Green candidate hires Gonzalez as her lawyer

Green gubernatorial candidate Laura Wells, who was arrested outside the gubernatorial debate at Dominican University of California in San Rafael last month, has retained San Francisco attorney Matt Gonzalez – the former San Francisco supervisor, 2003 mayoral candidate and 2008 independent vice presidential candidate – to represent her in court tomorrow.

Police said Wells, 62, a financial analyst from Oakland, was arrested when she tried to enter the Oct. 12 debate using someone else’s non-transferable ticket, and then raised a ruckus when she was denied entry and asked to leave. Security guards at the debate handed her over to San Rafael Police, who cited her for trespassing and then released her with a Nov. 2 court date.

Her news release says she was out over the weekend gathering almost 1,000 signatures on a petition asking the Marin County District Attorney’s office to dismiss the charge against her and investigate those responsible for her arrest, which she claims was a violation of her civil rights.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Eugene Debs was in prison while he ran for president in 1920. What makes Wells so special? Memo to Matt: Ask for a retainer.

  • John W

    Is this really worth some prosecutor’s time? It’s not like she went there with intent to go Code Pink and disrupt the event. Trespassing? Come on!

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    A publicity stunt follows up another publicity stunt. Wells has no “legal right” to be newsworthy.

  • For Liberty

    I commend Wells for standing up for herself and those who she represents. CA needs to have a fair and equal election process or else we will continue to be stuck with the candidates that they want us to have, like the two winners in this election, such as Brown and Whitman. Ask yourself if these two candidates, Jerry Whitman and Meg Brown, truly represent you.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    With all their faults, Meg and Jerry are a lot closer to reality than the self-important (and deservedly ignored) Wells.