Scathing Report:Nora Davis, Ruth Atkin and Kurt Brinkman Put Developer's Needs Ahead of Residents
City Attorney Mike Biddle is a Dilettante
The Grand Jury's report excoriates the staff, particularly the City Attorney Mike Biddle and the recently retired Director of Finances Helen Bean for doing the bidding of the favored developer Madison at the expense of the people of Emeryville. The scathing report also blamed City Council members Nora Davis, Ruth Atkin and Kurt Brinkman for voting to forgive the loan.
The Grand Jury said they were troubled by the fact that significant financial decisions were made with "insufficient research". The report found the staff and the Council failed to conduct due diligence and that the staff lacks fiscal expertise. The three City Council members and the staff were found to be incompetent and they failed to fulfill their fiduciary duty to the citizenry.
The Secret News has the whole story covered HERE.