The state’s ethics watchdog agency has opened an investigation into whether Nancy McFadden, a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown, failed to properly report the sale of stock in Pacific Gas & Electric Co., where she worked before joining the administration, officials said Thursday.
But the state Fair Political Practices Commission noted there was "insufficient evidence" shown in a formal complaint filed by activist group Consumer Watchdog about a "possible conflict of interest" involving McFadden, saying it would not pursue an investigation into the allegations.
The complaint alleges that emails from a lobbyist at the state Public Utilities Commission indicate McFadden, the governor’s executive secretary, influenced appointments to the panel while she owned up to $1 million in stock options at Pacific Gas & Electric, a utility regulated by the PUC.
As debate over the proposed minimum wage bill continued inside the state Capitol on Thursday, an incident that occurred during a rally outside the building drew fire and police officials and quickly raised alarm.
The Sacramento Fire Department initially described the event as a "mass casualty incident," adding to the concern.
Mass casualty incident at state Capitol. Total of 7 patients so far with medical complaints. Unknown causes pic.twitter.com/wjXGPZ5pf5
About 7,000 people were gathered outside the Capitol for a rally with Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, according to Chris Harvey, public information officer for the Sacramento Fire Department.