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February 19, 2020

Lapse in judgment

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

In the “this town never fails to disappoint” files, from EB Citizen: Alameda school board member arrested.


Williams was pulled over by Alameda Police on Feb. 12 just before 10:30 p.m. on the 900 block of High Street, near Otis Drive, according the department’s activity log.

“Suspect displayed the objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication and was taken into custody,” according to the police log.

One lesson here is: even if you feel like you’re okay to drive, just don’t.  There’s Uber, Lyft, or even your friendly local taxi cab company.  It’s going to cost you, what? $10 max?  But driving intoxicated could lead to a whole host of unintended consequences, the worst we saw off of RAMP last month.

The intriguing part of the piece was this revelation though:

Williams notified her colleagues on the school board of the arrest about two days later in an email on Feb. 14.

“I am prepared to take full responsibility for any mistakes I may have made. As no charges have been filed. I cannot comment further at this time. Will fully participate in any consequent legal proceedings as appropriate,” Williams wrote to the board.

Williams, who is an administrative law judge, prefaced the email by declaring it to be a “privileged communication” between her and the board. But the email was later determined to be a public record by the school district’s legal counsel because school boardmembers are not considered employees of the school district.

Which means that someone on the Board leaked the information to EB Citizen.  Well, there might have been several someones between the Board and EB Citizen but the likelihood is slim that someone without any knowledge of the case was actively watching the police blotter which uploaded February 12 fairly recently since it was the newest daily activity log as of yesterday.  It was a busy day and included a child found trying to cross the street without his/her parents.

Certainly the way it was leaked out is not really an excuse for the alleged DUI in the first place.  While everyone deserves a second chance yadda yadda I think it’s going to be hard for Jennifer Williams to continue to serve on the School Board with this hanging over her head.  It shows quite a bit of poor judgment on her part and will be hard to gloss over given the increased attention on Alameda’s terrible pedestrian and bicycle safety.


  1. Not excusing her behavior at all, BUT…..maybe someone can explain to me how you put wineries, breweries and distilleries in a neighborhood and have no public transportation. I saw a sign for the 96. It goes to Oakland, not Alameda. There should be a shuttle, at least, to the base.

    Comment by Dj — February 19, 2020 @ 6:28 am

    • I agree they should provide some sort of public transportation. They are promoting Spirit Alley and the Beer place across from Bladium so they should have a shuttle. You still can call a Taxi or Uber.

      Comment by joelsf — February 19, 2020 @ 5:10 pm

  2. Must have been the kickoff to the school parcel tax campaign! To have her resign in disgrace would be a PR disaster and doesn’t make it any easier to swallow the proposed tax hit. And the email leak shows the school board is not united either.

    Comment by Nowyouknow — February 19, 2020 @ 7:18 am

    • your posts are always so positive.

      Comment by trumpisaracist — February 19, 2020 @ 3:49 pm

    • Innocent until proven guilty. Everyone makes mistakes, even those that may have had a glass or two of wine at dinner. the solution is to take that Uber to dinner/bar then no worries coming home with having to drive. And does a school board member being in bed with EB Citizen and leaking info to them really surprise anyone? I know where my money would be on where is came from. And DJ and Joelsf, how does any blame to sprits alley or beer near the Bladium relate to this? She was on High Street/Otis, no where near the West Side. Either way, she was likely headed home to bay farm and her hubby is SFPD so don’t burn her at the stake so fast. She’s still far better than any of the others on the board. God knows, most normal souls would have to drink heavily just to put up with their s***.

      Comment by I’m right, always and just smarter — February 19, 2020 @ 11:07 pm

      • I wasn’t blaming Spirit Alley I was just saying public transportation or shuttles from there would be good. I actually never been to one of the places there even though I live close to it. I was just saying they promote an area where people have to drive to get to. I could walk it is only like a mile. No one actually knows where she drank, it could have been in SF or Oakland.

        Comment by joelsf — February 20, 2020 @ 11:22 am

  3. The 900 block of Otis is off Westline, not High, near East
    Crab Cove entrance and dog park.

    Comment by Betty — February 20, 2020 @ 5:51 am

    • She was stopped in the 900 block of High St., not Otis.

      Comment by John Busby — February 20, 2020 @ 8:56 am

  4. She was stopped in the 900 block of High St., not Otis.

    Comment by John B — February 20, 2020 @ 8:58 am

  5. She is a so called judge, she knows the laws and should abide by them. She caused a lot of turmoil within BayFarm school, looks like it was all stirred up by her and not the parents!

    Comment by Rodger — May 23, 2020 @ 12:40 pm

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