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California city official resigns after throwing his cat during Zoom meeting

City of Vallejo
Posted at 10:05 AM, Apr 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 14:14:19-04

VALLEJO, Calif. (KGTV) — A Northern California planning commissioner has resigned after appearing in a Zoom teleconference meeting exhibiting questionable behavior.

In the April 20 video, volunteer planner Charles Platzer is seen throwing his pet cat, purportedly guzzling beer, and using derogatory language during the meeting between Vallejo city officials, a town in east San Francisco Bay Area.

“I’d like to introduce my cat,” Platzer announces during the Vallejo Planning Commission teleconference. The video shows Platzer picking up his striped cat and tosses it off-screen.

Local newspaper Vallejo Times-Herald reported that Platzer was sipping beer from a green bottle during the meeting.

The video, which was released and made public by the city on Saturday, goes on for nearly three hours. Moments before the video ends, Platzer, who was the last to log off the teleconference, is heard saying, “I’m going to call bull— on you little b—s"

In an email to the Times-Herald, Platzer apologized and said he has resigned from the planning commission, effective immediately. He said he no longer had the "trust and backing" of city officials.

“I 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,” Platzer wrote in his resignation letter, the Times-Herald reported.

"I have always felt that serving Vallejo in a voluntary position is honorable because Vallejo is worth serving," Platzer wrote. "We are all living in uncertain times and I certainly, like many of you, am adjusting to a new normalcy.”

The resignation comes days before the City Council was set to consider a resolution removing him from the panel, the newspaper reported.

“The issue for me is his whole demeanor during the entire meeting,” said Mayor Bob Sampayan said, The Vallejo Times Herald reported. “This hurts the credibility of the city.”