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East Bay Express: AC Transit board member may have profited from his official duties

Courtesy of EastBayExpress.com

AC Transit board member Joel Young may have used confidential legal information that he received from the transit district for his own personal gain and for that of his private employer, according to a hard-hitting report released last week. Young, an attorney and former state Assembly candidate, also violated AC Transit rules regarding the use of public agency resources for personal gain and may have run afoul of state law, the report stated.

The report, which was conducted by AC Transit's general counsel's office, centered on Young's actions relating to a legal case involving the transit district. The report found that Young may have used confidential information that he gleaned in his role as a board member in order to benefit two similar but separate lawsuits that he is involved in through his private law practice. Young's actions could produce millions in legal fees for him and his firm, The Tidrick Law Firm of Berkeley.

Following a request for comment for this story, Young said his "team is putting together a detailed response" to AC Transit's report that "should be ready by the next board meeting" on June 26. He said the response "will correct both factual inaccuracies and legal inaccuracies" in the report. Steven Tidrick of The Tidrick Law Firm did not respond to a request for comment.

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This article was originally published at EastBayExpress.com on June 19, 2013.