Hercules council appoints former mayor Batara to finance panel

For those who missed it — it wasn’t posted on the city Website’s Meetings page, although it was on the Calendar page — the Hercules City Council held a special meeting last night.
By a 4-0 vote, the council appointed former Mayor Frank Batara to the newly-formed Citizens Finance Advisory Adhoc Committee.
Some say that Batara, whose tenure from March 2001 to December 2006 spanned some of the more controversial land-use and real estate issues of recent Hercules history, is part of the problem, not the solution.
But Councilwoman Myrna de Vera says Batara’s historical experience, combined with four fresh pairs of eyes, will provide balance to the five-member finance panel. And, she says, Batara’s fellow panelists can ask him why he came to some of his decisions during his stint on the council.
The other four panelists are William Wilkins, Hector Rubio, Virgilio dela Vega and Gabriel Naguit.


Tom Lochner

Contra Costa Times reporter

  • http://www.waterfrontwatch.org Jeffrey Wisniewski

    An intriguing appointment to say the least. I’m surprised by the unanimous vote, especially considering Mr. Batara’s recent statements denouncing the negative yet accurate news reports concerning the city’s finances as “propaganda.” I hope this ad-hoc committee conducts an honest evaluation and does not allow a rewriting of history.