VALLEJO, Calif. – A planning commissioner in a California resigned Saturday after a video was made public showing him throw his pet cat and allegedly drink a beer during a Zoom meeting between city officials.
Chris Platzer, a member of the Vallejo Planning Commission, told the Times-Herald in an email that he had resigned from the agency, effective immediately. The resignation came days before the Vallejo City Council was to consider a resolution to remove him from the seven-member commission, the newspaper reported.
During an April 20 meeting of the city’s Planning Commission, which was being conducted on Zoom, a cat could be heard meowing off-screen. Platzer said, “I’d like to introduce my cat,” before picking up the animal and tossing it off-screen.
Later in the meeting, Platzer was seen holding a green bottle. He put his device face-up on a table and began drinking from the bottle, the Times-Herald reported.
“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 email to the Times-Herald. “I 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.”
Platzer has served on the commission since 2016, the newspaper reported. His term is set to expire June 20.
Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan said Friday that Platzer’s actions were unwarranted.
“This hurts the credibility of the city,” Sampayan told the Times-Herald. “What happens if a developer is watching the meeting (and sees that)? They would obviously have concerns about the city.”