Sister of California governor on board of firm in gas leak

Dec 19, 2015 11:54 AM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The sister of California Gov. Jerry Brown is a paid board member of the energy company involved in a massive weeks-long natural-gas leak in Southern California.

The New York-based Public Accountability Initiative watchdog group contended Friday that Kathleen L. Brown's $188,380-a-year position with Sempra Energy represents a conflict for the governor as the state responds to the gas leak. The leak is at the site of a utility owned by Sempra Energy. The leak is emitting tons of methane daily and is forcing out nearly 3,000 families and two schools.

A spokesman for Jerry Brown denied any conflict of interest, and said the state is responding fully to the crisis. Kathleen Brown, who also holds $400,000 in stock in the energy company, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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