Council member charged with domestic abuse on wife

City Councilmember Ian Bain is facing criminal charges that he physically abused his wife of eight years.

Bain pleaded innocent March 6 to one misdemeanor count of domestic violence and battery against his wife, Nancy, according to San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Baum. Bain’s jury trial begins June 19. If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail.

The charges stem from a single incident that took place between January and March of 2005, Baum said. That incident was reported to the Redwood City Police Department by a friend of Nancy’s, who confided in her about “uncharged acts of domestic violence,” according to court papers filed April 27. After the incident, Nancy brought her children to the friend’s home and then left with them to stay in a hotel for the night.

Bain would not comment on the case Tuesday, citing the personal nature of the charges. He and Nancy were married in May of 1998, according to his Web site. She owns a private marriage and family therapy practice in Menlo Park.

The court proceedings do not currently compromise Bain’s standing on the City Council, to which he was first elected in 1998, according to Mayor Barbara Pierce. She characterized Bain as a councilman with a reputation for listening and responding to community concerns.

“It’s in the courts,” Pierce said. “We’ll deal with it later on, if we have to. The council wishes only the best for him and his family.”

Baum chose to charge Bain with a misdemeanor rather than a felony based on the extent of the injuries, Bain’s criminal history and an examination of his relationship with his wife.

“This charge does allow us to allege other violations, and none are alleged here,” Baum said, indicating that this appears to have been an isolated alleged incident, rather than a larger pattern of abuse.

bwinegarner@examiner.comBay Area NewsLocalTransittransportation

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Organizer Jas Florentino, left, explains the figures which represent 350 kidnapped Africans first sold as slaves in the United States in 1619 in sculptor Dana King’s “Monumental Reckoning.” The installation is in the space of the former Francis Scott Key monument in Golden Gate Park. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
What a reparations program would look like in The City

‘If there’s any place we can do it, it’s San Francisco’

Officer Joel Babbs at a protest outside the Hall of Justice in 2017 (Bay City News file photo)
The strange and troubling story of Joel Babbs: What it tells us about the SFPD

The bizarre and troubling career of a whistle-blowing San Francisco police officer… Continue reading

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a COVID-19 update at the City College of San Francisco mass vaccination site in April. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Gavin Newsom under COVID: The governor dishes on his pandemic life

By Emily Hoeven CalMatters It was strange, after 15 months of watching… Continue reading

People fish at a dock at Islais Creek Park on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
What Islais Creek tells us about rising sea levels in San Francisco

Islais Creek is an unassuming waterway along San Francisco’s eastern industrial shoreline,… Continue reading

Deputy public defender Chris Garcia outside the Hall of Justice on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
As pandemic wanes, SF public defender hopes clients will get ‘their day in court’

Like other attorneys in San Francisco, Deputy Public Defender Chris Garcia has… Continue reading

Most Read