Jan. 24, 2012 | Assembly candidate Joel Young is in trouble with the law for a second time in the last 10 months after an aide for Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan filed a police report charging him with threatening him at an Oakland bar and spitting in his eye.
The Jan. 14 incident reported Tuesday by the Oakland Tribune says Kaplan's communication director Jason Overman told police Young threatened him at the Make Westing in downtown Oakland and spat in Overman's eye.
"You just wait until my campaign is over. I'm going to find you and beat your (expletive) (expletive), you (expletive)," Overman said recounting Young's comments to him that night.
The embattled Oakland assembly candidate insinuated Overman is jealous of his relationship with his girlfriend.
Young told the Trib, "None of that is true. If I wasn't a candidate for the Assembly, I doubt Jason would be doing this."
According to the Tribune, the argument stemmed from a conversation Overman had with Young's girlfriend, a local politico named Keesa Ocampo, detailing Young's episode with domestic violence last March. Young was accused of striking Jennifer Juarez, a then-girlfriend in the face after she found him in bed with another woman.
In numerous conversation with Juarez last year, she told The Citizen, Ocampo was aware of the details surrounding Young and the domestic violence case. According, to Young, Ocampo was his girlfriend before meeting Juarez in late 2010 and after the criminal allegations surfaced in the spring of 2011.
Ocampo is mentioned in court papers as the woman who repeatedly calls Juarez's cell phone to talk her out of pursuing with domestic violence charges against Young. Ocampo also is mentioned in filings as attempting to dissuade another former girlfriend of Young's from supporting Juarez's case.
Those who know both Young and Ocampo, have in the past described her as a political opportunist looking to gain power from a potential win by Young in his assembly race this June against Rob Bonta, Abel Guillen and Kathy Neal.
Ocampo's background includes working for women's advocacy groups in the East Bay and San Mateo. She was listed as a member of the "Women for Joel Young" committee that was hastily formed last year by Oakland Councilwoman Desley Brooks and Oakland School Trustee Alice Spearman to defend against critics of the domestic violence charges lodged against Young.
In an interview last year, Juarez told The Citizen, the end of Young's previous relationship with Ocampo overlapped with the beginning of her own which started sometime in October 2010.
Oveman was a former district staff member for state Sen. Ellen Corbett before hooking on with Kaplan last year. Insiders say despite his slight build and Bob's Big Boy haircut, Overman can be temperamental, at times.
After the Jan. 14 confrontation with Young, Overman says he will file a restraining order against Young. It would be the second such request against Young since May. Juarez was initially granted a temporary restraining order against Young last spring. Young followed nearly a month later with a similar request against Juarez. Both were ultimately dismissed to allow Juarez to pursue a civil suit against Young of which has never been filed.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012