Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today censured the actions of Supervisor Efren Carrillo and told him he should resign his 5th District seat because of an incident at a female neighbor's apartment in July.The
Carrillo, 33, informed the board and the public at the start of
the three-hour hearing that he has no intention to resign.
was met with both applause and boos.
Carrillo's term ends in 2016.
The supervisor was acquitted on April 28 of misdemeanor attempting
to peek in his neighbor's Santa Rosa apartment on July 13.
The jury was
deadlocked 11-1 in favor of acquittal on a misdemeanor charge of peeking.
Supervisor Shirlee Zane was the most adamant of the four board
members to call for Carrillo to resign.
She said Carrillo lost the public's
trust and she urged him to step down for the good of the county and himself.
"I call for your resignation," Zane said.
Supervisors Susan Gorin and Mike McGuire asked Carrillo to resign
and board chair David Rabbitt said he would resign if he were in Carrillo's
situation and asked Carrillo to consider doing so.
The board members said they believed it would be difficult to work
with Carrillo until his term expires.
During his trial, Carrillo testified he went to the woman's
apartment to drink and to possibly have sex with her.
He denied looking into
her windows but admitted putting his hand through a screen over her bedroom
Carrillo blamed his alcoholism and his ego for his behavior. He
entered an alcoholic treatment facility for several weeks after he was
arrested and returned to the board in August, when he made a public apology.
At the beginning of today's meeting, Carrillo said his honesty and
candor during his testimony "contributed to this recent firestorm" to resign.
He said he regrets his actions, has publicly apologized and will
apologize to his neighbor, identified only as Jane Doe, privately in a
The board can't force Carrillo to resign.
Voters in his district
could recall him in a special election or choose not to re-elect him should
he run again for a third term on the board.
About 50 people spoke on the issue during a public comment period
that lasted more than two hours at today's meeting.
About a dozen members of
the public urged Carrillo to stay on the board.
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--Bay City News