VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) – A planning commissioner of Vallejo, California, has resigned after throwing his pet cat and apparently drinking a beer during a Zoom meeting between city officials that was made public, according to a newspaper report.
During the April 20 teleconference of the city’s Planning Commission, Chris Platzer announced, â€œIâ€™d like to introduce my cat,â€ and then picked up his pet before suddenly tossing the animal off-screen.
Platzer was seen sipping from a green bottle during the meeting, the Times-Herald reported. After the conference ended he could be heard making derogatory remarks. â€œIâ€™m going to call bull- on you little b-s,â€ according to the original commission meeting video released by the Northern California city.
In an email to the Times-Herald on Saturday, Platzer said he has resigned from the planning commission, effective immediately. The resignation came days before the City Council was set to consider a resolution removing him from the seven-person panel, the newspaper said.
â€œI did not conduct myself in the Zoom meeting in a manner befitting of a planning commissioner and apologize for any harm I may have inflicted,â€ Platzer wrote in the email. â€œI serve at the pleasure of the council and no longer have that trust and backing. I extend my gratitude to those who have supported me during my tenure. I have always felt that serving Vallejo in a voluntary position is honorable because Vallejo is worth serving. We are all living in uncertain times and I certainly, like many of you, am adjusting to a new normalcy.â€
Vallejo spokesperson Christina Lee told the Times-Herald the city was still attempting to confirm if Platzer had officially resigned from the commission. Platzer couldnâ€™t be reached for comment via phone on Saturday.
Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan said on Friday that decorum needs to be followed for each and every public meeting.
â€œThis hurts the credibility of the city,â€ Sampayan added. â€œWhat happens if a developer is watching the meeting (and sees that)? They would obviously have concerns about the city.â€