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Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Meeting (May 6, 2014)

Former county Supervisor Eric Koenigshofer, one of Carrillo's closest advisers, on Monday strongly denounced calls for Carrillo's resignation, saying they amount to political opportunism.

"The fact of the matter is that what he did was ill-advised, alcohol-driven and stupid. But it wasn't illegal," Koenigshofer said of Carrillo. "The idea that someone who has just turned 33, through this political feeding frenzy, should be ground into dust, is inexcusable. It's political posturing. It's disgraceful."

He took particular umbrage with Evans' comments, calling them "absolutely inflammatory, completely out of line and patently politically opportunistic."

Koenigshofer said Carrillo should be "encouraged, not demonized" in a county that he said views alcoholism as a disease and places value on restorative justice. He said Carrillo also did what his critics were clamoring for and testified on the witness stand with "complete candor and openness."

Koenigshofer said as far as he knew, Carrillo has "absolutely no intention to resign."

The embattled supervisor was acquitted of attempted peeking last Monday by a Sonoma County jury of 10 women and two men. But that verdict did not assuage some of Carrillo's critics, including county Supervisor Shirlee Zane, the only member of the board to publicly call for Carrillo to step down.

During the trial, Carrillo testified that his girlfriend dropped him off at home at about 2:30 a.m. on the night of his arrest. Carrillo said he noticed a light on in his neighbor's kitchen and wanted to share a beer with the woman, with the hope of having sex with her. He told police at the scene he didn't remember her name.

Carrillo admitted he stuck his hand through a window screen while attempting to knock on the woman's bedroom window. The neighbor, identified in court as Jane Doe, testified that she was terrified when Carrillo ripped the screen on her window, rousing her from her sleep.

Evans on Monday was working with a group of female office-holders to draft a letter urging Carrillo to step down. The effort gained steam over the weekend, according to Windsor City Councilwoman Deb Fudge.

Fudge, who is campaigning for the 4th District Sonoma County supervisorial seat, said people have been asking her and other elected officials where they stand on Carrillo staying in office.


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