By Matt Artz
Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 6:20 pm in Uncategorized.
This story about Ohlone College Trustee Nick Nardolillo living outside the district at his winery and home in Livermore for the past 11 years will run in Saturday’s paper. I wanted to give you guys some background on it.
You may recall late last year I wrote about the Ohlone College Board of Trustees passing over Nardolillo for board president even though it was his turn. A commenter on the blog went on tirade mostly about my crappy reporting, but also about Nardolillo living in Livermore.
I had heard those rumors too, mostly from other reporters, who had looked into it in 2004 when Nardolillo last ran in a contested election.
So I decided to investigate. And their is substantial evidence that Nardolillo lives in Livermore, where he owns a share of White Crane Winery and The Wild Vine wine bar.
I’ll save the details for the story, although later I might scan and attach some of the public records I found, including a sworn statement from Nardolillo’s attorney back in 2004 confirming that Nardolillo had, in fact, moved to Livermore.
I spent quite some time going over public records before talking to Nardolillo, his ex-fiance and his ex-business partner
About 6 p.m. Monday, I knocked on Nardolillo’s front door in Livermore. He was home, but didn’t want to talk. I choose Monday because I knew his wine bar was closed Mondays, and if he was going to spend a night in Fremont, it would probably be a Monday night.
At the same time I was in Livermore, another Argus reporter knocked on the Fremont residence where Nardolillo rents a room in return for $400 a month in free wine. Several tenants didn’t want to talk. They deferred to a woman who said that Nardolillo doesn’t live there.
At first Nardolillo was angry and figured my visit was about politics. He said something to the extent that certain political parties in Fremont make trouble if they don’t get their people into office.
But when we talked by phone on Thursday, he was open and helpful. He did provide me with tax returns filed from the Fremont address where he rents the room. He also provided me the rental agreement.
He says he has stayed at that home this year, but can’t recall his last visit.
He’s busy in Livermore. He said his situation wasn’t really different from Ohlone Trustee Garrett Yee being away when he was working in Iraq.