When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going — to Davos?

Today the Board of Supervisors begins the nails-on-chalkboard, surgery-sans-anesthetic, Adam Sandler Film Festival-painful process of adopting hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts. Gavin Newsom won't be there. Not that the mayor skipping a supes meeting is news — he's made avoiding dealing with the Board his top priority in recent years — but usually he manages to be on the same continent.

Not today. As the city begins the process of pulling the rug out from under its wealthiest and most powerful residents — sorry, our mistake: its poorest and most vulnerable — Newsom is off on a European junket. Yesterday, courtesy of the San Francisco-Paris Sister City Host Committee, he toured the French capital, got a gander at some really fast trains, and took in some seminars.

Then — at his own expense, assures deputy communications director Joe Arellano — Newsom and wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom are off to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1.

Now, if the powers that be at Davos were handing out economic elixirs to mayors of moderately large cities facing $500 million shortfalls, that'd be one thing. But the Davos festivities have devolved into a superficial orgy of celebrity-watching and photo-ops — according to none other than the founder of the whole damn shebang.

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