HERCULES -- In a sign that a city councilwoman's yearlong feud with the mayor is not over, the councilwoman's husband is seeking 10 months' worth of the mayor's emails under a public records request filed with City Hall by his political action committee.
Manuel de Vera, the husband of Councilwoman Myrna de Vera, and his PAC, Save Hercules, seek emails by Mayor Dan Romero from December 2011 through September 2012, City Hall confirmed last week.
Save Hercules registered with the state on Sept. 25, according to a spokeswoman for the California secretary of state. The PAC's phone number is the same as one listed on the Web for Manuel de Vera's San Francisco insurance agency. The PAC's statement of information was not available Friday.
In December, Myrna de Vera filed a formal complaint with Hercules City Attorney Patrick Tang, accusing Romero of lobbying other council members in violation of state open meeting rules to vote for him to succeed de Vera as mayor at the conclusion of her term earlier that month. Tang found de Vera's allegation unsupported by the evidence.
Myrna de Vera did not respond to a request for comment from this newspaper about the latest document request. But her husband, in an email Friday, said, "I can only say one thing -- this has nothing to do with her. I thought about it and have requested it. I have set up two committees, and I have no comment to give to you now or anytime in the future."
On Tuesday, the
According to a staff report, two pending public records requests could cost the city upward of $3,000. One of the requests is Manuel de Vera's; the other is from this newspaper, for email and other correspondence related to alleged bullying of de Vera. She has accused Romero and City Manager Steve Duran of bullying her.
Duran, in an email last month, ¿said he had to refrain from commenting on the matter.
Romero, in an email Saturday, said he has disagreed with de Vera, not bullied her.
"I have stated that I feel she has been wrong in some of her tactics against staff," Romero wrote. "I have stated in an email that her temper is getting in the way. I am entitled to say no to the councilwoman."
Last month, this newspaper published a June 29 email from de Vera to Romero alleging bullying, obtained pursuant to a public records request. At de Vera's suggestion, the paper made an additional public records request for documents referencing bullying covering a longer time period; that request is pending.
De Vera, meanwhile, has aired her complaints of bullying in another forum.
"During public meetings, the current (Hercules) mayor and the (Hercules) city manager speak rudely to me to the point of bullying, and they expect me to keep quiet and take it without comment," reads the unabridged version of a prepared speech de Vera delivered in shortened form at the 2012 Filipina Women's Network's 100 Most Influential Filipina Women of the U.S. celebration at the Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco on Aug. 31.
The unabridged version is posted on the Filipina Images website at http://filipinaimages.com/myrna-lardizabal-de-vera-on-august-31-2012-hello-powerful-pinays/.
"When I demand they treat me with respect, they are shocked and angry," the unabridged version continues. "Even the mainstream media recently depicted me as a petty, whiny woman in a tantrum over the current mayor getting the mayoral position, when the truth was I had reported a violation of the law."
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