Placer County supes stay perched on non-sanctuary hot seat

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Audience members listen attentively at the side of the Placer County Board of Supervisors chambers waiting to speak during public comment period Tuesday — much of it focused on efforts to have the board take up a resolution on the county potentially opposing the state’s sanctuary status.


The Placer County Board of Supervisors was again asked to consider a resolution on opposing California’s sanctuary state stance on Tuesday.

The Placer County Republican Party’s president Dennis Revell and other supporters of a non-sanctuary county resolution used the public comment period of the Board of Supervisors meeting to reiterate the request.

And speakers opposed to having the board consider the request also stated their views.

Revell and non-sanctuary county proponents in Placer County were rebuffed in attempts to have the issue discussed at May 8 and, then, Tuesday’s meeting.

On Tuesday, Revell questioned whether a policy exists to give the board chairman the ability to  turn down a request like the GOP’s after two supervisors — Kirk Uhler and Robert Weygandt — have asked for a non-sanctuary county discussion.

Acting on the initial request, Supervisor Jim Holmes — who is serving as board chairman this year — had previously issued a response to the Republicans, saying that county counsel advised not to bring the topic up because the issue of whether the state’s decision on local law enforcement involvement with federal immigration officers was legal is being decided on in the courts.

Holmes made no comment on the county’s stance at Tuesday’s meeting and the lone comment made was by Uhler, who praised the orderly nature of the audience during public comment period.

Revell provided the board with a chart showing the number of minutes taken up by public comment period over 12 months.

“With one exception, you can see that no board meeting has drawn the equivalent amount of public time and attention as the sanctuary state issue has,” Revell said. “Once again, this chamber is full of people on both sides of this issue who deserve to be heard and to hear from each of you, how you feel about this issue.”

At Tuesday’s meeting, supporters of the county staying out of the debate were also out to express their views.

“This is a big street fight between the Trump administration and the state of California,” Auburn’s Ed Koons said. “You have nothing to gain in joining in this fight.”