AC TRANSIT | The AC Transit Board of Directors voted 5-0 last night to censure board member Joel Young for violating board policies concerning its code of ethics and improperly using district property for personal gain. Board director Mark Williams abstained from the vote. The censure of Young included no fines or penalties, but it represented a significant, and unusual, public rebuke of an elected official.

Young was not in the room as his colleagues voted to approve the resolution censuring him, thereby irritating some board members for his unwillingness to shed additional light on the allegations. Ward Five board member Jeff Davis said he was disappointed by Young’s absence. “To me, his position reflects poorly on us,” said Davis. “Just not what he did, but what he did since then.” Davis added he was uncomfortable sitting in judgment of a colleague, however, Young’s unwillingness to publicly defend his actions made it less difficult. “I would like to hear some contrition and I’m not hearing it,” he said.