Margita Thompson, then press secretary to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in a scrum in the Capitol.

In summary

There probably won’t be 440 press credentials issued for Gavin Newsom’s inaugural on Monday. But although the press corps in Sacramento has declined, it still matters. A relevant press corps can hold officials accountable and help drive positive public policy.

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