Dobbins report details late night (early morning) meetings with 17-year-old

The school board’s special censure committee released a very detailed fact-finding report tonight on their fellow trustee, Chris Dobbins. They also called for his resignation, a move he said he will not make.

I should note that in my previous interviews with Dobbins and the 17-year-old former high school student, neither mentioned the late night/early morning conversations in Dobbins’ car at the Berkeley Marina or at Strawberry Canyon.

After the meeting, Dobbins said repeatedly that nothing criminal or physical happened between him and the girl, who turns 18 next month.

He said he agreed that what he did — meeting with the young woman alone and sending her e-mails, even after he promised concerned district employees that he would cut ties — was ethically wrong.

But he also said he didn’t deserve board censure. He noted that his colleague, Alice Spearman, intentionally bumped a teacher at a tense East Oakland Community High School meeting and didn’t face such consequences.

Then again, embarrassing as that incident may have been for the board, it didn’t involve a minor.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.