A California city’s planning commissioner has resigned after he threw his cat into the air during a Zoom meeting, drank alcohol, and used derogatory language.
During the April 20 meeting, Vallejo planning commissioner Chris Platzer was asked if he had any comments regarding an agenda item the commission was discussing.
“Yes, if I’m allowed to make them,” Platzer said, after his cat was heard meowing loudly in the background.
“Yes, this is the section where you can, Commissioner Platzer,” the commission chair said, before another loud meow.
“OK, first, I’d like to introduce my cat,” Platzer said, raising the trapped feline up to the camera before tossing it onto the floor.
Platzer later apologized for his behavior and confirmed that he was stepping down.
“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 said in an email to the Vallejo Times-Herald. “I serve at the pleasure of the council and no longer have that trust and backing.”
Platzer was also observed drinking an alcoholic beverage during the meeting.
After the meeting ended, but before the teleconference stream had finished, Platzer was also heard “using a derogatory language.
In light of all the challenges that come with adjusting to conducting business via online digital meeting services, WIBC host Tony Katz, who wears a full suit and tie to mow his lawn, offers his personal “Tips for Zoom” in the clip below.