Keith: Your criticism is sadly misplaced. You state that "they (the progressives) are incapable of making a decision. Why have you not criticized the prosecutor as well as the California attorney general's office? As far as the Hobbs vineyard development, Efren remained silent for a long time - in the opinion of many west county residents, TOO long. It was only when there was both an online and an in-person outcry by too many of his constituents to ignore that he FINALLY expressed an opinion on Hobbs' nefarious misdeeds. I notice you did not mention ONE thing in your comment about Efren's reprehensible conduct - conduct that I do not believe is in any way becoming of any elected official at any level of government. Nor did you mention anything about the one person who has been most grievously affected by Efren's nocturnal escapade - the woman who, on the morning of July 13, 2013, was so frightened that she called 9-1-1 not once, but twice. And I highly doubt that she shares your minority opinion that Efren "strikes the right balance." I submit to you that he does not.
Meaghan: Let us truly hope that they are not stooping so low as to try to dig up dirt in a misguided effort to blame it on the victim. In any event, I ask all Sonoma County citizens to join me in praying for this victim's well-being and holding her in your thoughts. We can only imagine the trauma, mental anguish and fear that this person must be experiencing. She is the real victim in this entire matter, NOT Efren, and we must never lose sight of that fact.
Lisa is correct; co-dependency is indeed dangerous. But in my opinion, enabling is a whole lot worse, and Efren's two arrests in the past 10 months prove it. Perhaps if his "handlers" had gotten him some help after his display of ghetto-like conduct in San Diego last September, he would not find himself in the precarious situation with which he is now confronted. Well said, Latino Dems; the bar is indeed higher -- much higher -- for elected officials. No double standards, please.
Kudos to the four members of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors (Rabbitt, Zane, Maguire and Gorin) who had the courage and the grit to speak out against Efren Carrillo's disgusting conduct which led to his second arrest in just 10 short months. Several people -- myself included -- had expected a full "circling of the wagons." Fortunately, that was not the case, and for once, I'm glad that I was mistaken.
Maybe it's a generational thing, or perhaps it's just regretting and pining for the good ol' days, but I expect my elected representatives to abide by a higher standard of conduct in an effort to set an example for all citizens in their district to emulate and follow.
Efren Carrillo has failed miserably in this respect not once, but twice, and those are the incidents that we know about. How many other embarrassing incidents has he been involved in that have been swept under the rug by his cadre of professional "handlers"?
Perhaps we'll never know the answer to that question. But I believe that the lengthy list of indisputable facts gives me more than enough reason to reach the conclusion that this is not someone that I want to represent me -- at any level of government.
As a lifelong resident of Sonoma County and the fifth district, I find Supervisor Carrillo's behavior reprehensible and unbefitting of a Sonoma County Supervisor, or any other public official, for that matter. Putting the outcome of the criminal case aside, the damage is done. Going over to a woman's home, cutting her window screen, waking her up by disturbing the blinds, then going to the front door, knocking on the door and then running away is an indication of a very serious lack of judgment -- or perhaps something even worse. Yet, he continues to blame "his" problems on alcohol, and so do his handlers -- no, I mean, his enablers.
They are doing him no favors by continuing to offer up lame excuses which seem to only get progressively worse every time they open their mouths. Quite frankly, the idiocy of such excuses is an insult to the good citizens of this county.
Had his "friends" truly wanted to help him, they would have gotten him help long before this shameful incident rather than waiting until something like this latest fiasco occurred.
I've read the words "I," "me," "I'm," "him" and "Efren" more times than I can count.
But I'm still waiting to read or hear the words "her" and "she."
Oh, yes. And "I apologize" and "I'm sorry" to the victim would be nice, too.
There's a victim in all this, alright, and "his" name isn't Efren.
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