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Commissioner disrupts meeting, silenced by gavel

| Wendy Victora Rudman

A motion to establish a policy on personal electronic device use by board members during public meetings died for lack of a second at a long, contentious Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning.

The motion by Commissioner Colten Wright led to an outburst by Commissioner James Calkins. After refusing to stay on topic – which had been the focus of the first five hours of the meeting – Calkins was silenced by the gavel. Chairman Dave Piech put the meeting in recess until Calkins could control himself.

Commissioner James Calkins, whose behavior forced a recess at the July 27 commissioners meeting, smiles for the camera as he waits for the meeting to resume.

 

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