Nancy McFadden, a senior adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown, could be found the other day pushing herself around the governor's office on a knee scooter, green with a basket up front.
McFadden broke her left foot May 10 - hobbled, she said, by "a vestige of the smoking tent."
The tent, in the courtyard in which former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger famously smoked cigars, was folded up when Schwarzenegger left office, but steel stakes that fastened it to the ground remained.
McFadden, who turned her foot on one, was back to work right after the accident, fitted with a boot and cast. Welders removed the stakes from the ground the next day.
The scooter is a more recent development, acquired to appease a doctor who felt McFadden kept walking too much.
She said her foot still hurts, but she holds no animosity for the prior administration. Scooting has its perks.
"I can get around the office," McFadden said, "faster than I can walking."
McFadden then demonstrated her abilities, starting from her desk and ending up outside the press office, around the corner and down the hall. Gil Duran, the press secretary who sometimes rides a bike, is not the only one, McFadden said, with "fancy wheels."