2012 Year In Review, Part I: The Fall Of Nadia Lockyer Begins

Fremont Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski starts 2012 with a resolution asking Congress to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United decision. The bill, co-authored with Assemblyman Michael Allen passes in July and represents a huge win for Wieckowski’s growing credibility among progressives.

“The fight goes on!” exclaims Carole Rogers, the chair of the Eden Township Healthcare District, after the board votes to continue the legal war with Sutter Health over the disputed title to San Leandro Hospital. By a vote of 3-1, the board of directors gives its legal counsel authority to petition the State Supreme Court following its Dec. 21, 2011 loss in appellate court.

Then-Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi pleads no-contest to misdemeanor grand theft, which includes a three-year probation, $180 fine and order to stay 50 feet away from the Neiman Marcus store she shoplifted $2,450 worth of clothing in San Francisco. Hayashi’s lawyer, though, shocks everyone by stating an undisclosed benign brain tumor made Hayashi do it. The jokes then write themselves, but Hayashi is down, but not necessarily out.

San Leandro Councilwoman Ursula Reed removes Chris Crow, her likely opponent in the November election off the city’s planning commission. Crow, however, will later move to another district rather face the woman who personally appointed him to the planning commission in 2010. A week later, San Leandro ends its year-long search for a new city manager by approving a $223,000, 3-year contract for Chris Zapata, formerly of National City, Calif.

Embattled Assembly candidate Joel Young is accused by an aide of Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan of spitting in his eye at an event in downtown Oakland. The altercation stemmed from the aide referencing Young’s domestic violence charge last year, according to the aide, but Young said it was the aide who was cozying up to his new girlfriend.

Then-Assemblyman Sandre Swanson drops his bid to challenge fellow Democrat Loni Hancock for her seat in the state Senate ending what could have been a nasty primary campaign before it started. However, a deal setting up Swanson for the seat in 2016 when Hancock terms out is widely-rumored. By December, Swanson will have a placeholder job waiting for him in Oakland as Jean Quan’s deputy mayor.

Possibly feeling the pressure from Ro Khanna’s quickly growing war chest and public awareness, Sen. Ellen Corbett goes full Bollywood and dons traditional Indian garb on the state senate floor on Indian Independence Day.

Fremont unanimously appoints its former Mayor Gus Morrison to fill out the remainder of Bob Wasserman’s last year in office. Wasserman passed away in late December 2011. Councilmembers Bill Harrison and Anu Natarajan, however, will fight a bitter campaign to replace Wasserman in November.

The year’s biggest political news story drops like a bomb in of all places—Newark. Then-Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer calls the Newark Police to her hotel room claiming she was the victim of domestic violence by an ex-boyfriend. Her husband, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, tells the San Francisco Chronicle his wife may have a drinking problem.

Two days later, The Citizen reveals the extent of Nadia Lockyer’s personal problems include a horrifying addition to methamphetamine. The next day, she announces she is entering rehab for drug and alcohol dependency.

Within hours of Lockyer’s announcement she is entering rehab, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors places its much-lauded chief probation officer on paid administrative leave after an underling accuses him of sexual assaulting her at the San Leandro Marina.

Early fundraising numbers show Joel Young leading the pack in the 18th Assembly District race despite a noticeably drop in support following a report in the East Bay Express exposing his alleged domestic violence allegations. Abel Guillen’s stock rises with a spate of endorsements and Kathy Neal abruptly drops out the race. In the 20th Assembly District, Bill Quirk leads the pack, albeit with nearly $100,000 of his own money.

Hayward’s St. Rose Hospital looks the Eden Township Healthcare District for additional help on top of a $3 million with talk of a potential merger. Both entities, however, are in precarious financial straits.

Rep. Pete Stark and Eric Swalwell meet face-to-face for the very first time during a forum at the Tri Valley Democratic Club in Dublin. Those expecting Stark to bash his young challenger are disappointed as it is Swalwell who comes across a combative in skewering Stark’s age and perceived decline.

“Nadia’s Boy Toy Dangles Titillating Comment Heard ‘Round The County,” read the headline in The Citizen, following suggestions by her ex-boyfriend of the existence of a sex tape. “There’s a way bigger story than sex tapes,” Chikhani tells a reporter outside a courthouse in San Jose.

Eric Swalwell’s congressional campaign releases a rap video created by a local Tri Valley teen, who intones, “Eric, he’s the new model/And wants us to be winners/Just like the lotto.” The release also coincides with Justin Bieber’s birthday. Coincidence?

Lawyers for Nanette Dillard, the former executive director of an Alameda County anti-poverty organization, retaliate against the district attorney’s media campaign against her and her husband. Dillard is accused of stealing from the now-defunct ACAP, but her attorney accuses the D.A. of shifting the blame from the real culprits of the organization’s demise: county leaders who failed to monitor what was going on.

Ellen Corbett decides against running for Congress in 2012. She follows Ro Khanna, who earlier expressed the same sentiment. The inaction by both will ultimately become a disastrous and potentially career-altering political miscalculation

For Joel Young, his biggest indiscretion was not allegedly hitting his girlfriend in the face or spitting in the eye of a Oakland City Council aide. It was crossing the powerful Service Employees International Union. The group took the unusual step of withdrawing its support for Young’s campaign in the 18th Assembly District after he reportedly attempted to use union questionnaires from his opponents, Rob Bonta and Abel Guillen, against them.

After pointedly sharp words from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors directed at the CEO of St. Rose Hospital, Michael Mahoney, he abruptly resigns. The move followed a quixotic search to prop up the facility’s poor finances, first with a $3 million loan from the Eden Township Healthcare District and then through a possible sale to nearby Washington Hospital in Fremont.

Categories: 2012 Year In Review, Bob Wieckowski, brain tumor, Carole Rogers, Ellen Corbett, Eric Swalwell, Mary Hayashi, Nadia Lockyer, Pete Stark, shoplifting, Sutter

4 replies

  1. By MW:

    If we do not count her periodic relapses, according to my math Nadia is now up to over five thousand consecutive days that she has been clean and drug free.


  2. She's a drugged-out useless whore who needs to go away once and for all.


  3. By MW:

    To 6:08PM. While most people have an extremely low opinion of prostitutes and drug addicts, however still I would assume that even some prostitutes and drug addicts might have at least a few redeeming qualities, and therefore I think you have committed an unforgiveable sin by insulting prostitutes and drug addicts by comparing them to Nadia Lockyer, and who is both a lawyer and a politician.

    And now that we have had some levity, let me tell you a true story.

    Back in the 1990's a lot of publicity was given to the fact that the wife one of the most prominent lawyers in the Atlanta area was a call girl, and that also her lawyer husband was not even a tiny bit embarrassed about it. In fact over a few weeks the 6PM evening news repeatedly played the taped segment in which he discussed the fact that his wife was a prostitute and that he was not embarrassed about it.

    He said the reason he was not embarrassed about his wife being a prostitute was because a lot of things regularly went on the legal profession that were even a lot sleazier than being a prostitute.

    In fact in some places, and such as certain spots in the Bay area, rather than calling it the legal profession, instead they should refer to it as the mafia of lawyers arranging illegal backroom fixes in exchange for under the table bribes, and which are then of course followed by the window dressing of scripted, choreographed, and prearranged public hearings in which the judge then pretends to consider the evidence, and even though actually the judge's decision was made in advance even before the public hearings ever took place.

    NOTE: But of course on the other hand we all “know” that things similar and/or identical to the immediately above never take place in the hearings the PUC has in regard to its “regulating” of PG & E.


  4. “By December, Swanson will have a placeholder job waiting for him in Oakland as Jean Quan’s deputy mayor.”

    Where he then begins his 2014 State Senate campaign by negotiating a fiscally insane give-a-way contract with the SEIU on behalf of the Port of Oakland, that includes lifetime medical coverage after working only 5 years for the Port of Oakland. (the insane policy that even San Francisco dumped years ago)
    He also includes 13% in pay raises over two years, at a time when other government agencies are actually reducing salaries. Plus he threw in a “bonus” of $3,500 per employee.
    From A to Z, Swanson gives away the bank to the SEIU so that he'll get their endorsement in 18 months.

    Meanwhile, Jean Quan is probably on another trip to Shanghai while everyone and their brother walks away with Oakland's money.
    Obviously the brief time Quan spent at UC Berkeley (she never graduated) was not as a financial accounting major.


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