i think the outcome of the legal case is beside the point. Even if no charges are filed he has damaged his credibility this board of supes reputation and his ability to carry out the duties of his job. Recovery from any addiction is difficult even when people enter of their own volition because they WANT to change. It is stressful and involves a lot of work and support and often relapses. How likely is it that someone who did noot choose to get help but did so because his handlers want to salvage his political career will be able to carry a huge workload as required by the job and still work on their recovery and staying sober. His handlers already did him a disservice by enabling his drinking and bad behavior the last time he was arrested. Setting him up for a quick 30 day fix and crossing your fingers he will be 'better than before'" is a disservice to him and to his constituency.
I think Efren will not be found guilty of any felony charges, maybe a misdemeanour, breaking and entering, two years probation, and 100 hours community service.
Thank you, Gabe, for an excellent article; it is beautifully written. One thing that has not yet been addressed is whether or not this behavior is typical of alcohol intoxication. I find that rather unlikely for several reasons. I hope there has been a blood test, with a toxicology report at some point. I suspect there is something else, a substance, driving this behavior. I make this comment as a concerned citizen of the Fifth District. Excellent representation on the Board is essential at this fragile time.
I remember a few years ago when you (and you and he were both suffering from big fish in a small pond syndrome--I believe you probably BOTH are still), along with all the people you mentioned, were enamored of him and now you've climbed on the rightfully critical bandwagon. Hmm. Obfuscate is a REALLY big word for you, dude.
Like the Press Democrat's recent editorial, Gabe is right to highlight the incident's alleged facts; for they are too disturbing to ignore or deflect or minimize. How our local political leaders and media respond to these disturbing facts and the issues they raise risks defining their and even our county's reputation for a long time. I sincerely wish Efren the best with any sincere efforts at recovery; and I expect our local political leaders and media to address the disturbing issues raised because a local elected official was "arrested in his underwear and socks after trying to break into a woman's bedroom at 3:40 in the morning." Efren is not the victim. He is the suspect.
Put this in your (our) Trade Unionist pipe and smoke it:
Including July, there are 27 weeks remaining in 2013.
Including July, there are 14 Tuesday Supervisor's meetings.
Do we really expect that the Supervisors can get the people's work done at HALF TIME, FULL PAY?
Leadership, smeadership. Smoke & political mirrors. The WORK gets done in open session.
I certainly don't intend to hijack this conversation about being arrested in his underwear and socks after trying to break into a woman's bedroom at 3:40 in the morning... However:
Have a gander at their calendar yourself... and ask if you think there is anything exceptional happening between our elected Supervisors:
Jake, far be it from me- a staunch Trade Unionist to begrudge anyone a vacay! However when there is a crisis at my job on such a huge scale, that demands a response and leadership to address matters of public concern, we kinda expect folks to show some leadership and initiative (not to hide behind there email response with "I am away from the office on medical leave and can't be reached until August. I will not be checking messages"....)
Lisa, re: the board of supervisors not taking any leadership role and issuing a statement?
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is on vacation! There are 5 Tuesdays in July, and ONE Supervisor's meeting. For them, it would seem, the July 4th holiday week is FOUR WEEKS LONG.
With public noticing requirements, there is NOTHING standing in the way of Chairman Rabbitt calling a crisis meeting for THIS Tuesday.
Meanwhile, we're paying each of them about $10,000 this month to NOT meet.
I agree that alcohol is an addiction and no one should be judged for a crime before they are convicted. However I object to the sentiment that there is a "public lynching" mentality. I think instead that the public is expressing the shock, embarrassment, disappointment and anger that one of our elected leaders who has cast himself as a role model for youth (especially Latino youth) has so little self respect or self control and whose REPEATED behavior has brought shame and disgrace on the County Board of Supervisors and made them and the county a laughingstock and a poster child for "Politicians Gone Wild" That is not even speaking to the more important issue of the effect of his attempt to enter the bedroom of a young woman at 3 am in his underwear. Added to this we have his handlers and long time supporters and lobbyists Eric Konigshafer and Doug Bosco (who play a huge role in local and state politics and who happen to own the Press Democrat) minimizing this behavior as 'foolish' or a tragedy that will be solved by Carrillo 'going to rehab for a month and coming back better than ever". These men are stuck in a 1950's Mad Men Mentality where women could be treated to everything from sexual harrassment to rape and it was always brushed off as 'no big deal'. You can already see plenty of comments surmising that this poor woman was just a "booty call" or "someone's old lady" or in some way a willing participant in her own victimization-even though she called 911 TWICE in fear that a man was breaking into her house. How about a little sympathy for her? In any case, what's clear is that Efren Carrillo has damaged his own reputation and credibility and is in danger of destroying that of the Board of Supervisors as well. The Sonoma Board of Supervisors has yet to issue any statement or show leadership in at least speaking up to assure the women of this county that they take our right to be safe in our own home seriously. Their silence is deafening.
Attempted assault (sexual assault) is not a downfall. His actions make HIM THE DOWNFALL.
And how do we know the man's not just one sick puppy?
Quoted from a fundraiser: Efren's idea of a romantic date: "My idea of a romantic date is not the traditional movie or dinner (while fun for sure), but a date that possibly challenges us to do things that we might otherwise not do."
What would Freud make of this?
Sign the petition?
In addition to educating the general public, the outsiders, the 1%, I wish someone would f*cking do something about the hundreds and hundreds (daily) of speeding automobiles (and their selfish drivers) that endanger lives on the street where we live (Bohemian Avenue)! Thank you Mary for your "SLOW" "PLEASE" signs; unfortunately due to the aforementioned selfishness, I don't think they are having the effect that one would hope for. Peace, Love and Understand, Unit 3.
Joolz you wrote:"How do you know Mr. Carrillo did not apologise to the victim? " <- His choice he is a public offical by choice, he should feel personally obligated to admit and publicly apologize for his actions in public. He was not arrested doing the risky business dance in his own house that would be private. You also wrote "How do you know that he was not under the influence of Ambien or some other prescribed medication that reacts with alcohol?" <- His choice, if he was taking a prescription and chose to drink, his choice he went to college he is a big boy and would have known the possible side effects. And if he had assaulted the woman would this be his lawyers defense "sorry he was drinking he can't be held responsible." that doesn't work for DUI's and it is no excuse for assault, if you can't control your drinking ... don't drink! You wrote: "Why do we, as a species, seem to delight at the downfall of others?" <- our choice, but I think you are mixing pleasure with concern over how our elected officials and representatives represent us as a public. And come the next election it will once again be OUR CHOICE.
If he had apologized to the woman, he's smart enough and Doug Bosco is smart enough to have said it in the news where everyone can read it. Actually, maybe they're not that smart, because HE HAS YET TO APOLOGIZE. And how do we know it wasn't Ambien? BECAUSE HIS HANDLERS HAVE COME OUT SAYING HE HAS A DRINKING PROBLEM, AND THAT SAN DIEGO'S "HERO" FIGHT LAST YEAR WAS A MANIFESTATION OF HIS DRINKING PROBLEM. THAT'S WHY!!!!!! ALL OF IT IS SPIN! Why do people like you, Joolz, treat the perp as if he's the victim? Mr. Carrillo is lucky he didn't end up with a bullet between his eyes. He needs to step down. NOW.
Not really digging the public lynching. Not digging Efren's behavior, either... but REALLY not enjoying the character assassination of someone who has a drinking problem. He needs help!
How do you know Mr. Carrillo did not apologise to the victim? Was he supposed to report it to you once he did? How do you know that he was not under the influence of Ambien or some other prescribed medication that reacts with alcohol? Why do we, as a species, seem to delight at the downfall of others?
Wow, this was biased! You were very adept at giving Vogt's perspective. Where are Cook's comments or interview? What about the funds designated for Charity? Were those to be covered by food too? The Macklemore benefit show? What about the loan by Gabe Meyer's dadand the resulting lawsuit? What about all the bounced checks written that weekend? Come on you can do better reporting than this!
I would suggest that someone should get all the facts. My understanding from a reliable source that Bob and Gabe did received all the food and drink money...it wasn't enough. GREAT Event...poor planning. This is example of how BIG egos can ruin a good thing!!!
If Bob & Gabe want to pay their debts, they can get loans on the Caffino chain Bob has or perhaps sell their homes & cars & START if they really mean this...
PS.This list doesn't include the many people who worked for BottleRock, like the non-union stagehands or the ticket sellers.. I hear Green Mary & the porta john supplier United also are unpaid... SHAME on your excuses Bob & Gabe... & you still owe our buddy Hal $10 for the bounced check fee, you remember him Gabe, the guy you told to "GO TO HELL" when he asked for it after you gave him the cashiers check for the bounced $3000 returned deposit for vending...you coughed up only after he filed charges!
Comparing these guys to Goldenvoice is an insult to Goldenvoice. When AEG bought Coachella and Goldenvoice, they bought an existing brand with value and relationships in the industry. The Bottle Rock people admit they are first-time amateurs. There is nothing to buy. The name is their only "asset," and it is now soiled.
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