.

So as I opened my pathetic suitcase, and presented my pathetic gifts, Stacey Pierrot was having dinner with her wealthy father who was a famous Nip&Tuck doctor in Fresno. Being a amateur’ artist, I’m sure Paul bragged about his daughter being the Savior of the Rosamond Creative and Literary Legacy that Special Executor, Sydney Morris sold to her for the express purpose of increasing a waning interest in my late sister’s art, and thus movie $40,000,000 dollars of prints and lithographs – out the door!

When loyal fans read Tom Snyder’s evil biography that destroys Rosamond the artist, and Christine the sober mother – they were out the door. They were shocked and confused. They wondered why the woman they adored for a decade was rendered a drunken monster who abused children. Worse than that – she abused her gift. To help put another nail in her coffin she invites the man she took to court for abusing her and her art, Ira Cohen (Kaplan) to depict my sister as some kind of Booze Addict who could barely paint, she too drunk to obey her contract, and, she was A Rebel Artist. She rebelled against the Ira Roberts plan that made moderated successes of artists. Stacy artists went along with the plan. How many did not? How many read and heard his offer, and told him to go fuck himself. I am one of the latter. Today, I am going to type out three pages that will make the movie ‘Big Eye’s’ look like a trip to summer camp.

Alcohol Justice went after Gavin Newsom and Plumpjack Wines that is owned by the Getty, Chazen, Newsom, and Pelosi family who are kin to me due to the Marriage of Christopher Wilding, the son of Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor who struggle with her addiction, as did Carrie Fisher. As did Bryan MacLean who dated Christine.

Here is a pic of me taken at a student quad I lived in while I attended the New Hope Program at Serenity Lane. When I graduated, my childhood friend, Nancy Hamren, was there. She got me on bus with Ken Kesey who some say dies of alcoholism. I believe Nancy wanted me to become friends with Ken, and do an intervention. The two men you see are clean and sober today. Michael Dundon and I talked about our late sister in AA, Christine Rosamond Benton. We agreed to let her go to a higher place. That done, I alone set out to bring down those who dragged two creative sibling down into the darkest and deepest slime you can find. Michael and I are responsible for ten children being in the world. Not one gave us a call. Perhaps if the law firm owned by Robert Brevoort Buck sold these two brother’s in AA the Rosamond gallery, then our offspring would think – better of us? Here is Alcohol Justice going over a kid-beer. And, here is my grandson being taught drinking beer is good for Family Unity!

Alcohol Justice has a team of lawyers and when they lost a case, they resorted the SHAMING. I have no money for an attorney, so I will try SHAMING! I am launching an ad campaign to promote my cause. I will make a meme of a drunk toasting my grandson in a bar – months before he died of acute alcoholism. When we met – he refused to shake my hand. There were several dunks in my daughter’s family who looked for way to destroy bonds that were not – PRO THEM!

Maybe the Newsom and Getty Bond will lend me one of their lawyers?

John Presco

Underage Alcopop Consumption Costs – Alcohol Justice

Charge For Harm | Rosamond Press


Members of Gavin Newsom’s wine, restaurant, bar, resort and real estate partnerships since 1991:

Kevin & Bronwyn Brunner, John Burton, Casey and Michelle Cadwell, Bob and Barbara Callan, Frank Caufield, Donna Chazen, Lawrence Chazen, Joe & Victoria Cotchett, Michael & Hilary Decesare, Philip DeLimur, Don Dianda, Gretchen Dianda, Edward Everett, Richard Freemon, James Fuller, Stanlee Gatti, Robert Gerry, Andrew Getty, Ann Getty, Anna Getty, Chris Getty, Gordon Getty, Mark Getty, Peter Getty, Ronald Getty, Tara Getty, William “Billy” Getty, Robert Goldberg, Florianne Gordon, Stu Gordon, Gordon Goletto, David Goodman, Arthur Groza, Richard & Martha Guggenhime, Tony and Anthony Guilfoyle, Shelly Guyer, James & Shea Halligan, Bob & Jill Hamer, Erin Howard, Thomas Huntington, Isolep Enterprises (Paul and Nancy Pelosi family personal investment company), Peter Jacobi, Gaye Jenkins, Jeffrey Kanbar, Chad Kawai, David Lamonde, John Larson, Rob Lavoie, Leavitt/Weaver interior designers, Marc Leland, Maryon Davies Lewis, Anne McCutcheon, Chris McCutcheon, Ross McGowan, Rich McNally, Robert & Carole McNeil, Paul Mohun, Robert Mohun, Jeff Morin, Sara Moughan, Terry Moughan, Brian Mueth, Bob Naify, Marshall Naify, John Nees, Barbara Newsom, Brennan Newsom, Catherine & David Newsom, Gavin Newsom, Patrick Newsom,Tessa Newsom, William Newsom, John O’Hara, Jack Owsley, Pacific Design, Matt Pelosi, Robynne Piggott, James Samuel Powers, Elizabeth Rice, Jeremy Scherer, Paul Scherer, Gary Schnitzer, Steve & Theresa Selover, Steve Siino, Trevor Traina, Chris Vietor, Francesca Vietor, Kenneth Weeman, Nicki West, Justin & Aridne Williams, Kevin Williams, Thomas & Kiyoko Woodhouse

Alcohol Justice <>To:John PrescoFri, Jun 30, 2017 at 7:12 AM

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Governor Newsom: Don’t Let Your Wine Interests Trump Your Ethic

Alcohol harm advocates protesting Gov. Newsom's wine store

by Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director/CEO

Alcohol prevention advocates are unsure what to expect from the new governor of California, Gavin Newsom. Newsom ran on a platform supporting a single-payer universal health care system. I served on his own Blue Ribbon Health Care Commission which eventually created a partial “universal health care” scheme in San Francisco, so I very much believe he cares for health care. Alcohol-related harm is a major expense for California, to the tune of $14.5 billion annual cost to government.

Binge drinking considered alone – you know, the kind of drinking that occurs at bars late at night – costs the California public $26 billion annually. One would think that alcohol harm prevention is a major way to reduce health care costs.

However, Gavin Newsom built up a fortune for himself in the alcohol industry as the co-founder of Plumpjack Group, before and during his time in politics. Plumpjack manages wine stores, wineries, restaurants, and bars across California. Speaking to the Associated Press, he declared he had no intention of divesting from the group before becoming Governor.

“These are my babies,” Newsom said, referring to the alcohol companies he owns, “my life, my family. I can’t do that. I can’t sell them.”

I think it is a smart and ethical move that Gavin Newsom announced he is putting his Plumpjack holdings into a blind trust. This was reported with great fanfare statewide on December 21, 2018. But he will still own those interests, and he will know that many decisions as governor will affect the return on his “babies”’ investment.

This poses a number of problems for the public health and safety community. As Alcohol Justice regularly documents, California is subject to relentless efforts to make alcohol ubiquitous, heedless of spikes in binge drinking and heavy drinking patterns, as well as an ongoing but ignored spike in deaths from driving while intoxicated (see pg. 13 of link). Deregulation and lack of enforcement are two prominent channels by which this happens. The Governor directly controls both.

During his time in office, Governor Jerry Brown served as an uncritical rubber stamp to the grotesquely ill-conceived “Drybar Bill” to allow free drinks at beauty salons and barber shops. But Governor Brown was also the level-headed backstop against the dangerous and disingenuous 4 a.m. Bar Bill.

Indeed, State Senator Scott Wiener, the author of the last two 4 a.m. Bar Bills, has hurled another 4 a.m. Bar Bill at California in 2019, SB 58. No doubt Senator Wiener expects a better result with the new Governor who together worked the moderate to corporate sides of the political spectrum in SF’s City Hall. Public health advocates received mixed messages from Newsom from his days as Mayor of San Francisco. Although he proved to be an ally to tobacco control, he spearheaded a controversial care program for individuals with alcohol abuse disorder and other addiction or mental health issues, and most disappointingly, single-handedly killed a citywide Charge for Harm alcohol fee, through a veto that was narrowly upheld.

Like all biases, the ones Newsom may carry from the alcohol windfall he has enjoyed does not have to be a conscious one. The Los Angeles Times, after examining his tax records, estimated he made an average of $1.4 million per year outside his Lt. Governor’s salary, over half coming from just one of his wineries. Even as the companies go into a blind trust, every decision the Governor makes will still include thoughts of whether this helps or hurts Gavin Newsom – his pocketbook, his legacy, his actual family, or the business “babies” he says are just as important. A Governor with no alcohol holdings simply would not have that pressure.

Like Sen. Wiener, Big Alcohol undoubtedly sees this conflict as something that can favor them. According to Vote Smart, Newsom received over $370,000 from the beer, wine and liquor industries to fund his 2018 campaign. The E & J Gallo company, a central valley mega-winery with revenues that may exceed $1 billion yearly, was one of his biggest single contributors, maxing out at over $58,000. The alcohol industry does not spend that kind of money if they think overall consumption will drop in the state.

Nonetheless, Newsom assures the AP that “I will do the right thing.” The question is, will he do the right thing for the everyday residents of California – or for his “babies”? Children born with fetal alcohol syndrome are babies too.

So back to the pun in our title: Gov. Newsom, will your wine interests Trump your ethics? President Trump is under suspicion of violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution. Is the President financially gaining from the Trump Hotel on the Capital Mall by sucking in foreign visitor monies? While California’s constitution does not have an emoluments clause, the same conflicts of interest arise. If the 4 a.m. Bar Bill lands on Governor Newsom’s desk, he could gain financially from signing the bill, through wine sales and through the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. Alcohol Justice must directly ask: Governor-elect Gavin Newsom – could you please completely divest from the wine industry and invest in public health? And please do not support any attempts to further gut alcohol regulations which have been deteriorating for decades in California while the body and injury counts rise.

READ MORE about the ongoing alcohol catastrophe in California.

READ MORE about 4 a.m. last calls and their cross-California impact.

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