Concord Vice-Mayor Laura Hoffmeister Arrested For DUI

May 28, 2022 13:02 pm · 101 comments

Concord Vice-Mayor Laura Hoffmeister was arrested in the City of Clayton this week for DUI, Clayton Police confirmed to Claycord.com.

Police say she was stopped for a vehicle code violation and arrested for DUI by Clayton Police on the evening of Wednesday May 25. She was then booked into the county jail in Martinez, and released the following day.

Hoffmeister was first elected to the Concord City Council in 1997. She has been the Mayor of Concord six different times during her time on the council.

She is also the Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Clayton, and she is a board member for the County Connection public transit agency.

No further information is available at this time.

The Fearless Spectator May 27, 2022 at 9:02 PM

These politicians are dropping like flies!

Better defund the police.

WC Resident May 27, 2022 at 11:10 PM

I would rather defund politicians.

Dr Jellyfinger May 29, 2022 at 9:21 AM

She’s got 3 jobs !
Let’s give her a break…. Geez.
Making your way in the world today
Takes everything you’ve got
Taking a break from all your worries
It sure would help a lot
Wouldn’t you like to get away?

DaTruth May 27, 2022 at 9:15 PM

*Antioch residents

*pheww looks like we got a break.

Oh, please May 28, 2022 at 10:15 AM

Lol. A very short break, I am sure… just wait for this weekend!

DaTruth May 28, 2022 at 7:03 PM

Oh please. You know what’s ironic, Concord is suppose to be at a higher level… yesterday I watched and listened to two concord city council meetings from this month… WOW Do they sound like Antioch’s meetings. Made me chuckle.

Also! Better be happy claycord doesn’t have a podcast like East County Today or else Concord and the surrounding areas would be even more divided. Anyways, fellow NetBangers happy commenting!

DaTruth

Anonalon May 27, 2022 at 9:18 PM

Well now, that’s embarrassing . But just look to Antioch. Nothing will happen, nothing to see here, it doesn’t matter that our “leaders” make mistakes that endanger others and scream bad judgment. No worries. It’s all good.

DaTruth May 27, 2022 at 9:24 PM

My point exactly…

Amateur Teacher May 27, 2022 at 9:20 PM

New rule- July 1, 2022: all politicians and administrators are fired and replaced with people that have never done the job before. They are all incompetent scum.

Oh, please May 28, 2022 at 10:16 AM

Mot necessarily incompetent, but certainly immoral, lying pond scum.

Bob May 27, 2022 at 9:24 PM

Surprised she spent the night, you can set fires and be out the same day.

Janus May 27, 2022 at 10:48 PM

She probably was released to a sober adult, which is not unusual or special unfortunately.

Jo May 27, 2022 at 9:48 PM

There were previous rumblings about this issue.

Jo May 27, 2022 at 10:16 PM

What an embarrassment for both Concord and Clayton because she works for the city of Clayton. She should lose her job and resign from the Council. But will that happen?

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Jeff May 28, 2022 at 8:16 AM

I’ve never driven drunk before. Inexcusable for an elected official, she should resign today from Concord.

108RS

Oh, please May 28, 2022 at 10:18 AM

Claytoneer- I seriously hope this is sarcasm? Most people DON’T drive drunk. If you do, you are a bad person. Period.

PO'd May 28, 2022 at 10:33 AM

Looks like she’ll get a chance to depend on County Connection buses
from Concord to Clayton- I’m sure it will be a wonderful experience.

Tamara Thole Steiner May 27, 2022 at 10:19 PM

Please, people. Don’t pile on. This is bad enough for her as it is. For the love of God, have some mercy. Leave her alone. She will deal with this.

Sancho Panza May 27, 2022 at 11:43 PM

Hypocrisy at its finest…from the Clayton local news publisher who often publishes hit pieces…and censors opposing opinions…

Always Right May 28, 2022 at 4:27 AM

Tamara, well said.

Stan Welch May 28, 2022 at 7:42 AM

From the Pioneer owner no less. Favoritism. Hey how many roadside crosses do you need to see before you take drunk driving seriously? The Hoff deserves to be made an example of. Public servant. And you shouldn’t be defending her. Responsible journalism. Remember? Hardly.

Jeff Zimmerman May 28, 2022 at 7:43 AM

Tamara, you are such an unethical person! As an earlier commenter stated, you and your useless paper censor needed public dissent and feedback when it doesn’t benefit you or your bought and paid for cronies in the political and rural/urban development arenas in Concord and Clayton that are subsequently destroying our once wonderful towns. Stop protecting Hoffmeister, she and her fellow Concord City Council hacks, like you, are so in bed with the Seeno mobsters, you can’t be counted on for sound, honest, ethical or moral opinions! Get a life!

Deb Shay May 28, 2022 at 8:24 AM

Leave her alone? Are you freaking kidding?! What if she had killed someone? Driving while intoxicated is an egregious, selfish, and dangerous act for anyone, let alone a public servant. Typical lefty logic. Rules for thee but not for me.

Tsa May 28, 2022 at 9:15 AM

I’m guessing that you didn’t have this same approach with Trump…

Concerned Citizen May 28, 2022 at 9:26 AM

Tamara Steiner and her rag newspaper (Clayton Pioneer) are the worst. She censors public opinion and thinks she has the “right” to make up news . . . rather than report it. A drunk is a drunk. Laura Hoffmeister should have the book thrown at her. She could have killed somebody! Tamara and her husband Bob need to stop their BS before they get run out of business. I’ll bet you this story “Concord Vice-Mayor and CLAYTON Assistant City Manager Laura Hoffmeister Arrested For DUI” never makes it in the Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill Pioneer. GUARANTEED!

Oh, please May 28, 2022 at 10:21 AM

Wait. What? Absolutely not. This is a public official and the public have every right to scrutinize and judge her for her immoral and unethical action. Get bent. Who cares if it is bad for her???? I care about those she could have hurt. Someone that stands next to laws should not be breaking them. What a terrible exmple.

Badge1104 May 28, 2022 at 12:16 PM

I feel sorry for Laura. I’m sure she’s embarrassed by this greatly. I remember a Concord mayor of the past had this happen and she was also good person just had that extra glass of wine. I’m not excusing this. Mayor of Antioch had the same thing happen a few months ago. I think liberals are drinking more of these days as they see all their policies & programs failing, in their pole numbers tanking.

anon May 28, 2022 at 3:26 PM

Now why would some named Steiner rush to the defense of someone named Hoffmeister???

John Hemm May 28, 2022 at 4:25 PM

We hold elected officials at a higher standard. Shame on “The Hoff”, she should resign.

Rollo Tomasi May 31, 2022 at 2:07 PM

I love the Clayton Pioneer. it’s delivered to my house for free, and I have a whole stack of unopened ones that work great as starters for my charcoal grill.

lynn May 27, 2022 at 10:23 PM

Why did Councilperson Hoffmeister spend the night in jail? When Antioch Mayor, Lamar Thorpe was arrested (he was over .08) he was only booked and immediately released: he did not spend the night in jail. Why the preferential treatment?
I guess we’ll have to see how quickly the DA charges Hoffmeister.
Thorpe donated to her reelection campaign and his charges were held off until the Knox campaign went public about it.

Randy May 28, 2022 at 7:27 AM

… just look at them to answer that question…. and one from concord and one from Antioch – common denominator DA Becton… nuff said

John Hemm May 28, 2022 at 4:26 PM

Her alcohol level must have been higher. Fines, etc are based on just how intoxicated a person is at the time of the arrest.

NoMoreFreeRide May 28, 2022 at 4:40 PM

Maybe it was because of White Privilege?

Dr Jellyfinger May 31, 2022 at 3:06 PM

I don’t think that’s true John… or I’d still be in jail for the great bender of ’85.

Brewmaster May 27, 2022 at 10:39 PM

Well this is certainly long overdue! it comes as no surprise
that the DUI takedown occurred in Clayton. Encounters over
the years of the Mr. Toads Wild Rides of Hoffmeister through
streets of Concord were often met with CPD “professional
courtesy” with a free ride home to Hoffmeister’s Clayton
residence. Thanks for stepping up Clayton PD.

Fee May 27, 2022 at 10:57 PM

She doesn’t live in Clayton.

Claytonwife May 27, 2022 at 11:27 PM

Fee, she doesn’t live in Clayton, but she drinks in Clayton. She gets drunk in the small establishments often, then makes a scene rudely threatening Clayton businesses that she can have them shut down. It’s about time someone had the back bone to call her in!

Cellophane May 28, 2022 at 8:09 AM

She’s not that nice of a person.

She can appear to be nice but behind the scenes she can be awful.

RB May 27, 2022 at 11:18 PM

Disaster for the Hoffmeister!

Concerned Citizen May 28, 2022 at 3:16 AM

Expose them all and throw the book at them.

Authority figures with positions of power must be held to the highest standards.

Otherwise hypocrisy will prevail.

SAM May 28, 2022 at 6:14 AM

25 years on the Concord city council. WTF??

Tugboat May 28, 2022 at 7:37 AM

25 years drinking from the public tap.
Rules for thee; not for me.
Enough.
She could have killed or injured someone.

Lars Anderson May 29, 2022 at 11:44 AM

Hoffmeister stays on the Concord council – year after year – for the 15K she makes serving on the council, and to spike her pension from the City of Concord.
She also makes 99K a year working at the City of Clayton. I would describe her job in Clayton as a “make work” job – she is not needed at the City of Clayton. City officials in Clayton dream up stuff for her to do.
You can assume the only reason she has her Clayton job is because Clayton and Concord have a business relationship of sorts; when somebody get’s arrested in Clayton – as Hoffmiester just was – they are booked and jailed in Concord .
Logically you can assume the City of Concord is subsidizing the Clayton PD, so this would explain why Clayton is paying Hofmiester 99K to do an un-needed make-work job.
Clayton city officials, in fact, have long had a “mole” serving on the Concord City council, a mole who can keep the subsidy of the Clayton PD going forever (Hoffmiester, of course, intends serve on the council forever.You can predict she will be on the council when she is 90 years old, in a wheelchair, and on Oxygen) Nobody in thier right mind would give up this easy hustle Hoffmiester has got going!
From what I can see the only thing Hoffmiester has done during her 26 years on the council is the following; she keeps giving Concord City employees big fat raises.
Hoffmiester, in fact, has got a pretty good hustle going – she get’s paid a lot of money – 115K a year – to do a whole lot of nothing, and she has got two pensions going on top of that.
Concord voter need to give Hoffmoiester a pink slip next election. When that happens city officials in Clayton will be showing Hoffmiester the door in a hurry, you can predict because Clayton officils will no longer have thier mole on the Concord City Council.

Senior May 28, 2022 at 6:26 AM

If convicted she should resign. If she doesn’t resign voluntarily, then she should be forced to resign.

Mama Bear May 28, 2022 at 7:37 AM

I hope she loses all her perks including life time medical for her position as council.

Concerned Citizen May 28, 2022 at 8:48 AM

Take away pension and 401k benefits as well.

Cellophane May 28, 2022 at 8:02 AM

She should resign immediately from the Concord City Council.

Clayton should fire her.

Bill May 28, 2022 at 8:54 AM

Thanks for the Breaking News Claycord. You seem to be the first with this story.

Brewmaster May 29, 2022 at 7:11 PM

The Hoffmeister DUI takedown in Clayton is making the rounds
on local mainstream news media outlets. KPIX reported the story
on the 6 o’clock news tonight and read a pathetic statement from
Hoffbrau that said, in part, that will never do it again. Who is she kidding? She probably has already got plastered already. Seeno has
plenty of bail money for of dear Laura.

Ricardoh May 28, 2022 at 8:57 AM

You have to be kidding.

The Wizard May 28, 2022 at 9:17 AM

She does not look well, might be something behind the drinking.

Dr Jellyfinger May 31, 2022 at 3:11 PM

A mirror comes to mind….

Phil Diego May 28, 2022 at 9:30 AM

Forget her paper. I hope we read it in the Diablo Gazette. It’s a far better read.

KG May 28, 2022 at 9:36 AM

I have to wonder if the CNWS politics got to her. They drove Councilmember Michael Chavez to a fatal heart attack during a meeting/workshop in 2007. I spoke with him in the parking lot before the meeting. He joked about having a heart attack from stress eating – he was gaining so much weight. Another Councilmember who has since retired threatened to destroy his business if he did not vote the way she wanted him to – CNWS related. Not long after the Concord City Attorney, went into work, took some calls and drove to a 3 story parking garage in WC and jumped. I agree, she does not look well and hasn’t for a while.

Miffy31 May 28, 2022 at 10:22 AM

KC, thanks for the history. We can’t forget that in dealing with this torn in all our sides! Laura is taking care of her two elderly parents and although it’s not an excuse it can drive one to drink😔🌹🙏🏻

Sam malone May 28, 2022 at 10:44 AM

I take care of parents in their 90’s. Do not zee me getting arrested for DUI. Lame excuse.

John Hemm May 28, 2022 at 4:29 PM

I was at the very meeting that Michael had a heart attack and died. I stood my and listened to Helen Allen tell Michael that if he didn’t vote the way she wanted(not the way he wanted) she would ruin him in the City of Concord. That along with pressures of the job did him in. Thankfully the worthless Allen is gone! She NEVER did her homework, relied on others to make choices for her.

KG May 28, 2022 at 8:16 PM

During this same period of time, we accidentally learned H. Allen was having lunch regularly with Seeno at Fiore restaurant. We were eating lunch there one day and talking about the CNWS and mentioned her name in our conversation. The owner happened to overhear us and said “I know her, she comes in regularly to have lunch with Seeno. They have a regular table in the back area of the restaurant.”

Well Folks May 29, 2022 at 8:59 AM

And don’t forget that Ms Allen lived in Sacramento.
She was the best Seeno paid for

Pony May 28, 2022 at 9:42 AM

All debate about her resigning if convicted is a big if. It will take a year or more in all likelyhood before she goes to trial. If she goes to trial. If the charges aren’t dropped. But she can be voted out of office – her term is up this year. Work on getting out the vote for those running aginst her. Remember she is in office this long due to name recognition not ability, A fair number vote for the candidate whose name the recognize. Enjoy your summer

whatever May 28, 2022 at 10:10 AM

Laura Jäegermeister.

94521 May 28, 2022 at 10:41 AM

Lol! I feel a little bad for her, though. I no longer drink, but there were many times I probably would have been hit with a DUI if I were caught. Hopefully this is a wake-up call, and I do like her as a council member.

Bill May 28, 2022 at 10:22 AM

I wonder what establishment Laura was at? Did the workers notice that she may not be able to drive when she left?

hanne jeppesen May 28, 2022 at 10:38 AM

It is possible to be over the legal limit for driving, which is fairly low, and still be able to walk, talk and act normal. She might have gotten stopped for a simple traffic violation, driving over the speed limit, which almost everyone does or similar, and then the officer could have smelled alcohol. Happened to me years ago, I drove a little over the speed limit and was stopped. I had been at a bar with a friend in Danville, I had a glass of wine, and a zip of irish coffee from my friend. However, after all the testing and being detained, it was found I was just under the legal limit and was released.

K May 28, 2022 at 9:34 PM

Could be.
I guess we don’t really know why exactly she got stopped.
Did she have a brake light out?
What she weaving?

LoveMyCity May 29, 2022 at 5:20 PM

She is a small person. It doesn’t take much to be over the limit for someone her size. We have no information about her alcohol level so it is not fair to make assumptions about how much she drank until the facts are published.

S May 29, 2022 at 5:42 PM

really sickening so many of you here are trying to give her a crutch or an opps… The comment on her size was a dozzie……..

Every time you open your car registration renewal or drivers license renewal you get the Blood Alcohol chart….

Doesn’t matter your size; One should know better…

IT IS A CRIME !

The Antioch Mayor, this person, Pelosi’s hubby… and everyone else who drives under the influence…need stiff punishments.

Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox now… Know you will want…
I’ll allow you the last word.

Glen223 May 29, 2022 at 7:25 PM

@love – small or not, the laws have been drilled into everyone’s heads for years.

If you’re at 0.08 or above, you’re under the influence and are going to jail.

That being said, we don’t know if she was 0.081 or .25. The point is, she violated the law and MUST be held accountable! No excuses!

Sam Malobe May 28, 2022 at 10:41 AM

Depressed because the payola from Seeno might be drying up.
Time to clean house. Get people in who cannot be bought. Term limits at every level of government.

Time for taxpayers and laqbiding citizens to gain control. See how fast these money draining special interest issues disappear and crime is reduced. IMHO.

Sngamble May 28, 2022 at 12:40 PM

Clearly you weren’t at the City Council meeting.

Hope Johnson May 28, 2022 at 10:47 AM

Such hypocrisy after all those hours claiming cannabis users were the ones who would be endangering lives.

Stupid Should Hurt May 28, 2022 at 11:04 AM

Drinking and driving. DUI over the limit.
And this time she was caught.
How many times has she done this and NOT been caught?

Jo May 28, 2022 at 11:58 AM

This has gone on for years with the Concord cops giving her “courtesy” rides home rather than arrest her.

Sancho Panza May 28, 2022 at 12:53 PM

Clayton has a new police chief…must’ve not read the cronyism memo…

1964Wildcat May 28, 2022 at 11:42 AM

I need to make sure KTVU Fox 2 gets this story

S May 28, 2022 at 11:44 AM

NO ! …

She DID NOT make a “MISTAKE”….

Just thought I’d throw that out there…………………

WC May 28, 2022 at 12:19 PM

She takes the “vice” part seriously.

Christine May 28, 2022 at 12:31 PM

Hope she resigns and gets the help she needs.

King6 May 28, 2022 at 2:24 PM

To Jeff+= BINGO! absolutely agree. Ill be honest I may have some issues , however.., when it comes to serving the public, there is no excuse. My advice check your privilege. the community is as strong as its weakest link. Just think what lienitis accomplished with the 300?

American Citizen May 28, 2022 at 2:46 PM

Good thing she didn’t hit a minivan full of little kids. Drunk driving is Punishable by death in some countries. We elect these people to be responsible and look after our interests. She can’t even stay sober enough to drive home.

Amy May 28, 2022 at 3:18 PM

Hasn’t she heard of Uber?

WC May 28, 2022 at 3:44 PM

If we’re going to drink when we go out we always take Uber. Who wants to get a DUI or worse kill someone (or themselves)?

WhoDat Gurl May 28, 2022 at 4:44 PM

I have found Laura to be a good public servant, knowledgeable and understanding. Yes, drinking heavily and driving is definitely a bad idea. As a Clayton City employee, she deserves her due process (remember how everyone jumped on Johnny Depp when he was “Me, too” d by Amber Herd?).

This is a good reminder to be conscious of your alcohol consumption and to be sure to take a Lyft if you think you’ve overdone it. People’s lives, including your own, may depend on it.

The Fearless Spectator May 28, 2022 at 4:48 PM

Next time tell the officer you are “going through an incredible transition”.

I hear that works sometimes.

The Old Goat May 28, 2022 at 5:21 PM

Where was she drinking, and is it her favored place to drink, or does she move around from bar to bar?

Dr. Jellyfinger May 29, 2022 at 9:09 AM

Stalker Q & A ?

The Wizard May 28, 2022 at 6:20 PM

Lock her up !

JB May 28, 2022 at 7:10 PM

She’s a total disaster. Wack job at best. Totally incompetent. Take a look at her office in city hall. Ton’s of disorganized papers all over. Now it will be easy for Reina to let her go. She’s been driving drunk for years. Finally nailed her. Thank you Clayton police!!!!! How great this is to get her off the street.

ConcordMike May 28, 2022 at 7:51 PM

Fire her butt and strip her of any and all retirement benefits.

Mika May 28, 2022 at 8:39 PM

So police can no longer stop black drivers for vehicle code violations. I find it discriminatory that white people still can.

Mika May 28, 2022 at 8:57 PM

Come on! Like no one in elected positions doesn’t drink? No one drinks in Washington DC or Sacramento? The restaurants and bars in are always promoting happy hours and alcohol. There are a lot drinkers here who just haven’t been caught.

Jojothecircusclown May 29, 2022 at 3:00 AM

Release the toxicology report … but alas … we all know that will never happen … these political pukes play by a different set of rules … make your bed … sleep in it, me thinks.

JB May 29, 2022 at 5:06 AM

Mayor, get the mugshot of her.

KJNofConcord May 29, 2022 at 9:58 AM

I hope this is the sunset of her political career!!!

Lars Anderson May 29, 2022 at 10:53 AM

I am wondering if she also got her car towed. As I remember it Clayton PD always has the cars towed when they do a DUI, other PD’s often don’t do that, but I Clayton they always do it. If I was a reporter working this story I’d be on that angle, if she didn’t get her car towed then she got “special treatment” from Clayton PD. Hoffmiester isn’t just on the Concord City Council, she is a bigwig at the City of Clayton too. I myself always have a disignated driver when I go to Ed’s or to the Clayton Club – Clayton has long been a drunk driving trap, the cops have little to do in that town, so they are always keeping an eye for people leaving the Clayton Club in the wee hours.

DUI May 29, 2022 at 12:39 PM

Nancy Pelosi’s husband was arrested for DUI in Napa, but why would he ever want to be sober?

Jo May 29, 2022 at 2:15 PM

Find it interesting that there has not been one article in the East Bay Times about Laura’s arrest, but there was a big one when Antioch’s mayor was arrested. Is this being kept under wraps for some reason? It’s definitely a “hot potato” for both Concord and Clayton.

S May 29, 2022 at 3:32 PM

article appeared in that publication yesterday

tried to post link, but seems it won’t allow

Demetrio May 29, 2022 at 5:59 PM

This woman is hilarious, one of the biggest hypocrites I’ve ever known. Politicians you can have them. I’ve been behind the scenes, observing them
And their supporters, for the last 17 years. (Drumroll please …..And the dispensary license goes to… The highest bidders. The one with the biggest wallet, the least experience) What a joke.
It started in Concord 2005 when I opened the first medicinal cannabis dispensary in Concord, Contra Costa County, Maricare. She, along with fellow council members were adamantly against medical cannabis. Her discussed for it and the users was obvious. Play the tapes LOL
MERCY!
please ….. she had none…. nothing but distain for these people who are in pain. And suffering from a variety of illnesses.
Compassion Geee
I don’t think she had that either. Who put her in office anyway. She stated then, that Cannabis was against the federal law. Well guess what? Over the last couple years has been enamored by dispensaries and voted wholeheartedly for its approval in Concord chasing dollars), and making friends., for those who don’t pay attention.
“It is still against the Federal law”.
The only thing that changed was the WE the citizens of California voted to EXPAND the use. Allowing medical and recreational.
Nothing federal has changed.
No more legal Now then it was back then.
The joke of course is on us.
Double standards are everywhere. Churches police departments your name it. Don’t get me wrong I go to church LOL I even sing in the choir.. but I’m no saint..
This hypocrite used all of her powers to make sure that Maricare was shut down.. as a matter of fact she went out of her way.
She referred to citizens/users of cannabis, who came to speak on behalf of dispensary., as a “Dog and pony show..
She’s been there 12 years too long. Enough is enough what more do you need.
Do the citizens of Concord a favor, get rid of her. Expose her for what she is. Corporate Crony

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