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Supervisors, constituents speak out on Efren Carrillo's arrest

  • 4th District Supervisor Mike McGuire makes a comment about the recent arrest of Efren Carrillo during the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors' meeting in Santa Rosa on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. (BETH SCHLANKER/ PD)

The obstacles that Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo faces to remain in public office mounted Tuesday as his fellow board members weighed in with an emotional public rebuke of the conduct that led to his recent arrest and his sharpest critics vowed a recall should he not resign.

The new county blowback came from an indignant Board of Supervisors, meeting for the first time since Carrillo's July 13 arrest on suspicion of burglary and prowling.

Supervisor Susan Gorin, the board's newest member, raised the most pointed question, asking whether Carrillo was fit to continue holding office.

Supervisors Comment On Efren Carrillo


“I know that there have been county employees dismissed for these kinds of infractions,” Gorin said, speaking of criminal offenses deemed to bring discredit to the county. “As I said before, I hold elected officials to an even higher standard than that.”

Outside county headquarters, political opponents from Carrillo's west county district seized on the comments but said many did not go far enough.

“The potential need for a recall of Efren Carrillo became even more evident today with the failure of most members of the Board of Supervisors to say what needs to be said: Carrillo should resign,” said Alice Chan, a Sebastopol resident and Democratic Party activist.

A local political group she helps lead, the Coalition for Grassroots Progress, has called on the supervisor to resign by Sept. 15 or face a recall election.

The stiffer political headwind could add to the legal storm surrounding Carrillo, one set to linger through his current absence from public life and at least until his Aug. 30 court date, when prosecutors could level charges stemming from his arrest, his second in 10 months.

His supporters say the latest allegations, though serious, remain simply that until charges are actually filed.

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