WHERE ARE THEY NOW:
-- Tom Weigel: The former CEO of The Red Barn dissolved his company and left town after he mortgaged the 6.6-acre Market Town plot that Hercules turned over to him for zero dollars and a promise to develop it. Today, he heads a new company, Town Makers Inc. Weigel's LinkedIn page, as of Friday, stated: "Manager of a New Town Center real estate development project in Northern California. Directed a team of professionals that assembled the land, programmed and entitled a 35 acre mixed-use transit-oriented community." This was followed by a recommendation from Lawton: "Tom is the rare visionary who knows how to get things done within complex public/private partnerships. He is persistent and goal-directed. He is a master at assembling high-performance teams that deliver results at the highest standards of quality."
-- Nelson Oliva: After he stepped down as Hercules city manager in January 2011, Oliva moved back to Apple Valley in San Bernardino County.¿ As part of a $3.2 million settlement of the city's lawsuit against him, his daughters and his company, NEO Consulting Inc., Oliva must pay the city $1.65 million, including $600,000 over 10 years out of his disability pension; NEO, which Oliva no longer owns, is supposed to pay the city $1.5 million, but the debt is secured by a 2.5-acre desert lot in Los Angeles County recently valued at $17,400 on assessor's rolls.
-- Steve Lawton: The former Hercules economic development director is a retail consultant at Main Street Property Services Inc. of Lafayette. Lawton's LinkedIn page, as of Friday, said he recently managed three complex projects within budgets and authorities for a local redevelopment agency, including a public/private partnership for a transit-oriented Town Center district.
-- Gloria Leon: The former Hercules finance director today is administrative services director in Calistoga.
-- Mike Sakamoto, Oliva's predecessor as city manager, retired in April 2007 and came back in October 2008 to manage the Hercules Municipal Utility (now for sale) under a $100,000-a-year contract. In between, he worked for Kinsell Newcomb & De Dios, a bond company that did a $60.6 million bond issue for Hercules during that time. Sakamoto has moved out of Hercules.