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. Continue Reading


Board meets tonight to discuss Dobbins case

Update: The committee didn’t come to any decisions tonight. At around 6:30, Greg Hodge announced there would be nothing to report until Wednesday, when the full school board meets at 6 p.m.

A Special Committee on Possible Censure of a Governing Board Member meets at 6 p.m. tonight at the central office as part of an inquiry into the relationship of fellow school board member, Chris Dobbins, and a 17-year-old former student.

The three board members on the committee — who were selected last Friday by the board president David Kakishiba — are Alice Spearman, Noel Gallo and Greg Hodge.

According to Friday’s board minutes, Dobbins objected to Spearman’s placement on the committee because of some of the things she had said against him in the past. Gallo has also said Dobbins should step down.

Dobbins and the former student have said their friendship was innocent, and police decided there was no basis for criminal charges. The school board is expected to release a report of its own internal investigation, based on the committee’s findings.

The agenda says a fact-finding report might be adopted tonight, Continue Reading