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Protesters call for Efren Carrillo to resign

  • Supervisor Efren Carrillo gives a slight smile after a not guilty verdict was handed down in Carrillo's peeking trial, Monday April 28, 2014, in Sonoma County Superior Court. (KENT PORTER/ PD)

About 40 people, including two Santa Rosa City Council members, called for Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo to resign at a Wednesday afternoon rally in Old Courthouse Square.

Speakers said Carrillo should step down despite his acquittal on a misdemeanor attempted peeking charge, which followed a predawn incident last July in which the supervisor was arrested outside a Santa Rosa woman's home while wearing only socks and underwear.

Critics said Carrillo's frank testimony, in which he said an outsized ego and a desire for sex led him to the home of a woman he barely knew, reflects poorly on his leadership.

“He was found not guilty, but from what he said on the stand, he did go to that woman's house in the middle of the night in his underwear,” said two-term Santa Rosa City Schools board member Laura Gonzalez, who organized the rally.

“I don't see how a man like that is fit to serve the public,” Gonzalez said.

Carrillo has so far said he has no plans to step down.

City Council Members Gary Wysocky and Erin Carlstrom attended the rally, with Wysocky taking the megaphone to speak to the crowd.

“I'm a father with two daughters,” Wysocky said. “That's why I'm here. As an elected official, I'm held to a higher standard. So is Efren Carrillo.”

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