When: March 22, 2016; 9:00a.m.
Where: Board of Supervisors Meeting
Board Chambers, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249
On March 3, 2013 Commissioner Kelly Wooster made an offhand comment during a Planning Commission meeting that has now been blown so far out of proportion that there are people and organizations that have threatened to come to Calaveras County Board of Supervisor meeting on Tuesday 3/22 to “make our voices heard” and protest the Board’s decision that Wooster will remain as member of the Commission and demand the resignation of Commissioner Wooster
What was said? I was in attendance and heard the comment that was made. It was made in the course of an ongoing discussion during the review of the General Plane element, Conservation and Open Space. The section was “Support efforts to eradicate invasive plant species and encourage practices that reduce their spread”. The suggestion was made by the Planning Director to remove the term “plant” so the sentence would read “eradicate invasive species” which can include anything, including people. That is when Commissioner Wooster made the comment “… including people from Mexico?” Yes, it did cause some laughter because everyone present got the irony in the statement as it would now read. The comment was not racist, in fact or in tone, and no one present could have reasonably taken it to be. Moreover, no one in the audience spoke up that he/she was offended. It appeared only that Commissioner Wooster was concerned about the interpretation of the new wording. The Board’s action was the right thing to do! I support it and so should all Calaveras County residents.
The Board of Supervisors met on 3/17 in a special meeting to review the allegations to determine if they were based in fact and having done so wrote a proclamation to be ratified at their 3/22 meeting. See proclamation on BOS agenda page 5. http://calaverascountyca.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=14&ID=1385&Inline=True
What is the motive?
Could it be to twist what Commissioner Wooster said into something with nefarious intent and then using that contrived story line as a reason to remove him? Are the organized special interest groups intentionally flaming divisiveness in our county to achieve their own agenda (to replace Commissioner Wooster with one of their own)?
Who is complaining?
California Latino Legislative Caucus http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article66221807.html
CA Secretary of State, Alex Padilla http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/261383/secretary-of-state-padilla-takes-aim-at-wooster.html
PLEASE ATTEND AND STAND WITH OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND SUPPORT THEIR PROCLAMATION