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20130115_PK_NEWSOM_0248.JPGAt a panel discussion hosted by The Sacramento State University's Hornets Policy and Politics alumni chapter on Monday, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom kept the conversation centered on his latest book - but dropped in a joke about the controversy surrounding Napster-founder Sean Parker's multi-million dollar wedding.

Newsom took some flak last week for attending the Facebook co-founder's Big Sur wedding after news broke that Parker would pay a $2.5 million fine for building a multi-million dollar wedding site on coastal land without the proper permits.

"There's a lot of dust flying in the air around the controversy surrounding Sean Parker's wedding - coming from most people who weren't invited," Newsom quipped.

Newsom's book, "Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government," focuses on the "hyper-connected" digital world that government operates in today - a point he illustrated using the guest list at Parker's wedding.

Newsom noted that Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich - one of the most outspoken critics of Napster - was one of Parker's wedding guests. Though Parker and Ulrich may seem like strange bedfellows, Newsom said their friendship illustrates how far technology has come since Napster's birth in 1999.

"Technology [was] attacking the old model of music," Newsom said. "Meanwhile, as these guys are running around in the corner, a guy called Steve Jobs goes, 'You know what? I've got an idea.'"

Following his appearance, Newsom sidestepped a reporter's question on the wedding's environmental impact.

PHOTO: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has a new book, "Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government" about how social media can change the face of government. Photographed in his office at State Capitol on January 15, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Paul Kitagaki Jr.



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