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Gov. Gavin Newsom is expanding the size and role of the California governor's office

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Gavin Newsom announced plans to hire California's first surgeon general hours after he took office last month. The next day he announced a new senior adviser for emergency management. Then on his third day, he created a "strike team" to reinvent the troubled Department of Motor Vehicles.

And on Day 4, Newsom unveiled a new state budget, requesting 41 additional staffers and a total of $24.6 million for the governor's office - more spending than many of his predecessors.

California's 40th governor is beginning his tenure with a flurry of

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