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Former Fairfax Council Candidate Lands Behind Bars

Lang has blamed past legal troubles on a police vendetta.

Christopher Lang. Patch file photo
Christopher Lang. Patch file photo

A Fairfax man who last month sought election to the Town Council now finds himself in the slammer.

Christopher Lang was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of forgery, burglary and grand theft, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s website. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

Lang, 60, lost his bid for a seat on the Town Council last month against incumbents John Reed, Barbara Coler and David Weisenhoff.

A police investigation into a report by Lang’s former roommate that someone had cashed his $1,400 paycheck culminated with the former candidate’s arrest, the Marin Independent Journal reports.

Lang confessed to police that he cashed the check, the report said.

Lang’s most recent Town Council bid was his fourth. He ran unsuccessfully in 1999, 2009 and 2011.

Lang is a former planning commissioner.

He’s also been the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce president and was the founder and president of the Marin Bicycle Coalition.

Lang served on the Manor School PTA for 11 years and led a volunteer effort to paint the school.

But Lang has a lengthy rap sheet to go along with his compelling resume.

He’s on probation for two DUI convictions in 2009 and 2011 according to the IJ.

That followed a series of arrests that he attributed to a police vendetta against him, according to a 2011 Independent Journal report.

"I've been arrested six times by them in the last 18 months. Do the math," Lang told the IJ.

In his campaign earlier this year Lang ran on downtown improvements that included adding bike lanes, reducing the speed limit and planting trees along with a fiscally conservative twist. 

“New taxes are not the answer,” he said.

Lang was among four candidates running for three seats on the Town Council. He finished a distant fourth with 417 votes (8.7 percent).  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Syrah December 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Why am I not surprised? "If only the police would stop targeting me!" : /
Sierra Salin December 11, 2013 at 01:13 PM
What's say we wait a bit a see what the full story is? I would not be surprised to find that the roommate skipped out owing Chris money, and there are likely no saints in this story. Perhaps it could have been handled with a summons just as or more easily than an arrest, and Chris would have been better off going after any money owed, through proper ways, and, we shall see.
Syrah December 11, 2013 at 01:16 PM
I bet Terri Avillar is squealing with excitement over this!
Ralph December 11, 2013 at 08:40 PM
ya' had to bring Avillar into it. Funny actually. She' long gone. Watched the video above. Quite good, actually.
Syrah December 11, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Well duh, of course I had to bring Avillar into it. Don't be fooled Ralph, Terri is ALWAYS watching....she's never gone.
Thaddeus Q Abernathy December 12, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Marry Christmas Lang... IN JAIL!
Terri Sweet December 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Handwritten confession of Christopher H. Lang dated March 5, 2001 “After two years of being harassed by T. Alvillar, I thought that finally she would face a public censure at the Town Council meeting tonight. I could not attend the meeting and stopped by around 9pm to check on the action of the Town Council. I had written a 2 page letter to the Mayor regarding this matter. I’ve also inquired of the D.A.’s office, the Fx. Pol. Dept, and private attornies, as well as County Counsel, what recourse I had to this harassment by T. Alvillar: e-mail, newspaper articles and letters, and libelous attacks on me personally at public meetings re Marin Co. Board of Supervisors. All avenues let to no recourse for the problem of the crazy lady who moved in down the street from me and would not leave me alone. As I drove home from the meetings (I had a previous Board mtg. to attend) I was tired, had no dinner and was very angry at the Alvillars, for constantly bothering me. Fx. Police officer Alvillar drives by my house sometimes, several times a day and I live on a dead end road 2 miles from downtown. I lost my temper and backed my truck into their gate (on purpose). Immediatly I was overwhelmed by adrenaline and drove home to read my daughter a bedtime story and get some dinner & a shower. It was a stupid thing to do and I apologize for it, but she will never apologize to me for all the lies she keeps spreading about me. Of course I will pay to repair the funky, rusty wire gate. Christopher H. Lang 3-5-01”
Terri Sweet December 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Officer Ric Alvillar’s May 20, 2001 letter to Deputy Probation Officer, Jim Taylor regarding Lang’s misdemeanors. “Dear Mr. Taylor: I am responding as a police officer, and a neighbor and victim of Chris Lang. The escalating violence towards me by Lang and his written confession, demonstate his contempt for my wife, Terri, and me, and my family of three daughters and a son. He is a gang member who practices violence toward those who oppose him. Under the guise of being a benign bicyclist, he has repeatedly victimized people he views as opponents. Chris Lang has been threatening my wife for almost three years. After a news article Terri wrote was published in the summer of 1998 about the misuse of public funds by his organization, Mr. Lang stopped his truck in front of our home and said to me “Hey. Tell your wife we’re watching her.” The act of vandalism which is the subject of this case occurred after a public meeting which I attended. His rage against me caused him to act out in such a reckless manner that he had no regard for the consequences of his actions. I have personal knowledge that Lang [withheld] and endorses other illegal activities, including building illegal mountain bike trails on public lands. He destroys trees for his personal enjoyment at a cost to nature and those who would enjoy the undamaged landscape. I ask your office to recommend to the Court that Lang is unsuitable for diversion. Sincerely, Ricardo E. Alvillar”
Syrah December 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Told ya Ralph.
Selena Xochitl Martinez December 12, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Personally I think having a couple of DUI's demonstrates a terrible disregard for the Fairfax citizens as well as the community at large.. I have never voted for Lang as he does not represent my vision of our town, we are not a community dominated by angry people
Thaddeus Q Abernathy December 12, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Thank you for posting that Terri, Nearly everyone in town has a "Chris Lang" story, You could fill an encyclopedia with his shenanigans, I just hope this time he gets his comeuppance.
Phil Shea December 13, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Officer Ric Alvillar was a good man and did his job well. I hope that letter served its purpose at the time. Thanks, Terri.

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