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Supervisor Nadia Lockyer In Rehab, Confirms Assault

Alameda County District Attorney's Office is following up on Newark police reports of the alleged Feb. 3 assault of Lockyer by her ex-boyfriend, according to Inside Bay Area.

By Bay City News

Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer said today that she's in a wellness and recovery center to be treated for "chemical dependency and chronic pain" stemming from a past car accident as well as for injuries she said she suffered in an assault at a Newark motel on Feb. 3.

Lockyer, 40, who was elected to her post in November 2010 and is the wife of California state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, said in a statement, "Alcoholism and addiction are diseases from which many of us suffer, and unfortunately, I have not been spared."

She represents district two, which consists of Hayward, Newark and Union City and parts of Fremont and Sunol.

She said, "With the strong encouragement of the people in my life who love me, including my husband, my family, and my friends, I decided to get help and treatment so that I may fully heal and recover."

Referring to the Feb. 3 incident, Lockyer said, "The injuries I suffered from that assault will require some time to heal, and I am receiving treatment for them."

Lockyer said, "I will continue to do all I can to heal from the assault as well as to understand and conquer this disease so that I may be healthier and stronger for my family and my work."

Lockyer's chief of staff, Ruben Briones, said Lockyer missed board meetings last week and today and doesn't know when she will return to work.

She'll come back when she's healthy, he said.

Briones declined to disclose the location of the facility where Lockyer is being treated except to say it's somewhere in California.

Lockyer said a story in the San Francisco Chronicle that said she was violently assaulted by an ex-boyfriend when she met up with him at a Newark motel after she fought with her husband is "generally true."

The story said Nadia and Bill Lockyer had recently been separated but had gotten back together before the Feb. 3 incident.

A spokesman for Bill Lockyer, Tom Dresslar, said Lockyer doesn't want to comment on his wife's statement or the state of their marriage.

Alameda County District Attorney spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said her office is following up on the documents it's received from the Newark Police Department but she can't comment on the matter because there's still an open investigation.

Before she was elected to the Board of Supervisors, Lockyer was executive director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center, an agency in which the District Attorney's Office and other county departments work together to provide a variety of services to victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and sexual abuse and exploitation.

Lockyer says on her county website that she is the first Latina and the first woman of Native American heritage elected to the Board of Supervisors.

Board of Supervisors President Nathan Miley released a statement
today on behalf of the board.

"She is dealing with issues that are personal in nature, and we support her decision to seek help with those issues," the statement read. "We stand in support of our colleague and look forward to her return."

Brash Brazen February 17, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Just because our (your) elected representatives views are closer to mine than yours is no reason to continually malign them out of touch right-wing rhetoric. If the majority of our neighbors shared your views they wouldn't continue to be re-elected,would they ? I wouldn't live in a place where your views are shared by the majority of the voters,so it must be excruciatingly painful to be part of the Republican minority here ! "Richie Rich","Moral Orel","Yosemite Sam" & "Elmer Fudd" are all flawed candidates,assuring President Obama four more years. Let's all hope his coattails are long enough to restore a Democratic majority in the House,then you can complain to your hearts content. Whatever Republican wins the nomination one thing you can take to the bank is that legalizing marijuana will get more votes than they do in California !!!
Tim February 17, 2012 at 07:13 PM
So you think Obama winning CA gets him and more years? LOL. Keep dreaming. Let's see how well he does where it counts... VA, NC, FL, OH, etc. Obama will have coattails for sure but coattails that spell doom for midwestern senate democrats like ben nelson and joe manchin who are running as fast as they can to distance themselves from the obama admin policies. Hell these two sound more and more like republicans every day.
Rob Sorensen February 17, 2012 at 10:51 PM
For Ordinary Joe, if by sense you mean that political reps are there to represent the people, we agree. But, if the people's interests are to be second to protect a rep's celebrity, once budding career, then lack of common sense becomes undeniable. Dr Drew can school you in how long this rehab will take. Not week, months, but years.
Green Is Better February 22, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Tri City voters are overwhelmingly Democrat because we care more. Nadia is a member of our family, and when a family member stumbles you should help them up. She should stay in office. It will give her a constructive path to do good for our community and herself. She contacted the boyfriend because he could help her through a rough time and fill a void in her life. Things just got out of hand, and the police did not arrest the boyfriend because even they realized what happened was a personal issue between two people. Notice that she did not press charges? She's just human, let's show her some compassion.
Tim February 22, 2012 at 09:52 PM
You mean like the compassion Democrats show when a Republican screws up? The double standard is staggering. It shouldn't matter what their political views are. If they are unable to do their job, they should step aside, period.

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