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."

Rob Sorensen February 15, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Regretably I believe the Supervisor should resign. It's not fair for the people to be represented by someone as compromised and now challenged as this. These circumstances will take a long time to fully recover from. So honor and duty would suggest resignation rather than gripping to one's celebrity. The people deserve better.
ordinary joe February 16, 2012 at 04:59 AM
It is really sad Suprvisor Nadia L has to go through all this pain and sufferring. At this time, we should wish her a speedy recovery and complete healing from whatever happened in her personal life. Rob Sorensen, may God give you some sense, if at all possible.
Shimadog February 16, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Nadia bought her election. She was unqualified for the job and should resign immediately.
ordinary joe February 16, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I did not vote for Nadia L in the last election. I don't agree with Shimadog taht she bought her election. She won fair and square the American way! You can also then say that Mitt Romney is in teh process of buying his nomination and probably both President Obama and Mr. Romney will then fight it out with billions of dollars who can win. Isn't that the American way?
Summer Hemphill February 16, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Like every other subject he comments on Shimadog doesn't know what he's talking about ! Just another right-wing hater looking for any opportunity to attack anyone who's political philosophy is to the left of his (which is virtually everyone). And to correct other misinformation he's spread recently the Foxy Lady wasn't torn down in 1995 for Carter Station which is on the other side of the train tracks. It was actually demolished several years later & the new Fire Station occupies this site across from the Knotty Pine. Never one to let facts interfere with his diatribes,he obviously makes up whatever suits his latest argument & when corrected attacks me vociferously.
Tim February 17, 2012 at 06:00 AM
She won her election fair and square. That isn't the issue. The issue is that her poor personal choices put her in a position where she is unable to execute her duties as an elected official. In the case of Gabrielle Giffords I had lots of sympathy for her and was glad she stayed in Congress as long as she did. She did, ultimately step down for the good of her district and what happened to her was none of her fault. In the case of Lockyer, it's unfortunate she was assaulted but her addiction issues were clearly a problem for her before this incident happened. She should resign, but she won't because far left liberal politicians like her, John Edwards, and Anthony Weiner to name a few will cling to power until the bitter end.
Tim February 17, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Mr. Romney is trying to buy the GOP nomination but money isn't enough to win enough delegates to win the primary. Rick Santorum proved that campaigning in person matters, particularly in the smaller primary states and the caucus states where television and radio ad time is cheap. Since most states are not winner take all in the delegate count, Romney has a long was to go to seal the deal. I think it won't be until well after Super Tuesday before he wins it. He will not have anywhere near a billion dollars like Obama will have. Obama will need it for negative attack ads because he has no record to run on. Economy? Debt and Deficit? Health Care costs? Energy Prices? Gas prices are going to hit $5 a gallon in many places including CA and the northeast this year.... this is bad news for him as Romney will run ad after ad reminding us how Obama turned down Canadian oil from the Keystone pipeline to keep us bowing further to middle east dictators for our oil.
Nadja Adolf February 17, 2012 at 09:38 AM
Bay Area politicians have become an embarrassment. We had one high ranking official who drove into another car and then began to threaten the drive of the other vehicle with what she could do to them; another who allegedly suffers from a disease that impairs her judgment to the extent that she only remembers to pay for the less expensive items she picks up at Nordstrom's; one who gave a memorial speech on the floor of the state capitol in honor of a television character who had been killed off on a prime time show; and now an apparent alcoholic and/or drug user who fights with her boyfriend while her husband stays at home with the minor child. And people wonder why California is known as the "Land of fruits and nuts?"
Barney Google February 17, 2012 at 01:59 PM
What about Insider trader Pelosi?
Brash Brazen February 17, 2012 at 04:17 PM
God bless our liberal politicians,while a few may disparage them they continue to be re-elected by their constituents by a wide margin year after year !!! An impaired Democrat is still ten times better than a conservative right-wing Republican jerk !!!
Tim February 17, 2012 at 04:41 PM
The liberal politician is always better for the losers that don't contribute anything to society and rely on the government to send them checks every month to support their marijuana habits. Am I in the balllpark Brash?
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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