UPDATE: County Assessor Kramer

Our Vice President of Action, Nancy Bocanegra, attended County Assessor Gus Kramer’s hearing last week. Here is her report…

Contra Costa County Assesor Gus Kramer (center) mingles with U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, and Contra Costa County Supervisor Mary Piepho before an inauguration ceremony for incoming Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson Thursday Jan. 13, 2011 in Martinez, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group Archives)


I attended this morning’s hearing regarding whether or not the hostile workplace case against Gus Kramer would be dismissed. Instead of ruling on the matter the judge summarized why there is a credible case against Mr. Kramer.
After rejecting Mr. Kramer’s attorney’s suggestion that the case against Mr. Kramer is politically motivated he agreed to allow Chris Walpole, the County’s prosecutor, and Mr. Raines, the defendant’s attorney, time to gather additional materials that may be pertinent to the case.
A hearing date was set for Friday, September 20th at 1:30 p.m. in Dept. 23 in the AF Bray Courthouse at 1020 Ward Street, Martinez.
I hope many of you can attend wearing your NOW buttons.


-Nancy Bocanegra
Vice President of Action
Contra Costa NOW
In case you missed it, County Assessor Gus Kramer has been accused of creating a hostile work environment by harassing multiple women on his staff. The accusation alleges Kramer made sexual comments toward female employees and disparaging remarks targeting one victim’s ethnicity between December 2013 and last year. In the past, he was found to have violated the Fair Housing and Employment Act by creating a “hostile and abusive” work environment. For more about these charges, read our letter to the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors regarding this matter here.