Hercules’ mayor resigns



Hercules Mayor Ed Balico unexpectedly resigned his post last night.

Read my colleague’s story here.

Balico made no public mention of the deep troubles that face his city.

Here is part of Tom Lochner’s story:

Balico made no allusion to the controversies that embroiled him and the previous City Council, which saw two incumbents voted out of office Nov. 2 and the three remaining council members targeted by a recall campaign that took shape in recent weeks.

Balico’s resignation did not spare him the indignity, moments later, of being served with a notice of intention to recall by resident Dan Romero on behalf of the group Hercules Recall.

The notice, which Romero also served on Councilman Don Kuehne and Councilwoman Joanne Ward, accuses the trio of failed leadership resulting in “an unprecedented financial crisis,” and of “a long trail of misdeeds” including their role in awarding several million dollars of no-bid contracts to a company owned by then-City Manager Nelson Oliva’s family; it also accuses the three of supporting “questionable ‘sweetheart’ development deals” that have depleted the city’s redevelopment funds.

Hercules’ public access television web site for video of the meeting is here.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Who gives a flyin’ cowpat about the mayor of Hercules?

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    We care because Hercules may well be the Bell of the Bay Area. Go to the CCT web site, search on Hercules and read all about it.

  • ralph hoffmann

    We all should care. We should attend local government meetings to see that what happened in Hercules and Bell won’t happen in our own communities and counties.