Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Disappearer: Nadia Lockyer Emerges From Rehab

Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer has emerged from rehab, attending a Board of Supervisors "retreat" in glamorous Oakland. Obviously, it's going to take more than a deranged sex/meth/drug/adultery scandal to keep her away from her official duties. 

A little more than a month after enrolling in a substance-abuse program following a violent clash with an ex-boyfriend in a Newark hotel, Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer unexpectedly showed up for work Tuesday at a board retreat - and stepped right back into a controversy. 
Her husband, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, accompanied her to the Alameda County Conference Center in downtown Oakland and returned later in the day to pick her up.

The linked article mentions that Lockyer "stepped back into controversy." That controversy was the revelation that she visited her meth-addict boyfriend when he was in jail last summer, apparently telling jail staff that she was working as the guy's pro bono attorney:

The supervisor's return, however, was marred by a new report that she had visited her ex-boyfriend, Stephen Chikhani, three times last summer while he was in lockup on drug-related charges in Santa Clara County Jail - representing herself as his attorney. 
"She did not misrepresent herself," her aide RubĂ©n Briones told us Tuesday. "She was providing pro bono legal advice as requested by Mr. Chikhani's father." 
"Not true," Chikhani's attorney, Adrienne Dell, fired back. "Mr. Chikhani's father has never spoken to Nadia Lockyer regarding representation of his son. ... I think this is an abuse of power."

As with Ross Mirkarimi across the Bay, it's hard to imagine how Lockyer can get through the next month, let alone seek re-election. But, for now she seems determined to try.

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