After a few days of thought, Jeff Wieler decided to invite me over to his hillside home. I could understand his reluctance.

The last few weeks have not been pleasant for Wieler, who was forced to step down as mayor of Piedmont, a charming and affluent city nestled in the Oakland Hills. He was not particularly eager to meet with a journalist. But he also wanted a chance to explain himself.

Read more in the Los Angeles Times.