CONFIDENTIAL ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE
2Q2’s decision to put off interviews about this incident until the conclusion of the Northridge meetingsalso caused this incident to appear more serious than it was, and contributed to a misperception bysome Commissioners as to what had occurred in Salinas and why Ms. Alon was crying.
On Monday, May 23, 2011, at about 10:15 p.m., Chief Counsel Kirk Miller missed a telephone call fromCommissioner Maria Blanco. Mr. Miller called her the next morning, at which time CommissionerBlanco reported that she understood that an incident had occurred between an unidentified Commis-sioner and an unidentified Q2 staff member, leaving the Q2 staff member feeling afraid and threatened.Mr. Miller then contacted Commissioner Angelo Ancheta, then acting as Chair, and CommissionerAncheta responded with an e-mail reporting that he had already been advised of the incident by Com-missioner Blanco. He also identified the Commissioner who was involved as Commissioner MichaelWard. Commissioner Ancheta asked that the new Chair, Commissioner Vincent Barabba, be contactedand be the contact person for an investigation of the incident. On that same day, May 24, I met withExecutive Director Daniel Claypool and Mr. Miller, and they directed me to investigate these allegations,as an investigation was required by law once the Commission had such allegations. On Wednesday,May 25, I telephoned Commissioner Barabba, and he concurred that a review of the incident was re-quired.I determined that I needed to interview the persons directly involved, Commissioner Ward, Ms. Mac-Donald, and the other Q2 staff person.
Interview with Commissioner Barabba
Commissioner Barabba told me that in San Jose on May 23, the day after the Salinas meeting, he heardfrom Commissioner Blanco that Ms. MacDonald and one of her staff were upset. He heard that inSalinas, Commissioner Ward asked Ms. MacDonald how CRC would use the services of an inline processreviewer, and she asked him to put his request in writing or e-mail. He pursued her and her staff andfollowed them out to her car. He made comments to the effect that review was required because peo-ple didn’t trust Ms. MacDonald. Ms. MacDonald was frustrated; he kept persisting. One of Ms. Mac-Donald’s staff, he didn’t know her name, started to cry in San Jose and said she felt stressed about notbeing trusted. Commissioner Blanco witnessed this conversation and called over a few other commis-sioners. Commissioner Barabba instructed me to speak with Commissioner Blanco.
Messages and telephone calls
On Wednesday, May 25, I called and left a message for Ms. MacDonald and also sent her an e-mail ask-ing to speak with her as soon as possible. She responded by e-mail saying, “i would like to do this in per-son. we will be in northridge so lets find a time to talk.” She also identified the staff person as TaminaAlon. Copies of these e-mails are attached at the end of this report.I also called Commissioner Blanco and left her a message, and also sent her an e-mail, asking for moreinformation. A copy of the e-mail is also attached.I also sent an e-mail to Commissioner Ward, asking to speak with him. A copy of the e-mail is attached.
Interview with Commissioner Ward