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Board of Supervisors sets time to denounce Carrillo's conduct

  • Supervisor Efren Carrillo watches as his family embraces after a not guilty verdict was handed down on all counts on Carrillo's peeking trial, Monday, April 28, 2014, in Sonoma County Superior Court. (KENT PORTER/ PD)

When the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors meets next Tuesday, 5th District Supervisor Efren Carrillo's colleagues will likely levy their harshest public criticism yet of the shamed politician, possibly laying the groundwork for a concerted effort to pressure him out of office.

The board has reserved a spot during its meeting for members to denounce “conduct unbecoming of public officials,” according to an agenda posted this week for the upcoming meeting.

The focus will be Carrillo's criminal trial, which ended Monday when a jury found him not guilty of attempted peeking on a neighbor. But it will also reveal the scope of the challenges Carrillo faces as he attempts to resume his job in public office and rebuild his political career.

One colleague, 3rd District Supervisor Shirlee Zane, has already taken to Facebook to call on Carrillo to resign.

“He terrorized a woman in the middle of the night when she was most vulnerable and he didn't know her — how would any woman want to sit with a man that did that, to sit and have to make decisions with him?” Zane said Thursday. “How would anybody in their right mind?”

Zane would not reveal the specifics of what she plans to say on Tuesday, only that it would be a strong condemnation of the behavior Carrillo himself laid out in testimony during the trial. She said Carrillo's testimony may have helped him win over the jury, but it convinced her that he has no place on the board.

“It might have cleared him of those particular charges but it didn't clear up what happened that night,” she said.

Carrillo, who said immediately after the jury verdict that he would not resign, has not returned telephone calls seeking comment over the last three days.

Supervisor Susan Gorin, who represents the 1st District, said Thursday that she will also strongly condemn Carrillo for his behavior.

“As a woman, I find this behavior totally egregious and offensive to me on every level,” Gorin said.

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