Remember how I said things couldn’t get much worse in Alameda City government life? Well…I was mistaken.
Because of the exposure and media coverage over the whole Fire Chief gas thing, information about the Fire Chief’s past woes are coming to light. Michele Ellson at the Island has covered the story here, but thanks to an anonymous email, I have copies of the articles for you all. Excerpt from Michele’s post which gives the nutshell:
Kapler resigned as chief of the Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District in 1991 after allegations surfaced that he misused a department-owned vehicle. He was also accused by representatives of a casino and a builder of soliciting contributions in exchange for support on a construction project the owners of one casino sought to undertake and of a variance the other sought that would allow it to avoid installing sprinklers in a parking garage it planned to build, news reports issued at the time said. Kapler also came under fire for soliciting contributions including ski passes, a mountain bike and vacations for a program aimed at curbing department absenteeism, news reports showed.
What struck me is the answer that Chief Kapler gave to Michele over the 1991 Tahoe-Douglas allegations:
Kapler said Friday that he was cleared of all wrongdoing in connection with the allegations in Tahoe. He said his Tahoe-Douglas contract allowed him to take a district vehicle for personal use.
“The district attorney looked into it and said there wasn’t any basis to any of the complaints out there,” Kapler said. “There was a lack of clear communication with the (fire district) board, but no evidence of any wrongdoing.”
See, I guess if this had been me, and I had previous problems with vehicles and “miscommunication” around the details of using an official vehicle for personal use, or a personal vehicle for official use, I would make damned sure that my contract was iron clad regarding these specifics so that “miscommunication” or “lack of clear communication” wouldn’t be duplicated and get itself spread all over the news media. But, that’s me.
So here they are, the screen caps from microfiched news article. Some are a little muddy, click to enlarge.
From May 13, 1991
From May 17, 1991:
From May 24, 1991:
From May 26, 1991:
From May 28, 1991:
From June 5, 1991:
From June 7, 1991: