REDDING, Calif. – At Tuesday’s Shasta County Board of Supervisors meeting, members voted 3-to-2 to censure two of its own members.
Supervisors Joe Chimenti, Mary Rickert, and Leonard Moty voted in favor to censure Supervisors Patrick Henry Jones and Les Baugh. Both Jones and Baugh voted against the censure.
“My sincere hope is that we can move on now and start addressing all the work that we have,” said Chimenti after the vote was made.
But before supervisors cast their votes, many public commenters wanted to speak on the topic. They either spoke in person or left messages for the board.
Some were for the censure, even calling for a grand jury to get involved. Others believed that the censure against the two supervisors was not necessary.
“I honestly believe that you need to follow through with the censure,” said one public speaker who left a message. “It is a way to reprimand somebody who has not abided by the rules.”
"I am calling to object to Leonard Moty and Mary Rickert wanting to censure Patrick Jones and Les Baugh for opening the [board] chambers to the public,” said another message.
In January, Supervisors Baugh and Jones reopened the board of chambers meetings to the public. After the supervisors voted back in December to keep the chambers closed and continue to hold meetings online.
Tuesday's meeting also focused on a coronavirus update from Shasta County Public Health leaders.
As vaccine supply continues to be an issue, health leaders acknowledge that people are feeling frustrated about where and when they can their doses.
“I want to acknowledge the frustration among our community members of when and where they can get vaccinated,” said public health Dr. Karen Ramstrom at Tuesday’s meeting. “We share that frustration. It's just been quite challenging getting all the logistics in the works and the vaccine supply is not where we would like it to be but we are hopeful.”
On Wednesday, Shasta County Public Health will be holding a Q&A session, which will give the public a chance to ask county health leaders about COVID-19 related issues.
Wednesday’s Q&A session starts at 11:30 a.m. after the weekly media briefing.